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Cuisine: American, Barbecue
Price Range: $
A crimson roof and sculpture of a dapper man in a top hat announce that you've arrived at Gates Bar-B-Q. Long lines are also common at this cafeteria-style restaurant (particularly on Saturday... Read More
A crimson roof and sculpture of a dapper man in a top hat announce that you've arrived at Gates Bar-B-Q. Long lines are also common at this cafeteria-style restaurant (particularly on Saturday nights), where guest should be prepared to order almost immediately upon entering the restaurant. Founded by the Gates family in 1946, their hickory wood fire is a key ingredient. But Gates barbecue sauce is what really put this restaurant on the map, beginning in the 1940s. There are now two versions – the tangy classic version or a sweeter option. Customers give beef brisket, luscious French fries or onion rings, and beef on bun sandwiches high marks. Mutton is an unusual offering and this location offers chili as a specialty item, served with or without beans, or combined with cheese and fries. Purchase ham, pork, beef or turkey by the half-pound or pound; or order a boxed lunch for under $10.
1221 Brooklyn Ave
Kansas City, MO 64127
- Sun-Thu: 10am-Midnight
- Fri-Sat: 10am-1am
- Barbecue: "Gates and Sons Bar-B-Q employees attend the Gates College of Bar-B-Que Knowledge (also called Rib Tech) while receiving on-the-job training."
- Best for Barbecue Because: Legendary barbecue sauce and more than half a century of restaurant experience create memorable dining.