Monday, March 24, 2008

Kansas City Barbeque in San Diego




Kansas City Barbeque on Market Street is the bar from the 1986 (seriously, has it been that long?) hit movie Top Gun.

It has actually been updated since this picture and has cute tables + umbrellas for eating outside. But, sorry, I couldn't find any unblurry photos.

Rumor has it that a Paramount Studios' location director was tootling around San Diego, looking for some places to film Top Gun. He stopped in at the divey bar, loved it, rented it for a few days. KCBB has been living off this little bit of serendipity (I have so been wanting to use that word in a post!) for over twenty years now.

I found mixed reviews about the quality of the barbeque at KCBB. But DH is an Okie, and he liked it. So, that says a little something.

If you're visiting San Diego, you'll most likely hit Seaport Village. Which means you'll be close to KCBB and you may as well check it out for a meal or a drink, tickle the ivories on the famous piano from the movie and gawk at the huge amount of college and professional sports memorabilia.

Here's the Kansas City Barbeque's website.

This post is part of the brilliant Travis Erwin's idea for Hometown Monday blogging.

29 comments:

Debbielou said...

1986 !! Seems like only yesterday!
Top Gun was the first film I ever saw in a London Cinema & I loved it - Thanks for bringing back happy memories !

Laura said...

WOW - that is pretty cool - Thanks for sharing!

pattinase (abbott) said...

Our hotel was right there. Wish I had known about it but I will next time.

TJBrown said...

Love it! if I ever get that direction, I am going in. I love stuff liek that.
Teri

Terrie Farley Moran said...

Thanks for this. It is always fun to find out that a movie scene had a real setting.

1986?????? Can't be!

Terrie

Bina said...

KCBB, in San Diego. I'm sure there is a reason it's called Kansas City Barbeque?

I can't wait for my son to move back to San Diego (once he gets out of jail) so I can visit him!

Kelley said...

WOW! I like that California has other "city" foods too. Everything here in Michigan is supposed to be very "California" when you eat out.

Swishy said...

Oh, my gosh, Top Gun is one of my FAVORITE MOVIES EVER! I was so in love with Tom Cruise in that movie. I swear to you I know every line. Ha!

Elizabeth said...

looks like a cool restaurant.
Am i the only person on the planet who never saw Top Gun?
I loved your review below.

Travis Erwin said...

The brilliant Travis Erwin?

That is definitley puching it a mgiht but I like the sound jsut the same. And being a carnivore as I am and a fan of seedy dives KCBBQ sounds and looks like my kind of place.

Ello said...

Gosh I don't even remember it from the movie. But then again the only scene I remember from that movie is the volleyball scene. Ow!

Mrs. Annie said...

Great tourist info!

Jessica Burkhart said...

What a cute place! :)

lyzzydee said...

A classic in the right place at the right time. I love the film though!!(films has given me an idea for my next weekl post)

Beth said...

Jeez, where do the years go? Great post, we'll have to check it out next time we're down there.

Angela said...

Thanks for the information.
I always like visiting places I knew were in movies or in books. It makes it a bit more real

PS
I answered your question

Jason said...

Living in Kansas City, I absolutely LOVE BBQ. There is no better. Great story! My favorite BBQ place here in KC is probably Gates BBQ.

I'm off to go eat some...but I'll be back.

WordVixen said...

Yay Okie's! (Mamma's an Okie, and daddy's a Square Head)

What a cool bit of local history and... wait for it... flavor. :)

Leslie said...

How fun! Thanks for the tip!

Julie at Virtual Voyage said...

Looks very authentic. Good post!

Alyson said...

That reminds me of Mystic Pizza here in Mystic, Connecticut. They have pictures all over the restaurant of it's namesake movie (pics of Julia Robert's big ol' '80s haircut and all). It is also right by the seaport village. It's got the best pizza in the whole state, I must say.

Family Adventure said...

Very cool. I loved that movie. :)

Heidi

The Anti-Wife said...

1986! Was it really that long ago? Wow, I'm getting old.

sandy Levin said...

Thanks for the tip Barrie. There used to be a Kansas City BBQ in Encinitas a couple of years back, but they closed. Don't know if it's the same owners - but my hubby really likes BBQ - will have to stop there sometime.

Just a Plane Ride Away said...

Well, here in Merry Old England, I finally learned to make BBQ at home with a homemade Kansas City BBQ rub--don't tell my family back in Texas!

~Virginia~ said...

ah yes...the good old days before tom cruise became 'crazy cruise'. :) i knew this guy in high school that could quote the movie word-for-word...even the technical plane talk! wild...and a bit sad. :)

Lana Gramlich said...

Cool! Despite our small size (pop. 2000,) movie producers seem to enjoy filming in our town, too. Thanks for sharing your town, again. Sorry it's taken me a while to post here, but mundania & back problems kept me down for a while.

Becky Levine said...

This is perhaps the least profound (at leat I hope) comment I've ever left, but it's all I can think of to say...

TOP GUN IS TWENTY YEARS OLD??!!

:)

Ajay said...

Yeah, even I am stoked out hearing that. They do seem to have some cool photos of the place.



The top gun, HUH!!

http://www.kcbbq.net/topgunbar/