Thursday, November 30, 2017

Fritz's Meat & Superior Sausage in Leawood, Kansas

Fritz's brisket sandwich.
Today I visited Fritz's Meat & Superior Sausage off of 435 and State Line in Leawood.  Fritz's Meat & Superior Sausage was established by Fritz and Rose Plapp on 39th St in Kansas City in 1927.Outgrowing the first location, Fritz's was moved to State Line Road in 1969 to their new  facility.  They are now in the 4th generation of family members running the market.

I had never been to this place before today.  It's quite an interesting place.  Half meat market and half restaurant.  They have a wide selection of meats, sausages and cheese.  They also serve hot barbecue sandwiches.  This is a restaurant where you order at the counter and they serve your food right there and they have about five or six tables where you can sit and eat.

I ordered their barbecue brisket sandwich and a drink.  They have a self serve drink station and by the time I got my drink my sandwich was ready.  It is served on a bun doused with barbecue sauce and wrapped in tin foil.  I sat down at a table and unwrapped it and stared at it for a second while I figured out how I was going to eat it.  It is a huge serving of meat, but also a very messy sandwich as you can see by the picture.  I tried picking it up and taking a bite, but found out that wasn't really going to work too well.  I ended up getting a fork and eating some of the brisket before I could pick up the sandwich and eat it with my hands.

The brisket was hot and tender, but I couldn't really judge the flavor because there was so much sauce on it.  The barbecue sauce they use is their own brand and is just a standard sauce that you might get anywhere.  I didn't order any sides.  When I finished the sandwich I went up to the counter and ordered some sausage sticks and took those home with me.  I tried a stick and the sausage is very good.  I'm from Wisconsin and nothing beats the sausage you can get up there, but I liked this sausage.  Better than anything you could get in any grocery store around here.

This was a good sandwich, but very messy and doused with barbecue sauce.  There was so much brisket on it that most people would be able to split this sandwich into two meals!

This makes visit number 30 on my barbecue quest.  Don't forget to follow along on my Facebook page and share with your friends that might be interested.  Thank you!  Till next time....

Monday, November 20, 2017

Little Pig BBQ in Belton, Missouri

Little Pig BBQ brisket sandwich
Tonight I visited the Little Pig BBQ in Belton, Missouri.  Established in 2010, The Little Pig is located at the far east end of Belton's historic old downtown Main Street.  According to their website, "The Little Pig BBQ is an experience in pit barbeque and down-home, old fashioned barbeque the way it used to be. Nothin' fancy here… just award winning barbeque smoked daily and served up fresh."

I arrived around 5:00 on Monday.  This is a restaurant where you order at the counter and seat yourself and they bring your food out to you.  The building looks like a residential home from the outside and the sign is pretty small, so make sure you put it in your GPS or you might drive right by it.  The small dining room seats around 25 people.  I ordered their large brisket sandwich, fries and a drink and my order was around sixteen dollars.  They have a self-serve drink station, which is nice.  Once I ordered I found a table and waited about 10 minutes for them to bring me my food.

The brisket was served on a hamburger bun shredded with sauce on it.  It was a really good sized sandwich.  I took a bite and my first thought was that there was too much sauce on the sandwich.  The meat was tough and chewy and I couldn't really taste the flavor of the meat because it was doused with sauce.  I'm not a fan of the shredded beef sandwich because not only is it a messy sandwich, but you don't get as much flavor as you do with sliced brisket.  The sandwich was also only luke warm when they served it.

There are two kinds of sauces that they offer, a regular sauce and a spicier sauce.  I tried both with my fries.  The regular sauce was a standard barbecue sauce with a small spicy kick to it.  The spicy sauce obviously had more of a kick, but wasn't too spicy at all.  I preferred the spicy sauce.  The fries were served baked potato wedge cut.

The restaurant looks like a home from the outside.
This was my first visit to Belton on my quest and was stop number 29 overall.  Another milestone reached, as I'm 40% done!

I hate that it's starting to get dark so early!  The picture turned out ok though.
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Monday, November 13, 2017

The Big Q Barbecue in Kansas City, KS

The Big Q brisket sandwich
Today I visited The Big Q Barbecue in Kansas City, Kansas near 34th and Steele Rd.  According to their website, "The Big Q Barbecue is a long line of traditional Quick's family Barbecue, which started in 1953.  In 1986 Rusty Quick, Marvin's son, and Gary Wright, Marvin's son-in-law, started the Big Q Barbecue in Maple Hill.  

Rusty started working at the 7th St Barbecue when he was 10 years old busing tables doing dishes and learning the business from the ground up, working evenings and weekends through the school year. In 1979 Gary started working in the family business and learning the trade so that by 1986 both Rusty and Gary broke away and started The Big Q Barbecue."

I arrived around 4:00 on Monday for a late lunch/early dinner.  I was the only one in the restaurant at the time I arrived.   This is a sit down restaurant where you choose where you want to sit and a waitress serves you.  My waitress was quick to greet me and give me a menu and take my drink order.  In looking at the menu, I noticed their beef brisket sandwich does not come with a side dish, so I ordered their brisket sandwich with a side of their spicy fries.  I received my order about five minutes after placing the order.

The sandwich is served with barbecue sauce on it on a large bun.  When I took the first bite I noticed the meat was a bit bland and chewy and almost a little stale tasting like it had been sitting out a while.  I will say, however, that they do a good job of trimming the fat on the meat.  There were no pieces of fat in the sandwich.  They also give you a pretty large serving of meat.  The brisket is cut into thin slices and they do not douse the sandwich with sauce, so you can really taste the meat.  The meat was a bit dry but the sauce helped with that.  Overall I was kind of disappointed with the taste of the sandwich, but the serving size and lack of fat helped make up for it.

Spicy fries
They have two barbecue sauces to choose from.  A regular sauce and a spicy sauce.  The regular sauce was a bit bland and kind of tasted like ketchup with some spices in it.  The spicy sauce was pretty mild as well and only had a slight kick to it.  I'd recommend the spicy sauce if you are going to eat the barbecue here.

The spicy fries were served waffle style and weren't overly spicy.  I ate them with the spicy sauce and the sauce complemented the fries pretty well.

This is the second time I have visited this restaurant, but the first time since starting my quest.  They've been going strong since 1986, just over 30 years now.  

This is stop number 28 on my quest.  One more stop and I will have visited 40% of the barbecue places in the city.  Still a ways to go!  Please follow along on my Facebook page as well and share with your friends that might be interested.  Thanks!  Till next time...

Thursday, November 2, 2017

Blind Box Barbecue in Shawnee, Kansas

Blind Box Barbecue brisket sandwich.
Tonight I visited Blind Box Barbecue in Shawnee, KS.  Blind Box is a relatively new restaurant, opened by Joe Tulipana in August of 2015.  According to the Kansas City Star, "Tulipana, 27, earned a civil engineering degree from the University of Missouri-Columbia in 2012. After working in IT, he spent a few months converting a former Japanese steakhouse into Blind Box Barbecue, naming it after the “blind boxes” teams submit to judges in competitions. He opened it in August 2015.
His menu includes both classic and innovative items: burnt ends, baby back ribs and chicken, as well as the Lil’ Juicy signature sandwich (smoked, shaved steak topped with caramelized onions and Swiss cheese and served with a horseradish cream sauce), barbecue nachos and wontons, Hog Wings (pork shanks tossed in a spicy chili and honey glaze) and barbecue sweet corn."

Blind Box is a sit down restaurant and bar.  They tout their bourbon cocktails just as much as their barbecue. I arrived around 5:00 on Thursday.  I walked in and noticed the bar near the front of the restaurant and was instantly greeted and seated at a booth.  The server asked for my drink order and went over a few of the menu items for me.  They have a regular and a large brisket sandwich that comes with fries.   I ordered the large sandwich, which is 12 dollars, along with a brandy Old Fashioned.

Blind Box brandy old fashioned.
I received my food in about 15 minutes.  The brisket was thick cut slices and was served on a bun with sauce.  The brisket was warm and tender and I could detect a slight hickory smoke flavor.  The meat was also very lean, containing little or no fat.  A very good sandwich overall.

The sauce has a strong molasses flavor and had a little bit of a kick to it.  I really liked it and ate it with my fries.

No label on the sauce!

I really enjoyed this place.  The bourbon bar is a nice touch and they have some pretty good barbecue.  I'd definitely check it out if you're in the area.

This is stop number 27 on my quest.  I've started a Facebook page so you can follow along there as well.  Thanks for your support and positive encouragement.  Till next time....