Papa's Bob's Bar-B-Que - Kansas City, Kansas
Papa Bob's Bar-B-Que opened in 2007 has a cool vintage dinner look, which is my favorite part of the restaurant. Although it is located a mile and a half east of Bonner Springs and a mile and a half west of Edwardsville, Papa Bob's has a Kansas City, Kansas street address.
One of the best choices for first time visitors to Papa's Bob's is the Deluxe Meat Platter (2 ribs & 2 sliced meats, plus the choice of 2 sides) for $16.
The ribs have consistently been a bit tough, but have a good hickory smoky flavor. The pork is a little bland, but brisket is better and the sausage is quite good - both the the course ground sausage that Papa Bob's starts with, and the flavor from smoking. The best meats are either the sausage or the burnt ends, which are cut into small bits that have excellent flavor from the hickory smoking. They are well done and tender.
"Taner's Terriifical smoked wings" are 10 small, dark wing thirds which are fairly tough, but have the same nice hickory flavor as Papa Bob's other smoked meats. There really isn't very much meat for $9.
The fried catfish fillets are a nice size and average, though they make a decent alternative for customers who do not want BBQ.
The slaw is made with very little sauce and tasted like sweet cabbage. The beans are smoky and even sweeter - still quite good despite no noticeable meat mixed in. They are served very warm in a mug. The crinkle cut french fries are ordinary frozen fries, but at least they are crisp.
Papa Bob's menu said that the onion rings were "not home made... but they look and taste like they are." They were better than the fries, but no one would mistake them for home made. My favorite of all the side dishes is the very sweet, mildly horseradish flavored bread and butter pickles which are actually Nathan's Gourmet Sweet Horseradish Pickles which can be bought at many grocery stores.
Service has been mixed, but quite friendly. The paper towel holders have flags which customers are supposed to raise when they want service, but they don't make a point of telling people and they are easy to miss seeing. There are a few small signs about the flags on the walls, but they are easy to miss.
Papa Bob's service Pepsi products from the fountain, or Coke products from the can.
Cigarette smoke was an issue during our first visits to Papa's Bob's Bar-B-Que when it was a few years old, but Kansas enacted a state wide smoking ban a few ears ago and it is no longer be a problem.
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