Kansas City is famous for its barbecue, and this restaurant is one of the reasons why. Arthur Bryant's has been serving up slabs of slow cooked pork ... More
Arthur Bryant's Barbeque
Kansas City is famous for its barbecue, and this restaurant is one of the reasons why. Arthur Bryant's has been serving up slabs of slow cooked pork and beef since the 1930s. The small building is nothing fancy and resides in a sketchy part of town, but diners do not come for the ambiance. Casual dining is an understatement here, where guests line up, sometimes waiting up to 30 minutes, to order at the counter. Be sure to order a plate of greasy, delicious fries, and be prepared for huge portions.
The list of famous people who have enjoyed this place is long... but I don't see how they could choke down the food. The sliced pork sandwich (on 2 slices of bread) was probably 60-70% fat and 30-40% pork. Huge disappointment. My wife had the sliced turkey and it was fine -- but nothing spectacular. The sauces were also not good... not terrible, but not great. I have no desire to go back and I certainly would avoid that neighborhood after dark. I'm from Chicago and the neighborhood that this restaurant is in scares me. :-)
Food was average, really prefer KC Masterpiece over Arthur Bryant's - not sure what the rave is about this place. The inside is kind of a dive. Food is overpriced, cashier was rude and was hard to understand. Asked for a number to call to speak to a manager about our experience and was told to talk to Gary. Called him today and he said he's the owner and when I told him it didn't sound like he cared about my poor experience, his exact response was "I don't care". That's when I hung up and won't be going there again. He needs to pay his employees more money because we had a really nice bus boy that kept talking to us, you could tell he wasn't totally with it, and kept telling us that they were in need of more cashiers and bus boys if we were interested. He repeated this about 3 times to us before we finally decided to pack up our food and leave. So if you're visiting the area, don't waste your time or money here, go to KC Masterpiece or even Texas Roadhouse is better.
The best BBQ there is anyhere, and I try it everywhere I go. It's a joint, so enjoy it for what it is. The service is what it is, and has been for 50 years that I can attest to. The food is great, and they give you a lot of it. Everyone has their preferances as to what to get, but one can't go wrong whatever they order. I prefer the original sauce. Enjoy the place as is.
Ok, I'll try to give you an balanced opinion from both sides. Came into town from St. Louis, so I do have a love for good BBQ. First walking into the joint you know it's old school cafeteria style, walk up and order your food...cooks seem unhappy, but are just moving along long lines.
Food: I had the short ribs and some of a sliced-pork sandwich, the ribs were very good and the pork was tasty by itself...you could taste the slow-smokey flavor in the meat. I sampled the sauces and wasn't blown away by any of the three (sweet, original, and rich & something).
The food was 6.5/10 overall with big portions helping out but what really disappointed me was the prices, let's put it this way...I ate with 3 people and we got 2 drinks for lunch and the bill was $40, thats expensive in my humble opinion. I know I couldn't afford to eat there more than once a week.
I wanted to try some KC bbq for once as I've had Memphis and been blown away with the flavors, I'll try some place diff. next time in KC as there should be better.
I loved this BBQ. I had the Burnt end sandwich the first visit and ribs the 2nd. They give you a lot of food!! My husband and I bought one order and split. We still had plenty to eat. The neighborhood is fine. It is rough around the edges, but I felt pretty safe. Don't let the service people scare you. They may seem a little gruff, but they are just trying to move the line along. Note, if you go for lunch get there before 11:30 or you will be waiting in a long line.
Ok, I'm from Kansas City and have won the Kansas State Championship with my BBQ team. Bryant's bar none has the best briskit sandwich in the whole world, and I mean that! But their sauces are below average. They use a raw BBQ sauce as their original and the spices make it very gritty. What I do is buy the sandwichs and sneak in some of Gates BBq sauce and that clinches the deal! They have opened another Bryant's in the Amerstar Casino located off of I435 and 210 Hiway. This is much cleaner and safer to visit. I also believe they may have one in the Airport but remember the prices and quality won't be as good. KCMO has some really good food joints so if your here and enjoy food you won't be disappointed.
I was in KC for business. I ate there 3 times in 4 days. It is refreshing to find a place that is authentic down to the original coat of paint. Don't be afraid of the area (the American Jazz Museum is just down the street for God's sake.) The sandwiches, the service, the preparation, real to the bone. Go with an empty stomach. I sometimes think about taking a flight to KC just to go there again. Best restaurant in the world.
I do not live in Kansas City so it is difficult to find barbeque of this caliber.
The last time that I ate there I became depressed half way through my pulled pork sandwich (pork on Wonder Bread) when I realized that I did not know when I would have a chance to eat at Arthur Bryants again.
This is the best food in Kansas City!