Arthur Bryant's Barbeque

BBQ Joint$$$$
18th and Vine And Downtown East, Kansas City
  • David L.
    "Burnt ends & pulled pork are out of this world delicious."(44 Tips)
    Dustin R.
    "Everything is awesome authentic kc bbq"(6 Tips)
    Schuyler V.
    "Rib tips and short slab is to die for!"(5 Tips)
    "Absolute best BBQ in Kansas City, possibly the world."(2 Tips)
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  • barbecue
  • burnt ends
  • ribs
  • sandwiches
  • french fries
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  • David S.
    David SDecember 21, 2012
    So glad we stopped here on our long road trip! Right off 70 and amazing BBQ, Burnt ends are a must and beef was excellent too! Bought a bottle of the sweet heat sauce to go, finger licking' good!!
    Upvoted Jun 27
  • Jake S.
    Jake SmithAugust 10, 2013
    The pulled pork sandwich is not the reason to come to AB's; the Rich and Spicy sauce alone made this trip worthwhile, but I suggest trying it on the Burnt Ends or the ribs instead.
  • Samuel
    SamuelDecember 15, 2014
    Everything here is amazing. Absolute best BBQ in Kansas City, possibly the world. It is impossible to go wrong w/ rib tips (if available) or a combo sandwich.
  • Kelsey H.
    Kelsey HayesJanuary 25, 2012
    Arguably the best barbecue in the country, loved by presidents and plebs alike. I recommend the burnt ends with fries, served wrapped in butcher paper. Like pickles? Good, you'll get a bunch of them.
    Upvoted Jun 27
  • Evan[Bu]
    Evan[Bu]July 13, 2011
    The line might be long, but the Burnt Ends with fries is worth the wait. Be sure to try all the different flavors of barbecue sauce at your table, and eat an ample supply of free pickles.
    Upvoted Jun 27
  • Rodney B.
    Rodney BlackwellMay 23, 2015
    I've been coming to Arthur Bryant's for 30 years. The food is good - the portion keeps getting smaller and smaller. Used to be the food completely covered the plate. Nowadays. . .too much plate.
  • Steven B.
    Steven BorrelliOctober 15, 2013
    Not impressed w/ the pulled pork. And beef sandwich is not lean-- literally half of it was fat-- I picked it all off! A bit pricey too, but good sauce. Going with the burnt ends next time.
  • Mick B.
    Mick BMarch 19, 2012
    Eh...I'm always torn with this place. Don't get any sides--they're all terrible. Fries are awful. Soda and beer is always flat. Beef is fatty, but the sauce unique to KC. Twice a year, tops.
    Downvoted Jun 27
  • David L.
    David LinderJuly 20, 2015
    Burnt ends & pulled pork are out of this world delicious. BBQ sauce is to die for. Save yourself the extra trip & get a pitcher of Boulevard.
    Upvoted Jul 24
  • DailyCandy
    DailyCandyNovember 20, 2013
    The legend. Some argue it’s all about the sauce. Others, the caramelized burned ends. Either way, add the cafeteria-style classic to your barbecue bucket list and don’t look back.
    Upvoted Jun 27
  • Wendy A.
    Wendy AbshireJune 7, 2014
    Splitting a combo with fries And a side of slaw and a lemonade to wash it down was Delish, and more than two of us could eat.
    Upvoted Jun 27
  • Cate C.
    Cate CrandellSeptember 28, 2012
    Fries aren't worth it... They are soggy. The baked beans are pretty good, and the spicy sauce is delicious!
    Downvoted Jun 27
  • Alison H.
    Alison HillmanAugust 31, 2014
    We had the beef and ham. Get a two meat plate platter. They give way too much food for one person on the sandwich plates!
  • Juli L.
    Rib tips and Fries! Their original sauce is unique and delicious, but I always end up eating a little of all of them!
  • Kansas City
    Kansas CitySeptember 6, 2012
    Vinegar-based President’s Choice sauce (named for sitting President Jimmy Carter’s visit to Bryant’s) carries the reputation as KC’s most distinctive barbecue sauce.
  • Dawn H.
    Dawn HopkinsJune 7, 2012
    Apparently they saw us coming - didn't realize you have to request lean beef. Um, okay, but what about "edible" beef!? No great marks from me!
  • Southern Living
    Southern LivingFebruary 10, 2012
    Made our South's Best List! Order the perfect plate: half slab (short end), burnt ends, ½ pound brisket, and fries. Read more
  • Autumn M.
    Autumn MJanuary 3, 2015
    2nd favorite BBQ in KC - their smoked turkey is spot on. Brisket was a little too fatty for my taste. Great sides & lemonade though!
  • Colin M. F.
    Colin M. FordDecember 29, 2013
    I don't care how Midwest-sized you are, 1 sandwich = 2 people. Burnt ends are a must, with the perfect beans.
    Upvoted Jun 27
  • Keith C.
    Keith CaveyOctober 17, 2012
    Best BBQ in KC. Get the burnt ends sandwich with fries, and bring your appetite!
    Upvoted Jun 27
  • Theodore K.
    Theodore KimDecember 1, 2011
    My favorite is the Burnt Ends dipped in Sweet Heat. The sauces are what makes Arthur Bryant's so very special.
  • Nikki S.
    Nikki S.July 6, 2014
    This should be a mandatory stop for all tourists! You will leave satisfied especially if you get the turkey.
  • Mike T.
    Mike TaylorDecember 22, 2014
    Its a must see at the Brooklyn Ave location. Casino's are not the same experience - by a long way.
    Upvoted Jun 27
  • Eric G.
    Eric GeorgeJanuary 30, 2013
    The burnt ends open face sandwich was, a huge tong-full (or three) of pickles never hurt anyone.
    Upvoted Jun 27
  • Laura R.
    Laura RazeeSeptember 19, 2015
    Their Burnt Ends and sausage are excellent! Not the best in KC but a great meal is for sure!
  • Lauren M.
    Lauren MelcherSeptember 1, 2014
    If you're looking for brisket, order the burnt ends. They come slathered in sauce and they're de-licious.
  • John K.
    John KosterApril 1, 2015
    The presidents come here for a reason. Get a plate of fries to share instead of getting as a side.
    Upvoted Jun 27
  • Patrick H.
    Patrick HealyAugust 13, 2010
    Get the ribs - and the beans. They are awesome. Oh yeah, and get a pitcher of beer. Yeah, the Pale Ale is great.
  • Dominic X.
    Dominic XavierNovember 7, 2014
    This place is certainly unique and a staple of KC BBQ, but I personally don't like the style. I'm a Gates man.
  • David J.
    David JannerMay 30, 2013
    When the Brisket is spot on, it can't be beat. Today was one of the days that it can't be beat.
  • Terri L.
    Terri LundbergJuly 26, 2013
    No what you want when you reach the window. They have no patience for those who don't what they want. :) #TerriInKC
  • Dean
    DeanJuly 31, 2013
    Basically everything is a la carte. And "burnt ends" is code for "unbelievable awesomeness."
    Upvoted Jun 27
  • Kyle R.
    Kyle RohdeAugust 12, 2010
    Combo platter with Burnt Ends and something else is the way to go, washed down with a big cup of lemonade.
  • Ed T.
    Ed TateSeptember 27, 2011
    The burnt-ends are good. I prefer the ribs & variety of side items of Gates barbecue.
  • Simon K.
    Simon KuoAugust 25, 2014
    Kick it old school - go for the ribs and fries wrapped in newspaper. Paprika-laden sauce is very unusual.
  • Jabez L.
    Jabez LeBretJune 18, 2013
    The sandwiches are ginormous...and amazing. Get pork over beef.
  • Schuyler V.
    Schuyler Van HornAugust 2, 2013
    No x-country roadtrip is complete without a stop at the BBQ Mecca! Rib tips and short slab is to die for!
  • Katy T.
    Katy ThompsonOctober 11, 2013
    Get the Burnt Ends!!! Also mix the original and the smoky sauces for perfection.
  • lindsey o.
    lindsey olsenJanuary 14
    Burnt ends are a little different here. Really great taste. Large portions
  • Marc E.
    Marc EApril 21, 2015
    Thrillist Top BBQ List: Legendary KC joint - tear into a slab of still-amazing ribs that has sated great Americans (Brooklyn St. is original)
  • Daniel
    DanielSeptember 4, 2015
    Pulled pork and burnt ends are both amazing.
  • Ed D.
    Ed DoddSeptember 26, 2012
    Sliced pork & beef sandwich. Cover it with Sweet Heat and Rich & Spicy sauces.
  • Victor Z.
    Victor ZitronDecember 29, 2013
    Get the burnt ends. Very good. Ribs had great flavor but were dry.
  • Kansas City
    Kansas CityOctober 26, 2011
    While the Original sauce is famous, don't leave without trying the Rich and Spicy.
  • Michael S.
    Michael SeliskeJuly 8, 2013
    Burnt ends were fantastic. Drenching them in BBQ sauce made them even better.
  • April C.
    April CreightonOctober 26, 2015
    The ribs melt in your mouth!! Great with or without sauce
  • Brad K.
    Brad KornJune 22, 2013
    You must try the Burnt Ends if you have never had it... I promise it will blow you away
  • DuQuay A.
    DuQuay AllenJanuary 15, 2010
    Pretty good BBQ. If you get your food to go, they put it in paper bags.
  • Bryan A.
    Bryan AndersonJuly 19, 2014
    Beef sandwich. Burnt ends. Ask for extra bread to share.
  • Tony D.
    Tony DukeAugust 25, 2014
    Burnt ends are amazing but ice tea-not so much (these two go hand and hand for me)
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