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Gates & Sons Bar-b-q

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1026 State Ave, Kansas City, KS 66102-4409
(913) 621-1134
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Hours:
Mon - Tue 10:00 am - 1:00 am
Dining options: Breakfast, Lunch

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  • 15
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  • 7
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Rating summary
  • Food
    3.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    3 of 5 stars
Good but not great

While visiting KC it is only natural to try out different BBQ spots. This location was close to my hotel so why not. There were a few cars in the parking lot and a few people in line so, I figured it must be good. I chose take out as the place was smokey and I didn't want to smell... read more

3 of 5 starsReviewed May 27, 2015
LoneTrvlr
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Los Angeles, California
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Los Angeles, California
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55 reviews 55 reviews
22 restaurant reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 27, 2015 NEW

While visiting KC it is only natural to try out different BBQ spots. This location was close to my hotel so why not. There were a few cars in the parking lot and a few people in line so, I figured it must be good. I chose take out as the place was smokey and I didn't want to smell... More 

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Athens, Alabama
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372 reviews 372 reviews
319 restaurant reviews
135 helpful votes 135 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 1, 2015

I have visited this particular Gates for many years and have found it to be the most consistent of all of the outlets. My favorites are the sausage and the beef and 1/2, both lean smoky and perfect with the original Gates sauce. Complimentary coffee at the end of the bar. Nice interior considering the age of this place. Lunch... More 

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Basehor, Kansas
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83 reviews 83 reviews
82 restaurant reviews
18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed April 6, 2015

The Q here lacks the heart and soul of the KC bbq scene. Its mass produced and has no character. The animation of the staff makes a unique visit, but the fare falls woefully short.

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Galveston
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19 reviews 19 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 21, 2014

I was told I had to try Gates when in town. The ribs were very tender and had a great dry rub. Service was slow. Having good BBQ in Texas, I wasn't that impressed.

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Saint Paul, Minnesota
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73 reviews 73 reviews
31 restaurant reviews
94 helpful votes 94 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 20, 2014

I stopped here on my way to the airport and couldn't have been more pleasently surprised. It is a hole in the wall and a little run down, but the food was amazing, cheap, and delicious. The staff could not have been more friendly. There are no waiters, you order at a register, but the staff was more attentive after... More 

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23 reviews 23 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 21, 2014

Great BBQ. Interesting menu and felt pressured when I ordered (in a good way). Ended up ordering the beef bbq sandwich and it was very good. I live in Birmingham and we wanted to enjoy some good KC BBQ and Gates did not disappoint. The sauce was fantastic! You can get the sauce here and we also saw it at... More 

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Kansas City, Kansas
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9 reviews 9 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 28, 2014

You will not see Gates on the travel channel or any other commercial show but those from Kansas City KS and Kansas City MO know that Gates Bar-b-que is a institution. If you want some good que you must eat here. This is the joint of presidents such as Bill Clinton and Barack Obama and they have the presidential platter.... More 

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Robeline, Louisiana
1 review
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed May 26, 2014

Overrated----Overpriced----Overcooked----oversalted----Nasty tasting sausage----tough ribs----bad potato salad. Overaal bads experience.

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Kansas City, Missouri
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25 reviews 25 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
23 helpful votes 23 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 12, 2013

I have been eating at Gates BBQ my whole life. Turkey on a bun or Burnt End Sandwich are the two best things I've tried! Best big steak fries too! The sauce sets them apart from other BBQ places in the area. Perfectly tangy! Yum!

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Cary, North Carolina
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56 reviews 56 reviews
32 restaurant reviews
35 helpful votes 35 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 9, 2013

Went to the State Line Road location on a Friday during the lunch rush. There were a lot of people waiting in line to place their orders, which I took as a good sign. The line moved pretty quickly. A friend of ours who lives locally recommended we try the burnt ends sandwich and we were not disappointed. Great caramelization... More 

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 1026 State Ave, Kansas City, KS 66102-4409
  • Location: United States  >  Kansas (KS)  >  Kansas City
  • Phone Number: (913) 621-1134

Price and Cuisine

  • Average Prices: USD 20
  • Cuisine: Barbecue
Open Hours
Monday
10:00 am - 1:00 am
Tuesday
10:00 am - 1:00 am

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