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Hillsdale – Hillsdale Bank Bar-B-Q

View from the road. I wish I could give you a smell from the road.

Unfortunately this restaurant is no longer open.

The old cliché, “a diamond in the rough”, is a bit overused these days, but I can’t think of a better way to describe “Hillsdale Bank Bar-B-Q” in Hillsdale, KS. Nestled into the town’s old bank building, is one of the best kept secrets in the entire Kansas City area. The 20 minute drive south on Highway 169 from Olathe is definitely worth it for this barbeque!

 While I was there, I tried a pork rib platter, with pork burnt ends as my second meat choice in the meal. The platter came with two sides of my choice plus an order of delicious hand-cut fries, and the obligatory bread slices and pickle too. My wife had a pulled pork sandwich with potato salad.


 The ribs were cooked about as well as they can get. They were meaty and tender and were served with just a hint of sauce on them to complement the rub. I sampled some of the pork from my wife’s sandwich and it passed all tests! It was tender, had a nice smoky flavor, and maintained moistness without compromising leanness.

 The pork burnt ends were the star of the show, as far as I was concerned. They were fork tender and had all kinds of the “bark” on them that really delivers the deep smoke and rub flavor that a barbeque judge looks for.

 None of the three of the meats required sauce to be tasty as far as I was concerned, but the Hillsdale Bank BBQ sauce, simply known as “The Sauce” still had a place at the table. It is a superb sauce that makes a great compliment to the outstanding quality and taste of the meat.

 Take a look inside the bank with Wired BBQ and I am sure you will enjoy the indoor décor and exposed brick walls in the old building. The bank is both entertaining and interesting, really adding to the dining experience. When the meal was all said and done, it was certainly safe to say that the owners of Hillsdale Bank Bar-B-Q, Greg and Donna Beverlin, certainly know how to cook a pig! One could even say, you can bank on it!


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Check out the list of the restaurants across Kansas that Chris and Mike have reviewed. Find one near you and go taste for yourself! Please come back and let us know what you thought.

AndoverArkansas CityAtchisonCoffeyvilleColdwaterDodge CityEl Dorado – ErieFort ScottFronenacGlen ElderGreat BendHallowellHaysHiawathaHillsdaleHoxieIolaKansas CityLawrenceLeavenworthLenexa – LeRoyLouisburgManhattanMarysvilleOlatheOttawaOverland ParkPamonaParsons – SalinaScammon – SedanShawneeStockton –  Sycamore – TopekaWichitaWinfield – Yates Center

Billy Sims BBQ

Arkansas City
Big-N-Small’s BBQ

Iron Horse BBQ

Phelps’s Hog Heaven

Dave’s Pizza

Dodge City
Dodge City Taco Trucks

El Dorado
Dilly Deli

Horizons at Prairie Ridge

Fort Scott
Bella Roma
Common Ground
Crooner’s Lounge

Nate’s Place
Sharkey’s Pub and Grub

Pallucca’s Meat Market and Deli

Glen Elder
Lakeside Convenience

Great Bend
4 Legs Up BBQ

Angelo’s Deli

Gella’s Diner and LB Brewing Company
Gutch’s Bar and Grill
Rooftops Restaurant
TK’s Smokehaus


Hillsdale Bank Bar-B-Q

Indian Country Cafe

Bolling’s Meat Market and Deli

Kansas City
Artego Pizza

Arthur Bryant’s BBQ
BB’s Lawnside BBQ
Bichelmeyer Meats

Big Q Bar-B-Q
Carniceria y Tortilleria San Antonio
Char Bar
Christy’s Tasty Queen
Danny Edwards
Doughnut Lounge
El Camino Real
El Patrón Cocina & Bar
Gates Bar-B-Q
Grinders Pizza
Jones BBQ

Krizman’s House of Sausage
Mudbug Cajun P Boys
The North End KC

The Rieger Hotel Grill and Exchange
Slap’s BBQ
Spin Neapolitan Pizza

The Sundry
Zarda Bar-B-Q

Biemer’s BBQ

Free State Brewing Company
Hank Charcuterie
Merchants Pub and Plate
Ramen Bowls

Homer’s Drive-In
All Slabbed Up

Pizza Man

Luther’s Smokehouse

Timbercreek Grill & Bar

The Blue Moose
Bourbon and Baker
The Chef
Coco Bolos
Cox Brothers BBQ
Early Edition
Taco Lucha
Varsity Donuts

Wagon Wheel

Austin’s Bar & Grill
El Panzote
Fireside BBQ
MOD Pizza

Smoked Creations

Overland Park
Bee Cee’s
Burnt End BBQ
Dewey’s Pizza

Grandstand Burger
Hayward’s Pit Bar B Que
Hot Basil

Jon Russell’s Barbeque
K Macho’s

Smokey’s on the Blvd BBQ
The Snack Shack
Ted’s Cafe Escondido

LeRoy’s BBQ


Blue Sky
Gutierrez Mexican Restaurant
Hickory Hut
Hog Wild Pit Bar-B-Q

Josie’s Ristorante

Buck’s BBQ

Anita’s Cuisine
Blind Box BBQ
Old Shawnee Pizza

Shirley May’s Deli



The Burger Stand

Bite Me BBQ

Bricktown Brewery
Pig In Pig Out
When Pigs Fly

Biederman’s Bistro

Yates Center
Smokey Ben’s BBQ

Kansas City – Arthur Bryant’s BBQ

On a recent business trip to Kansas City, I found myself unable to pass up the opportunity to visit Arthur Bryant’s BBQ. After all, this place is one of the reasons that Kansas Cityis famous for barbeque. In fact, the Bryant family can trace their barbecue roots back to Henry Perry, the father of KC barbeque.  According to barbecue history, Arthur Bryant’s brother Charlie was an employee of Henry Perry. The family then openedtheir own restaurant which Arthur eventually took over.

Look for this sign.

The original headquarters is on the Missouri side of the border but there is a relatively new location on the Kansas side, at the Legends Outlets shopping area in Wyandotte County. I imagine the atmosphere is better at the original location, or at least more of what I would traditionally expect a barbeque restaurant to look like, however, I didn’t go for the atmosphere. Iwent for the famous food.

You might see this truck too.

At first I thought the price of my ham and pulled pork combo meal plus fries was a bit large, and then the server gave me my amazingly large portions of food and it was worth it. It was certainly more than enough for me,and I’m not little! The fries were plentiful and hot and the ham was acceptable. I’ve noticed a lot of bragging about their vinegar based sauce (sweet tomato based sauces are more the norm around here) so I’ll just be nice and say I must have had some out of a bad batch.  I prefer a sweet tomato sauce.

Get sauced.

For a good one, you might try Hillsdale Bank Barbecue’s “The Sauce”. That being said, Arthur Bryant’s also has sweet and spicy varieties that are more like what I would expect to find in Kansas City.

Eat and be merry.

Now, let’s talk about the pulled pork. If had to describe this stuff with one word, it would be “wow!” This was some of the best pulled pork I have ever eaten. I shoveled it down as quickly as I could and then found myself wishing for more. Arthur Bryant’sis certainly one of Kansas City’s most famous eateries and their pulled pork has got to be one of the reasons why! I can’t wait to try the original location and their nearest rival, Gates Bar B-Q, on my next trip to Kansas City!

Until next time- Swine and Dine!


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