B.B.'s Lawnside BBQ - Kansas City, Missouri
Lindsay Shannon has hosted the Kansas City Blues Show on KCFX 101 The Fox since 1987. Three years later, he and his wife Jo opened B.B.'s Lawnside BBQ in Kansas City, Missouri. B.B.'s provides a unique mix of Kansas City BBQ, Louisiana influenced side dishes and the blues. There is live music six evenings a week and Saturday afternoon.
None of the meats at B.B.'s are my favorite, but I enjoy the authentic roadhouse setting and the Louisiana twist on the food which Jo Shannon brings to the restaurant. This is a wonderful setting to enjoy Kansas City BBQ. Because of the tobacco smoke, or years I got my food from B.B.'s to go, but since Kansas City, Missouri went smoke free, that is no longer necessary.
If you want to avoid the $2-5 cover charge, visit B.B.'s before the entertainment sets up or on Wednesday evening and Saturday afternoon when there is live music, but no cover charge.
I enjoy B.B.'s red beans & rice, gumbo and jambalaya. They are dishes which travel well and I get a pint of one of those to take home rather than eat them in. My favorite dish is the B.B.'s Lawnside King Combo - four pork ribs, Italian sausage and the choice of beef, ham, turkey or pulled pork. The special is served with two sides for $18.50. It is an enormous amount of meat, often served with more than the minimum 4 and I often have meat to take home from the meal.
The fresh cut, battered fries appear to be the most popular side dish at B.B.'s. The thick cut wedges are usually a little less done than I like, but I love some of the slimmer ones. My favorite side is the skillet fries, which are 3/4 inch long chucks of the same wedges, cooked in a skillet with a spicy seasoning. It is one of my favorite sides at any Kansas City barbecue restaurant.
B.B.'s BBQ sauce is made from scratch. There are two sweet, ketchup, apple juice and vinegar based sauces. They are thinner than many local sauces and not ones which I take home. The spicy sauce differs only in having a little cayenne pepper added to the regular sauce and it takes several bites to figure out which one is which.
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