The only thing as good as cooking and eating southerners' style BBQ, is eating out with a bunch of great Oklahoma-ladies in a Missouri-Smokehouse. We've had great food, and been in great mood. Smokehouse Bar-B-Que offers great service, very friendly staff, good music. It's though not too much of a cosy place as it lacks a bit of southern style, I thought. We've had Chef's Special which is a choice of one or two sorts of meat, beef, ham, pork, sausage, turkey topped with a special BBQ sauce, served with beans, fries, toast, and pickles. Corn Nuggets. Ice Tea. All fantastic.
Ribs is the thing that people remember of KC. They do have a fair amount of these places to eat, some better than others. As a couple of typical, I chose a variety. K.C Masterpiece is a known name that started in KC, and the sauce business sold to Kraft Foods. The restaurants, I believe about 10-12 nationwide, serve good food at reasonable prices. The ribs and side dishes are tasty. Bryants is a treat to try the local fare on a newspaper. It is a messy event, and the barbeque along with fries are piled on newspaper; really. the food is okay. The area of town is not of the best standing for the original location, which is the one you want to see how it has not changed in years.
This suburban location smells great for blocks away! It has been called the "Caddilac" of KC Barbeque. The interior of the restaurant is nice, similar to a mdi-range steak house. It is comfortable. Attire can be casual. There is a wait a peak times. This place has been featured on the US cable network Food Chanel.
Favorite Dish: "His Ribness" a full slab of their ribs with their wonderful baked beans. They also serve something called "burnt ends." Don't be put off by the name, as they are NOT burnt but they are quite delicious.
You won't go for the atmosphere but you will come back again and again for the bbq. The meat has a full smoked flavor that is so tender. I normally don't like baked beans but I love theirs. Pinto beans mixed with black beans and bits of bbq meat. They've got a bit of a kick to them.
Favorite Dish: BBQ beef brisket sandwich and baked beans.
I ate at this restaurant a few months ago and you can't leave without having the Hickory Pit Beans. I thought I would cry it was so good. I sampled the burnt ends from a friends plate and they were very good too.
Favorite Dish: Hickory Pit Beans
You will LOVE this place! Great BBQ in a classy environment. The restaurant is located in a beautiful and interesting brick building with tall ceilings which used to be used as a service building for trains. The food is wonderful - you can have anything from burnt ends to BBQ chicken to BBQ sandwiches. You will not be disappointed!
Favorite Dish: BBQ Chicken Breast or the Jumbo sandwich (turkey) with french fries, and cheesy corn or cheesy potatos. Yum!
Even though it may not be the best BBQ in the USA (like some people say), Arthur Bryant's is historically one of the more famous barbecue houses through its connection to Henry Perry. It was relocated to its present location (18th and Brooklyn) in 1958. I went there one evening in the middle 1970's after reading about it in The New Yorker magazine. At that time the neighborhood was one of the roughest I had ever been in. Ironically, now when I go back to Arthur Bryant's, only the neighborhood has changed. The restaurant is basically the same as 30 years ago but the neighborhood (near the 18th and Vine Jazz District) has gone through urban renewal.
Don't get me wrong; the BBQ is good, the serving sizes are huge and the prices reasonable. I just think the Jack Stack Barbecue in Kansas City (and a couple of other places) are better. However, one should not miss Arthur Bryant's; it has more character.
Favorite Dish: Burnt ends open face sandwich
A great hometown style barbecue restuarant in the north of the river suburb of Gladstone (recently opened another location at I29 and Barry Road in Zona Rosa). The place is usually busy so plan to wait in the small bar area if you come during prime hours. But do wait. There is not mutch to the decor, but that's not what you're there for. The wait staff is attentive, but busy. Their corn nuggets are a great appetizer. The slow smoked meats are all delicious, but their burnt ends are top notch. Ribs, brisket, ham, chicken, turkey and sausage are also on the menu. Don't forget the sweet baked beans. They're almost as good as dessert.
Favorite Dish: Sometimes I think they make the brisket for just the burnt ends and not much slicing. The hunks of meat are big, larger than what you would usually think of as the part of the brisket that couldn't be sliced. They are slow smoked over hickory and the sauce is just spicy enough.
KC is well know for it's BBQ. One of the great BBQ restaurants is Gates. The restaurant is clean and offers a wide choice of meats. Be prepared when you enter, as there is a long line and the people behind the counter will yell at the next person "Hi May I Help You?" Often new people have no idea what is going on and it is a little disorienting, but once you learn the ropes it is fun to watch. Know what you want and order quickly!
Arthur Bryant's BBQ is the best in Kansas City. This modest establishment started in the 1920's. The food is awesome and they give you huge portions. You can get anything from chicken, beef, ham to ribs. The best part is the sauce. The restaurant is not in the best neighborhood, but is safe during the day. It looks like a little hole in the wall, but the food is fantastic. The walls are lined with pictures of all the presidents who have eaten here.
Before football games there is a huge line out the door of people waiting to get food to go for their tailgating. This is one must hit place. There are now other locations in KC, but the best is at the original place.
Favorite Dish: It's all good!!!
Arthur Bryant's famous BBQ is available in 3 locations in Kansas City- the airport, uptown, and it's original authentic location. Although the original location is in a rough neighborhood, it hasn't stopped the likes of Steven Spielburg, Sally Fields and Jimmy Carter from stopping in for a bite to eat. This BBQ is one of a kind, cooked in a brick pit oven/smoker. I've never seen anything like it anywhere else.
This place is really raw, no frills. It's all about food. If you plan to eat in, prepare for an eye opener. They don't even use plates at this place. They use small cafeteria trays which they just slap your order directly onto. It's quite and experience. But trust me, trust me... what it lacks in presentation it more than makes up for in taste.
The last time we went there to get take out we ordered about 10 pounds of different kinds of meat. They slice it on a slicer and lay out white bread on a piece of butcher paper. Then, they toss the juicy meat on top, roll it up, grease and all, shove it out a window to you and bark the tab to you.
Favorite Dish: The smoked Turkey was so smokey, delicious and tender I'm tempted to hop back on the plane right now for more! (Just got back from another visit to Kansas City- guess what my only demand was? Arthur Bryant's Turkey. Deeeelicious!) Make sure to get extra BBQ sauce to take home. Midwestern BBQ sauce is different that the sweet thick sauce we use on the east coast. AB's sauce is thin speeeeecy and delicious.
KC has the best BBQ. I may be a little bias b/c I spent my high school years in that town.
Fiorella's is good for both the both food and location. Actually they have several locations, but I prefer the one downtown. It is located right next to rail tracks and the renovated Union Station. The actual building the restaurant is in is kinda neat.
Also, if you have no desire to go to KC, they do mail order. I did it for Superbowl last year. Worth the cash.
Favorite Dish: You can BBQ anything and it will taste good.
few blocks east of 18th and Vine, this unpretentious self-serve restaurant, with origins stretching back to the Depression, is the most famous--and some swear the best--barbecue joint in town. White bread smothered with barbecued meat and barbecued ribs are the specialties, along with Bryant's signature gritty sauce
This is a small hole in the wall BBQ joint that has great BBQ food and sauce that they make from scratch. They have live blues music that plays while you eat and you cant help but tap your feet and loose yourself into the atmosphere of this place.
Oklahoma Joe's could be the best gas station restaurant in the entire midwest! What's even better, there's a liquor store attached to the gas station, so you can meet all of your basic needs in one stop. Oklahoma Joe's has been winning awards for outstanding barbecue in Kansas City for almost a decade - and that's no mean feat! The sauce here is in the classic Kansas City style: deeply smoked, a touch of hickory, slightly sweet, with dashes of pepper and vinegar. I think their pulled pork sandwich is outstanding! Oklahoma Joe's is actually in Kansas City Kansas, but it's only a few minutes from the Plaza and Westport. If you are on the K.C. Barbecue pilgrimage, you shouldn't miss this one!