I'm in Kansas City and have already been hitting the barbecue places. So far, I've been to Fiorella's Jack Stack and Arthur Bryant's. The lamb ribs really are wonderful at Fiorella's, but the ribs, sausage, and burnt ends were only fair. Very decent bread pudding.
As usual, a few locals tried to warn me about Arthur Bryant's -- "It's gone downhill." I heard the same thing before Arthur died, ad soon after he died. Bryant's is still great. Beef and french fries are still great. Short end ribs terrific. The burnt ends tasted like they were sitting in too much barbecue sauce for too long. Too mushy. I miss the days of the gratis burnt ends -- not because the were free, but because they were really burnt and were free of drowning by sauce (which seems to be the style these days). Other than my lingering bitterness about the soda machines disappearing from the walls, I think A.B. is competitive with what I ate there 30 years ago.
Any comments about Hannah's or The Grill on Broadway?