BBQ Perfection. Jack Stack is great. Food is wonderful, service is what it should be. HOWEVER, somewhere along the line, KC BBQ decided it need to go "upscale" - a bbq restaurant with white table clothes??? What's the point? Jack Stack is trying to compete with KC Masterpiece and I think they're already as good or better. But they have sacrificed atmosphere for a little suburban snobbery. It does not wear well. Jack Stack must be on your must-eat-at BBQ joints, right after SmokeHouse BBQ. I recommend the Martin City location on 135th Street just east of State Line.
Great Food! Great Value!. Four of us spent a week in KC primarily to sightsee and sample KC BBQ cuisine. We visited Arthur Bryant's, Oklahoma Joe's and Fiorella's Jack Stack and were unanimous in our feeling that Fiorella's was the best of the three. Very friendly wait staff, reasonable prices, many menu selections to choose from... well worth the 30 to 40 minute wait for table seating. The BBQ ribs, baked beans and slaw were the best I've had anywhere... and I always go to at least 1 BBQ place when I travel. I will definitely eat there again if I visit KC.
Good place to take the family & kids ... but there's better barbeque to be had elsewhere..
My wife and I ate at Fiorella's Jack Stack Barbeque on the recommendation of some of her co-workers. We've just returned to the KC area after living in the SF Bay Area for the last 9+ years and are ready to dive into all the Barbeque we can possibly take (check out my review for Oklahoma Joe's). I won't say that we were disappointed, Jack Stack is definately better than most of the places we were able to find in California, but I still left there feeling like it's more of a family-oriented restaurant than a authentic barbeque joint.
First, there's the sauce. The waitress (who was very nice) asked us if we would like the regular and spicy or just the regular and, of course, we went with both ... but I swear I couldn't tell them apart. Both tasted ok, but neither even approached spicy and both were forgettable.
Second, the meat was far too smokey. I know that some people, my father-in-law included, like their barbeque to taste like burned wood, but the smoke is so overwhelming that it is the only after taste that lingers ... we have left overs in our refrigerator that smell very similar to our fireplace.
Now, I'm not saying it's all bad - the beans and creamy cheese corn are amazing sides, well worth picking up from there and getting your meat elsewhere.
The Beans - gotta have those beans.....
Ok I agree with other reviewers about the meat at this place - sometimes it can be a toss up. I grew up in KC and moved to LA about a decade ago, but every time I go home this place is a must eat spot. I've never actually eaten in - we've always ordered out and taken it home, but it's pretty decently decorated and the food is freaking awesome.
If you like sticky sweet ribs, meaty bbq baked beans, and great sausage then this place is for you, if you're used to eat coast bbq - then stay away.
Trust me - just order the beans...they are more like a meal than a side.
Editorial Review by Christy Buena. Locals flock for award-winning Kansas City barbecue slow cooked in an authentic brick oven including five kinds of ribs.
Best barbeque I've ever had in my entire life!!!. I went to Fiorella's Jack Stack Barbeque recently with my fiance. We wanted to try Kansas City's best barbeque, and most of the local's recommended this place. They were not wrong! I had a full plate of pork ribs w/ their own BBQ sauce; best I've ever had in my entire life! The bread pudding we had for dessert was excellent as well. I will definitely eat here again when we return to KC, and I will definitely recommend this restaurant to anyone who visits this great city.
Great Steaks!. This is one restaurant my husband and I can agree on. They have the best steaks. I love the spinach side salad. The cheesy corn or potatoe bake is also wonderful. We've never tried their deserts, because we are always too full!
The emperor is not wearing any clothes.
I have loved and eaten barbeque from NYC to Memphis; KC to Chicago. Granted everyone has different taste, but this place is SO OVERATED it is not funny. Barbecue arrived charred, fatty, sauces were mediocre at best, sides nothing to write home about. Even the staff was embarrassed about the quality of the food, apologizing profusely as we kept sending things back that were nearly inedible.
Everyone in Overland Park and elsewhere raves about this place. Just goes to show most people a) have never eaten good authentic soul barbecue; b) can be brainwashed into believing the hype. I have no ax to grind, was really hoping for great Q, was sadly disappointed, and shocked people can be so naive.
K.C. Icon. I go to Jack Stack several times a month. It is a clean "modern" restraunt and is still able to put out a product that rivals and beats a lot of the smaller more hands on BBQ joints which is impressive. They have the best beans in K.C. (closely followed by Oklahoma Joes). One of my favorite dishes is the flattened chicken. The menu has a lot variety and there are plenty options if you wish to branch out a bit. Oh and make sure to order a "rack" of onion rings...
Excellent BBQ!!. Saw this joint on Bobby Flay's Food Nation and had to get there to try the beans. The baked beans are awesome. This was the most tender and best tasting BBQ I've had at a restaurant, and I've been to numerous BBQ houses throughout Oklahoma, Texas and Kansas. I'll be making it a regular stop when going through KC. Amazingly good Spicy BBQ Sauce.
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