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Kansas City – Snead’s BBQ

Snead’s Bar-B-Q, located right near the border of Kansas and Missouri at 171st and Holmes, is an iconic Kansas City Classic. Bill Snead built the restaurant and brick pit (still used to this day) in 1956. Two additions later, and the restaurant will seat 200 people!

sneads.jpgWhile the interior takes you back in time a bit, so does the barbecue. It is on par with two other Kansas City classics, Gates Bar B-Q and Arthur Bryant’s.

Fellow blogger Mike and I ordered as much pork as we could eat, including ribs, pulled pork and ham. We also had sides including the beans, which according to their website “The smoke flavor in the bar-b-que beans and sauces is obtained by cooking them in large kettles in the brick pit.” Speaking of flavor, their sauce is “is an original recipe of Mr. Sneads dating back to 1956.”

If you are into Kansas City barbecue, you owe to yourself to try this iconic barbecue legend!

 

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Pittsburg – Mall Deli

Mall Deli is an iconic restaurant in Pittsburg, Kan.  People flock to the deli, located at 202 E Centennial Drive, which has been a fixture in the area since 1979. A quick look online shows rave reviews about the place.  My visit was mid-afternoon on a Sunday, and I was very surprised at how busy the place was…..a testament to its popularity!

It’s not a typical deli, where you purchase meat or cheese by the pound, but more of a restaurant, where you order your deli sandwiches from the wait staff.  The atmosphere is classic vintage 70’s / 80’s.

Although the Mall Deli was very busy during my recent visit, the staff was very pleasant and quick. I was surprised how inexpensive my tasty, heated submarine sandwich was. My delicious sandwich was served with a huge helping of potato chips, which a friend states are phenomenal when you dip them in the Deli’s secret sauce.  Speaking of the secret sauce, man does that stuff have some zing! It was similar to a ranch dressing, but with an added kick of flavor! I enjoyed the sauce on my sandwich, but will have to make a return visit to try it on my chips…..a return visit I’m certainly looking forward too!

Until next time.

Chris