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Gates Bar-B-Q

1325 East Emanuel Cleaver II Boulevard, Kansas City, MO - (816) 531-7522
Gates, along with Arthur Bryant's, are the two descendants of Kansas City's founding father of BBQ, Henry Perry. Their slick appearance and comfortable dining rooms belie the fact that they are really cafeterias with sassy, but friendly, service, and real Kansas City barbecue. The burnt ends are luscious and smoky. Ribs? The pork-smoke-rub is a heady combination.
100% Approval Rating (2 votes)

Scorecard

3 - Overall: Excellent - Worth a Detour
Overall: Excellent - Worth a Detour
Beef/Burnt Ends Combo Sandwich
Pitcher of Boulevard Ale
Cole Slaw
Potato Salad
Slab
Gates Yammer Pie

Highlighted Reviews

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Bruce Bilmes and Susan Boyle - Photos (7)
Roadfood.com Editor
"As soon as you walk in you are hit with a greeting of "Hi, may I help you?" Of course, if you're new here then at least a quick scan of the overhead menu will be necessary. So step aside and listen to the regulars place their orders: it's like another language. ..."   [Read More]

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Map & Web Site

1325 East Emanuel Cleaver II Boulevard, Kansas City, MO
(816) 531-7522

http://www.gatesbbq.com/Default.aspx

Hours & Policies

Seasons:Open Year Round
Meals Served:Lunch, Dinner, Dessert
Operational Hours:Always Call Ahead!
Credit Cards Accepted:Yes
Alcohol Served:Yes
Outdoor Seating:No
Reservations Accepted:No
Delivery Available:No
Takeout Counters:Yes
Burnt ends at Gates really are the fatty trimmings from the smoked beef.  If that sounds like your kind of thing (it's ours!), you'll enjoy these.  This sandwich actually includes a portion of regular sliced smoked beef.
"Burnt ends at Gates really are the fatty trimmings from the smoked beef. If that sounds like your kind of thing (it's ours!), you'll enjoy these. This sandwich actually includes a portion of regular sliced smoked beef."
Bruce Bilmes and Susan Boyle





The ribs at Gates are among the smokier specimens you'll find in Kansas City.
"The ribs at Gates are among the smokier specimens you'll find in Kansas City."
Bruce Bilmes and Susan Boyle


The single-serving
"The single-serving "Yammer" pie is very sweet, and very good."
Bruce Bilmes and Susan Boyle


Perhaps the biggest bargain in the house: a big pitcher of local, and excellent, Boulevard ale for $6.25.
"Perhaps the biggest bargain in the house: a big pitcher of local, and excellent, Boulevard ale for $6.25."
Bruce Bilmes and Susan Boyle


Service is cafeteria-style at Gates.
"Service is cafeteria-style at Gates."
Bruce Bilmes and Susan Boyle


Pump your own barbecue sauces.  The extra-hot has a fair nip but we didn't find the hot versions of barbecue sauces at any of the local joints to be particularly fiery.  You see Gates barbecue sauce in markets all around town.  To our palates, the signature flavor of Kansas City barbecue sauce is celery seed, and Gates sauce falls squarely in that tradition.
"Pump your own barbecue sauces. The extra-hot has a fair nip but we didn't find the hot versions of barbecue sauces at any of the local joints to be particularly fiery. You see Gates barbecue sauce in markets all around town. To our palates, the signature flavor of Kansas City barbecue sauce is celery seed, and Gates sauce falls squarely in that tradition."
Bruce Bilmes and Susan Boyle


Gates has six branches in the greater Kansas City area.  We've only tried the one on Emanuel Cleaver, so we don't know how consistent the food is from store to store.
"Gates has six branches in the greater Kansas City area. We've only tried the one on Emanuel Cleaver, so we don't know how consistent the food is from store to store."
Bruce Bilmes and Susan Boyle



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