How to Dine for Less – Bryant’s Barbecue

How to Dine for Less – Bryant’s Barbecue

In Kansas City, when you mention barbecue you will hear a ton of various comments. Some talk up the smoke ring, while others focus on the sauces. Conversations will circle around which cuts are the best, and at which locations. The number of variations will make your head spin, but one thing most people will agree on is that dining out on barbecue can be costly. We visited Bryant’s Barbecue to put this impression to the test.Bryant's Barbecue, kansas City, kansas, dining, bar-b-q, bbq, restaurants, tourist, travel, lunch, dinner, sandwich, french fries

Maintaining a blog that includes a healthy share of restaurant articles, means that we have to dine out frequently. Without careful planning, this could become a rather expensive task. There are things we do to help keep costs more reasonable. Some of these are done for more reasons than just cost-cutting, but that ends up being an added benefit. One habit we have formed is to drink water with our meals. This actually has a dual benefit. It holds down the extra charges from other beverages, which at many establishments have a higher markup than anything else on the menu. The second thing it does is to not interfere with the true taste of the dishes we are served, which is important when trying to get a true feel for the foods that you eat.

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We often hear people tell us that it’s too expensive to dine out, so we decided to showcase some of the ways we find to cut costs at our favorite eateries. For this specific challenge, we decided to pick $15.00 as a threshold for two at lunch. We chose this number, because we feel that these days being able to eat a good, filling meal for under $8.00 per person is our definition of Cheap Eats. We chose Arthur Bryant’s Barbecue at the Kansas Speedway for this challenge. We have a go-to meal that we eat when we are on our way to a T-Bones baseball game, and we knew it was less than $20.00, but couldn’t remember the exact amount. Oh well, time to find out! We chose the combo sandwich with fries. Crystal has a preference for the ham, and I am a big fan of their beef. They stack the meat high, and use three slices of bread on their combination sandwiches. The fries are piled on the plate to fill any open space.

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The trick comes when I have to separate the layers to make the two different sandwiches. By the time I finish we have two good sized portions, and plenty of fries to split between us. We always leave stuffed, and satisfied with our choice. As you can see by the receipt, we were actually able to stay under $14.00, and we enjoyed a meal far superior to anything we would find at a fast food establishment. So the next time you are looking forward to dining out, but the pocketbook is reminding you to stay on the frugal side, then try this example. We bet you will arrive hungry, but leave happy.

By |2018-04-21T07:27:58+00:00March 7th, 2017|Cheap Eats - $|16 Comments

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We are Jeff and Crystal, a Baby Boomer couple who love exploring this big blue marble we all call home. After spending the first portion of our lives together raising a family, the empty-nest syndrome finally caught up with us. This has given us the opportunity to spend more time traveling, and seeking out new destinations. We developed this travel blog with the goal of showing how we “Visit Like A Local”. Our itineraries are designed to get us off the interstates, and into the heart of the places we visit. We believe this will allow our readers to choose a cultural experience, and eventually head home with a real flavor of the places they visit. We hope you are enjoying our website and will consider sharing it with your friends. Please come back often, as we post new articles three times per week.


  1. Micheal Martin March 7, 2017 at 9:33 am - Reply

    I often get a combo sandwich, dime bread, fries or a pint of beans at the Wy. bbq 75th and Metcalf. Good and plenty to eat.

    • Jeff & Crystal March 7, 2017 at 11:06 am - Reply

      Too often people feel like they have to splurge when dining out, but it is not necessary. Thanks for sharing your tip.

  2. Lydia@LifeUntraveled March 7, 2017 at 5:32 pm - Reply

    You’re absolutely right in stating that dining out doesn’t need to be expensive. I don’t drink wine, any alcoholic beverages or any soft drinks so I always order water (tap is fine) when I go to a restaurant.

  3. blair villanueva March 9, 2017 at 5:56 am - Reply

    Looks delicious and even paired with wine or beer! And of course a perfect company to both enjoy these moment 🙂 I like it!

  4. Miriam Ernst March 9, 2017 at 8:35 am - Reply

    It looks really tasty! Whatever you drink with 🙂 and really not expensive at all! That’s super cool, great tip!

  5. Tae March 10, 2017 at 6:12 am - Reply

    Woah! That’s so much food for such a low price. Great value and those fries are calling to me — you need to put a warning at the top 😉 Don’t read while hungry!

  6. Laveena Sengar March 10, 2017 at 7:25 am - Reply

    This is so cool. I am a foodie and I always love to checkout the places that are delicious and not that pricey at the same time.

  7. Ana Ojha March 12, 2017 at 10:33 pm - Reply

    The place looks amazing and the food looks delicious! I’m fond of exploring restaurants whose food are delicious and not over-priced!

  8. Suruchi March 13, 2017 at 10:16 am - Reply

    I so much agree with you that water is the best beverage with so many health benefits and is inexpensive too. The combo you ordered looks tempting as well as filling.

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