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KC: Bryant's & Gates: Suggestions?

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Hello all.

This weekend I am going to Kansas City for only the second time in my life. Needless to say, I am going to have some barbecue!

The last time I went to KC, I ate at Fiorella's Jack Stack near the train station, and enjoyed it. This time I am going to go to both Arthur Bryant's and Gates. Now I realize that a lot of locals think there is better barbecue to be had in KC, but both of these places are legendary, so I feel I must experience them first before I branch out.

My question for you is: what should I order at these places? I am a lifelong Tennessean, so pulled pork and pork ribs are what I'm used to, but I understand that the brisket may be what's best in KC. Suggestions?

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  1. Burnt ends and brisket, my favorites.

    1. At Bryant's, go for the brisket sandwich. It's a monster. Have them hold the sauce and sauce it yourself at the table.

      1. Bryants - brisket and fries.

        1. Gates - Beef on Bun with beans (my fav). My husband likes the mixed plate - but it's lots of food.

          Bryant - Brisket sandwich - fries - extra pickles. mmm.

          1. Bryants/brisket&fries. Gates/Shortend or whole slab of ribs. PS vacationed in Tennessee this summer. Great ribs in Memphis. Great pulled pork with white sauce in Franklin.