Thursday, February 22, 2018

Tin Kitchen in Weston, Missouri

Tin Kitchen brisket sandwich and fries
Tonight I visited the Tin Kitchen in historic downtown Weston, Missouri. Tin Kitchen opened in October of 2014, so it is relatively new.  Sean O’Malley, formerly of O’Malley’s Irish Pub, a popular historic establishment in Weston since 1976, is Tin Kitchen’s pitmaster.  According to their website, "Tin Kitchen restaurant occupies the old Rumpel Hardware building on Main Street in the downtown historic district.  Built in 1842, the building has been lovingly restored to preserve all of it’s warmth and charm. The dining rooms showcase the original pressed-tin ceilings and walls.
Tin Kitchen’s menu features pecan-wood-smoked barbecue meats straight from the pit. Slow-smoked for up to 16 hours, Pulled pork, brisket, chicken, and contest-style BBQ ribs are among the favorites. Grilled meats and fish, Southern-style side dishes, fresh, crisp salads, and mouth-watering desserts round out the menu."

I arrived at 6:00 on Thursday evening.  This is a sit down restaurant where they seat you when you walk in and you are waited on by a waitress.  I was greeted and seated instantly as I walked in.  There was a family in a booth nearby and they were the only other people in the dining room at this time.  I came to find out that there is a sports bar in the back attached to the restaurant and there were quite a few people in there.

I ordered a brisket sandwich and fries and received my food about five minutes after ordering.  The sandwich came with a lot of fries, which you can see in the photo above.  The brisket was warm and tender with a crunchy bark and a great pecan smoke flavor.  The sandwich was served without sauce and was tender and juicy enough that I definitely didn't need sauce on it.  The meat also had a very nice smoke ring and had zero fat, so they do a great job trimming the fat on the meat.  The only negative was that the sandwich was not hot.  It was warm enough, but I thought it could have been hotter.  Other than that, I thought it was a perfectly cooked brisket.

I tried the sauces with my fries.  When I took the picture above, I didn't realize that the first bottle is just plain ol' ketchup.  The other two options were a pepper barbecue sauce and a sweet barbecue sauce.  The pepper sauce is exactly what is says...a very strong pepper taste.  I really liked it.  The sweet sauce is molasses based and to me tasted a little bit like grape jelly, which I found a bit odd.  I wasn't really a fan of the sweet sauce, so the pepper sauce was my favorite.

I was honestly blown away by this place.  I hadn't heard of it until recently and wasn't really expecting much.  Weston is about an hour drive from my house, so it's quite a bit off the beaten path for me.  I'm so glad I found this place though.  Excellent food and excellent service.  They are definitely a contender for best brisket in Kansas City!  I think I'm going to try the pulled pork and the ribs next time I go, as I will definitely be back.  The bill for a sandwich and fries was right around ten dollars, which is very reasonable for the amount of food you get.

This stop is number 38 on my quest.  I'm not quite keeping up with the pace I would like, but I'm slowly getting there.  Don't forget to like and follow my Facebook page.  Thanks again for all your support and encouragement.  Till next time...

Thursday, February 8, 2018

Char Bar in Kansas City, MO

Char Bar brisket sandwich and fries
Tonight I visited Char Bar in Westport in Kansas City, MO.  Char Bar has been around since 2014 and has garnered a lot of buzz over the years.  I get asked quite often if I have visited Char Bar yet on my quest and now I finally get to answer "yes."  Char Bar is located in the building that used to house the Beaumont Club in Westport.

I arrived around 5:20 on Thursday.  This is a sit down restaurant and I was greeted and seated quickly by the server as I walked in.  They have a bar area and a dining area that seats around 40 or 50 people.  They also have a private room for parties that happened to be booked tonight, so they were very busy.  My waitress was very nice and went over the menu and beer selections for me.  She explained that they offer "southern inspired barbecue" and they also have a nice beer selection of craft brews from all over the city and surrounding areas.

I ordered their brisket sandwich and a side of fries.  You are able to order their side dishes a la carte off the menu.  As for their sandwiches, you can order them with two meats or one meat and you can order a large sandwich for a dollar more, so of course I jumped at that deal!

I received my food about 10 minutes after ordering.  The sandwich is served without sauce on a toasted and buttered bun.  The brisket was hot and tender with a great smokey flavor and a crispy bark.  Just about everything you could ask for in a brisket sandwich.  It was very easy to eat without any sauce on it.  A great sandwich overall.

They have two sauces to choose from in bottles on each table.  I decided to try them with my fries.  The fries had a very tasty seasoning on them.  The first sauce they offer is a "sweet" sauce that is obviously sweet, but not as sweet as a lot of sauces out there.  I really liked it.  The hot sauce had quite a kick to it and seemed to have a lot of black pepper taste to it.  It was a really good sauce as well.

Char Bar sauces
They serve their sandwich with a small side of sweet pickles and onions, which were also very tasty.

My bill for a large brisket sandwich and a side of fries was about 15 dollars.  It's a little pricey, but the food is excellent, so no complaints.

This makes visit number 37 on my quest.  I'm glad I found Char Bar.  Definitely a must visit if you are a barbecue fan.

Till next time...

Friday, February 2, 2018

Danny Edwards BLVD BBQ in Kansas City, Missouri

Danny Edwards brisket sandwich and fries
Today I visited Danny Edwards BLVD BBQ on Southwest Boulevard in Kansas City, Missouri.  Danny Edwards BLVD BBQ is a family restaurant along the lines of a number of other barbecue places in Kansas City.  According to their website, "Danny Edwards's father Jake arrived in Kansas City in 1938 and set up Jake's Barbecue, which remained open until 1981. Danny, then known as "Lil' Jake," opened his own barbecue restaurant in 1980 using his family's recipes. He became most well-known for his slogan, "Eat it, and beat it." It was a reminder to the customers of his 18-seater on Grand Boulevard in the heart of downtown Kansas City of the long line of customers waiting for seats. In 2007, Edwards was forced out of his Grand Boulevard space and he relocated to a much larger space on Southwest Boulevard."

This restaurant is open limited hours. 11:00 AM to 3:00 PM Monday through Saturday to be exact.  I arrived around 12:30 on Friday.  There were five people in line ahead of me and the dining area was pretty full.  I would say it probably seats around 50 people.I could smell the smoker as soon as I walked in the door and it smelled delicious.  This is a restaurant where you order at the counter and seat yourself and they bring your food to you.  I ordered a large brisket sandwich and fries and my bill was around 13 dollars.  A few minutes after I ordered and got my drink at the self serve station and then found a table they called my name.  I got up to walk to the counter to get my food and the woman holding my order saw me and said "no, no, please sit down.  I'll bring it to you!"  Guess I was unaware of the standard protocol at this restaurant, but it is very nice that they bring your food to you because not all places do that.

The sandwich is served on a normal sandwich bun with thick cut pieces of brisket.  They gave me quite a large serving of meat.  The sandwich was also served with their sauce already on it.  When I took my first bite I was disappointed that the meat seemed a bit cold.  It was a little warm, but the temperature made it seem like it had been sitting at room temperature for more than a few minutes and I know it hadn't been sitting out because I received the sandwich only a couple minutes after ordering it.  Other than that, I thought the brisket was prepared perfectly.  The meat had a nice smoke ring and smoky flavor and a crunchy bark.  There was almost zero fat on this sandwich, so they do a great job of trimming the fat.  The meat was tender and had just the right texture.  I'd say other than the temperature being a bit off, they cooked almost a perfect brisket.

I tried their barbecue sauce with my fries.  I really like their sauce.  It is not very sweet at all and also didn't have much of a kick to it, although it did have a little aftertaste "tingle" to it.  The fries were good.  I didn't notice any seasoning on the fries other than salt and pepper.  They were perfect to dip  in the sauce.

This is another of my visits that has been in town for a while and was my first time ever going there. Like I mentioned, other than the temperature of the sandwich and the fact that they served sauce on the sandwich, I think the brisket was cooked almost perfectly.  There are only a couple other places I've visited so far that I can say that about.

This makes number 36 on my quest.  I've added a few places since my last post thanks to Ryan Cooper, who reached out to me and let me know that he is working on a barbecue project and mapping out all the barbecue places in Kansas City and the surrounding areas.  You can check out his site here.  Not only is the interactive map great, but he provides a great succinct history of the Kansas City barbecue scene.

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