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What defines Kansas City and St. Louis styles of BBQ ribs?

As a big BBQ fan, I've been trying to figure this out definitively - especially because a lot of BBQ restaurants I eat at say they have Kansas City-style BBQ or St. Louis style-BBQ, and it turns out to be nothing like what I *think* both styles are:

I thought that Kansas City-style BBQ meant ribs that are slow smoked with a thick, sweet BBQ sauce applied fairly liberally during the smoking process (as opposed to ribs served only with a dry rub or think glaze and BBQ sauce on the side).

I thought that St. Louis-style BBQ ribs were similar to Kansas City-style in that they are heavily sauced during cooking but are distinct in that they are always spare ribs (as opposed to baby back) that are cut a certain way.

Am I right or am I missing something?

Oct 27, 2011
tom82 in General Topics

Questions about regional foods in Nebraska/Omaha

Wow, thanks for all the great insight. I think I had heard about cheese frenchies but never really knew what they were. After reading your tip I looked these sandwiches up and it definitely looks interesting!

I've heard of Mama's for pizza, and it is on my list. I've talked to several locals about pizza in Omaha and get different ideas about what defines the pizza of the area. As far as I can tell, there are a handful of pizza joints that have an established following in the area (LaCasa, Big Fred's, Mama's, Sortino's, etc.). When people talk about these places they mention how romano cheese is popular instead of simply mozzerella, and hamburger seems to be the popular topping for traditional locals. Oh and people say that pizza is cut in squares (which I knew that they did in Ohio). So maybe this is Omaha-style pizza - I haven't tried any yet because my travels through Omaha are solo - but hey, I guess next time I can order a small!

Oct 23, 2011
tom82 in Great Plains

Questions about regional foods in Nebraska/Omaha

Thanks for the reply. That is interesting about BBQ spaghetti - I always associated that dish with Memphis (except with pulled pork instead of meatballs). Were the types of places you had this at in Nebraska Italian restaurants or more BBQ joints? I was surprised with the number of Italian restaurants there seems to be in Omaha so maybe I have some more exploring to do!

Oct 20, 2011
tom82 in Great Plains

Questions about regional foods in Nebraska/Omaha

I've recently been doing some traveling in Nebraska and got to thinking about foods that the state is known for. The first things that came to mind are runzas and steak. I've learned since that the reuben originated in Omaha (even though it seems to be more associated with NYC in my opinion) and that the traditional side for steak in Omaha is pasta. But I had a couple of specific questions too:

1. Is there such a thing as"Nebraska-style BBQ?" Since Nebraska seems to be known for beef, I didn't know if BBQ in Nebraska typically meant brisket (like in Texas). I also thought that maybe Kansas City Style BBQ (ribs, sauce) was the popular local type given proximity to KC. Any ideas?

2. I've heard mention of "Omaha-style pizza" but can't seem to figure out what this is exactly. Any ideas?

3. Are there any other regional foods closely associated wih Nebraska and/or Omaha that I've missed? Any corn-based dishes? Are Midwest sandwiches like the pork tenderloin and loose meat popular here?


Oct 17, 2011
tom82 in Great Plains

Place to get smoothies in Spartanburg?

Does anyone know any places where one can get a smoothie in Spartanburg, SC?

Feb 26, 2009
tom82 in General South Archive

Pho in Columbia, SC

Another great restaurant for pho/Vietnamese and Thai food is Golden Chopstix in West Columbia. All of their soups including pho are great and you get so much I always take some home. They also have a ton of meat, seafood, rice and noodle dishes. I think they have a big sushi menu too. The Vietnamese lady who owns it with her husband is the server and is very nice. What impressed me the most is the very loyal customer base they have - each time I go I watch and the owner seems to know most people by name. A lot of their business is repeat customers. This place is one of those neat little "food finds" and I'd highly recommend. The restaurant is at 1505 Charleston Hwy. (located in a plaza near the Kmart and Maurices).

May 26, 2008
tom82 in Southeast

French dressing on pizza in Biloxi?

I recently read somewhere that it is popular in Biloxi Mississippi to pour french dressing on pizza slices. Does anyone know if this is true and how this came about? Is it just a Biloxi thing?

May 26, 2008
tom82 in Central South

Favorite fast-food or fast-casual salad?

Hi Chowhounds,

I am interested in finding out what people's favorite salads are from any national fast food chain (Burger King, Wendys, etc. etc.) or fast casual chain (Qdoba, Panera Bread, etc. etc.). What are your favorites and why do you like it. Hopefully this will help people like me who wants to get in the habit of eating out but eating healthy!

May 25, 2008
tom82 in Chains

Best places to eat in South Carolina?

If you are going to be in Spartanburg, you have to go to The Beacon Drive-In (downtown at corner of John White Blvd. and Daniel Morgan Ave). It is a local instution and is famous both in and out of state - one of those places that has been profiled on the Food Network and about every presidential candidate visits.
The portions are giant - my favorite is to go for the real Southern breakfast plates, but they are known for the "a-plenty" dinners - order any sandwich "a-plenty" and the sandwich will be covered in a mound of fries and the best fried onions anywhere.

If you already knew all about The Beacon, sorry for the rehash.

Apr 12, 2008
tom82 in Southeast

Best Greek restaurant in Columbia, SC?

I am new to Chowhound, and wanted to ask for user's opinions on the best Greek food in Columbia, SC. I love Greek food but need some opinions. Three that I have tried take-out from (all a while ago) are Grecian Gardens, Devine Foods, and Zorba's off Broad River Rd. in Irmo. Any impressions on if these places are any good? Also I have heard the original Zorba's on St. Andrews is good? Any others?


Apr 12, 2008
tom82 in General South Archive