SUCCESSFUL CATERER, AWARD WINNING BBQ COMPETITOR OPENS NEW FLAVORFUL BBQ RESTAURANT IN OLATHE

SUCCESSFUL CATERER, AWARD WINNING BBQ COMPETITOR OPENS NEW FLAVORFUL BBQ RESTAURANT IN OLATHE

 OLATHE, Kan. – The sweet and tangy aromas of barbecue will fill the air at the corner of 151st Street and Mur-Len in Olathe when Crazy Good Eats, a new barbeque restaurant, opened its doors May 1. Known for its award-winning barbecue and hand-crafted sausages, Crazy Good Eats is bringing the same competition quality and taste to every bite at the new, colorful, family-friendly restaurant.

 This is the first restaurant venture for the Olathe family who has been in the catering business for three years after winning numerous barbecue awards including two Grand Championships. Crazy Good Eats was born from the passion of BBQ Pit Master Dan Isbell who started Steer Crazy BBQ with his father-in-law, Bruce Lemay.

 When family and friends got one taste of the Steer Crazy BBQ flavors, they began craving the award-winning ribs, burnt ends, meatballs and sides. It wasn’t long before Bruce and Dan were showing off what they had achieved in the smoker and on the grill at family reunions, business functions and weddings throughout Kansas City and beyond. The catering business’s name and now the name of the restaurant, Crazy Good Eats, naturally grew from the BBQ competition team name, Steer Crazy BBQ.

 “We understand that to be successful in this town of great barbecue restaurants and experts, you have to bring your A-game every day. We’re committed to the same processes and quality ingredients that we use to wow the barbecue judges at competitions. That’s what we’ve been doing at our catering business and that’s exactly what we intend to do at the restaurant, because our customers are the judges now,” said Bruce Lemay, who manages the restaurant. His wife, Maggie Lemay, is the owner, along with their son-in-law and Pitmaster, Dan Isbell.

The flavors of the meats are distinctive at Crazy Good Eats. After years of perfecting, Dan has created a recipe for barbecue where slow and steady is the name of the game.

“There’s a true science behind good barbecue. I’ve studied the science, created many hypothesis and experiments and know the results,” said Isbell. “There are a lot of steps to the development of creating good barbecue and smoking meats.”

The barbecue at Crazy Good Eats is not sauced, allowing customers to enjoy the mastery of the art of slow cooked meats. The result: tender, juicy, flavorful smoked chicken, ribs, burnt ends, pork shoulder/pork butt, brisket and others.

“Many of our customers tell us they love the meat just like it is, without the sauce, because they can taste all of the flavors of the meats,” Bruce said. “Others enjoy saucing their meat, with one of our sauces that are specifically designed to complement the food. It allows the customer to control how much they like.”

Crazy Good Eats has developed several of their own sauces available for both dine-in and carryout orders.

The restaurant’s barbecue menu will satisfy the hungriest carnivore. There is a whole series of specialty sandwiches called Pitmaster Dan’s Specialties including the “KC Original” with brisket and pulled pork piled high and topped with bacon and onion strings ($8.95); the “Mad Meatballs,” feature glazed all-beef meatball wrapped in bacon – a catering customer favorite (3 for $4.45); and Steer Crazy’s Championship Plate is filled with two ribs, brisket, dark meat chicken and pulled pork ($15.95).

Known for its championship ribs and housemade sausages, the menu features a variety of meat-focused appetizers, sandwiches, meat by the pound, combination plates, Daily Pitmaster Specials and a full-belly more.

The “sides” at a barbecue restaurant are critically important to compliment all of the varieties of meats. As a caterer, Crazy Good Eats impressed its clients with exceptional side items. Now, the restaurant will do the same by featuring some of those customer favorites such as: loaded potato casserole, burnt-end BBQ beans, three-cheese Mac & Cheese, coleslaw (also available on the pulled pork sandwich for Carolina Style), fried pickles, French fries, onion strings and more.

Crazy Good Eats is open from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. Monday through Thursday and 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays. Dine-in guests order and are served their food at the counter, then enjoy the newly renovated restaurant, decorated with bright colors and a cheerful design. Located at 16695 W. 151st Street in Olathe, Kansas 66062 the new restaurant offers beer and wine, large outdoor patio seating, industrial-style garage doors and a retail space selling Crazy Good Eats sauces and other items.

A convenient carryout counter and drive-thru pick up window are available for online or call-ahead orders. Crazy Good Eats will continue to offer its customer friendly, consultative catering services specializing in special requests. Please visit www.crazygoodeats.com or call 913-905-2744 for more information.

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