A Bryants, a passing comment.
I just have to throw in a few comments about AB. I stopped there, guiltily, the other day. The temp. was over 100 and my dog was in the car; so I left the AC running and the car open and I couldn't get that out of my mind the whole time I was eating. The place was almost empty and when that happens, eye contact is discouraged. Almost like being at a Mitchell Brother's theater. I ordered a beef sandwich (no sauce; what the heck and why not; the sauce is on the table) and no fries, which irriated the guy slicing the beef. Oh, well. I got a Boulevard Pale Ale at the cash register and meekly went to a table. It was very, very good. I had control of the sauce and the white bread they give you is more like a napkin. The beef (brisket?), well, it was sublime. Chowhounds: Tell me where you can get better Q'. I'm all ears.
Just some good natured ribbing (no pun intended).
As for the original post, responding to "tell me where you can get better 'Q'", outside of brisket sandwiches, I prefer most everything at LC's to Arthur Bryant's. Their burnt ends are in a totally different league as are the pork ribs. I even like the fries better at LC's.
But, being from MSP, I'm by no means a qualified authority on up-to-the-minute KC BBQ quality. Especially since I quit going out of my way to get to AB's on trips through KC.
Nice to hear a positive report about AB. When they're on, it may be the best. Certainly the most unique sauce in the region.
I hope you rewarded the dog with just a taste?