Barbecue is king in Kansas City, and Ollie Gates is one of the reasons why!! There is no better barbecue in town. Consistently good food, clean and comfortable restaurants and decent prices keep the crowds coming. "Hi, may I help you?" is shouted out to you as soon as you get in line. (I sometimes wonder how they keep all the orders straight - but don't think I've ever received the wrong thing.)
Favorite Dish: I like the burnt ends, but the ribs are quite popular, as well. Gates has several excellent sauces, all available for sale at local grocery stores, souvenir shops, etc.
Author Calvin Trillen has been known to label Arthur Bryant's the world's single finest restaurant. I can't remember if it was an article in "The New Yorker" or "Playboy" or both. Well, that was a bit of hyperbole, and it was a long time ago, but the point is Trillen had some great eating experiences at Bryant's. And you still can today - more than a few US presidents have stained their dress shirts with Bryant's sauce. This place is a KC legend. On one of my most memorable visits to Bryant's, a grease fire broke out in the kitchen. Do you think a single customer left? No - who would want to leave that food behind or lose their place in line?
Favorite Dish: Beef brisket sandwich - it's a mountain of hickory smoke flavored, tender meat. You either use both hands to hold it, or give up and use a fork. It's huge. Not a place for vegetarians. The wonderful fries are deep fried in lard. Cholesterol city.
Don't get me wrong - the barbecue at Winslow's is far better than you get in most cities. However, in KC, its bbq rates as only a little better than average. What it does have is a great location in Kansas City's City Market and outdoor seating. As soon as the weather allows al fresco dining (or just downing a KC-brewed Boulevard) people will head to Winslow's.
Favorite Dish: All I remember having here is just beef sandwich and fries - pretty good.
In 1946, Arthur Bryant became sole owner of an existing barbecue joint. This is the barbecue mecca where nearlly every President has dined foor the past 50 years. The sauce is unique and delicious -- a wonderful, fiery blend of cayenne and paprika -- and slapped onto the bread with paint brushes!
Favorite Dish: Everything
Kansas City is well known for BAR-B-QUE and you can find it any way you like it at such places at Arthur Bryant's, Gates, Haywards, the Smokestack; but one of my favorite restaurants is not a barbeque or steak place, but rather a small, family owned restaurant at the City Market named The Habashi House. It has the best falafil sandwich you will find anywhere, and the gyros are.... well soooo gooood. They also have daily specials and one of my favorites is curry chicken with potatoes. This is a must experience.
Summit Hickory Pit in Lee's Summit has great barbecue and good service. I only ate there one time but I wanted to include a picture of a barbecue restaurant on this page. I have eaten lots of great barbecue in Kansas City. Another great place is KC Masterpiece in Overland Park on the Kansas side.
Favorite Dish: Barbecue or any kind is excellent in Kansas City.
Kansas City is known for its barbeque. Now, as you no doubt know, I'm a Tennessean, which means I know good barbeque when I taste it. And I was always skeptical about the merits of KC barbeque. I mean, you don't grow up on Memphis-style smoked-for-hours dry-rub baby-back ribs without becoming a bit of a barbeque snob.
That said, I did the taste test at Gates, one of KC's prime barbeque institutions. I found it good. Great, actually. Perfectly grilled ribs, with a nicely spicy, smoky sauce. Alejandro had a barbeque beef sandwich that rated quite highly on his Nashville-trained palate.
The funny thing about Gates is that it's like the Seinfeld episode with the soup vendor. Gates is like the Barbeque Nazi. There's a lengthy line when you walk in, if you can call it a line. The ladies behind the counter take your order with an extremely shrill yell: ''Hi, may I help you?!?'' It catches the first-timer offguard to say the least. You're then given about three-point-two seconds to place your order. If you take too long -- WHAM! -- Out comes another shout and great embarrasment. Still, in spite of the genuine fear factor, it's worth a visit.
barbeque is definitely a big part of kansas city. there's a yearly barbeque contest, which is great fun pq it's open to the public. that means you can go and eat as much as you want and it's all really yummy.
the best barbeque restaurant is kc masterpiece. for starters, instead of paper napkins they give you towels. actual fluffy towels. i think that's brilliant.
Favorite Dish: they have these platters which are rather expensive... a little less than $20... but are huge. you get a wide selection of food, and you have enough to take home and eat for two days.
also, for appetizers, the onion straws thingy (or whatever they call it) is lovely.
Favorite Dish: Pick your favorite: Arthur Bryants, Gates, Hayward, KC Masterpiece, Smokestack.... Kansas City is famous for barbeque. Don't leave without trying it!