Just like Gates BBQ, there is Arthur Bryants BBQ in Kansas City. I would actually say that Bryants is more well known amount celebrities. More locals prefer Gates but the name of people that have eaten here is quite impressive.
The names include President Obama, Sarah Palin, Danny Glover, Steven Spielberg and Jimmy Carter. All the celebrity visits started with Harry Truman as a sitting President being photographed at the restaurant. Since then, it was featured in the Playboy Magazine as well.
My family has been there a few times over the years and it was always an amazing time.
Arthur Bryants: great meat but sour sauce
I do not know why but the meat is always smoked great but the sauce is just sour to me. I am not sure why this is. It is kinda of a let down since the meat is so well cooked. I am not sure if they mean for it to be so sour or not.
The other small issue is the location. I expect the original restaurant in the older (but rougher) part of town but my family was always concerned about car safety while we eat. It can be a pretty rough area to be honest. It is one third mile to East Truman and even less to Prospect. (both very rough streets in Kansas City)
What about the ownership rumors
Here is what I know. Arthur Bryants, the original owner is dead. He passed away back in the early 1980’s. The family has the business on Broadway for years and it was a family restaurants. At some point, some white businessmen worked their way into the business through investment. His name is Gary Berbiglia.
To his credit, he has expanded the restaurant brand and marketed it through the city and the Mid-Western United States.