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Arthur Bryant's Barbecue

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TYPE: Catering
ADDRESS: 1727 Brooklyn Ave. Kansas City, MO 64127
PHONE: 816-231-1123
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3 out of 5 stars (10 Reviews)

Price: $10 to $20
Hours: Open 10am-9:30pm Mon.-Thu., 10am-10pm Fri.-Sat., 11am-8pm Sun.

Arthur Bryant, the legendary King of Ribs, is the most renowned barbequer in history. He created a sauce that has attracted the likes of former Presidents Harry Truman and Jimmy Carter to his restaurant . . . considered to be the best restaurant in the world by New Yorker columnist Calvin Trillin.

Since 1930 celebrities such as Steven Spielberg, Michael Landon, Robert Redford, Jack Nicholson, Wilt Chamberlain, Bryant Gumbel, Tom Watson and George Brett — and common folk alike — have made the pilgrimage to Arthur Bryant's to enjoy barbeque that's slow-smoked with a combination of hickory and oak woods, mellowed to the peak of flavor, then splashed with Original or Rich & Spicy sauce. Now you can enjoy these sauces with carefully guarded secret recipes at home, for the authentic taste of Arthur Bryant's barbeque. Arthur used to mix and store his
sauce in big five gallon glass jars. You can still see one in the window of the Brooklyn restaurant today.

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Very disappointed


1 out of 5 stars

Joan M. - Norwalk, IA

Went here last year and had pulled pork, not bad but certainly not good. This year had burnt ends. Awful. Nothing but fat. We will not be trying this restaurant again.

It is a Gamble


3 out of 5 stars

Doctor B. - Kansas City, KS

Any random visit may result in a wide range of experiences. You may get a Beef Brisket sandwich of 50%+ fat one time and the next get a prime, lean, Flat Cut of beef. I try to avoid 'busy' times - when the waiting line stretches to the door. The 'Chefs' do not adhere to any specific level of 'Quality Control'. But I must admit, when they get it right, it is at the top of my list for local BBQ.

Best BBQ


5 out of 5 stars

Ron M. - Denver, CO

After seeing Arthur Bryant's being ranked #7 on Travel Ch.'s Top 100 places to eat I thought I would give it a try. I dont know where to begin describing it as the best BBQ joint in a town known for BBQ. Portion sizes were right, the blend of spices was not overpowering, it was messy enough to know you had BBQ, but not so messy you were in need of new clothes.

Been visiting AB since childhood!


5 out of 5 stars

Wyn R. - Lincoln, NE

No trip to KC is completed without at least 1 visit to Arthur Bryant. The ribs aren't very good. That is true. However, eveything else is spectacular. I prefer a sweeter sauce, so I usually just eat the meat as is. Their smoke is just fabulous! I usually get the pulled pork, but haven't been disappointed when I've branched out to brisket, chicken, or turkey.



5 out of 5 stars

Mud Q. - Leawood, KS

Arthur Bryant's is classic KC BBQ, there is a reason that everyone for all walks of life go to Arthurs.

Very unimpressed


1 out of 5 stars

Don W. - Perkins, OK

The portions are large and the sliced beef sandwich was good except the sauce was just horrendous and we tried all the types they had. The ribs and the pulled pork were not good either. My 16 year old son loves barbeque and can put it away but he didn't even eat half of his. I'm sorry but the folks that think this is good don't know barbeque.



2 out of 5 stars

Jeff K. - Omaha, NE

My wife and daughter visited on a recent visit. The meat was tender with a good smoke flavor but the BBQ sauce was horrible. Very large portions and prices were good. Not sure if I would visit again but if I did would not use the sauce.

Good - but a bit overrated


4 out of 5 stars

Tim H. - Fremont, NE

We stopped there with a family of 4 (2 teenage boys). Tab was about $50.00. My family really enjoyed it. The pulled pork was the best. I had the beef sandwich, which was good, but not great. LOTS of meat though! If you try their sauces - the original is pretty spicy.

It's defnitely a "down to earth" kind of place. Very little decor (we went to the original location). If you go, however, realize that the Jazz Museum and Negro Baseball Museum are only about 2 1/2 blocks away.

As with most dining, value and taste are very subjective, so don't shy away if you're curious.

Great Food, Great Atmosphere


5 out of 5 stars

Chris S. - Papillion, NE

Ordered a pork sandwich and it was great. The people working were a lot of fun and very friendly. The restaurant is in an industrial part of town; probably wouldn't want to go there after dark.

Very Disappointed


2 out of 5 stars

Bill V. - Glen Ellyn, IL

Sent the ribs back twice, as did many other people in the restaurant, and they were still too dried out. My wife had a sandwich and it looked good. Most people with sandwiches seemed pleased - no one liked the ribs. Had ribs in 4 different places while in KC. This was 4th place, and not even close to 3rd.

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