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Smokebox BBQ Cafe

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10020 N Ambassador Dr, Kansas City, MO 64153-1362
+1 816-891-8011
Mon - Sat 10:00 am - 9:00 pm
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Saint Charles, Missouri
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226 reviews
183 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 46 helpful votes
Reviewed November 10, 2016 via mobile

This place is in a small strip mall. Didn't even notice it the first time we drove by. Not a fancy place at all. Styrofoam cups, plastic plates and plastic utensils. But the food is great. We had the ribs, pulled pork, brisket, bake beans, fries, coleslaw and cheesy corn. Yum, yum. Everything was delicious. First time having cheesy corn,... More 

1 Thank pandam1
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8 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
Reviewed November 9, 2016 via mobile

This was really good food. Plastic silverware and paper plates. The way BBQ is meant to be ate! Solid.

Thank John H
Shanghai, China
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42 reviews
20 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
Reviewed October 30, 2016

This was the epitome of the neighborhood BBQ place, other than the strip mall location. The food is leagues ahead of the Smokehouse BBQ we had the night before, proving that local is always better than the chain restaurants. Had the burnt ends and brisket, and couldn't get enough of either. Enjoyed being a part of the local clientele vs.... More 

Thank semi775
Atlanta, Georgia
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113 reviews
69 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
Reviewed September 24, 2016 via mobile

We were in the area tooling for quick lunch fast before a appointment. This came up on trip advisor as a good choice and we agree.

Thank Jim S
Paw Paw, Michigan
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86 reviews
60 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 31 helpful votes
Reviewed August 26, 2016 via mobile

The fries were just ok, the coleslaw was passable, the beans were good......but OMG the best burnt ends I have ever had period!!!! I eat a ton of bbq and these are award winning. Ribs were cooked perfectly with a huge smoke ring and fall of the bone tender! The place smells heavenly when you walk in and the Q... More 

2 Thank ARC58
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25 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
Reviewed August 23, 2016

Loved the baby back ribs. Could have skipped the bread but asked the waitress and she said its a Kansas City custom. The fries and,cold slaw and baked beans were also good. Just enough food that I didn't want more.

Thank jflock
Kansas City
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94 reviews
54 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 32 helpful votes
Reviewed August 13, 2016

If you haven't heard about this place, then you are probably not a celebrity. So many celebrities stop here at this quiet place on their way to and from the airport. Yes, their BBQ is great, but I love their tenderloin - probably the best I've ever had. This restaurant is family owned and the boys' mother hand makes the... More 

1 Thank Beachluvinfamily
Phoenix, Arizona
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50 reviews
32 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
Reviewed August 6, 2016 via mobile

Tried pulled pork and burnt ends as well as beans and cheesy corn for sides. All options were average in both flavor and quality. Wouldn't go back here again.

Thank jrdrake
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122 reviews
38 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 30 helpful votes
Reviewed August 1, 2016 via mobile

This place was great. Prices weren't to bad and the good was great. Staff was very friendly. Would go back here again.

Thank brooklyn n
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34 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
Reviewed July 1, 2016 via mobile

We tried this place as it was a Friday night and every other restaurant was busy with long waits. We got in fast. Not crowded. Food was good. Got the 2 meat dinner with burnt ends & turkey. It was okay. Cole slaw was okay. Not the best. Not the worst. It was okay but not sure I'd go back.

Thank ChristaandDerri... C

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
American, Barbecue
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff, Television, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Highchairs Available
Good for
Kids, Families with children, Dining on a budget
Open Hours
10:00 am - 9:00 pm
10:00 am - 9:00 pm
10:00 am - 9:00 pm
10:00 am - 9:00 pm
10:00 am - 9:00 pm
10:00 am - 9:00 pm
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 10020 N Ambassador Dr, Kansas City, MO 64153-1362
  • Location: United States  >  Missouri (MO)  >  Kansas City
  • Phone Number: +1 816-891-8011

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?