In an interview on Sirius XM Radio, Reid told “Schein on Sports” host Adam Schein that he has eaten at dozens of K.C.’s famous barbecue joints.
“I’ve eaten at about 50 Kansas City BBQ places and I haven’t found one I don’t like,” is the Reid quote tweeted by New York-area sportscaster Andrew Catalon during the show – a tweet that Schein retweeted.
That would mean that Reid has put a pretty big dent into K.C.’s heralded barbecues. A Yelp search for “BBQ” comes back with 79 restaurants featuring barbeque in “Kansas City” — an area that includes restaurants in both Missouri and Kansas.
As a former Kansan who spent a bit of time in Kansas City, I can tell you there’s that much good barbecue in KC to be eaten—Philadelphia doesn’t really compare. There’s BB’s Lawnside BBQ (which doubles as a great little blue joint); Fiorella’s Jack Stack BBQ, which is kind of fancy; Oklahoma Joe’s, Gates Bar B.Q. and Arthur Bryant’s, which seem to have the biggest rivalry, and, well, the list goes on and on. There are many great things about Philly. The barbecue scene really isn’t one of them.
Which is to say, Reid may or may not be joking about having eaten at that many Kansas City barbecue joints. He’s probably joking. But if he isn’t, you still don’t have a good reason to make fun of him. It’s that good.