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Arthur Bryant's


1727 Brooklyn Ave, Kansas City
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After visiting the American Jazz Museum in the 18th & Vine neighborhood, make your way to this iconic barbecue spot that opened in 1908 for a quick lunch. Emphasis on quick—they like to keep things moving, so step up to the counter and have your order ready. It’s the oldest BBQ spot in town, and seriously, everyone’s been here: whether that’s Jimmy Carter or our Aunt Gwenn who demanded a visit after hearing about Arthur Bryant’s in the '80s. 

Stop by to try their tomato-forward original sauce that has a similar taste and consistency to a thick Bloody Mary, or their saltier Rich & Spicy sauce that packs some heat. As far as meats go, most places on this list can scratch the pulled pork itch, but Arthur Bryant’s smoked turkey may be the best in town. Order the open-face burnt ends sandwich or get the turkey sandwich with some crispy fries.

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