Recently I was asked to take part in local food show called In the Kitchen with Bonnie. In each episode Bonnie visits a local restaurant to showcase some of the best chefs that Kansas City has to offer. In addition to providing the back story of each restaurant’s concept and theme, Bonnie also spends some time “in the kitchen” learning how each chef prepares their signature dish. So when Bonnie contacted the BBQ Addicts, I gladly headed out to take part in one of their shoots as a “celebrity taster” at The Westside Local.
Recently I had the pleasure of passing through The Great Plains on the way out to Western Kansas for a weekend of family fun. As with any road trip, I was immediately on the lookout for a local barbecue joint to sample the regional tastes. After passing through countless miles of waving wheat, a quick jaunt through a wind farm and battling a slowly increasing aroma of cow manure, we finally returned to the likes of civilization…Great Bend, KS. Little did I know that this small town is actually home to the 2008 Grand Champions of the Jack Daniels Invitational!!!
Here is a great video from a couple years ago that has some brief history on Arthur Bryant’s, Gates and barbecue here in Kansas City. Thanks to @bbqsociety for pointing it out on twitter today! My favorite quote (no offense North Carolina): “Kansas City’s metro area now has more barbecue restaurants per capita than any city in the United States.” Of course we have our favorites (yes, it really is in a gas station) but there are many to choose from! I think I’ll head to Hayward’s today, it’s one block from my office and has the Triple Stack (and if you order it, be very hungry)!