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The most famous barbecue joint in Kansas City isn't fancy. In fact, it looks pretty much like it did in 1946. But it's not the atmosphere that brings visitors to Arthur Bryant's; it's the tender beef brisket sandwiches, ribs and crispy, lard-fried potatoes. For barbecue fans, this is a mouthful of heaven.
Kansas City is the barbecue capital of the world because it's about the sauces - that's what sets it off. The best barbecue place in the world - authentic, the way it was done back in the day - is Arthur Bryant's. It's where all the Presidents go to eat. You walk in, and your clothes get all smoky. The guys in the back look like total meat guys, hacking, grabbing the ribs out of the firey pit with their bare hands and slamming it down on bread. But it's good. It's an acquired taste, though, because the sauce is real smoky and woodsy and gritty - it's not the sweet type of sauce.
Out of all the the barbeque we have to choose from in Kansas City, this is where I go most consistently, and where I always take visiting friends when I want to showcase KC's best. It doesn't matter what exactly you order, it's all delicious. The dry rubs they use bring out the incredible flavors of the meat, all of the sides are classic and perfect, and of course the sauce is world famous. So if you are a lover of BBQ and you haven't been to Arthur Bryant's, do yourself a favor and make that pilgrimage today.
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