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visiting Kansas City this weekend - where should I eat?

dalglish

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I've never been before, sure there are plenty of online reviews saying this bbq joint is the best and that one isn't so good but I'd love to hear some reviews from people that actually spend hours messing around with smoke and meat :)

Any tips really welcome!
 

unclebubbas bbq

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I would start out at Aurther Bryant's for breakfast, Gates BBQ for lunch ad Q39 for Dinner. If your looking for a late night snack then go to Fiorella's Jack Stack BBQ 
 

meskc

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Hands down Joe's Kansas City BBQ. Go to the original in the gas station.  If you want upscale Q39 is really good.
 

meskc

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What part of KC are you going to be at? That will help narrow it down as well.
 

bbqbrett

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Never been myself but want to go. Some of the people I know suggested Joe's or LC's BBQ.

Let us know where you end up and give us a review.
 
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dalglish

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Thanks guys, we'll be staying downtown, a little south of the power and light district. I've read about Joe's, the gas station one so will give that place a visit. Looks like Q39 is only about 3 miles away too, nice! 
 

smokesontuesday

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I like Joe's, love Gates Bros., and don't like Arthur Bryant's at all.

Jack Stack is the favorite of my family that lives in KC.
 

meskc

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To me Arthur Bryant's is either you like it or you don't.  I have not been there in years.
 

unlgrad2002

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My vote is Arthur Bryant's. Their sauce is different from many others, but I grew to love it as a kid, especially dunking their homemade fries in it. They have a sweeter sauce too. I just don't think anyone touches their brisket. I will agree with others that Joe's (KC) BBQ is really good but prefer their pork. Q39 is also excellent but a little pricey in my opinion. I think LC's is about as good as any, but go their for lunch not dinner. Not the best part of town. All are close to P&L.

Definitely report back. I love hearing people's opinions on KC BBQ.
 

smokesontuesday

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My vote is Arthur Bryant's. Their sauce is different from many others, but I grew to love it as a kid, especially dunking their homemade fries in it. They have a sweeter sauce too. I just don't think anyone touches their brisket. I will agree with others that Joe's (KC) BBQ is really good but prefer their pork. Q39 is also excellent but a little pricey in my opinion. I think LC's is about as good as any, but go their for lunch not dinner. Not the best part of town. All are close to P&L.

Definitely report back. I love hearing people's opinions on KC BBQ.
You can't build up a rep like Arthur Bryant's and not have been good at some point. I do like their sauce but the last couple of times I've gone the meat quality (brisket) has been very poor. Perhaps brisket just isn't the thing to get there but I'm of the opinion that if you can't make a certain dish/cut well then you take it off your menu.

LC's is good too. Haven't eaten there in a while though.
 

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