In Search of the Best Barbecue: Arthur Bryant’s Kansas City BBQ

by Sandra Foyt on February 6, 2012. Updated February 8, 2012

in Food Adventures

Arthur Bryants Barbeque - Kansas City, MO-2I was intrigued when I read that 1,000 Places to Visit Before You Die lists Arthur Bryant’s Barbeque Restaurant in Kansas City, MO. BBQ that’s so good it makes the same list as world heritage sites and natural wonders like the Grand Canyon. Could it possibly be that good?

It took only a small detour to add a stop at the legendary restaurant to our Read Across America Road Trip in 2009. And the pit stop came with the added benefit of pleasing a sulky 12-year-old, who was none too happy to be spending her entire summer driving across the country with her bossy mom and annoying little brother.

Arthur Bryants Barbeque - Kansas City, MO - placing orders

The kids and I shared a rack of ribs, and I have to admit, these were different.  I had never tasted ribs so well cooked that the flavor seeps through to the bones.  The kids were also very excited to discover a new kind of soda, a red cream, that was too sweet for me, but delicious to them.  I prefer southern sweet tea.

Kansas City BBQ - Kansas City, MO

Arthur Bryant’s barbeque satisfied on many levels. We were well fed and on our way within an hour. Both of my kids ate heartily, and they stopped bickering for at least as long as we were chowing down on ribs. That’s a good deal in my book!

Kansas City BBQ - Kansas City, MO - polishing off the ribs

Go See It!

Arthur Bryant’s Barbeque Restaurant
1727 Brooklyn Avenue  Kansas City, MO 64127-2590
(816) 231-1123 Website:

Read Across America Road Trip:

| Sandra Foyt inspires lifelong-learners to travel the world. A former education advocate and enrichment coach, she lived in Buenos Aires, Puerto Rico, the Virgin Islands, Washington, D.C., New York City, and Southern California before settling in Northeast NY with two teens, an outdoorsy husband, and a well-indulged Chocolate Lab. Sandra contributes to Being Latino, and her portfolio appears at Email:, Twitter @SandraFoyt.

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