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B B's Lawnside Bar-b-que

1205 E 85th St, Kansas City, MO 64131-2556
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Ranked #126 of 1,184 restaurants in Kansas City
Certificate of Excellence 2013
Cuisines: American, Barbecue
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Good for: Bar scene, Large groups, Local cuisine, Dining on a budget
Dining options: Lunch, Dinner, Takeout, Late Night
Description: A unique Kansas City experience, BB's Lawnside BBQ has been the place where BBQ Meets the Blues for more than 20 years.
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79% Recommend
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Leawood, Kansas
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31 reviews 31 reviews
28 restaurant reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 4, 2014

We have been to BB's many times. They have live music 6 nights a week. Their BBQ is very good. Ribs are fantastic. They also have some unique dishes - BBQ meatloaf, smoked catfish. They have different groups performing all during the week. All are good, some great. Service is very good, also laid back. This is a roadhouse kind... More

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Troy, Missouri
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41 reviews 41 reviews
35 restaurant reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 29, 2014 via mobile

Saw this place on DDD, was in town and decided to veer from the normal spot, Okie Joe's. The atmosphere is not your usual BBQ place. Definitely an interesting place. Got there for lunch at 11, just in time! The crowd came in at a very steady pace and it filled up quick. The food was really good. I had... More

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13 restaurant reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 16, 2014

Came here for lunch to have BBQ other than Jacks. It was good, just not as good as Jacks. Had pulled pork sandwich regular size. A lot of tender meat. Not enough sauce but two good varieties on table. Loved the laid back atmosphere. Did not like the fried potatoes. Had the LA rice balls. Very good. Hubby had burnt... More

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Los Angeles
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36 reviews 36 reviews
21 restaurant reviews
23 helpful votes 23 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 3, 2014

I went for lunch, so I missed out on the blues music...but I was there for the ribs and I wasn't disappointed. They are delicious, though not quite up to the level of Oklahoma Joes or Jack Stack. the atmosphere is funky and fun...and the skillet potatoes are so good, I felt guilty for gorging on meat and not leaving... More

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Liberty, Missouri, United States
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44 reviews 44 reviews
31 restaurant reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 22, 2014

Went to celebrate adult family birthday. I had the burnt ends dinner, which was good, albeit a little pricey at $13.95/plate. Beer selection was fair (i like 'em chunky). I think everyone else in our party enjoyed their food, and the service was average, which can be a challenge when ordering as a table of 12. The live bluesy-rock music... More

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lee's summit
3 reviews 3 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 29, 2013 via mobile

I went to BB's and enjoyed the food tremendously. The music was good, but I like contemporary Christian music, too. Like some of the entertainers on the walls do. It would be nice, also, if they offered more possibilities in non-alcoholic beverages.

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12 restaurant reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 10, 2013

We pulled up and it didn't look like much, a local watering hole. The interior followed that continuity, very laid back atmosphere. The host and servers also fit tye atmosphere, very laid back, but also fairly attentive. We got there before the late crowd came out; the food was served almost immediately. The two of us split the BB King... More

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Springfield, Missouri
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed September 30, 2013

Went to KC to watch the Chiefs. Heard that BB Lawnside Bar B Que was a must. We ordered the burnt ends. To our dismay they were almost 75% solid fat. Granted they were tender but I threw away most of the meat and I am not a picky eater. The homemade fries were great and the baked beans average.... More

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Dodge City, Kansas
12 reviews 12 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 12, 2013

I included BB's in my tour of barbeque and was very happy with it. The waitress suggested several items and I chose the burnt ends. I was very happy with them; tender, flavorful, and not too fatty. I am new to ordering burnt ends but I actually preferred them to Jack Stack's. The atmosphere was artsy and rustic, which I... More

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16 reviews 16 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 23, 2013 via mobile

Ate at BB's Lawnside for lunch today. I have enjoyed eating here in the past, but had to introduce my wife to them. Sonja was our server today, very friendly and out going, which was very nice for a hot day. I had my usual, Big Walter, the mixture was heavy in pork today but it was large and delicious... More

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