1026 State Ave, Kansas City, KS | Directions 6610239.116741 -94.636186
Gates & Sons BBQ Is by far the Best! – Let me first say that Gates & Sons was my first job as a teen, 34 yrs ago. I was trained by Mrs. Gates! Anywho, Gates has the best flavor in meat & sauces. The meat on the chicken wings just falls off the bone, mmph, mmph, mmph! I've been a patron of Gates for over 30 yrs. and like most restaurants they fall off a little. The meat can be fatty at times but us KC natives know how to order! We just tell 'em "make it lean as possible, please" and it's never a problem. Ciao...gotta go get some of them wings! :)
GATES INDEPENDENCE LOCATION – ON A RECENT SATURDAY NIGHT , I ORDERED FROM THE INDEPENDENCE MO, LOCATION. UPON ARRIVING AT HOME WITH FAMILY MY DAUGHTER WAS EATING BEEF MADE IN TO A SANDWICH FROM A MIX PLATE. SHE STARTED GAGING AND UP CAME A STUD EARRING THAT WAS IN THE BEEF. WE WERE TOTALLY SHOCKED. UPON CALLING THE STORE THE MANAGER OFFERED VIRTUALLY NO HELP, AND SAID WE COULD BRING BACK THE FOOD. NO APOLOGY/NO CONCERN. I EXPLAINED WE LIVED A WAYS FROM THE LOCATION AND IT WAS ALREADY AFTER 10:00PM. I FROZE THE FOOD AND THE FOLLOWING MONDAY CALLED THE HEALTH INSPETOR, MADE A COMPLAINT. THE PERSON AT THE HEALTH INSPECTOR TALKED AS IF HE WAS ON THE GATES PAYROLL. WITHIN A FEW HOURS I RECIEVED A CALL FROM THE RESTAURANT AND WAS TOLD TO BRING THE FOOD IN. THE NEXT DAY I BROUGHT THE FOOD IN AND THEY REFUNDED ME MY MONEY, AND I TOLD THEM I WANTED TO TALK TO SOMEONE FROM COPORATE. A WEEK AND A HALF WENT BY WITH NO CALL. I CALLED MYSELF AND SPOKE TO ONE OF THE OWNERS. I WAS TREATED AS IF I HAD PUT THE STUD IN THE FOOD MYSELF. NO REAL APOLOGY AND NO REAL ATTEMPT TO CARE ABOUT THE SITUATION. I TOLD THEM THAT IF THIS WAS ANY OTHER COMPANY SUCH AS APPLEBEE'S, I WOULD HAVE HEARD FROM SOMEONE. I WAS INFORMED THAT THEY ARE NOT APPLEBEES. THE TOTAL LACK OF CUSTOMER SERVICE AND ATTITUDE FROM THIS COMPANY WAS UNBELIEVABLE. THEY JUST WANT TO MAKE A BUCK AND LIVE ON THE LEGACY OF THE COMPANY!
Great BBQ Poor Service – I had a slab of Ribs and my wife had a Beef sandwich. both were more than we could finish in one setting. ribs didn't need any sauce to make them better. I like it best of all the BBQ i've tried in KC Area. this Location was on 40 Hwy in Independence. Staff had an Attitude but Dinning room Service was Excellent.! would go again and take friends. Highly recomend it. Tried several things at a party is what made me go there.
Editorial Review by Christy Buena – Barbecue is the specialty at the family-friendly mini chain restaurant that serves meat by the pound and offers catering.
Embarrassed KC Native – I brought a friend from New York back to Kansas City for the weekend and we ordered $80 worth of Burnt Ends, Ribs, and sides. When we opened the food at the Chief's game we were horrified to find a box of burnt fat instead of the lean burnt ends I was used to, as well as the fattiest ribs I've ever seen in my life. I was determined to get my friend Kansas City Barbeque before sending him back to New York, and now I'm completely embarrassed for wasting our money. We would have been better off with hotdogs at the stadium!
To much for too little – You are looking at over $10.00 for a sandwich fries and drink. Need to up grade thier meat.
Ummmm...Boy Oh Boy! – I have traveled all over the world with the military and when I was pregnant (that was 33 years ago) I lived in KC... My brother-in-law introduced me to Gates and I have craved it ever since. the sauce is superb...the fries are great...and the meats are a religous experience!!! Not pretentious...IT IS WHAT IT IS...if I could eat it every day I would! It is by far the best BBQ I have ever tasted!
Great Kansas City Tradition – Gates by far is the BEST BBQ. In a town known for our BBQ they are certainly the best. The meat cuts are typically lean and generous. I highly recomend the turkey sandwich or Gates famous Short End Ribs! The sauce is the BEST in town, but is considered a bit spicy. If you do not like the kick, they offer a sweet and mild version. The charm of the restaurant is very unique. From the "Hi May I Help You" yell when you walk in the door, to the staff clearing your table, the restaurant is GREAT!
I traveled here for this? – Friends who knew I came to KC in search of great 'cue told me I must go to Gates. I must admit I was sorely disappointed. I ordered "short end," which they didn't have at the time, changed to "long end," and was disappointed that the ribs were not meaty or smoky and they were smothered in sauce, and not great sauce at that.
tasteful – What can I say about Gates. I have lived in 10 major cities across the United States and have tried all of their BBQ restraurants. By far Gates has the most flavor than all of them. The meats are smoked just right and not oversauced unless you ask for extra sauce. Their slogan "Hi, may I help you ?" could be toned down a bit and not yelled at you as soon as you walk through the door, but you soon forget when you take a bite of their juicy ribs or Beef and and a half.
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