By: Pete Dulin
Q39 has generated excitement on West 39th Street, known as Kansas City’s Restaurant Row, since its arrival earlier this year. While new to the city’s ’cue scene, it’s impressive that Q39 made Zagat’s list of the Hottest BBQ Joints Across the U.S.
The modern-rustic restaurant combines competition-level barbeque with wood-fired grill dishes. Award-winning chef Rob Magee’s ingredient-driven menu reveals his attention to detail, with highlights including barbeque sliders with a trio of meats, the apple-brined pulled pork sandwich and the Pitmaster Brisket with onion straws. The wood-fired grilled salmon salad and smoked chicken cobb salad are healthful, full-flavored options. Tart bits of green apple in creamy coleslaw brighten the classic side dish, while white bean cassoulet offers a savory alternative to baked beans. For spud lovers, the potato salad has a hint of tarragon, and chipotle ketchup perks up the house-cut fries. Pro tip: Order at the to-go counter and eat outdoors, weather permitting, if it’s crowded inside.