Kansas City, Missouri
Arthur Bryant, the legendary King of Ribs, is the most renowned "barbequer" in history.
He created a sauce that has attracted the likes of former Presidents Harry Truman, Jimmy Carter and Barack Obama to his restaurant. So how did it all begin?
Charlie Bryant started the Kansas City barbeque tradition, or some say it was Henry Perry for whom Charlie worked. Arthur visited his brother Charlie in Kansas City and never left. Upon his brother's death, Arthur took over the operation and moved the restaurant to where it stands today at 18th & Brooklyn.
This move catapulted the restaurant to country-wide popularity. The eatery is nationally known and often recognized by experts as the best or one of the best barbecue offerings in the country. As the fan base for the Kansas City sports teams grew, and visiting teams and VIPs passed through our city, passion for Arthur Bryant's Barbecue continued to skyrocket.
Arthur Bryant passed away at the age of 80 in 1982 but his legacy remains. The restaurant stays true to the Bryant’s values with unpretentious decor, fluorescent lighting, and big five-gallon glass jars, which you can still see displayed in the restaurant’s window that Arthur used to mix and store his sauce in the beginning.
2021 Barbecue Hall Of Fame Inductee
“The single best restaurant in the world is Arthur Bryant's Barbecue at 18th & Brooklyn in Kansas City.” -Calvin Trillin, Playboy Magazine
Some of their famous visitors since 1930 include President Obama, Steven Spielberg, Senator McCain, Michael Landon, Robert Redford, Jack Nicholson, Wilt Chamberlain, Bryant Gumbel, Tom Watson and George Brett.