Passing through one of the great BBQ capitals in the US (Kansas City), I stopped for lunch at Smokehouse BBQ in Independence to try something different for a change. Yes, I have been to every major Kansas City BBQ establishment and enjoy returning to them from time to time. It is always nice to try something new and discover great BBQ along the way. Hence, Smokehouse BBQ falls in that category. I was completely taken surprise by the quality food, value, service, menu, and environment in which it operates in.
The Food: I ordered the BBQ Combo plate with sliced sausage and beef burnt ends. My sides were baked beans and cheesy corn ( a KC side item you don't find anywhere else) that were accompanied by Texas Toast. The beef burnt ends were amazing! Cut into decent size cubes, they had a nice bark on the outside with plenty of smokiness and moisture on the inside. They were seasoned right. The sliced sausage was sliced thinly and tasted good. I am not a baked beans fan but decided to give them a try. I was shocked at home much I liked them. They had little bits of meat, a sweet flavor in the sauce, and a touch of smokiness to them. The cheesy corn had a nice balance of corn and cheesy flavor without feeling like you were eating soup.
The Menu and Value: Smokehouse BBQ has a nice size menu to choose things from and the value for the portions you get are great.
The Service: The service was excellent. My tea glass was filled repeatedly, employees were engaging, and food arrival was prompt.
The Restaurant Environment: When you first walk in, you think you are eating at an Italian restaurant. This place does not look like your run-of-the-mill KC BBQ joint. At that time you realize you are in a BBQ restaurant because the aroma of BBQ smoking filters through the entire restaurant. That hook is what some restaurants are missing but not Smokehouse BBQ.
For a quick stop over, Smokehouse BBQ delivered beyond my expectations. As a person who seeks out great/exceptional BBQ, this one surprised me. It is big-time BBQ in the Big BBQ town! Great job Smokehouse!
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