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.
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.
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.
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 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.
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.
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 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.
Favorite Dish: Pick your favorite: Arthur Bryants, Gates, Hayward, KC Masterpiece, Smokestack.... Kansas City is famous for barbeque. Don't leave without trying it!