K C Bar-B-Q

★★★★★
  • 2613 San Pablo Ave

    Berkeley, CA 94702

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  • 510-548-1140

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Closed Sun.-Mon. 11:00 a.m. - 9:00 p.m. Tue.-Thur., 11:00 a.m. - midnight Fri.-Sat

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This place rocks. Found em' years ago and look forward to returning every time. The sauces are sweet and authentic with just the right amount of tang. The sausage is excellent. Beware the HOT sauce , this stuff is for professionals only !! My kid ( 8 years old ) is a big fan of the ribs. You can't go wrong if you want Authentic Kansas City flavor , with this place !

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★★★★☆

This place rocks. Found em' years ago and look forward to returning every time. The sauces are sweet and authentic with just the right amount of tang. The sausage is excellent. Beware the HOT sauce , this stuff is for professionals only !! My kid ( 8 years old ) is a big fan of the ribs. You can't go wrong if you want Authentic Kansas City flavor , with this place !

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There are only two spots (both in Berkeley) where my husband will go for BBQ chicken and KCs is one of them. Located in the heart of Berkeley, KCs does Kansas City-style barbecue proud! The sauce is a little sweeter than most West Coast barbecuers, but the food is flavorful and well-cooked. We like that they don't cook the meat items with the poultry items since we don't want our chicken tainted by pork or beef! Our children like the potato salad. You have to actually request wheat bread of you'll end up with white bread. One year they even held a fried turkey special for Thanksgiving!

Make sure you have them repeat your order back to you so there's no mistakes. The prices are comparable to other barbecue places. Grab lots of napkins and hand wipes!

4
★★★★☆

There are only two spots (both in Berkeley) where my husband will go for BBQ chicken and KCs is one of them. Located in the heart of Berkeley, KCs does Kansas City-style barbecue proud! The sauce is a little sweeter than most West Coast barbecuers, but the food is flavorful and well-cooked. We like that they don't cook the meat items with the poultry items since we don't want our chicken tainted by pork or beef! Our children like the potato salad. You have to actually request wheat bread of you'll end up with white bread. One year they even held a fried turkey special for Thanksgiving!

Make sure you have them repeat your order back to you so there's no mistakes. The prices are comparable to other barbecue places. Grab lots of napkins and hand wipes!

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I have been going to this BBQ for years! With all of the others available in the East Bay, it has been the only one return too. Now that I am living over 100 miles away in Placer County there are two things I notice.
1. When I mention KC BBQ to the owners of the local BBQ shops, (NOT the national chains) they hold KC BBQ in reverence. One owner went as far as to say that KC BBQ is the best on the west coast.
2. If I am visiting Berkeley my family demands that I bring 4 or 5 orders home.

The links and the short end ribs are my favorite. Order them as a 2-Way!

2
★★★★★

I have been going to this BBQ for years! With all of the others available in the East Bay, it has been the only one return too. Now that I am living over 100 miles away in Placer County there are two things I notice.
1. When I mention KC BBQ to the owners of the local BBQ shops, (NOT the national chains) they hold KC BBQ in reverence. One owner went as far as to say that KC BBQ is the best on the west coast.
2. If I am visiting Berkeley my family demands that I bring 4 or 5 orders home.

The links and the short end ribs are my favorite. Order them as a 2-Way!

Pros: Wide tables and happy service

Cons: My wife loves the potato salad, but me not so much

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This resturant (rib joint) is very unique. The setting is antique photos, radios, stoves, and furniture. The recipe for the links is handed down through the family and is made from fresh meat versus, what I call, the standard "Hot Dog" link you get at the other places. I've been eating at this place for over 30 years and I still love it.

Occasionally, you get some links that have been smoked too long and are a little dry but they are still the best. I've eaten at most of the rib places in Berkeley, Oakland & Richmond and I rank this one as the best. Their ribs are smoked and along with their chicken are moist and delicious.

2
★★★★★

This resturant (rib joint) is very unique. The setting is antique photos, radios, stoves, and furniture. The recipe for the links is handed down through the family and is made from fresh meat versus, what I call, the standard "Hot Dog" link you get at the other places. I've been eating at this place for over 30 years and I still love it.

Occasionally, you get some links that have been smoked too long and are a little dry but they are still the best. I've eaten at most of the rib places in Berkeley, Oakland & Richmond and I rank this one as the best. Their ribs are smoked and along with their chicken are moist and delicious.

Pros: Great links & ribs

Cons: Parking is limited

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This is not good barbeque. The sides were horrible and the atmosphere was depressing. There is much better barbeque up the road in Emeryville. I would never go back. I was hoping this place would be like the delicious barbeque I use to enjoy when I lived in KCMO.

1
★★☆☆☆

This is not good barbeque. The sides were horrible and the atmosphere was depressing. There is much better barbeque up the road in Emeryville. I would never go back. I was hoping this place would be like the delicious barbeque I use to enjoy when I lived in KCMO.

Pros: N/A

Cons: Everything about the place

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The sauce has the right amount of spice. The 2 way is the best bet. Friendly atmosphere with great tasting BBQ!!!!

2
★★★★★

The sauce has the right amount of spice. The 2 way is the best bet. Friendly atmosphere with great tasting BBQ!!!!

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I had the ribs. They were moist, tender and delicious! The BBQ sauce had a nice kick to it that enhanced the whole eating experience. There were some sides but I was so stuffed with ribs I could find any room for them!

The service was outstanding and I loved the oldtime environment. I felt like I was eating in the middle of the 18th century.

2
★★★★★

I had the ribs. They were moist, tender and delicious! The BBQ sauce had a nice kick to it that enhanced the whole eating experience. There were some sides but I was so stuffed with ribs I could find any room for them!

The service was outstanding and I loved the oldtime environment. I felt like I was eating in the middle of the 18th century.

Pros: Ribs

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I went to KC's BBQ last week because it was next to a tire shop on San Pablo Ave in Berkeley, and I had a flat. I love BBQ but I had read the last rating and it did not look to good. Well, THIS BBQ is great. Maybe the guy went on a off day, or something but I loved it. I went back two days ago and it was great again. I have had BBQ all over the country and KC's is now in my top 3 or 4, in the country not just the Bay Area. All I can say is give them a try.

2
★★★★★

I went to KC's BBQ last week because it was next to a tire shop on San Pablo Ave in Berkeley, and I had a flat. I love BBQ but I had read the last rating and it did not look to good. Well, THIS BBQ is great. Maybe the guy went on a off day, or something but I loved it. I went back two days ago and it was great again. I have had BBQ all over the country and KC's is now in my top 3 or 4, in the country not just the Bay Area. All I can say is give them a try.

Pros: Food, Sauce, People

Cons: Small bathrooms, closes early

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The links were hard and dry, the ribs were burnt on the outside and raw on the inside. This was my worst BBQ experience ever. Not to mention the rude service. I'm waiting until the next time I go to Kansas City before I ever have KC BBQ again!!!!

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★☆☆☆☆

The links were hard and dry, the ribs were burnt on the outside and raw on the inside. This was my worst BBQ experience ever. Not to mention the rude service. I'm waiting until the next time I go to Kansas City before I ever have KC BBQ again!!!!

Pros: sauce

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Stopped by for lunch today and ordered up a 3-way combo platter with 3 pork ribs, links and brisket smothered in a smooth sauce. All the meats were tender and well-smoked. Sauce was tangy and spicy, good but I would have preferred a bit less on my plate. Two small sides of beans/potato salad and some white bread finished off the meal. Quite a bit of food for a bit under $20. Decor is country-style while service was friendly. Seems as if this place has been around a while and has a slew of regulars. A good spot for cue but I still prefer the Back Forty...

2
★★★★☆

Stopped by for lunch today and ordered up a 3-way combo platter with 3 pork ribs, links and brisket smothered in a smooth sauce. All the meats were tender and well-smoked. Sauce was tangy and spicy, good but I would have preferred a bit less on my plate. Two small sides of beans/potato salad and some white bread finished off the meal. Quite a bit of food for a bit under $20. Decor is country-style while service was friendly. Seems as if this place has been around a while and has a slew of regulars. A good spot for cue but I still prefer the Back Forty...

Pros: Friendly Service

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tender, succulent meat, SUPERB sauce!! The potato salad tastes homemade!!!

2
★★★★★

tender, succulent meat, SUPERB sauce!! The potato salad tastes homemade!!!

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I have been coming to KC's for Almost 20 years, and it has never disappointed me. The quality is always the same, the Q is always good, I can't say more.

2
★★★★★

I have been coming to KC's for Almost 20 years, and it has never disappointed me. The quality is always the same, the Q is always good, I can't say more.

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Great family restaurent. It's been in the area for many years.

2
★★★★★

Great family restaurent. It's been in the area for many years.

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The barb-Q has never lost it's favor over the past 30 years. That's saying something! It is still the best Q in town.

2
★★★★★

The barb-Q has never lost it's favor over the past 30 years. That's saying something! It is still the best Q in town.

Pros: cozy, inexpensive, friendly

Cons: parking, grow, small

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EXTRA - Read all about it! KC Barbecue Meat is Extra-ordinarily tender and tasty. The portions are Extra-ordinarily mored than ample, the price Extra-ordinarily inexpensive, ambiance is Extra-ordinary in its presentation, close knitness, the service is Extra-ordinarily pleasant, friendly, quick and the Peach Cobbler dessert (Homemade) is Extra-ordinarily scrumptious, you will purchase Extra serving. Get the Picture, KC Barbecue is Extra, Extra-ordinarily the Best BBQ , drop on by, you will become and Extra-ordinarily satisfied repeat customer. Bring along Extra friends or groups.

2
★★★★★

EXTRA - Read all about it! KC Barbecue Meat is Extra-ordinarily tender and tasty. The portions are Extra-ordinarily mored than ample, the price Extra-ordinarily inexpensive, ambiance is Extra-ordinary in its presentation, close knitness, the service is Extra-ordinarily pleasant, friendly, quick and the Peach Cobbler dessert (Homemade) is Extra-ordinarily scrumptious, you will purchase Extra serving. Get the Picture, KC Barbecue is Extra, Extra-ordinarily the Best BBQ , drop on by, you will become and Extra-ordinarily satisfied repeat customer. Bring along Extra friends or groups.

Pros: Ample plus portions, Courteous/fast Serv., Multiple menu options

Cons: Parking limited

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Ummm good. If you haven't tried KC Barb-Q you don't know what you are missing. The meat falls off of the bone. This is the first que that I've tasted that doesn't have to have sauce! There's a nice smoked flavor throughout the meat. Try their hot barbeque sauce if you dare.

2
★★★★★

Ummm good. If you haven't tried KC Barb-Q you don't know what you are missing. The meat falls off of the bone. This is the first que that I've tasted that doesn't have to have sauce! There's a nice smoked flavor throughout the meat. Try their hot barbeque sauce if you dare.

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The meat is tender, smoked well and the staff is friendly. It's like going to Grandma's house. This is the best food I have ever had, not to mention the delicious (Quelicious) sauce it's to die for!!! Good for casual parties, groups, and treat the staff meals, I have even been there and seen wedding rehersal dinner parties.

2
★★★★★

The meat is tender, smoked well and the staff is friendly. It's like going to Grandma's house. This is the best food I have ever had, not to mention the delicious (Quelicious) sauce it's to die for!!! Good for casual parties, groups, and treat the staff meals, I have even been there and seen wedding rehersal dinner parties.

Pros: Good sauce, Good meat, Great Place

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I have been eating at kc's for 29 years and tried all others but kc's tops all with tender meat and taste this is the jackdog love all yalllllllllllll

2
★★★★★

I have been eating at kc's for 29 years and tried all others but kc's tops all with tender meat and taste this is the jackdog love all yalllllllllllll

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Tender, succulent meat. Homemade links. Ribs where the flavorful meat just falls off the bone. Great sauce - try their hot sauce if you dare!
Friendly service. Fun atmosphere. When you eat in, check out the antiques from the MidWest throughout the eating area.

2
★★★★★

Tender, succulent meat. Homemade links. Ribs where the flavorful meat just falls off the bone. Great sauce - try their hot sauce if you dare!
Friendly service. Fun atmosphere. When you eat in, check out the antiques from the MidWest throughout the eating area.

Pros: Ribs, Links, Sauce

Cons: small bathroom, no macaroni salad

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I hear "Honey, you want KC's tonite?", at least once a week!! My husband and I enjoy the sliced beef, links, ribs and of course the chicken. The sauce just gets better and better with time. This is a wonderful family restaurant with great service with a smile. Definitely a spot to check out!

2
★★★★★

I hear "Honey, you want KC's tonite?", at least once a week!! My husband and I enjoy the sliced beef, links, ribs and of course the chicken. The sauce just gets better and better with time. This is a wonderful family restaurant with great service with a smile. Definitely a spot to check out!

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It is the best barb-q I've ever had in along time.

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★★★★★

It is the best barb-q I've ever had in along time.

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Best place to eat BBQ in the Bay Area. Best prices, best food, best service. Highly Recommend

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★★★★★

Best place to eat BBQ in the Bay Area. Best prices, best food, best service. Highly Recommend

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me and my family have been going to kc for 18 years. the bbq is flat out the best. it is like going to your family bbq, because of the family type atmosphere! the service is excellent!

2
★★★★★

me and my family have been going to kc for 18 years. the bbq is flat out the best. it is like going to your family bbq, because of the family type atmosphere! the service is excellent!

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I had K C Barb-Q delivered to my job and it was very good!

2
★★★★★

I had K C Barb-Q delivered to my job and it was very good!

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Where has KC's been hiding all these years. This is hands down the ultimate experience in BBQ. From the hand made links to the fall of the bone ribs. The quality of the food and the professional down home hospitality of the staff is number in my book!!!

2
★★★★★

Where has KC's been hiding all these years. This is hands down the ultimate experience in BBQ. From the hand made links to the fall of the bone ribs. The quality of the food and the professional down home hospitality of the staff is number in my book!!!

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Barbecue is attempted by many but, for the finest in Bay Area barbecue you MUST try KC's SUCCULENT, DELICIOUS and Mouth Watering Barbecue Ribs, Links and Chicken. The atmosphere is friendly and family oriented.

2
★★★★★

Barbecue is attempted by many but, for the finest in Bay Area barbecue you MUST try KC's SUCCULENT, DELICIOUS and Mouth Watering Barbecue Ribs, Links and Chicken. The atmosphere is friendly and family oriented.

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Their BBQ is the most delicious, scrumptous, mouth watering pieces of chicken, pork and sausage I have ever tasted. Make you wanna slap your momma. Not to mention the down home hospitality that you receive the moment you step through the door. Patrick Davis is one of the most finest people you could ever meet. Good Luck Pat in all you do.

2
★★★★★

Their BBQ is the most delicious, scrumptous, mouth watering pieces of chicken, pork and sausage I have ever tasted. Make you wanna slap your momma. Not to mention the down home hospitality that you receive the moment you step through the door. Patrick Davis is one of the most finest people you could ever meet. Good Luck Pat in all you do.

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ME AND MY FAMILY HAVING EATING AT KC'S FOR OVER 25 YEARS .THE FOOD IS EXCELLENT. THE STAFF AT KC'S BBQ MAKE FEEL LIKE FAMILY.THE RIBS MELT IN YOUR MOUTH.A MUST TASTE.

2
★★★★★

ME AND MY FAMILY HAVING EATING AT KC'S FOR OVER 25 YEARS .THE FOOD IS EXCELLENT. THE STAFF AT KC'S BBQ MAKE FEEL LIKE FAMILY.THE RIBS MELT IN YOUR MOUTH.A MUST TASTE.

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I'm a native Texan who have recently moved here to the bay area and I know "good bar-b-q" when I taste it! K C's ribs, chicken, beef, links, AND potato salad ranks with the "best I've ever eaten". After trying many other recommended bar-b-q places, this one made me "bow down" and give it "2 thumbs up"! And the service is great.

2
★★★★★

I'm a native Texan who have recently moved here to the bay area and I know "good bar-b-q" when I taste it! K C's ribs, chicken, beef, links, AND potato salad ranks with the "best I've ever eaten". After trying many other recommended bar-b-q places, this one made me "bow down" and give it "2 thumbs up"! And the service is great.

Pros: Priced right, Courteous service, Ample amount

Cons: not enough parking

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This is one of the finest Q expierences I have had in my life. I been in the bay for 40 years and I know good Q. because I am from Mississippi. However I must say this KC ranks among the finest Q beyond the Bible belt.

2
★★★★★

This is one of the finest Q expierences I have had in my life. I been in the bay for 40 years and I know good Q. because I am from Mississippi. However I must say this KC ranks among the finest Q beyond the Bible belt.

Pros: decor, great serice, open late wknds.

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You'd have to go to Texas to match the taste! The best meats and sauces ever!

2
★★★★★

You'd have to go to Texas to match the taste! The best meats and sauces ever!

Pros: easy to park, inexpensive, good service

Cons: not open on Sunday

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I've been enjoying KC BBQ for over 15yrs and it is by far the best BBQ not only is Berkeley but in the Bay Area. The ribs are so tender they fall right off the bone and the mild sauce is soooooo good.

2
★★★★★

I've been enjoying KC BBQ for over 15yrs and it is by far the best BBQ not only is Berkeley but in the Bay Area. The ribs are so tender they fall right off the bone and the mild sauce is soooooo good.

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great bbq! the meat falls right off the bone. they make the best links(they actually make their own)! very courteous service! the best i have had since i was in louisana!

2
★★★★★

great bbq! the meat falls right off the bone. they make the best links(they actually make their own)! very courteous service! the best i have had since i was in louisana!

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K C's Barb-Q is the best barbeque in the town.....

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★★★★★

K C's Barb-Q is the best barbeque in the town.....

Pros: Great Flavoring, Inexpensive

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Well I will keep it short and to the point.
I went five years without eating any of the established ran BBQ joints because no one, I mean no one caught my taste bud and I tried every place (that I was willing to patronize) and It wasen't until 6mo. ago that my father in law introduced me to KC, all I can say is where was this place all my life, come to fine out its always been there smokin up the bay, I'm just now seeing it. The ribs, well the meat falls off the bone every time, the slices of beef tender as can be, the sauce, just as good as the meat. At this place you don't go just for the sauce, or just for the meat, you go for it all. My kinda place.

2
★★★★★

Well I will keep it short and to the point.
I went five years without eating any of the established ran BBQ joints because no one, I mean no one caught my taste bud and I tried every place (that I was willing to patronize) and It wasen't until 6mo. ago that my father in law introduced me to KC, all I can say is where was this place all my life, come to fine out its always been there smokin up the bay, I'm just now seeing it. The ribs, well the meat falls off the bone every time, the slices of beef tender as can be, the sauce, just as good as the meat. At this place you don't go just for the sauce, or just for the meat, you go for it all. My kinda place.

Pros: the best BBQ, catchy ambient theme

Cons: parking

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I've been a patron of KC for 30 years and the flavor is still the best in the Bay.

2
★★★★★

I've been a patron of KC for 30 years and the flavor is still the best in the Bay.

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I won't eat at any other BBQ place, because they have the best.

2
★★★★★

I won't eat at any other BBQ place, because they have the best.

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The finest Kansas City style BBQ west of, well, Kansas City! The short-end ribs are simply without peer.

If places such as "Brothers in Law" and "Memphis Minnie's" are editor's choices, then there should be a whole new category just for KC's! (just to keep the contest fair)

2
★★★★★

The finest Kansas City style BBQ west of, well, Kansas City! The short-end ribs are simply without peer.

If places such as "Brothers in Law" and "Memphis Minnie's" are editor's choices, then there should be a whole new category just for KC's! (just to keep the contest fair)

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The food was great the place looks like a museum with all the antiques. It was a great place to hang out with my buds with old music playing in the background.

2
★★★★★

The food was great the place looks like a museum with all the antiques. It was a great place to hang out with my buds with old music playing in the background.

Pros: Nice People, looks like a museum, GREAT FOOD

Cons: Needs more parking, bigger restrooms, No Beer

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It is a wonderful place to take lunch. There is Jazz music playing while eating. Go find by yourself.

2
★★★★★

It is a wonderful place to take lunch. There is Jazz music playing while eating. Go find by yourself.

Pros: Inexpensive

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having lived in Chicago, it was difficult to find a barbque place that i liked or would recommend until I tried KC's. Their preparation, tenderness of meat and sauce is identical to Chicago style of barbque. My highest rating is a '10'.

2
★★★★★

having lived in Chicago, it was difficult to find a barbque place that i liked or would recommend until I tried KC's. Their preparation, tenderness of meat and sauce is identical to Chicago style of barbque. My highest rating is a '10'.

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KC's quelicious is it! That's all there is 2 it baby. Don't knock it till u try it and try it soon cuz ur missin' out if u haven't...
(Service with a personal touch)

2
★★★★★

KC's quelicious is it! That's all there is 2 it baby. Don't knock it till u try it and try it soon cuz ur missin' out if u haven't...
(Service with a personal touch)

Pros: service, atmosphere, great food

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The food at KC's is delicious and consistent. The links are always seasoned perfectly and the ribs are falling off their bones. The smell of the food hits you at the door and the short time you are waiting for your food your stomach churns in anticipation of the pleasure it is about to receive. Whatever they do behind the counter keeps me coming back for more.

2
★★★★★

The food at KC's is delicious and consistent. The links are always seasoned perfectly and the ribs are falling off their bones. The smell of the food hits you at the door and the short time you are waiting for your food your stomach churns in anticipation of the pleasure it is about to receive. Whatever they do behind the counter keeps me coming back for more.

Pros: consistent product, perfect links, tender ribs

Cons: closed on Sunday

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I've never had bbq this good. The atmosphere was homely and comfortable. Lots of museum collectable items to look at while you are chowing down the tenderliciously taste of the bbq ribs. The sauce was really absolutely mouthwatering (it's making me hungry now as I write). Just the right kick! I would definitely recommend everyone to try it.

2
★★★★★

I've never had bbq this good. The atmosphere was homely and comfortable. Lots of museum collectable items to look at while you are chowing down the tenderliciously taste of the bbq ribs. The sauce was really absolutely mouthwatering (it's making me hungry now as I write). Just the right kick! I would definitely recommend everyone to try it.

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this is the only barbeque place i frequent. the service is prompt and the people are kind, they treat you like family. not to mention the juciy chicken and tender ribs. it really is kansas city barbeque. TRULY QUELICIOUS!!

2
★★★★★

this is the only barbeque place i frequent. the service is prompt and the people are kind, they treat you like family. not to mention the juciy chicken and tender ribs. it really is kansas city barbeque. TRULY QUELICIOUS!!

Pros: GOOD FOOD, QUICK SERVICE, NICE ATMOSPHERE

Cons: NONE

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Next to Bo's BBQ, this is the best in the East Bay. The beef was mouth watering tender and the ribs were fall off the bone awesome.

2
★★★★☆

Next to Bo's BBQ, this is the best in the East Bay. The beef was mouth watering tender and the ribs were fall off the bone awesome.

 

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