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Lone Steer BBQ opens on East 23rd

April 25, 2008


A former steakhouse in southeast Lawrence is now home to a Texas-style barbecue joint with a smoker out back and a brick-lined pit inside.

And the fiberglass Hereford bull on the roof? Well, changing that will just have to wait.

"We need to cut off the horns and paint it black," said Steve Graham, kitchen manager for Lone Steer BBQ, noting that the new place serves only Angus beef. "Eventually we will, but we've been pretty busy."

Lone Steer, 2176 E. 23rd St., opens at 11 a.m. seven days a week, and stays open until 10 p.m. Sundays through Thursdays and until 11 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays.

For more information, including the restaurant's menu and history, visit


Bruce Bertsch 10 years, 1 month ago

Good grief, what a bunch of whiny nitpickers! I ate at the place last evening. It isn't KC BBQ, doesn't pretend to be. It's Tejas style, with the emphasis on beef and not pork. It's almost self serve so the service is fine; someone came past our booth three times to inquire if we needed anything. I kind of liked the idea of no plates. I know how to assemble my own sandwich. Brisket was good. It was not smoked KC style but was smoked. Like Tejas style bbq it needs to have sauce added. Beans were great. Wife and I ate for right at $20. It is not overpriced at all. I'll go back and eat there again.BTW, I ignore all reviews where the writer can not use the proper verb, i.e., i've ate should be I've eaten. That is 4th grade grammar. Surely folks in Lawrence can write and speak at a 4th grade level when making comments to an article.

countrygirl 10 years, 1 month ago

I wondered if anyone would comment on the food yet. We haven't tried them yet and would like to hear some opinions.The "breed" thing with cattle always cracks me up. As if you can tell what color it was by the time it gets to the store or restaraunt. Hardly anybody raises straight Hereford or Angus anymore. I'd be willing to be what he's getting for meat is all crossbreds and probably just enough Angus in them to be dark colored.

IHFARMALL 10 years, 1 month ago

Iv ate at there, the BBQ is awfull, and over priced. If they call that good BBQ Id rather eat a hotdog.

Take_a_letter_Maria 10 years, 1 month ago

Bad food, bad service.You're better off getting Kraft BBQ sauce at your local grocery and putting it on bologna.

alfie 10 years, 1 month ago

I have to agree with all of you the food was terrible and 'what service"? That place and location will not be here a year from now

Jim Phillips 10 years, 1 month ago

Hate to disagree with y'all. I ate there (carry-out) last Monday. It was very good. And yes, I know what good barbeque is. I've been to Guy and Mae's in the early years, Gates, Bryant's, and a few places in Texas.

lazz 10 years, 1 month ago

Unlike Guardian, i LOVE to disagree with y'all. To invoke the unique wit and wisdom of IHFARMALL, iv ate at there too, and I thought it was fabulous. Great sausage, ribs and tangy sauce. Enjoy.

FaceFav 10 years, 1 month ago

Gotta' go with Guardian on this one. Had excellent food there last week- ribs/brisket/sausage/turkey. As with Guardian I've had all the best in KC many times including dearly missed joints like Boyds and Merriam BBQ. Doing Rosedale for lunch today in fact. What I had at Lone Steer stacks up with the best in KC. A bit different due to the Texas connection but still A+ stuff. Give it a chance Lawrence. And speaking of high prices- been to Gates lately? Regular pork sandwich/fries/large drink for $13.37. Ouch!!

Jcjayhawk1 10 years, 1 month ago

"Hate to disagree with y'all. I ate there (carry-out) last Monday."Carry out was your break. Service is horrible. I wanted a sausage and got it handed to me in a square food wrapping paper & with out a bun or a tray. I had to ask for the bun. Over priced and destined to failure.

coolmarv 10 years, 1 month ago

Most retaurants in Lawrence are destined to fail. BBQ joints are funny, you either like the place or you think it's horrible. Half will like a joint and half will not. I don't like Buffalo Bob's but it has been in buisness for years. Loved the Bum Steer and it could not keep a restaruant going. Love Famous Dave's but Arthur Byrants at the Legend's was not very good. I will have to try this place before I decide.

Christine Pennewell Davis 10 years, 1 month ago

well plates would be nice and wait staff and hot food not that the food was that great if they want to stay in business they really need to make some big changes.

Take_a_letter_Maria 10 years, 1 month ago

Guardian, lazz and facefav - you all are either somehow connected to the place or not the bbq people you claim to be. This place was awful. The concept of serving by the pound is a good one, but when it's a pound not fit for my dog to consume...........Maybe if they tried to go Carolina style and hide it under some coleslaw.I'll stick with Grandaddy's if I'm gonna eat bbq in town or Bryant's (the original not the Speedway) if I'm up for a short drive.

tomking 10 years, 1 month ago

First off, critiquing any new restaurant in the first three months of business is jumping the gun.iv ate at there too, and Lone Steer had it pretty well together for the first week out of the chute. Good product, good price point, and it's nice to see that building clean for a change. Give Lone Steer, and any new restaurant, time to hit their stride."Most retaurants in Lawrence are destined to fail."Sad and somewhat true, coolmarv, but not exclusive to Lawrence. Most restaurants opened anywhere fail within the first 18 months.

dagger 10 years, 1 month ago

I dont believe that, why would it take three months of business to make their food good? Lots of resturaunts open and have good food from the start. If they need that much practice to make the food good maybe they should have held off the opening until they knew they had it right. This place does not have it right, its aweful!

Lilfish338 10 years, 1 month ago

If ya'll want some grrreat bbq, where the atmosphere is fun and the service is good and the ladies are hilarious, go to Guy's and Mae's in Williamsburg. Its not what you expect when you roll into town, but its great. The people that go there will stare at you when you walk in, but the ribs make up for it. Try it out if you are ever in the area.

Buggie7 10 years, 1 month ago

I think this place will succeed. Someone posted changes needed to be made. They just opened and I dont go when they first open. They are still working out the kinks and ill go when they get a little more settled in. For those that didnt like it I really recommend trying it again in a couple of months you may or may not be suprised

Deja Coffin 10 years, 1 month ago

What place did it used to be? Well I still think they should have another all-american buffet resturant like Furrs. My husband refuses to go into CVS on principal. We need a Golden Corral!

mistygreen 10 years, 1 month ago

Dejacrew423: It used to be Don's Steak House

lazz 10 years, 1 month ago

TWO of you brainiacs have now spelled awful "aweful".a sure sign of intelligent, thoughtful criticism ...

Deja Coffin 10 years, 1 month ago

Thanks mistygreen. I haven't been to either but the Trec Amigos resturant by there is soooo good. Or should I say awefully good to help my spelling credibility?

waytogo 10 years, 1 month ago

There is a new bbq in Eudora. Great food and priced ok...I was really impressed and I am bbq picky and tried all of the above. I love Bryants and Rosedale!

Deja Coffin 10 years, 1 month ago

Yeh it's Daniel's BBQ in Eudora, they've been in Tonganoxie since I don't even know how long and they've got great ribs!! Still a fan of Cutters though

Linda Aikins 10 years, 1 month ago

good save, Harley! Miss Miller (my 3rd grade teacher) must still be alive and posting...

Take_a_letter_Maria 10 years, 1 month ago

lazz (Anonymous) says: TWO of you brainiacs have now spelled awful "aweful".a sure sign of intelligent, thoughtful criticism :----------------------------------------------------------------------Because we all know that spelling incorrectly or having poor grammar invalidates our opinion.

geniusmannumber1 10 years, 1 month ago

"Because we all know that spelling incorrectly or having poor grammar invalidates our opinion."Of course not. Most people will, with some justification, take it less seriously.

Deja Coffin 10 years, 1 month ago

I spell incorrectly because I think it makes me cool. I also say funner and use uh, and um while giving speaks. Does it really matter? It wasn't exactly like you didn't understand what they were saying. Everyone is knit picky, yes I said knit picky, :0)

wstrnksgirl 10 years, 1 month ago

Until we went to the new BBQ place, we'd never had gray cold slaw before. Pulled pork sandwich - cold, dry and overcooked; cold slaw was, um, HORRIBLE; potato salad and beans were okay; but the price was unbelievable! I don't mind paying for good food but this didn't qualify!

Deja Coffin 10 years, 1 month ago

Anyone ever had Kobe beef steaks? ( I think that's how you spell it) I guees it's the finest quality you can get because they feed the cows a beer a day, take them on walks, and give them massages.

cowboy 10 years, 1 month ago

natural raised and grass fed are two different methods , just for reference sake.

cowboy 10 years, 1 month ago

natural raised and grass fed are two different methods , just for reference sake. th ebad reviews are disturbing . You have to really work at it to screw up BBQ. Keep it moist and have a good sauce , what the heck else is there.

Deja Coffin 10 years, 1 month ago

So do you slather it up with sauce and cook it or a spice rub and then dip it into sauce. That's the big question.

Take_a_letter_Maria 10 years, 1 month ago

Spice rub. If it's really, really good no sauce is needed.

cowboy 10 years, 1 month ago

Oh crap do both ,live a little. The best sauce I ever ate was in a small mississippi town , kind of a thin penetrating sauce that had a lot of pepper taste to it . you could grill with it or use as a marinade of sorts. but I like it all , except dry.

geniusmannumber1 10 years, 1 month ago

"Spice rub. If it's really, really good no sauce is needed."That ain't barbecue, then. That may be how they cook their meat down south, or some other heathen place, but this is Kansas City (or near enough), and you use sauce. Period.

Take_a_letter_Maria 10 years, 1 month ago

geniusmannumber1 (Anonymous) says: "Spice rub. If it's really, really good no sauce is needed."That ain't barbecue, then. That may be how they cook their meat down south, or some other heathen place, but this is Kansas City (or near enough), and you use sauce. Period.-----------------------------------------------------------------------You probably use A1 on your steaks too, don't you? Or wait, catsup!!How about this then, the smoked meat at Lone Steer BBQ was very poorly prepared. So bad in fact that the cr@ppy sauce they served with it didn't even help it.Since all bbq in and around KC uses sauce (I dare you to say that to the guys behind the greasy window at Bryants) Lone Steer is not a true bbq place.I do enjoy a good sauce on my smoked meat, but I am just fine without it if the meat is properly prepared. You shouldn't need to have so much sauce on the meat that you can't even taste the flavor of it though.

stuckinthemiddle 10 years, 1 month ago

"(I dare you to say that to the guys behind the greasy window at Bryants)"are you saying the sauce isn't a big deal at Bryant's?~chuckle~have you really been there? the guys behind the greasy window sop in on with big paint brushes...KC bbq is the best and KC bbq is all about the sauces...

stuckinthemiddle 10 years, 1 month ago

and... lots of folks complaining about the prices... give us some examples...ten bucks for a sandwich and fries is pretty standard...what are they charging for a sandwich and fries?

geniusmannumber1 10 years, 1 month ago

Ketchup on a steak? Are you nuts? Full disclosure, though, I'm not against a little horseradish -- raw, not sauce -- especially when the steak's not very good.But in all seriousness, I'm not taking a position with respect to sauce on vs. sauce for dipping. My point is that in some parts of these United States, there are folks who throw a dry rub on some meat, cook it up, and call it barbecue. And that ain't right. And don't even get me started on what some of these people claim passes for sauce....

Take_a_letter_Maria 10 years, 1 month ago

Stuck, the way I interpretted genius' post is the style that simmers in sauce and is served not the smoked, grab a fist full, brush the sauce on like Bryants, and yes I've been there so chuckle all you like.

beagledog 10 years, 1 month ago

I was there for lunch. Food was excellent and the staff very friendly and accomodating. Nobody is perfect only 2 weeks in, and I think they will do well.

stuckinthemiddle 10 years, 1 month ago

Take_a_letter_Mariamaybe I didn't understand you're mean... and sorry for the chuckle... but I sensed irony... which I guess was not there...and the "simmered in sauce" is the Texas thing, I believe... and the sauce actually ends up having a lot of the meat juices and grease in it... I've had some that wasn't too bad but it's not my preference...

geniusmannumber1 10 years, 1 month ago

Boiled peanuts -- which seemed like the most ridiculous, possibly disgusting thing I'd ever heard of -- are really, really good.But mayonnaise on a cake? Really??

Evan Ridenour 10 years, 1 month ago

I've been there and it was a horrible experience all around. Service was bad enough alone that I will never go back but on top of that the food was awful. Anyone who truly knows BBQ knows what a joke Buffalo Bobs is but I would honestly rather eat that crap then the stuff at Lone Steer BBQ.If you want BBQ any place else within 50 miles is better, it is truly the worst I have ever had.

geniusmannumber1 10 years, 1 month ago

I may be playing the BBQ snob -- correction, I am definitely playing the BBQ snob -- mostly because I hear so many people (especially Texans) claim that their BBQ is "the best", or that they "invented it", or other nonsense. I personally think KC BBQ is the standard, and everything else deviates from the norm.But there are very few things that I won't at least try, and more times than not, I'm pleasantly surprised. I have limits, but I try to set them as far out there as possible. These include; horse; anything where I'm expected to consume an eyeball; most internal organs; insects (well, I've eaten ants. Most insects.); most things I would keep as a pet; and raw things that I think may not be healthy if left uncooked.But for this willingness to overcome the squeamishness, I'd never have had turtle, eel, rattlesnake, iguana, and a bunch of other things that really aren't too bad (or even really good.)On the other hand, I'd never have eaten cheese that tastes like shoes or this soup I'm pretty sure was purposely made with rotting potatoes, but the risks generally outweigh the reward.

Sigmund 10 years, 1 month ago

Nothing is as good as the original Arthur Bryants, nothing. Author Calvin Trillin declared that "...the single best restaurant in the world is Arthur Bryant's Barbeque at 18th & Brooklyn in Kansas City." Steer's dry brisket and devoid of flavor "hot links" didn't even come close to good food, let alone good BBQ.

geniusmannumber1 10 years, 1 month ago

Excuse me. The rewards outweigh the risks.

Puff_Dragon 10 years, 1 month ago

I can tell from the outside I don't need to go inside.Now if they had a chicken ridin' that animal on the roof I might wanna' go on in.

Christine Pennewell Davis 10 years, 1 month ago

believe it or not mayo in the cake will keep it moist and the taste is very good you really do not know it is mayo, just do not use mircle wihip taste is to radical for the cake to come out right. The mayo trick has been used by bakers for a long time.

Hunter1 10 years, 1 month ago

I ate there last week and really enjoyed it. I've had Q in S. Carolina, in Texas from Houston to Austin, all over K.C. and Kansas, and this place stands up. I had the beef, ribs, sausage, and tried the turkey (yes, I'm a pig and I ate it all), and it was all excellent. The fries were great too. The staff issues are easily fixed (you don't eat them anyway). I guess some folks will just have get used to the idea of putting on their own sauce; by the way, Bryant's and Gates also cook their meat dry and only put on sauce at the very end. I love the debate as to which state/city has the best Q, and this place will be part of it. Good Q is still good Q, and Lawrence is lucky. I'll be back, and I'll also hit the great places in KC too.

bearded_gnome 10 years, 1 month ago

interesting to note:overwhelmingly, the posters posting favorable reviews are generally unknown, and apparently without much posting history on this board. those with strong neg opinion are overwhelmingly recognizable posters, i.e. Mom/geniusman. does this suggest a hypothesis? don't think we'll be tryin' this joint.

Evan Ridenour 10 years, 1 month ago

People are posting negative things because the place is literally horrible. And don't listen to the postings by these unknown newbies who I am assuming are connected with the place. The negative opinions have nothing to do with the style of BBQ, the food is gross by any standard. Without question it is the worst BBQ place within 50 miles.

BigPrune 10 years, 1 month ago

If it's as good as Oklahoma Joe's in O.P., it'll be a winner. That place is better than Arthur Bryants and Famous Daves. It seems BBQ joints in Lawrence always have a hard time, probably because of the vegetarian element in our community.

mwwag 10 years, 1 month ago

This was the worst place I have ever eaten. My husband and I went there for our anniversary and I was so put out with the food and the service. It really sucked. I think if you are wanting bbq then you can probably cook it just as good if not better than this place. they should at least have meals and plates. We ordered the smoked sausage which ended up being brats with no buns. I will never being going back.

Frederic Gutknecht IV 10 years, 1 month ago

I ordered water and they just poured it on the table!~)I complained and they poured it on a BUN for me, no doubt due to you sausage complainers!~)OK...Not really...I wish them well. I have preferred Vermont St. to all others in town, though their ribs and bread have suffered, but I've not tried Grand Daddy's or the Steer Clear! No. Seriously. I wish them well.

beagledog 10 years, 1 month ago

I went in today (again) and the service and the food were outstanding. the manager was at the door greeting several other people and talking with them about the menu. He also greeted me, and was in the dining room talking with people at their tables. My lunch was very good today, and the hospitality I received from everyone will bring me back in. Counter girls were smiling and talking with everyone. thanks, but no thanks for the pinto beans.

Evan Ridenour 10 years, 1 month ago

Again, I find it interesting that the only people saying anything remotely positive about this place are individuals with accounts created just to post in this thread.I am sure it doesn't take a genius to see what that implies...I am sure you did go in there again beagledog because you probably work there, and/or own it. I'll take my experience as an actual customer along with all of the usual posters opinions over a hired mouth piece any day.

Sara Garlick 10 years, 1 month ago

For all those that look into ppl's screen names, I am not a newbie. Ive posted before so shut up. About the food, it is a little different. It wasn't too bad. What I liked the most was they let me sample before buying. I went in there wanting brisket and changed my mind after sampling and got a couple ribs and the peppered turkey. Okay so about the plate thing, to each their own. I'm not a messy eater. And remember, any publicity even bad is good publicity. The more you talk bad about something, the more ppl will be curious.

Take_a_letter_Maria 10 years, 1 month ago

moderationman (Anonymous) says: BTW, I ignore all reviews where the writer can not use the proper verb, i.e., i've ate should be I've eaten. That is 4th grade grammar. Surely folks in Lawrence can write and speak at a 4th grade level when making comments to an article.-------------------------------------------------------------------------Those speaking about th grade grammar should check their own grammar first. Otherwise they might end up with egg (or mayo) on their face. Since you cannot (or even can't) ignore the misuse of can not in the statement made by the poster.

nannygirl 10 years, 1 month ago

I've been to Lone Steer. I find the dining concept new and different to Lawrence. I like how simplified it is. The food is a little hit and miss right now. I think after you give them a little time they will become more consistent with their product. Service on the otherhand, it is more like a fastfood BBQ concept. You go to the counter, order you food, sit when they fill your tray and take your own seat. The staff visited my table a couple times to check on my husband and I. We enjoyed it all around. We also like being able to add our own sauce considering BBQ is a cooking technique, it's not just sauce.

jonny_quest 10 years, 1 month ago

This blog has been an interesting "restaurant review." There is an overwhelming percentage of posters that provide very bad reviews. The few posts that are positive appear to by shills. I like to try new places, but I think I'll avoid this one.

SpeedRacer 10 years, 1 month ago

Angus? I'm from the South and when you walk into a place and say "Gimme a bbq", you get pork! I like Bigg's (very close to Memphis bbq) and Gran'daddy's ( I especially like the sauce). I will likely give this place a try, but I will be judging it by the ribs.

Jim Phillips 10 years, 1 month ago

I can't believe how many people on this thread cannot or will not think or act for themselves. I've tried it once and liked it. I'll go back again and see what happens. At least I took the initiative. Try it yourself and see. If you don't like it, don't go back. No loss there.BTW Eride, I don't recall seeing your name posted all that often. Which of Lone Steer's competitors do you work for?

Evan Ridenour 10 years, 1 month ago

You can click on peoples names Guardian and see when they registered and how many posts they have.If you actually do this you might notice that I have been around much longer then you have. You could at least try not to come off like a complete idiot...This place doesn't need any help getting bad reviews, my experience there was horrible as were the experiences of almost every "real" person who has tried it out. As I stated earlier in this thread, ANY BBQ place within 50 miles is better. If you don't like the fact that those of us who tried it out and had horrible experiences are sharing that I don't know what to tell you... other then shove off.

Evan Ridenour 10 years, 1 month ago

"There are some great BBQ joints all over KC, so I always have lots of options there. And there's a place in Paola that I've been wanting to try."If you are talking about We-Be--Smokin which is a part of the Miami County airport in Paola then you should definitely give them a try. I fly there for lunch every once and awhile, they have consistently good BBQ in my opinion.

Aisling 10 years, 1 month ago

BigPrune----I'm with you, OK Joe's is my favorite barbecue place. I like the atmosphere at the one in a gas station on 43rd(?) and Rainbow(?) but the one in Olathe is just as good. The ribs are the best I've had anywhere and the fries are referred to by us as, 'crack fries' because they're incredibly addictive.As others have said, there are as many opinions on barbecue joints as there are sauces and/or rubs so who can definitively say one is better than the other?

twaldaisy 10 years, 1 month ago

Grandaddy's is a taste sensation. I like Zarda as well on 87th street. But GD's got the sauce going on! His rub on his ribs along with the sauce....Wooohooo! Plus I like how he figures his prices so that it comes out even on the dollar and keeps prices very, very reasonable.

Dixie Jones 10 years, 1 month ago

GOOD BBQ is WYDOT in on state avenue in kc ks ..... lil place but awesome ribs and samwiches.......

ralphralph 10 years, 1 month ago

I hope this place is good, and you dopes are just too dim to know it. I'll try it out in a few days and try to find out.In the interim, a few observations ... Don't take your wife to a BBQ joint for sausage for your anniversary. OMG! Don't order sausage at a place that serves Texas brisket, and probably not at most BBQ joints that aren't Bryants. Don't put mayo on BBQ, or cake, or ... OMG, again! If you want a waiter, silverware and a plate at a BBQ joint, why are you there? Those items are available at Denny's, and you can put mayo on your waffle. The best ribs I have ever had, and brother have I had some ribs, were at Guy & Mae's in the good ol' days. Guy himself -- while serving us cold underage beer for which we paid with an out-of-town counter check -- told me that you know BBQ is good when it drips off your elbows. Does the G&M still bring 'em out on newspapers? I love ribs wrapped in the Ottawa Herald. I sure hope this place turns out to be good, because some female members of my family make me go to Buffalo Bob's and think it's wonderful. ??? Wow, this is a long post! I'll try to weigh in after my visit to the Steer. Finally, though, think of the variations in BBQ as a good thing ... Bryant's is the nastier side, kind of like Angelina before she adopted all those kids; Masterpiece is the nicey kind, sort of Miley Cyrus before those pictures in Vanity Fair. I'd stop short of saying there's NO really bad BBQ, but there's not that much ... at least if people are really trying ... it's just different tastes.

Marcy McGuffie 10 years, 1 month ago

I find it hilarious that a few people can't (or won't) get off their kick that if someone likes this place (or your opinion doesn't match mine) that they MUST be connected to the place. I recognize a couple of the posters who have been accused as "newbies" are regular (or have been in the past) posters at and I highly doubt they are connected to this restaurant as anything other than patrons that happen to like the food.Seriously people...wouldn't it be boring if everyone had the same tastes and opinions? Some people SWEAR by Golden Corral, for tit's sake. For the life of me, I can't understand WHY...but, I certainly can accept it. To each their own. No need to attack others for their honest opinions. Conspiracy theories are soooo yesterday.

Marcy McGuffie 10 years, 1 month ago

Oh yeah...I'm with ralphralph on this one. I'll definitely give this place a try to judge for myself.

twaldaisy 10 years, 1 month ago

Yes RalphRalph G&M still serve ribs on newspaper. Their ribs are good, but I don't care for their sauce. We were there just last week. I too was in high school getting under age beer there 20 years ago and wanted to go down memory lane.

AnglNSpurs 10 years, 1 month ago

Well by all the reviews, I think I may have to try it at a later date....I guess it is true what they say, when you spread praise you tell 3 people, when you spread negative reviews you tell 11. I'll stick with the ribs that are slow cooked, fall off the bone and served on newspaper. Guy & Maes in Williamsburg are definitely worth the drive and gas (even at $3.50). Geez I know now where Im gettin supper for Saturday!PS- A black steer can be all types of breeds (Simi, Limi, Chi, brangus, etc...) to know if it is TRUE Angus, you need to see the papers.

AnglNSpurs 10 years, 1 month ago

RalphRalph --- your compairsions crack me up!

Evan Ridenour 10 years, 1 month ago

I didn't realize correcting a person acting idiotic made me testy.

Sagecasey 10 years, 1 month ago

Eride, if you are going to correct a person acting idiotic, start with yourself

Jim Phillips 10 years, 1 month ago

I just asked which of Lone Steer's competitors you worked for. Isn't that like claiming I have some financial interest in the business since I liked it? Or am I stupid just because I don't agree with you?

Evan Ridenour 10 years, 1 month ago

Sorry sagecasey, I don't believe telling people my experience at a restaurant and pointing out that almost everyone giving a positive experience about the place created an account just to post in this thread is acting idiotic.As for Guardian, he is just upset because I pointed out what an idiot he was for implying I was new to the forum when in reality... he is.

Jim Phillips 10 years, 1 month ago

Eride-Quite the contrary. I find it mildly amusing that you feel it necessary to resort to inuendos and name calling because someone doesn't agree with you. And you still have not answered the question. Which restaurant do you work for?

KSChick1 10 years, 1 month ago

I like Buffalo Bob's, even with the monster pile of artery-clogging fried potatoes. I especially like their cinnamon apple dealie. Love that they rub their ribs and let you sauce them yourself, and their sauces are good.I have eaten at Vermont St. and have never had good food and almost never had good service. The food has always been cold/overcooked and the waitstaff surly. I do like it that they rub their ribs and let you sauce them yourselves. I like their sauces too, just not the ribs or the service.I haven't ever eaten at any of the other barbecue joints in town. Wonder if I should try them when I hear/read such overwhelming negative reviews.I liked the place on 6th that just went out of business then had an immediately out of business car lot put on the property. They had a spicy sauce that was pretty good. Their food was always ready fast and given to me hot, with great cheer! Miss that place!Had a coworker go to LoneSteer, she was not impressed by the lack of plates or utensils, vinegar based coleslaw, or that she ordered one type of meat, hubby ordered another, and they were both bundled together in the same paper.I have eaten at Arthur Bryant's in downtown KC. They serve their meat, bread, and pickles wrapped in paper. It's charming and gritty and real at AB's.It seems like LoneSteer does not come across the same way.Personally, I thank everyone for expressing their opinions. I can make up my own mind, but it's nice to get a read on a place by listening to the cross-section of population that posts here.

d_prowess 10 years, 1 month ago

The LJWorld should throw up a poll listing the BBQ places (only in Lawrence) and see who gets rated the highest. I would love to see which place comes out ahead!

geniusmannumber1 10 years, 1 month ago

I think, in the end, everyone's entitled to their own opinion about BBQ. Unless you've eaten more than once at Buffalo Bob's on purpose. Seriously. That place is horrifying.

Take_a_letter_Maria 10 years, 1 month ago

geniusmannumber1 (Anonymous) says: I think, in the end, everyone's entitled to their own opinion about BBQ. Unless you've eaten more than once at Buffalo Bob's on purpose. Seriously. That place is horrifying.------------------------------------------------------------------------That is one I can agree with you on geniusman!!!!!!!!

10 years, 1 month ago

I haven't posted in a long time, but that shouldn't make me a 'stranger' here. Heck, I lived out in the middle of where Clinton Lake is today and graduated from LHS in 1975 . . .and I still live here in Lawrence.Here's a review I've written about Lone Steer BBQ

ch1701a 9 years, 11 months ago

BTW - The best BBQ in Kansas right now is K & M BBQ in Spring Hill. Try the killer combo, it is huge and reasonably priced.

ch1701a 9 years, 11 months ago

Ok here is the scoop on this BBQ joint. Appearance: Confusing and uninviting, there is a door in the front of the building but not the main entrance, you have to enter thru the side. There is no one to greet you when you enter but there is an empty game room/bar on the right hand side but that is not the main room it is straight forward to the left and then another long hallway.Atmosphere: Sucks. Paper plates and plastic forks I can forgive, but they give you a HUGE tray for your food which is really a carrier for 2-liter bottles of soda, it is humilating and heavy for people to carry to their table. They wrap the sandwiches in this thick construction paper. You pay for your food at the time of placing your order in a line but then they have people come around and wait on you later. Why don't they just make it a sit down joint with a wait staff? Also there are mirrors in some of the booths, who wants to watch themselves eat? And the layout in the main part is so confusing and hard to walk thru especially getting up to leave. I would suggest knocking out some walls and opening it up more, everything is so closed up so uninviting and non-friendly.Food: Bland and hard to eat. The BBQ itself is ok but NOT great. We had the Po' boy sandwich and the bun was wet with meat juice ( I Hate soggy bread) and they cut the sausage long ways so everytime you bite into the sandwich you are pulling out this huge 10" polish sausage if you do not bite it all the way thru on the first bite. The French Fries are the most bland fries I have ever had. You get alot of fries but there is no taste to them, they do not season the fries at all.Everything I wrote here I got on their website and told them about and got a reply that pretty much told me to drop dead. I replied back telling them that it was that attitude that would be the reason why they will not be around a year from now.

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