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Johnny's Hickory House Bar-BQ - Olathe

1375 W Old 56 Hwy
Olathe, KS 66061

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June 15, 2011, 7:41 p.m.

The #1 thing I look for in BBQ is smoke - other wise you're just throwing a brisket in a crock pot. I give Johnny's a C- on that score, pretty bland. The food comes at a decent value, but without the smoke, what's the point? Johnny's BBQ is a symptom of a quite common disease. Because BBQ is popular in the Kansas City area, apparently entrepreneur's think they can open a restaurant serving up *something* and they'll parlay the success of the genre. This is true of pizza in Chicago and seafood on the Gulf Coast. Johnny's is thriving on mediocrity simply because they can. I don't begrudge their business plan, but if you are going to do business, at least try and excel at it, not just get by. Johnny's is just getting by.