Friday, November 30, 2018

Wabash BBQ in Excelsior Springs, Missouri

Wabash BBQ brisket sandwich and fries
Today I visited Wabash BBQ in Excelsior Springs, Missouri.  Wabash BBQ has been around since 1997 and is within walking distance of The Elms resort in downtown Excelsior Springs.  Here is some information from their website:

The Wabash BBQ specializes in smoked meats and award winning ribs and chicken! A smoke-free restaurant is located in the historic passenger waiting room of the old depot. The Wabash provides a relaxed atmosphere for all ages (see our children's menu). A full service bar and additional restaurant is located in the historic dairy. Voted Best Ribs in K.C.!

The success of the restuarant, opened in 1997, led owners to open a second restaurant in December of 2006. The Wabash BBQ in Chillicothe also makes its home in a historic depot, located at 1 Elm street. Make one of these restaurants your regular "whistle stop" for food, fun and friends.

Dine-in, carry-out and catering services are available.

I arrived a little before 2:00 on Friday.  When I pulled up the first thing I noticed was the smoke billowing from the building out back.  I took a picture of the scene:

Pretty neat setup.

This is a restaurant where you seat yourself and a waitress takes your order and serves you.  I walked in and the hostess asked me to find a seat anywhere.  There are about nine tables in the main building, each with between four and six chairs around them.

I had a seat and was waited on instantly.  I knew what I wanted so I ordered the Iron Horse quarter pound brisket and fries with a drink.  I received my order within five minutes.  The sandwich consisted of thinly sliced pieces of brisket and was served without sauce.  The brisket was very tender and juicy but was a bit bland.  It tasted like they had it soaking in some water.  It was still a good sandwich and I definitely did not need any sauce on it to finish it.

I tried their sauces with my fries.  They offer two sauces, a regular sauce and a spicy sauce.  The regular sauce is a molasses based sauce.  It was a good sauce.  Pretty mild.  The spicy sauce was really good in my opinion.  Not very overpowering at all and just the right amount of spice.  It was my favorite of the two.

The sandwich and fries cost around eleven dollars, which is about average for what you get and pay for a similar item at other barbecue places.  They advertise that they have award winning ribs, so I'll have to go back and try the ribs sometime.

This is stop number 61 on my barbecue quest.  10 more to go!  Don't forget to follow along on Facebook!  Till next time....

Friday, November 9, 2018

Snead's Bar-B-Q in Belton, Missouri

Snead's brisket sandwich and fries
Today I visited Snead's Bar-B-Q in Belton, Missouri.  Snead's is located in Belton and has been around since 1956!  I checked out their website to get a little bit of the history of Snead's and found this:

Mr. Snead designed and constructed both the building and the brick bar-b-que pit. The building was made of concrete; pouring the walls flat, then raising them and tying them together with steel and more concrete. The inside walls of the dining room are Missouri walnut and the counter finished in cherry wood. The original dining room seated 80 customers. In 1972, Mr. Snead added a second room with a brick fireplace. The walls were filled with windows that provided a beautiful outdoor view. Finally, in 1991, Mr. Snead added the third dining room with a large stone fireplace and a wall of windows. Today, Sneads Bar-B-Que will seat over 200 customers. Still standing, directly behind the restaurant, is a Burr Oak tree that was recognized by the Department of Conservation as a Bicentennial tree. In 1976 it was at least 200 years old. Only hickory wood is used in the original brick bar-b-que pit. The smoke flavor in the bar-b-que beans and sauces is obtained by cooking them in large kettles in the brick pit. The bar-b-que sauce is an original recipe of Mr. Sneads dating back to 1956. Mr. Snead passed away in 1994, but Sneads Bar-B-Q continues to provide great tasting hickory smoked meats from the old fashioned brick pit.

Lots of history behind this place!

I arrived around 1:00 on Friday.  This is a sit down restaurant where a hostess seats you and you are served by a waitress.  I was waited on instantly and ordered a large brisket sandwich and fries.  You can order it on a round bun or a long bun and I chose the round bun.  The sandwich was around 10 dollars and the fries were $2.50 extra.

I received my order within five minutes.  The sandwich is served with slices of brisket and no sauce on the sandwich.  The brisket was tender but a bit chewy with a nice smoke ring and hickory smoke flavor.  It was nicely rimmed of fat, but was not real warm.  The brisket was cooked really good so that you do not need sauce to enjoy the sandwich. 

The sandwich was served with a small cup of coleslaw and a nice serving of fries.  I tried the barbecue sauce with my fries.  I thought the sauce was excellent.  It was a mild sauce with a unique flavor to it.  It obviously had some spices that I couldn't quite identify, but I was really a fan of it.

I need to visit again to try some of their other meats. Snead's has been around a long time and is still quite popular!

I reached another milestone today with visit number 60!  My list  of restaurants dwindled a bit with four more closings, which means I have 12 left on the quest!  I can see the finish line!

Don't forget to follow along on Facebook.  Thanks again for reading and commenting!  Till next time....