333 Southeast Douglas, Lee's Summit | 816-347-0794
If barbecue fuels the KC hungry, then old gas stations make for the most appropriate barbecue restaurants. The Filling Station in downtown Lee's Summit had working pumps more than seven decades ago. Today, it cranks out something better than petrol: chicken. Owner Jill Davolt and her son, Jason, the joint's general manager, have created a quirky restaurant with vintage gas pumps out front and a Texaco sign to guide patrons off the road. Once you're inside, load up on dark-meat chicken, especially the lean, smoked legs and tasty thighs. Unlike a lot of other barbecue shacks, the Filling Station doesn't sauce the top, freeing you to add the original or the hot version of the house brew to your exact octane specifications.