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American, Barbecue
Lunch, Dinner
Takeout, Seating, Wheelchair Accessible
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Reviewed February 24, 2020

We ordered cary out from the counter. Person behind the counter was friendly and helpful. He also made great recommendations on what to order. Restaurant is decorated with license plates from across the country and KC sports memorabilia (Royals and Chiefs). Ribs and French fries...were the best part of the meal.More

Date of visit: February 2020
Reviewed September 13, 2019

Ribs were a bit rough (fatty, overcooked), but good flavor. The sandwiches were overpriced. Fries were very good. Beware I'm biased towards the other bbq places I generally go to.

Date of visit: September 2019
Reviewed September 3, 2019

Bates city Shawnee has great barbecue. The variety is excellent from ribs to burnt ends to many other choices, and it is all great. And to top it off, they offer some of the best fries I have ever tasted.

Date of visit: July 2019
Reviewed May 31, 2019

The fries are great. Burnt end and Brisket sandwiches were both good. Sauce is a little sweet but tasty.

Date of visit: May 2019
Reviewed December 5, 2018

The restaurant if filled with memorabilia and funny sayings from the owner. The pork ribs are a real bargaina and we usually get them and fries. The French fries look like scraps, but taste great!

Date of visit: November 2018
Reviewed July 7, 2018 via mobile

Went to visit family and had to have some good bbq, so our family living in the area led us to Bates City—-a very clean place with decor that makes you feel right at home. The kids had a variety of ribs, pulled pork and...chicken tenders, and the adults had a good sampling of the menu—-the brisket and pulled pork are outstanding but the the burnt ends plate is highly recommended—-very tender and flavorful—-if you want good solid bbq you will be very pleased to visit this friendly place with attentive service oriented staff—good experienceMore

Date of visit: July 2018
Reviewed May 28, 2018

I've eaten here for yrs. but the quality just continues to slide downhill. Ordered takeout to serve 10 family members and it was bad. If you like very dry, think sand dry beef with a slight, been in the refrigerator for days taste, you're gonna...love this. Good fries, bad bbqMore

Date of visit: May 2018
Reviewed October 6, 2017 via mobile

Super yummy. Fun atmosphere. Some of the best French fries I've ever had and seriously the portion size is HUGE!!!

Date of visit: September 2017
Reviewed September 7, 2017

LOVE this small hidden gem! This is one of our favorite places to get excellent BBQ in KC. Portion sizes are big, fries are amazing and any of the meat is perfectly smoked. We go at least once a month and have never had a...bad meal. Even our kids love it!More

Date of visit: September 2017
Reviewed April 11, 2017

There are many different was to prepare BBQ ribs. When served, some arrive with very little fat and almost dry while others are more juicy and still have a little fat that hasn't been cooked off. Bates serves the latter variety and they are Great!...I just wish that I was skinny enough to eat them more often. We always ask that the fries be made extra crispy....because that is the way we like them and the Bates staff is willing to accommodate us. Served crispy these are some of the best fries in the entire KC area. The restaurant closed a little earlier than I would like... which means I usually have to rush over to pick up a slab to take home just before they close...but taking a chance and exceeding the speed limit a bit is worth it to get there in time!More

Date of visit: April 2017
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