Crazy Good Eats Celebrates Grand Opening June 6th

Crazy Good Eats Celebrates Grand Opening June 6th

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Kansas City’s barbecue scene has a new addition. Crazy Good Eats is having its grand opening day on June 6th with an eye toward charity. All day, 15 percent of proceeds will be donated to Kids TLC. Kansas City’s newest barbecue joint is at the corner of 151st Street and Mur-Len in Olathe. It’s the first restaurant venture for competitive barbecue team Steer Crazy BBQ’s Pit Master Dan Isbell and his father-in-law, Bruce Lemay, who started a catering business several years ago after winning numerous barbecue awards.

“We understand that to be successful in this town of great barbecue restaurants and experts, you have to bring your A-game every day,” says Lemay, who manages the restaurant. His wife, Maggie Lemay, is the owner, along with Isbell. “We’re committed to the same processes and quality ingredients that we use to wow the barbecue judges at competitions. That’s what we’ve been doing at our catering business and that’s exactly what we intend to do at the restaurant, because our customers are the judges now.”

Known for its championship ribs and housemade sausages, Crazy Good Eats’ menu features a variety of meat-focused appetizers, sandwiches, meat by the pound, combination plates, Daily Pitmaster Specials and more. Signature dishes include Pitmaster Dan’s Specialties, a series of specialty sandwiches including the KC Original, made with brisket and pulled pork piled high and topped with bacon and onion strings ($8.95); the Mad Meatballs, featuring glazed all-beef meatball wrapped in bacon (3 for $4.45); and Steer Crazy’s Championship Plate, filled with two ribs, brisket, dark meat chicken and pulled pork ($15.95).

For Isbell, there’s a science and step-by-step process behind creating good barbecue and smoking meats. Adding sauce to the meat isn’t one of those steps, he says. Instead customers can enjoy the flavor of the smoked meat as it is or add sauces developed by the restaurant to their own taste.

But sides do play an important role. Crazy Good Eats complements its meats with customer favorites such as loaded potato casserole, burnt-end BBQ beans, three-cheese mac & cheese, coleslaw, fried pickles, French fries and onion strings.

Crazy Good Eats is open from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. Monday through Thursday, 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays and closed Sundays. The restaurant offers beer and wine, patio seating and a retail space selling Crazy Good Eats sauces and other items, plus a carryout counter and drive-thru pick up window are available for online or call-ahead orders.

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