Did a quick doodlewash in my little Moleskine today to show you one of the places my parents used to take me when I was a kid. Kansas City is well-known for its BBQ and Arthur Bryant’s was one of the first restaurants serving the sauce and has been a tourist attraction for years.
It was founded in the early 1920’s, by Charlie Bryant, Arthur’s older brother. When Charlie died, Arthur took over and moved the BBQ restaurant to 18th and Brooklyn where it still exists today.
The meat is amazing, but it’s not my favorite BBQ sauce in town. Many visiting presidents and celebrities have shown up there over the years and their photos are proudly displayed inside. It feels like it’s barely changed and for that, it’s a fun trip back to the past.
When I was younger, the neighborhood was pretty sketchy and we usually went at night when it wasn’t uncommon to see prostitutes on the corner while waiting at a light. Things have changed quite a bit since then and the area has been spruced up.
Thinking of these visits always reminds me of my father who passed away several years ago, so it has a lot of sentimental value. Not sure how it tastes to people just passing through, but for me it will always be delicious in the memories it delivers.