Re:Today's Restaurant Review- Gates BBQ- 11/7/09
Gates is funny, because it seems like the sort of place that might not be so great. I would guess it's one of the places that the very casual tourist interested in finding KCQ would bump into (the others being Arthur Bryant's and Jack Stack). On the other hand, it can be a little challenging for the casual tourist (unlike Jack Stack, which feels suburban through and through - good Q though), and it really seems to be geared towards the neighborhood. There were lots of people taking big orders out, and everyone else we saw dining in were most definitely local. I think the low prices probably have something to do with that, too (besides the good Q).
Incidentally, Gates did once get a brief recommendation from Jane and Michael, on the epicurious website.