Winslow’s BBQ: City Market

 Posted by at 10:38 pm
May 252007

Imagine my surprise when I discovered this place was actually good. See, that’s the nice thing about KC, a place like the City Market can have some crusty gems, even though it’s basically a tourist trap. No, not the best bbq is the city, but a hell of a lot better than you would expect. Winslows offers a nice selection of the usual fare, chicken, ribs, and sandwiches of the usual varieties. The have a number of good sides as well. Their sauce is pretty boring, sweetish and thick, quite unlike the incredibly outrageous, overly spiced and utterly delicious Arthur Bryant’s classic sauce or the balanced smokiness of Gates’ noble condiment. But they do a nice job on sandwiches at least, and they also offer them in large, medium and smalls.

Typical of bbq, the prices are higher than average grab and go lunch fare, but right in line with every other place in town. They also have a moderately seedy bar on one side where you can order a cold pale ale with your beef sandwich, an absolute necessity, particularly when a weekly staff meeting awaits your return to work.

Most people know Winslow’s as the place with all the outdoor seating. This is a really nice feature in the summer of course. Those of us consigned to cubicles in windowless nether regions of office buildings definitely need a daily injection of vitamin D whenever we can get it.

This place isn;t crowded at lunch time either, which is starting to become a theme for City market establishments. They must make all their money on Saturdays. It also raises the appeal quite a bit for me, because I don;t like people very much. Especially not when they are waiting in front of me taking a long time to order a freakin sandwich.

I’m also finding that the quickest way to eat lunch out is to go to a place with counter service, not waitstaff. When i am late getting back, it is without fail because I was waiting for some clueless server to bring my check, rather than waiting in line or actually waiting for my food.

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  3 Responses to “Winslow’s BBQ: City Market”

  1. City Market is in no way a tourist trap as the above commentor proclaimed. City market is a local gem of the otherwise steril city.

  2. Ah, that was a very poor choice of words on my part. When I wrote the above post, I had lived in KC less than a year and had really only experienced the Market on those crazy Saturday mornings.

    In reality, City Market is inhabited entirely by locally owned (and generally very good) restaurants. Its presence contributes mightily to the viability of the neighborhood, and downtown proper.

    One need only look 10 blocks to the south to see a true tourist trap.

  3. Yeah, you should really edit that post. Saying the City Market is a tourist trap is silly. I however didn't really enjoy Winslow's. Maybe I'll give it another try sometime.