Kansas City’s barbecue restaurant lineup just got a new heavy hitter: Meat Mitch. The highly anticipated Leawood spot was created by pitmaster Mitch Benjamin, who gained acclaim with his flavorful spice blends and sauces. Now he’s taking center stage with offerings that run the gamut from classic to boundary-pushing. But don’t just take our word for it, order the Meat Tower, a sampling of burnt ends, smoked rope sausage, fried pickles, and pimento cheese, plus cheesy hog fries (curly fries with pulled pork, cheese, and pickled jalapeños) and smoky chicken suckers (a.k.a. lollipopped and sauced drumettes). In addition to barbecue favorites served on sandwiches and platters, guests can enjoy brisket smashburgers, toasted grilled cheese sandwiches made with the delectable meats, and desserts like blueberry-peach bread pudding with cinnamon-caramel ice cream.