Crazy Good Eats - Olathe, Kansas
Crazy Good Eats in Olathe, Kansas opened May 1, 2015, in the same location previously occupied by Big Bubba's Barbecue, followed by McGuire's Smokehouse. It is operated by an extended family which has competed at regional BBQ contests as Steer Crazy BBQ.
When Crazy Good Eats first opened, the prices were fairly expensive and they were not at all flexible with substitutions, but they have learned more about what customers want and after being open for two years, they are doing a much better job.
Overall, I prefer the appetizers and sides to the main meats, so lets start with them.
One of my favorite dishes so far is "Mad Meatballs," a starter made of bacon wrapped meatball, seasoned with their competition rub and glazed with their BBQ sauce. It is good, but not very large for $1.75 (3/$4.79). Still, this is the dish that has brought me back the most.
Second best is the onion strings, which are more reasonable at $2.99 for an individual order of $4.99 for an order to share.
Crazy Good Eats serves 6 Chicken wing thirds for $6.99. They have a good flavor from smoking and the sweet mildly spicy sauce complimented the meat, though they are a bit tough.
"Mr. Hamey" is a small serving of smoked ham salad and crackers for $3.99. The salty ham salad was ground very fine, giving it a texture like potted meat. The crackers are not very crisp and this dish could benefit from being served with house made chips like the ham salad at Brobeck's BBQ in Overland Park.
Most meals come with cornbread and the choice of a side. The cornbread is very good, but would benefit from being served warm and with some butter. After the onion strings, my favorite side dish has been the cheesy corn, which has a little ham mixed in and a great flavor. More often than not, it isn't served hot, just a little warmer than room temperature. That has also been a problem with the main meat dishes.
The chicken and pork ribs both are cooked just right, tender, but not two tender. They have a pretty good flavor from the rub, but still benefit from adding sauce. The brisket has less flavor and has been my least favorite dish.
Crazy Good Eats offers several house made sausages and what is available may change from day to day. Typically there is a choice of bratwurst, jalapeno cheddar smoked sausage and perhaps one other, such at Italian. The jalapeno cheddar smoked sausage isn't just my favorite sausage, it has been my favorite dish.
Although Crazy Good Eats lists only 2 sauces on their web site, there are three:
"Insanely Good" combination platter
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