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Arthur Bryant’s | Legendary BBQ At Its Best In Kansas City
Review by: Jane & Michael Stern
Arthur Bryant, the grand old man of Kansas City barbecue, passed away in 1982, but his business — and its reputation — have grown and thrived ever since. His heirs, bless them, never went upscale. This legendary BBQ remains a cafeteria-style lunch room with all the decorative charm of a bus station.
Yes, it’s had its ups and downs over the years. But a 2021 visit by Roadfood’s Buffetbuster confirmed that the BBQ parlor that’s the Daddy of ’em All still rules. He wrote, “I am more than a little surprised to tell you that the best BBQ we had during a weekend in Kansas City was at Arthur Bryant’s. We’ve had a few pedestrian meals here over the years, but today they knocked it out of the park.”
Taste from Texas
Arthur Bryant originally came from Texas, so it stands to reason that his brisket is superb. It is tender and fatty enough to fairly drip flavor. The cutters slice it into fallapart lengths that get heaped into white-bread sandwiches. If you come as a large party or with a superhuman appetite, order it by the pound. Get some white bread and you can make your own sandwiches at the table.
It’s All Good
Pork ribs are wonderful, too, glazed with blackened burnt edges and spicy crust, but with butter-tender pork below. The slightest tooth-tug easily separates rib meat from its bone. Beyond ribs and brisket, Bryant’s pit produces ham, turkey, sausage, and pulled or sliced pork. And burnt ends. About these, Buffetbuster wrote, “Burnt ends are fatty by nature and so much flavor comes from that fat. Yet somehow these managed to be lean and every bit as flavorful. And those dark, crusty, chewy ends were about as good as it gets.”
Skin-on French fries are bronze beauties and the goopy barbecue beans are some of Kansas City’s best. Other side dish choices: slaw, pickles, potato casserole, potato salad, onion rings.
Good as the meats and side dishes are, Arthur Bryant’s unique sauce demands special attention. It is beautiful sauce, a gritty, red-orange blend of spice and sorcery that is not at all sweet like most Midwestern barbecue sauces. Once you’ve tasted this legendary BBQ sauce, you’ll have a gold standard against which to measure all others.
Directions & Hours
- Monday: 10:00 AM – 9:00 PM
- Tuesday: 10:00 AM – 9:00 PM
- Wednesday: 10:00 AM – 9:00 PM
- Thursday: 10:00 AM – 9:00 PM
- Friday: 10:00 AM – 9:00 PM
- Saturday: 10:00 AM – 9:00 PM
- Sunday: 11:00 AM – 8:00 PM
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