It's not easy to call a place up, (even well in advance) and tell them you want to come by with a boys soccer team and their parents on a Saturday evening! Some places gag, some politely decline and others step up to the plate. Snead's? "We'll be ready for you!"
When we began arriving a 7:30 pm, (15 minutes late, the parking lot was packed). If you look for fancy blacktop, painted lines or, EGADS...valet parking...you won't find it here. Snead's is the kind of place that would be at home on "Diners, Drive-In's and Dives"...you know...the places where folks are friendly and the food is GOOD!
I'm going to tell you about what I had, coz it covered a variety of items. I ordered "Three of a kind" (Beef Brownies, [burnt ends of brisket], pulled pork and sliced pork. I understand it is traditional to have the BBQ SAUCE at the table...leaving it to the patron to determine what kind and how much they may or may not want. I am NOT a "hot sauce" person, so found the mild, sweeter bbq sauce perfectly to my liking. The HOT sauce was plenty venemous...and some at the long table really loved it! (I guess I'm a wuss). The meats were tender and flavorful on their own, so even if you don't LIKE BBQ you can have good meat without. I had a side of "beans from the pit"...I cannot tell you how good THAT was...and hand-cut fries. Thinking about the small "complimentary" coleslaw I got, I now wish I'd gotten the DELICIOUS slaw instead of the fries. (They were terrific...but I've had fries as good)...the slaw was probably #2 or #3 on my all time slaw-tasting list!!! LOL
Though we hit the place with 25 people during a busy time, they had a dining room, (nothing fancy), ready for us. We'd already "gotten down" the "match the uniform number with the meal and the parents" routine...and they didn't screw up anything as far as I know! The cost of the entire meal, including beverages was about $16 or so. I think the whole room averaged about $15! So...if you find yourself in south Kansas City...toodle on down Holmes Rd and 171st Street, (Belton, Missouri). You should be glad you did!
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