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bd’s Mongolian Barbeque by Chris Becicka

 A Sunday or so ago, current husband and I trekked out to Independence for a chance to create our own bowl at bd’s Mongolian Barbeque. There’s also one in Overland Park, but I was determined to go east because I’d heard about their enormous beer selection – good enough reason to go, said my obliging hubby.

 First the food – there’s lots of it, you get to choose what you want, and it’s all quite tasty. There are a couple of different price points, depending on just how hungry you are, and you can eat it there of course, take it to go, or eat it there AND take it to go all very, very reasonably. I think big eaters really like it here. Once you’ve filled your bowl(s) with meats and /or fish (Surimi aka Krab, mussels, shrimp, calamari), vegetables of all varieties, and more other stuff than I can remember, you create your sauce (there’s recipes on the walls for the challenged) from a huge variety of oils, sauces and spices, and take it all over to the grill where a young man (that’s all I saw anyway) entertainingly with huge, long, sword- like metal spatulas (for lack of a better term) cooks your food on a 600° grill – in about three minutes it seemed to me, but I didn’t time it. I know that’s a pretty packed sentence – but it reflects those bowls. You take it back to your table and chow down. Your rice or noodles are waiting for you.

Oh, there’s also appetizers, salads, sides and desserts. The picture includes a huge-ish bowl of fried rice but we wer
e too full to try dessert. Unless you can call another beer dessert – it was so delish we started drinking it before I remembered to take a picture. So that’s what’s left of the Old Rasputin Imperial Stout from the North Coast Brewing Company – it was beautiful to behold!

They have 58 craft beers on tap and 150 more in bottles in “The Library,” which is a mini-package store – you can either drink one in the very attractive restaurant or buy three (minimum by Missouri Law under what rationale it’s hard to tell) to take home and sip responsibly there. The beer selection depends on the season and what’s available and what’s fresh. The managers, like Brett, and bartender are especially knowledgeable about what each tastes like – a terrible responsibility I know. Their “growlers”” are a hoot – a refillable 64 ounce mug ($5+ beer or the baby “howler” at a mere 32 ounces for $4+beer) which can be taken home – and brought back again. And again.

 Bd’s is a really pleasant experience. There is a new enclosed patio area that is perfect year-round for one of those beers and some good company. The service was excellent. And I timed our return at about 30 minutes to the almost far edge of Shawnee, so the big trek just wasn’t. Spouse doesn’t want to go to the much closer one in Overland Park, he’s going for the beer. I’ll drive.

BD"s Mongolian 
19750 E. Valley View Parkway
Independence, MO 64057
Ph. 816-795-5430  

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