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Kansas City Barbeque: Cruise on in
Yep, I did a totally touristy thing so just go ahead and snigger.
It was here; we were hungry; we like BBQ; why not? KCBBQ’s claim to fame isn’t what comes out of the kitchen (although it’s been around for 30-odd years or so) but as the shooting location for some memorable scenes from “Top Gun.” I’d already read enough reviews to know that people have had a love/hate relationship with the place but the sunny patio looked like a good spot for a cold beer, and it was largely empty in the mid-afternoon hour.
It is your classic dive bar - sticky floors, plastic tablecloths, paper plates, sports on the TV - and looks curiously older than it is ‘cause the original building burned in 2008 and was totally reconstructed. That said, if you’re coming just for some authentic nostalgia give this a skip ‘cause Maverick and Goose never lifted a bottle at the current bar in the current watering hole ...although movie and military memorabilia are plastered on every wall, and the “Great Balls of Fire” piano, salvaged from the blaze, occupies a corner of one of the dining rooms. The “Lovin’ Feeling” jukebox didn’t make it so you’ll be plugging your quarters into a replica but who the heck cares.
Both of us ordered pulled-pork sammies with fries; about $9:00. Not the best but not the worst we’ve had either, they were fine washed down with a couple of brews, and we had fun watching the Coaster trains as they rumbled by; the tracks run just spittin’ distance from one side of the terrace. Service was prompt and friendly but I read that it can be slow/inconsistent during the peak lunch/dinner hours.
Would I do it again? I like dive bars so won't rule out bellying up with the regulars for a couple innings of a Padres game, or another ice-cold longneck some sunny, patio-perfect afternoon.
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Kansas City Bar-B-Q: Remember that scene in Top Gun?
We walked past this restaurant daily, as it was very close to our hotel. You could smell the mesquite smoke for about a block in any direction, and it smelled incredible! Unfortunately, we never ended up eating there, but did pop in one evening to check it out. It's a very small, low-key place, with plastic checkered tablecloths and typical diner waitresses. The place was very busy, and everybody seemed to enjoy their meal.
From the ceiling in the Bar you will see thousands of ball-type caps hanging, mostly with military insignias. From the ceiling fan, there are no hats, but about a dozen bras!!! Guess the ladies wanted to leave a different type of memento!
The pic at the right is from the patio, and yes, I remember that scene (don't think I'll ever forget it!)
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Kansas City Bar-B-Q: TOP GUN Bar Scene was filmed here!
OK, to be honest, we came here because it was where the "sleazy bar scene" from Top Gun was filmed. I wanted to place my buns where Anthony Edwards buns had been... But once we were there we were overwhelmed with the scrumptious smell of barbeque and decided to have lunch. EXCELLENT decision! So much sauce, it runs down your arms - yummy! Prices are good too - you can get lunch and a beer for around $15.
Favorite Dish: Loved the BBQ ribs and onion rings - meat falls off the bones with only the slightest urging, and the onion rings are fresh!
Kansas City Barbeque: Interesting
Alright, it's the Top Gun bar. The food, while not amazing, was edible. What you're really going there for is that fact that it's the sleazy bar from Top Gun, and really I enjoyed the experience. The waitress cracked me up as did the general Kansas theme of the place. It's a fun place but don't go there if you're looking for an incredible meal.
Favorite Dish: The ribs baby!
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