Established by the KCCVA in 2007, the Visitors’ Choice Awards lend a voice to Kansas City’s 21 million annual visitors. Finalists in each category were selected by an online panel of visitors. Over the summer, more than 4,000 people cast their ballots in the final round of voting.

And the moment you have been waiting for, here are your 2012 Visitors Choice Award Winners by category. For a full list of runners up for each category, you may download a PDF version here. Congratulations to this year’s winners and thanks to everyone that voted!


Favorite Steakhouse: Hereford House

Favorite Barbecue Restaurant: Oklahoma Joe’s Barbecue

Favorite Family-Friendly Restaurant: Stroud’s Restaurant

Favorite Ethnic Restaurant: Bo Ling’s

Favorite Fine Dining Restaurant: McCormick & Schmick’s Seafood & Steaks



 Favorite Jazz Venue: The Blue Room

Favorite Nightlife Spot: Kelly’s Westport Inn

Favorite Casino: Ameristar Casino Hotel Kansas City

Favorite Live Music Venue: Starlight Theatre

Favorite Nightlife District: Kansas City Power & Light District


Favorite Art Museum: The Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art

Favorite Art Gallery: Kemper at the Crossroads

Favorite Performing Arts Venue: Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts

Favorite Performing Arts Group/Organization: Kansas City Symphony

Favorite Public Art Installation: Shuttlecocks (The Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art)

Favorite Arts Performance/Production: A Christmas Carol, KC Repertory Theatre


Favorite Kids Attraction: Kansas City Zoo

Favorite Museum: National WWI Museum at Liberty Memorial

Favorite Place to Snap a Photo: Country Club Plaza

Favorite Free Thing to Do: The City Market

Favorite KC Neighborhood or District: Country Club Plaza

Favorite KC-Area Destination: Overland Park, KS


Favorite Professional Sports Team: Kansas City Chiefs

Favorite Fan Experience: Tailgating at Arrowhead Stadium

Favorite Golf Course: Swope Memorial Golf Course

Favorite Landmark or Monument: Union Station Kansas City

Favorite Fountain: J.C. Nichols Memorial Fountain


Favorite Art Festival: Plaza Art Fair

Favorite Ethnic/Heritage Festival or Event: Kansas City Irish Fest

Favorite Family Festival/Event: American Royal Barbecue

Favorite Music Festival/Event: Rhythm & Ribs Jazz & Blues Festival

Favorite Holiday Tradition: Plaza Lights


Favorite Shopping Center or District: Country Club Plaza

Favorite Shop or Store: Nebraska Furniture Mart           

Favorite Locally-owned Shop or Store: Pryde’s Old Westport


Favorite Hotel, More than 300 Rooms: Westin Kansas City at Crown Center

Favorite Hotel, Less than 300 Rooms: Raphael Hotel

Favorite Bed & Breakfast: Southmoreland on the Plaza


Best of KC: Dining: Fiorella’s Jack Stack Barbecue

Best of KC: Things to Do: Plaza Lights

Best of KC: Shopping: Country Club Plaza

Best Midwestern Hospitality: The City Market

Best of Kansas City: Boulevard Brewing Co.

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