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KimberlyS791

06/09/12

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DRY ribs, bad tasting BBQ sauce, pulled

DRY ribs, bad tasting BBQ sauce, pulled pork was TOO spicy, and rib tips were NASTY!! Ham was pretty good, but the environment was too loud!!

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JWB550

06/04/12

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This was, by far and away, the most

This was, by far and away, the most disappointing barbecue experience I've ever had. What makes it worse is that I read all of the bad reviews listed below and thought they must be knit-picking or overreacting. Turns out every bad review on this page was absolutely, spot-on accurate. The ribs were overcooked and dry--obviously victims of neglect--and I had far better burnt ends at the Royals game. Clearly this place is resting on its laurels. They don't seem to care at all about their product which is really shocking for such an institution. Please, I implore you, don't make the same mistake I did. Arthur Bryant's is overpriced and just plain bad barbecue. I'm befuddled as to how there could be a positive review here, or anywhere for that matter. Instead, check out Fiorella's Jack Stack Barbecue. It's a bit more upscale (I was actually disappointed that it lacked the classic barbecue joint feel), but, unlike Arthur Bryant's. they actually know how to prepare barbecue.

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ammendoza

11/10/10

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Good Barbecue - Must Visit When in Town

Run, Don't walk when going to Arthur Bryant's. There sooner you get in, the sooner you can get in line. Just the right amount of time to make up your mind with all the barbecue choices.

Here's a tip: Do you want to know what to order? Just look around you and you will see what the other s have ordered. You can ask them what they ordered and how they like it. The people are very friendly.

I ordered the rib tips with fries. My plate was overflowing with ribs and fries. The ribs were cooked very good. Uhmm, uhmmmm!!!! Put some Sweet Hot Sauce, Uhmm, uhmm!!! I can't wait to get back.

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daji

12/16/09

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Terrrible! Do not waste your money there!

I ordered a full pork ribs for carryout at Speedway location. It was meatless, dry, extremely hard to chew and seriously overcooked. I called the restaurant and spoke with the owner. He was one of the rudest person in the world. He never apologized and blamed me not bringing the food back to them. He told me he had no solution for me.

I definitely would not go there any more. Consider the $20 bucks I spent there blown in the wind.

Trust my words. Don’t go there to waste your hard earned money. There are many real good BBQ in KC!

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Wildcats

03/23/09

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rude manager/owner, rude service, average food

Was extremely disappointed with our visit. Cashier was rude, bus boy was friendly but wouldn't leave us alone, overpriced food, meat was fatty, sauce was horrible. Called the manager/owner today to share our experience and he kept making snide remarks so I told him it didn't sound like he cared and he said 'well I don't care'. WOW, no wonder the staff there has the attitudes that they do, with a boss like that! Save your time and money ... go to KC Masterpiece!

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EATWHERE

01/06/09

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If I could only have just 1

Most unique BBQ in the world. Since 1970's I have eaten BBQ all over the USA with just one goal. Fine a place better then this one and after 30 plus years I still have to say, if I could only have just 1 place for the rest of my life this would be the one. The sauce is what it is. The sauce is like nothing you can get anywhere else. It is so unique that you might not even like it, but I love it and it compares to none other in the world. The smokey meats are no better or worse then any other great bbq but that sauce seals the deal. Kansas City has the best bbq in the country. Not, Memphis, Texas, or NC. Prove it to yourshelf. Try L.C.'S or Oklahoma Joes or Woodyard or Winslow's or Florella's Jack Stack or Filling Station or my other 2 favorites Holy Smoke BBQ Co. in Lee's Summit, Mo. or Wabash BBQ in Excelsior's Spring, Missouri. All of the above and many others will be the most delicious, fabulous, scrumptious, mouth watering que in the entire United States of America. Kansas City wins it all. I consider my self a Connoisseur of BBQ and love Arthur Bryant's BBQ.

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kencitadel

10/30/08

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average at best

If you happen to be driving by, not a bad spot

Nothing out of the ordinary or stimulating enough to say, let's come agian

Turky sand ok, burnt ends were below standard. Pork and beef ok

Neans ok

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Domino80904

06/17/08

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MMMM....Bar-B-Que

My wife and I split a whole slab of ribs and had gift certificate money left over for a bottle of sauce! We both gravitated toward the Rich & Spicy sauce (President's Choice) over the Original and Sweet Heat. The ribs were grilled, not smoked, so that threw me off a little. I do prefer smoked, but can't wait to go back and try more menu items! The place (we went to the original location) probably hasn't changed much over the decades; there's a big window/counter in the back separating the cooks/servers and grill from the customers. Photos of celebrities and close friends adorned the main wall, including Danny Glover, Steven Spielburg, and President Jimmy Carter (hence President's Choice). We grabbed a table near the front door and tucked into our ribs. I am really looking forward to a return visit.

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mashori

05/18/08

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Awesome beef sandwitch, only pork ribs, great sauce!


This is not a fancy joint, it's on a street with prett much no other stores around it. It's only a couple blocks away from the 18th and Vine Jazz scene which is nice. The place is quite honestly a little grungy but that's totally cool with me. You get in through this metal door and there are a bunch of square tables and people that eat there just seem down to earth. There are at all times 3 workers running around and cleaning up the place so the tabes are pretty clean and it may seem busy but tables open up fast. You stand in line and there are 3 windows you can order food from. I loved the menu, it's so freaken simple. You can beef, sausage, chicken, ribs and then some sides like fries and baked beans. There is a 10oz beer and a mug you can get and of course soda. Wonderbread is the staple, thy will ask you whether you want it to go or for here, then whether you want dry (with the sauce or without the sauce), fries or baked beans on the side. I got the 2 meat combo, ribs and beef. I'm not much of a pork guy so it would have been nice if they had beef ribs. I got no sides but got the beer. There were a lot of regulars in line because they all knew the people that worked there. I went on a Friday nite and it wasn't too busy at all.

The beef sandwitch was amazing, honestly the best I ever had. The ribs were really good too, very delicious. The sauce was interesting, it seemed very simple but tasted great. It's a vinegary, salty red sauce with a good number of spices. If you don't order it at the window there is always plenty on your table along with ketchup.

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dogsrox94

04/26/08

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Awesome food and friendly people

I live in Florida, but at least once a year me and my parents go to KC and eat at Arthur Bryant's. Obviously not just for it, but our trip is incomplete without it. My entire family besides immediate live in KC, and me and my uncle and grandma and cousins LOVE to go there after we get out of the plane or to the house if we drive. I highly reccomend this. Its the absolute best BBQ I know. They give you all the bread, sauces, and pickles you want, and the meat is amazing. It is a little pricey, but completely worth it. LOVE YOU ARTHURS!

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hickerhr

07/05/07

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didn't meet my expectations

It was good atmosphere, exactly what you would expect for a bbq joint. But I wasn't that impressed with the BBQ itself. I especially didn't like the original bbq sauce. I much prefer Danny Edward's.

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smillerd

06/04/07

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Enough food to induce a coma. Tasty tasty TASTY!!!

Awesome awesome BBQ. I regularly drive 150 miles just to eat at AB's. Of course, 18th and Brooklyn is the only one to visit. The portions are absolutely ridiculous, you WILL be sick if you eat it all. I usually eat there just before leaving town, then enjoy cruise control all the way home. Then it's nap time. For the best and the most Q for your buck, I highly recommend AB's.

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mangojasmine

08/26/06

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Tasty burnt ends and fries

hmmm, how can I convey my life long true love for arthur bryant's!?
My tummy is getting grumbly just thinking about it.
I go in and get my order to go. I'll get the burnt ends and fries

which comes with the sweet sauce. They will throw it on the burgundy

take out paper, add the wonderfully stark white wonder bread, yell

out ""pickles"" and with a nod from me the drooling customer, toss on

about 2 cups of them, and smush it all together and seal with a

yellow bryants sticker. mmmm.
Smuch the fries you say, (gasp) now why would any self respecting

human do such a thing! Something magical happens when you seal the

bbq and leave it its devices. The bread gets all smushy and melds

with the sauce and burnt ends. The fries get in on the action on the

side and you get these amazing bites of soggy fry and bread and meat

wonderment.
*drool.
well, now that i have fullly tortured myself 2 thousand miles away,

please do take my recommendation to heart and ENJOY!!!
eat a fry for me.

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cwadro

07/06/06

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Been to some of the best ""Q"" places in this country - There's nothing to compare to AB's

One diner gets in line...The other gets a table - It's pure joy on Brooklyn Ave ...Whatever the size of the line...Just wait! You won't be sorry. Incredible Beef Brisket and Ribs.....Legitimate fresh cut fries, too. Bring your appetite. Just an amazing BBQ experience. You'll see people dressed to the nine's standing in line with people barely dressed. They're all there for the same thing...To enjoy perhaps this Country's best ""Q""

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treetop23

05/19/06

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Bring Back the old sausage!

The sausage has changed in the last year, no longer like an italian style sausage, now some type of sliced sausage. I now have to go elsewhere when craving a bbq sausage sandwitch, The BBQ beef sandwich is still the best in KC, nice tender juicy meat and that gritty sauce that makes it unique.

The old sausage was better!

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jfranko007

11/08/05

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In a city of great barbeque...

This place takes the cake, or the sauce as it were. Of all the amazing barbeque joints in KC this is the best. Nothing except meat that has been smoked for ages, fries that induce a heart attack on sight and sauce that is good enough to eat with nothing except the bread you grab from open bags in the cafeteria line. You haven't been to KC until you have eaten at the Original Arthur Bryant's at 18th and Brooklyn.

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sactowoof

10/05/05

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We need Arthur in California!

WOW! I have heard of barbeque my entire life but until I got to Arthur Bryant's I never knew what all the hype was about. The food was awesome! Great sauces..mouth watering generous portions of meat, and a relaxed atmosphere like you are sitting in someones kitchen. I can't wait til my next visit to Arthur Bryant's!

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texasmommy

09/21/05

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unusal BBQ

What's with the gritty sausage and the grainy sauce? Very fun to visit though.

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leanderthal

09/10/05

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this is REAL BBQ

i'm a native to KC, MO and i've been all over the U.S. and never found anything that can stand up to the excellent flavor that Bryants BBQ has to offer.. mayve it's the sauce or the old building where all the food has been smoked for decades...what ever it is, i will continue to go back until i'm and old raggady women. :D

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ddruten

06/10/05

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overrated

livingon reputation, even though the family is no longer around to uphold it- o.k. for a trip through memory lane and to enjoy the humongous order of fries- if you want real KC BBQ then head out to any of a dozen other joints for a better meal.

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DETAILS
General Info
Celebrated spot for smoked meats served with Wonder bread & fries in plain self-service digs.
Hours
Regular Hours
Mon - Sat:
Sun:
Categories
Barbecue Restaurants, Restaurants
Services/Products
BBQ BBQ Meat Shipping Barbecue Barbecue Food Catering Barbecue Sauce Barbeque Carryout Meat Smoking
Payment Options
Price Range
$$
Brands
Arthur Bryant’s Barbeque Merchandise, Arthur Bryant’s Barbeque Wearables, Arthur Bryant’s Meat and Rib Rub, Arthur Bryant’s Original Barbeque Sauce, Arthur Bryant’s Poultry and Fish Rub, Arthur Bryant’s Rich & Spicy Barbeque Sauce, Arthur Bryant’s Sweet Heat Barbeque Sauce
Location
Located in the historic 18th & Vine District
Neighborhoods
Downtown Kansas City, 18th and Vine And Downtown East
Associations
Goldbelly
Other Information

Parking: Lot, Private

Wi-Fi: No

Bike Parking: Yes

Attire: Casual

Wheelchair Accessible: Yes

Cuisines: Barbecue

Alcohol: Beer, Wine

Takes Reservations: No

Outdoor Seating: No

Specialties: Parties, Fiestas

Price Range : Average

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