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Arthur Bryant’s

1727 Brooklyn Ave.
Kansas City, MO, 64127, United States
TEL: (816) 231-1123

Inside this circa-1920's institution, a snaking line stretches to the door. While waiting, watch as the workers: pulling a whole brisket, blackened and quivering, from the white-enameled brick smoker; throwing down a broad sheet of red butcher paper; slapping on it a few slices of Wonder bread followed by a generous heaping of brisket ribbons; piling a fistful of steaming, thick-cut fries on top; then rolling the heaping mass into a package the size of a swaddled newborn.
Arthur Bryant's serves the best: brisket beautifully marbled, lightly smoky; pork ribs perfectly moist, not too salty; the sauce, rust-colored, almost gritty with dried spices, with a delectable Worcestershire-coriander inflection and a brisk vinegar bite. But since the taste, the texture, the flavor is so tied to a sense of place, it stands to reason that the way the establishment envelops you in the process—and its past—matters.

Amenities

Open / Closes
  • Dinner
  • Family Style
  • Family-Friendly Dining
  • Good for Groups
  • Local Favorite
  • Lunch
  • Noisy

Cuisine Type:: BBQ

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