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The verdict is in on Lawrence Journal World foodie Sarah Henning‘s assertion Tuesday that Anthony Bourdain "should’ve made ‘Reservations’ in Lawrence."
That in reference to the irreverant Travel Channel personality’s recent episode about KC barbecue, Stroud’s fried chicken, the Savoy Grill, Town Topic hamburgers and other esoteric, edible local delights.
But alas, no Lawrence BBQ, Henning lamented.
Whereupon she proceeded to offer up the names Biemer’s, Bigg’s, Slow Ride and Gran-Daddy’s.
Say, what, came the collective response from the Journal World‘s comments section.
Was Henning, uh, kidding?
Somebody named Babboy said it best:
"Yeah, Lawrence is instantly associated with Barbeque! Well, no not really. ddddddddddddddelusional….."
"Lawrence BBQ is miserable," added ashmole.
"I like Biemers but it is not in the same league as Jack Stack or (Oklahoma) Joe’s," said LarryNative. "Lawrence restaurants for the most part are bad. I don’t know Sarah’s background but from things I’ve read, it’s not food related."
notorious_agenda‘s answer to Henning’s question:
"No, he shouldn’t have. Lawrence is not known for good food or good bbq…The level of quality in food from Lawrence restaurants doesn’t even come close to that of Kansas City…The fact is Kansas City is a mecca for BBQ and always will be. Lawrence is meaningless when it comes to that"
"Lawrence BBQ is horrible" added Eride. "Of course he didn’t come to any BBQ place in Lawrence. There are over 100 better BBQ places in KC…"
Even Henning’s lone defender put up a curious fight.
"I like a bit of Biggs Barbecue," evilpenguine said. "Their chicken tenders, gravy and mashed potatoes are the best :)"
Hold it right there.
When’s the last time anybody in KC saw that on a barbecue menu?
The bottom line:
Lawrence may have the area’s best sports team – KU basketball – but it’s no Anthony Bourdain magnet.