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“Convenient authentic BBQ on I-70”
4 of 5 bubbles Review of Bates City Bar-B-Q

Bates City Bar-B-Q
Ranked #1 of 4 Restaurants in Bates City
Cuisines: American, Barbecue
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Good for: Kids, Families with children, Dining on a budget
Dining options: Lunch, Dinner, Highchairs Available, Seating, Takeout, Wheelchair Accessible
kansas
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238 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 72 helpful votes
“Convenient authentic BBQ on I-70”
Reviewed September 20, 2013

This is a very nice little restaurant with very tasty BBQ. The owners are very friendly and hard workers and you can tell they know their BBQ. I only had a pulled pork sandwich with slaw and sweet tea but it was more than enough and excellent. so nice not to have to go to a chain restaurant. Stop by here, you wont regret it.
thanks.

  • Visited August 2013
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Thank jksKansas
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London, United Kingdom
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25 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
“By far the best Kansas City style BBQ in the KC area”
Reviewed September 11, 2013

I love BBQ, especially Kansas City style, and I have tried it many different places but Bates City BBQ is still the best. As other reviews say, this is a bit of a "back-woods" kind of place but the food they do is first class. My regular is a combo sandwich (that's beef and ham) with a side of their famous fries (enough to share between two people). The sandwich is oozing with their signature BBQ saucy which is really the star of the show. The restaurant itself doesn't have much character but it's clean and well kept. They have been in business for years and are dedicated to good local food. Definitely worth a stop for those passing by on I-70 (just don't speed as the whole town of Bates City is a speed trap).

  • Visited September 2013
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2 Thank ccrab
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Odessa, Missouri
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3 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
“Small town BBQ - family style”
Reviewed September 4, 2013

Bates City Bar-b-que is a small cafe-style restaurant, located just a few minutes off of I-70 in the small town of Bates City, Missouri.
The sweet barbecue aroma is apparent as you near the restaurant.
When you enter walk right up to the counter, pick up a tray and a person will be right there to take your order. Their employees are very friendly. The prices are reasonable.
Menu includes a good selection of mouth-watering pulled bar-b-qued beef or pork, bar-b-qued chicken and ham. A combination plate is offered too.
I really like their homemade bar-b-que sauce and baked beans.
I'm not a fan of their fresh, homemade slaw or fries, though my family loves them.
I know many customers come especially for them, but I found them very greasy.
I highly recommend the pulled pork sandwich and their yummy baked beans!
The portions even satisfy the endless appetites of my older teenage boys!
I live about 10 miles from this restaurant, so my family visits regularly.
This a great family restaurant. Parents needn't worry about their children spilling something here either. It's quite low-key and has a family atmosphere. There is a back room for larger gatherings.
It's a rather plain place, but the food certainly isn't.

  • Visited August 2013
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2 Thank twobits4
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Oak Grove, Missouri
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64 reviews
26 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 30 helpful votes
“Good bar-b-q in middle of NOWHERE”
Reviewed July 8, 2013

Bates City is probably best known for their BAR - B -Q. The restaurant is not much too look at...but the food is great. No table service. You must go through line and order your food and carry it to the table, but the prices make up for that small inconvenience. Fills up fast on Sunday around noon. Friendly staff. Good size portions. Close to I-70. No problems locating the place in the small town.

  • Visited June 2013
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Thank TnTDean
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Raymore, Missouri
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87 reviews
53 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 27 helpful votes
“Fantastic Bar-B-Q”
Reviewed May 29, 2013

Nothing better than Bates City Bar-B-Q. A small quaint place to eat. Burnt end sandwich is very good. Would go there again. Very reasonable prices for the amount of food you get. Off Z highway when going east on I-70.

  • Visited May 2013
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1 Thank wofwnr
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