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.
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.
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.
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.