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Critics' Choice Awards

 

Critics' Choice

Best Barbecue Pork Sandwich Carolina Splendor Sandwich, Crazy Good Eats 

For devotees of a certain region’s barbecue flavors, nothing could be finer than to be in Carolina in the smoky morning. In this part of the country, such people are mostly out of luck. But there’s sympathy to be had in Olathe, where you can find that Carolina innovation of tender — not stringy — pulled, smoked pork heaped on a bun with coleslaw. Crazy Good Eats adds fried pickles to the mix, which lends another element of crunchiness and a welcome touch of sour to balance out the sweetness of pork and slaw. We’d never admit to preferring Carolina barbecue, but we love this sandwich.

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Best Baked Beans, Crazy Good Eats 

One of the newer barbecue restaurants in the metro, the family-owned Crazy Good Eats, was opened by former competition pitmasters — which means, as you’d expect, that the wood-smoked meats are delicious. But what we like best here are the delectable baked beans, seasoned with the restaurant’s spicier house-made sauce and loaded with moist, flavorful burnt ends. The portions aren’t skimpy, and this is even the rare batch of beans that approaches genuine cosmetic beauty.

 

 

 

 

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