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Overland Park – Fireside BBQ

One of the (relatively) new kids on the block in the KC BBQ scene is Fireside BBQ in Overland Park. Fireside opened in 2014, so it’s been around just long enough to gain a good reputation in the area, and for good reason as I found out on my visit there awhile back. It is owned and run by a former Overland Park firefighter who has a history of successful BBQ competition, as well as cooking for his fellow firefighters on a regular basis!

The place is tucked away at 10400 Mastin St. (just NE of the Hwy 69/I-435 interchange) in a location you’d have to be looking for to find, but it’s worth the effort to get there as far as I can tell. While it sits in an unassuming strip mall, the inside of Fireside is neatly decorated with lots of firefighting related memorabilia and décor (notice the lights are made out of fire extinguishers) that you’d just have to see in person to appreciate.

On my recent stop there, I had a sandwich with pulled pork and pork sausage on it, and added a couple rib bones to my meal ($2.45 each) just for good measure. I’m glad I did, as the ribs were terrific. All the meats were served dry, and tasted great. They paired well with the different sauces they had to offer. The fries were excellent too (and also good with all the sauces). I really can’t say enough that this place is a hidden gem that deserves to be held in the same regard as many of the other top BBQ joints around the area.

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Dodge City – Taco Trucks

Dodge City is an iconic American city with historic western heritage. It is the ending point of the great western cattle drives and the location for the classic western radio and television show Gunsmoke.  It’s a city that still retains, and is proud of its western flavor. The area is surrounded by cattle feeding companies, dairy farms, ranches, and beef processing businesses.

Dodge City also has a vibrant, thriving Hispanic culture. With that in mind, I was happy to take a recent business trip to this Southwest Kansas community, because I knew I would be in for some great Mexican food! My friend Andrea Burns and I visited several food trucks, located throughout the city. These food trucks are a fun an inexpensive way to grab a quick meal! For consistency, we tried the pork tacos at each location. Unique differences were noticeable at each food truck. Some tacos were spicier, some juicer, and some noticeably more mild than others. All were very good!

If you’re looking for a fun way to try out some inexpensive and authentic Mexican food, get the heck into Dodge, and check out the food trucks!

Until next time,

Chris

Louisburg – Timbercreek Grill & Bar

While there aren’t many non-fast food places to eat in Louisburg, they do have Timbercreek Grill & Bar, so maybe quality over quantity is the way to go for them. I can’t say I can argue, as I found Timbercreek to be a one-stop shop for food and drink needs. It sports a menu filled with all sorts of basic “bar and grill” meals and comfort food, a full range of BBQ (and BBQ catering), and even brunch on Sundays. Throw in a bunch of TVs, a small concert area for the weekends, and a full bar and you have the entire array of food, drink, and entertainment possibilities that a town could need.

On my recent stop there I tried the Pork Tenderloin Sandwich (as it was the lunch special that day). This tenderloin was amazingly good, and wasn’t the size of a dinner plate either, which I liked. It was seriously one of the best I’ve ever had. The breading was crisp like KFC chicken and seasoned perfectly. The meat was a tender and juicy whole cut of tenderloin and not one of those chicken nugget-like pressed together things like you might find in a school cafeteria.

If you find yourself going through the area plan to stop in and try it out. I don’t think you’ll be sorry you did. I am for sure going to head back down to try the pulled pork and the ribs some weekend, or perhaps the “chicken fried pork” dinner if I’m not in the mood for BBQ!

Until next time,

Mike