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Oklahoma Joe's Barbecue: Oustanding gas station dining
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!
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Arthur Bryant's Barbeque: Best old-school BBQ-- THE place for BBQ!
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.
Winslow's Kansas City Style Barbecue: Popular Place to be Seen
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.
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.
BB's Lawnside BBQ: Kansas City's BBQ and Blues
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.
Arthur Bryant's Barbecue: The world's single finest restaurant?
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.
Gates BarBQ: "Hi, may I help you?"
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.
Arthur Bryant's: BBQ
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
Smokehouse Bar-B-Que: Traditional hickory-smoked
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.
Fiorella's Jack Stack Freight House: Classy BBQ in Midtown Kansas City
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!
Barbecue: Arthru Bryants: Barbecue: Arthru Bryants
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
Arthur Bryant's BBQ: Still Smokin'
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
Gates BBQ: Hi May I Help You?
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!
Kansas City is well known for...
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.
Arthur Bryant's BBQ: The Best BBQ in KC
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!!!
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