As you enter Q39, you’re welcomed by friendly hosts and the smoky-sweet aromas of authentic Kansas City barbeque wafting your way from our state-of-the-art open kitchen. A skilled 12-person team is busy dishing out chef-inspired favorites like our brisket plate with burnt ends and Mr. Burns sandwich. This would be called true barbeque. Whether you’re cozied up to the bar with a local brew or surrounded by family in the energetic dining area, our rustic and open space was designed to be comfortable and inviting. Our wish is to bring the delicious atmosphere of true barbeque cooking inside and share our craft and passion with you through an unforgettable dining experience.
About Chef Rob Magee
Rob Magee found a passion for cooking at an early age and took his skills to the highest level with a degree from the acclaimed Culinary Institute of America. Working his trade in some of the finest kitchens across the country, he made a point to honor the tastes of whatever region he was in, so when he moved to Kansas City, he naturally became obsessed with mastering the art of KC barbeque.
While working as executive chef for Hilton, he assembled a competition barbeque team in his spare time called the Munchin’ Hogs. This was no ordinary side hustle, as they ascended to the highest level of competitive barbeque in events across the country, winning an array of competitions and national championships over a ten-year span.
Rob never tired of learning, honing his skill as an explorer of tastes and flavors, devising original sauces and rubs, always experimenting further, and using only the finest scratch ingredients. Competition barbeque is distinctive in that it’s all about serving food to finicky judges at its optimal window of perfection. Techniques for maintaining moisture, for example, had to be mastered that go far beyond the capabilities of most barbeque joints.
Throughout his career of working for others, Rob had a habit of jotting down ideas for a restaurant he someday wished to open. Eventually that dream became a reality as he found such joy and success with his award-winning barbeque, he was able to open Q39 in Kansas City’s historic Midtown neighborhood in 2014.
There was lots of barbeque in Kansas City but there was nothing like this—the pursuit of perfection from a classically trained chef with an entire menu created from scratch in an open kitchen designed just for the purpose.
Since it’s opening, Q39 has become well-known to KC natives and travelers alike as one of the city’s best barbeque restaurants.