When you visit Kansas City, you are going to have a tough time eating a meal that isn’t barbecue. Not because there is a shortage of dining options, but because you won’t be able to pull yourself away from the tangy, sticky, sweet cuisine that Kansas City is famous for. There are over 100 barbecue restaurants in the city, so roll up your sleeves and have a napkin at the ready--read on for ten recommendations on where to dine during your visit to Kansas City.
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Zagat lauds Fiorella’s Jack Stack as the number one barbecue restaurant in the city. However, don’t take their word for it—visit the beloved restaurant for yourself and dine on all the classic BBQ eats from burnt ends to brisket with loaded baked potatoes and more. Don’t worry about getting addicted, you can ship yourself Fiorella’s Jack Stack when you get home.
Boasting over 75 years of business, Rosedale offers a tasty meal that has been perfected since it’s opening in 1934. Be sure to visit the website before you go—Rosedale always posts their specials online and you can count on seeing something tasty at any price point.
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At LC’s, you are ordering the ribs and eating from Styrofoam plates. What this restaurant lacks in sophistication, it makes up for in simple and delicious meals.
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Arthur Bryant is known as the King of Ribs, and one of the most famous pit masters of all time. When you dine at Bryant’s Barbecue, you’re in the presence of greatness—Presidents Harry Truman and Jimmy Carter, and celebrities Steven Spielberg, Robert Redford, Jack Nicholson and more have all dined at Bryant’s.
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Where you’re from, you’ve probably made a habit of not eating at gas station diners. In Kansas City however, folks aren’t too picky when you suggest Joe’s, located inside the gas station at the corner of 47th and Mission. Enjoy championship barbecue while you fill up the tank, but be prepared to stick around for a while, as you’ve got a stacked menu to work through.
You’ve perhaps seen BB’s Lawnside on the television show, Diners, Drive Ins and Dives—their famous BBQ Sundae is just the start of a truly memorable meal. If you are in need of a break from traditional Kansas City barbecue, this restaurant also offers Louisiana favorites such as gumbo and jambalaya.
Char Bar, while honoring the tried and true tradition of smoking quality meat, also offers meat-free barbecue dishes such as the smoked jackfruit sandwich, tasty salads, and more. Once you are done devouring your meal, head to the back and take advantage of the 10,000 square foot beer garden with backyard games from cornhole to ping pong and more. Spending a full day at Char Bar is easy to do, from brunch to sundown.
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Brobeck’s isn’t your typical barbecue restaurant. Rather than slathering their meat with tasty sauce, they use their special rub while smoking their meat and serve it dry. Of course, you have the option of adding on the sauce yourself; however, it comes highly recommended to try it first sans sauce.
This barbecue joint is located in the Crown Center shops, and boasts award-winning cuisine. If you are in town for a few days, sign up for one of their BBQ Smoking Classes so you can impress your friends and family at the next neighborhood BBQ upon your return home.
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SLAPS BBQ—“Squeal Like A Pig,” is owned and operated by two brothers with extensive barbecue experience, who even while still running their restaurant manage to compete in 25-35 barbecue contests every year.