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

by Sandra Foyt on February 6, 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 is a storyteller, photographer, and road trip junkie. A veteran of six cross-country road trips, she drove Route 66, the Lincoln Highway, the fossil freeway, the extraterrestrial highway, and even “the loneliest road in America.” Find her on, an award-winning destination guide to extraordinary travel in and from Northeast USA, on her portfolio site at, and in freelance gigs on Family Travel 411, Minitime, Huffington Post, and Matador Network. Email:, Twitter @SandraFoyt.

Steve February 7, 2012 at 3:02 pm

The Bar-B-Que looks great, but what I really related to was the “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”. Change brother to sister, and that exactly where I’m at right now. Unfortunately, my 12 year old is a vegetarian, so this stop might not work for us. I’m sure I’d enjoy it though.
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Sandra Foyt February 7, 2012 at 8:23 pm

Well, Steve, that’s what’s really important. If the driver isn’t happy, no one is happy.

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