Kansas City Journals

Missouri: Kansas City

An April 2003 trip to Kansas City by kylebarber

Quote: Kansas was one of the few states I hadn't visited, so on a whim I flew to the legendary twain of jazz music and sweet barbecue.

Missouri: Kansas City

Overview

Quote:
Easily the best thing to recommend about Kansas City is its barbecue. You'll definitely want to brave the seedier side of town to sample the quality goods.

Quick Tips:

You might not want to visit in the springtime. I happened upon severe rain storms the first day and a tornado watch the second, but still enjoyed exploring Kansas City with soaking-wet feet.

Best Way To Get Around:

You'll need an automobile to zip around the different neighborhoods and explore the surrounding areas such as Lawrence, Kansas.

Arthur Bryant's Barbeque

Restaurant | "Arthur Bryant's"

Quote:
I drove by this hole in the wall twice before realizing it was indeed the famed barbecue joint so many had touted as the world's finest. It was so small and quiet, and in a fairly run-down area, that was it was hard to imagine past presidents and other dignitaries lining up for a serving.While I was disappointed that the meat was served sauce-free, requiring an application by hand back at your own table from a squeeze tube, the meat is of excellent quality and portions are more then generous. You can't even find the thin slices of bread tucked underneath the huge mountains of sliced turkey, beef, pork, chicken, whatever...The room-temperature sauce was shockingly good for such an unappetiz...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on October 20, 2003

Arthur Bryant's Barbeque
1727 Brooklyn Ave.
Kansas City, Missouri 64127
(816) 231-1123

Gates BBQ

Restaurant | "Gates"

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This popular local chain has some qualities: a few of the sides were quite good, and dessert was a step up from most fast-food barbecue joints. But the prices are high, the service is bordering on rudeness, and the meat is just all right. It's certainly head and shoulders above Kentucky Fried Chicken, but it clearly is not in the same league as Arthur Bryant's hole in the wall down the street.

Member Rating 2 out of 5 on October 20, 2003

Gates BBQ
1221 Brooklyn
Kansas City, Missouri 64127
(816) 483-3880

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Although the museum is rather small for what seems like a large space on the outside, the quality of the exhibits is on par with more celebrated music museums in New York, Cleveland, and Seattle. The artifacts were somewhat unexciting, but the thoughtful text and presentation was appropriate for jazz newbies and more savvy fans alike.There is a short film that precedes your entrance to the main gallery that is pleasant, if not truly illuminating. Inside the gallery, you'll find shrines to some of the biggest names in jazz: Ella Fitzgerald, Duke Ellington, Louis Armstrong, and Charlie Parker. There are interactive multimedia stations that help differentiate musical styles, a nice touch for those ...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on October 20, 2003

American Jazz Museum
1616 East 18th St
Kansas City, Missouri 64108
+1 816 474 8463