This might sound like blasphemy, but we’re throwing a new candidate into the pit for best barbecue in Kansas City: Char Bar Smoked Meats & Amusements.
We can already hear the hardcore traditionalists:
“If it ain’t Joe’s, it blows!”
“Anything but Jack Stack is whack!”
“Two, four, six, eight, you better only eat at Gates!*”
Sorry guys, but Char Bar is here to stay. Here are five reasons why it’s a front runner for the best barbecue in KC**:
Burnt End Heaven
Char Bar’s melt-in-your-mouth burnt ends are so tender, you don’t even need teeth.*** Our advice? Order the Holy Trinity (ribs, brisket and burnt ends) and chow down like no one’s watching.
Some would argue that there’s something truly romantic about the way some local BBQ restaurant employees berate you as you walk in to order your food. “Dad, is that you back there?!” But for those of us who prefer to keep our self-esteem in tact, Char Bar is the place to go. The waitstaff is courteous, and the open floor plan makes you feel instantly at home. If you’re really in the mood to get berated, just order a salad and let your friends do the rest.
The Beer Garden
When it comes to entertainment, no barbecue restaurant compares to Char Bar. The owners converted a portion of the old Beaumont Club into the largest outdoor beer garden in the Midwest, featuring a large patio bar, picnic tables, croquet, bocce ball, corn hole and two outdoor fire pits.
That Brunch Tho
Char Bar’s weekend brunch is a game changer. It’s everything you love about KC barbecue combined with the greatest meal on earth. Start your day with the Liquid Breakfast before moving onto the Burnt Ends Benny, which is basically the Rollings Stones of brunch because it’ll leave your tongue hanging like a dog in heat.
Partners James Westphal and Mark Kelpe have quickly become the godfathers of Westport dining. The restaurateurs have spurred the area’s resurgence with great concepts like McCoy’s, the Foundry and Beer Kitchen. They brought on award-winning barbecuer Mitch Benjamin (aka “Meat Mitch”) to oversee Char Bar’s menu, which is probably why you’ll leave the restaurant feeling like a champ.