Our original plan was to spend three days in Kansas City, but we ended up extending our stay an additional two days. Why you ask!?! Well, three days just isn’t enough time to hit all of the BBQ hot spots in Kansas City!
While somewhat true, our first extension came when we decided we didn’t want to travel on Greg’s birthday, the second was because of weather, which ultimately didn’t matter because it ended up raining our travel anyway. Oh well.
In the whole scheme of things, it was a pretty chill five days, with a couple of explorations, a birthday celebration and of course, a few stops at BBQ joints across the city. A nice balance of a few activities and good food; life doesn’t get much better than that!!
We stayed at a county park in Blue Springs, Missouri with full hookups. It was convenient to the city and was a 30 minute max drive to everything we did. The only problem was finding it it as they only put the address for the County Parks & Rec building on the reservation….which we were able to find without any issues, unfortunately the campground wasn’t near the Parks & Rec building!! Being lost in a suburb in a 45-foot bus, isn’t much fun…..and well, maybe a tad stressful. We started out ahead of rush hour, but with our little seek-and-eventually-find campground adventure, we ended up in the middle of it. Aargh. Lesson learned though—double and triple check the campground address!!
On Saturday's there is a great farmer's/city market downtown KC (MO), so we made a point of hitting that, which turned out to be a great stop. Overall, it’s a great market with a nice variety of vendors, restaurants and stores, along with some random entertainment. Highly recommend.
The City Market
One of many vendors
Okay....so not all of the fruits and veggies were local!
But, lots of options!!
One of a few entertainers!!
Believe it or not, this guy was pretty darn good!!
There was a bird rescue booth...looking for homes for some very cool birds!
Don't worry, Hobie is still an only child!!
Afterward the City Market? BBQ, of course!! Our first attempt, Q39, was derailed by a huge crowd and a 45 minute wait. But the good thing in KC, there is no shortage of BBQ places. We ended up at Char Bar, which was a really cool restaurant with a great outdoor area with bocce ball and a few other activities. Just one of those fun places to hang out all afternoon, eat some BBQ and drink beer. We stopped after just one beer…and for the record, we exercised great restraint!!
Char Bar BBQ...and beer!!
The fun activities at the Char Bar!!
The Bocce ball court at Char Bar....
The next day, we celebrated Greg’s birthday with a quick trip to the Donald J Hall Sculpture park at Nelson-Adkins Museum of Art, followed by more BBQ. Back to Q39 with reservations this time!! The sculpture park was pretty cool. Along with giant shuttlecocks (yes, plural) on the grounds, the highlight was the Glass Labryinth. It was also cool seeing lots of families having picnics on the lawn of the museum.
One of the three Shuttlecocks (Claes Oldenburg)
A stainless steel tree (Roxy Paine)....56' x 35'
The Glass Labryinth (Robert Morris)--which you had to be very careful in--is very tricky.
We did see a lady take a header into one of the glass panels.
It's about 50'x50'x50'.
Greg working his way through the maze, hand up so you don't knock yourself out!!
A close up of the figures. They are about 6'2" x 23"
Second of three Shuttlecocks!
We enjoyed Greg’s birthday dinner at Q39, which had some of the best brisket of our adventures so far….which explains why there was such a long wait the day prior. We typically try a sampler platter to get some variety and overall, it did not disappoint. Highly recommend if you’re in the KC area!!
Q39 BBQ....Yum-my!! We should have put a birthday candle in the BBQ!!
We woke up the next morning and it was raining and just outright yucky, so we decided to stay one more day….just seemed like the right thing to do…for safety reasons of course. Pretty sure our extension had nothing to do with one more BBQ place we wanted to hit!! And, our drive was a little over 350 miles, so it was doable in one day, even though the original plan was to do it in two.
So after a few hours of work in the morning, we set off for Joe’s KC BBQ (on the Kansas side)….which was recommended to us by several people. The recommendation was also to go to the original location—the gas station…..so we did.
Outside of Joe's. Note, no line in this picture....
of course it was taken after we left (and waited in a fairly long line)!!
Several write ups about Joe's....keeps you engaged while you're waiting in line!!
Knocked one off the list; only 12 more places to go!!
We got there around 1:30 and keep in mind, it was a yucky, rainy overall miserable day. We park and there’s a fairly long line outside the building…about 20 people standing with umbrellas and rain coats, waiting to get inside the restaurant, where there’s another line of around 30 people.
Greg's view of the line...
My view of the line
The line inside....this is about half way through the inside line.
Luckily the line moved pretty quickly and about 40 minutes after arriving, we were enjoying BBQ. They are famous for their pulled pork and the Z-Man sandwich, which is a brisket sandwich topped with BBQ sauce, provolone, and two onion rings. Greg tried that and I got some pulled pork and brisket. All very good, but think Q39 was the overall BBQ winner for our KC stop!! (Fox Brothers in Atlanta, still overall our favorite!)
(We forgot to take pics of the Z-Man. Think it was the long line....we were famished!!)
So a pretty low key stop, but enjoyed some BBQ….a little culture (if you call a giant Shuttlecock culture) and Greg celebrated his birthday in a fun city, with one of his favorite foods—BBQ!
After KC, we are spending around three weeks in central Illinois….where we’ll visit family, do some work, and take in all of the fun tourist activities that central Illinois has to offer!! Any suggestions for fun tourist activities in central Illinois, let us know…..we have enough planned to keep us busy for oh…about a two days!
Thanks for following along…..and stay tuned; we will find those fun tourist activities…somewhere!