Arthur Bryant’s

Worth driving from anywhere!

Arthur Bryant, the grand old man of Kansas City barbecue, passed away in 1982, but his business has thrived ever since; and his heirs, bless them, never went upscale. This humble smoke house remains a cafeteria-style lunch room with all the decorative charm of a bus station.

Arthur Bryant originally came from Texas, so it stands to reason that his brisket is superb, the best meat in the house. It is tender and fatty enough to fairly drip flavor. It is sliced into fallapart lengths that get heaped into white-bread sandwiches; or if you come as a large party, you can order a couple of pounds of beef and a loaf of bread. They’ll be piled on a tray so you can make your own sandwiches at the table.

Pork ribs are wonderful, too, glazed with blackened burnt edges and lodes of meat below their spicy crust. Skin-on French fries are bronze beauties and the goopy barbecue beans are some of Kansas City’s best.

Good as the meats are, what makes Arthur Bryant’s unique is the sauce. 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 it, you’ll have a gold standard against which to measure all others.

What to Eat
Arthur Bryant’s, sauce
Here is a close view of the meat tray with sauce squirted on.
Arthur Bryant’s, Meat Tray
Meat Tray
Bryant's meat tray really is meat on a tray -- a pound of any kind you want, or a half pound of two. The choices include beef, ham, turkey, ribs, sausage, and pulled pork. In the cafeteria line, you help yourself to white bread and pickles.
French Fries
Directions and Hours
open now
Sunday11 am - 8 pm
Monday10 am - 9:30 pm
Tuesday10 am - 9:30 pm
Wednesday10 am - 9:30 pm
Thursday10 am - 9:30 pm
Friday10 am - 10 pm
Saturday10 am - 10 pm
This restaurant is featured in the following eating tours.
6 stops | 28 MILES | 1 hr

Even before Calvin Trillin declared Arthur Bryant's to be "possibly the single best restaurant in the world" in a 1974 Playboy magazine article, Kansas City was famous for barbecue. It still is, rightfully so, but in addition to its superb smoke-cooked meats, the Paris of the Plains is home to what may be the single…

Open Year Round
Meals Served
Credit Cards Accepted
Alcohol Served
Outdoor Seating

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