I did manage to get to an authentic KC style BQ place in Lees Summit. The place was in a former Texaco station and had retro signs on the wall. The group I was with thought this was far and away the best food we had in KC.
NYC types do not see many chains. I did manage to go to a Bob Evans and the food was amazing.
Any place that serves pot roast or meatloaf and mashed potatoes on Texas toast deserves some type of prize.
The KC stint was much quieter and more relaxing than the GA stint. Now it is off to CA, provided that my group is on time. One of my group is always exactly on time and the other is always the last. People who are late drive me up a wall.