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Two KC sandwiches make Thrillist’s list of ‘essential’ American sandwiches

The burnt ends at L.C.’s Bar-B-Q in Kansas City made Thrillist’s list of “50 sandwiches to eat before you die.”
The burnt ends at L.C.’s Bar-B-Q in Kansas City made Thrillist’s list of “50 sandwiches to eat before you die.” The Kansas City Star

Two Kansas City barbecue sandwiches made Thrillist’s list of “50 sandwiches you should eat before you die.”

The burnt end sandwich at L.C.’s Bar-B-Q, 5800 Blue Parkway, and the Z-Man at Joe’s Kansas City Bar-B-Que, which has locations in KCK, Leawood and Olathe, were dubbed “essential” eating by the travel website.

“Once you eat the burnt ends at L.C.’s, you’re a changed person,” according to Thrillist.

It calls the Z-Man — beef brisket stacked with smoked provolone, barbecue sauce and onion rings on a butter-toasted kaiser roll — “the stuff of lore. ... Some suspect it aided the Royals in shaking off their slump.”

Both the Z-Man and the burnt ends at L.C.’s were featured in Ink’s 2014 Barbecue Bucket List. Also on that list: the burnt ends sandwich at Gates Bar-B-Q, the pulled pork sandwich at Brobeck’s Barbeque, the beef sandwich with fries at Arthur Bryant’s, and the Jon Russell sandwich at Jon Russell’s Kansas City Barbeque.

But not all of Kansas City’s essential sandwiches are served at barbecue joints. Check out my roundups of the metro’s most mouthwatering Reubens and pork tenderloin sandwiches. Know of another bucket list-worthy sandwich in KC? Comment here or tweet @chowtownkc.

Sarah Gish writes bar and dining guides for Ink magazine. Her dining column, Dish with Gish, appears in The Star’s weekly food section, Chow Town. Contact her by emailing sgish@kcstar.com or tweeting @sarah_gish.

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