I'm having a serendipitous moment here. I'm reading the column by one of my favorite sports writers (Peter King) about my favorite team (Chiefs) when I see that he's mentioning one of my favorite BBQ places and a favorite chef. (link to full column below)
3. One more very enjoyable thing about this town: L.C.'s. It's a no-nonsense barbeque place about five minutes from Arrowhead, with the huge smoker right behind the counter where you order. And I figured it must be the place to get barbeque. When I walked in with Chiefs PR aide Pete Moris, there was my favorite chef and Rutgers grad, Mario Batali, getting ready to chow down on some burnt ends and beans. Mario is only the best chef of Italian food in the world. Told me he was in town to cook a meal at friend Lydia's restaurant. (You may recall my glowing words last season about Felidia, the marvelous Italian place in Manhattan. Well, Lydia's got a place in Kansas City, and Mario was here with two other chefs to get a pre-game meal.)
I enjoyed L.C.'s earlier this spring and while I didn't get to see L.C. or Mario, I did enjoy the food. I also found the people there to be really nice - they let me hang out in the restaurant w/o ordering for over an hour while waiting for my belated brother to join me for lunch. I mention the service because I've read other less satisfied reports. My only quibble with the food I enjoyed was that the burnt ends really seemed more like chunks of pork shoulder with a bit of crust on one end. The pork was good, I guess I'd just prefer the crust to pork ratio be reversed. The beans were awesome!
Mr. King is a bit hyperbolic when he says that Mario B. is the best chef of Italian food in the world; let's cut him some slack - he's a football guy first. ;)
P'raps this is only of interest to me but with all the BBQ tailgating going on at Arrowhead, I thought somebody else here might be interested.