POWER & LIGHT DISTRICT
This nightlife district isn’t just about bar bites. Discerning diners enjoy Bristol—a KC institution where the seafood is flown in daily—while The Mixx attracts health-conscious professionals looking for fast-casual soups, salads and sandwiches. Cleaver & Cork features farm-to-table fare and craft cocktails developed by Chef Alex Pope. Burger enthusiasts congregate at BRGR Kitchen + Bar for imaginative burger creations as big as they are delicious. No Other Pub, a Sporting Kansas City-themed eatery, bar and game parlor, dishes out street tacos and other shareable snacks for the city’s soccer fans.
Streetcar Stop: Power & Light (14th & Main)
The market is owned and operated by the local Cosentino Family, who has always shown a commitment to quality and a passion for food, and features more than 45,000 products as well as on-the-go cuisine, an 83 ft salad bar, gourmet cheese island, bakery, fresh sushi bar and more.
Johnny's Tavern is a locally owned hot spot for sports and great affordable food. Located directly across from Sprint Center. Watch every game for every major sport all year on 52 large HDTV's.
Within two blocks of Sprint Center, Bristol offers an indulgent menu focused on superior quality seafood and prime steaks.
CROSSROADS ARTS DISTRICT
Restaurant choices in the Crossroads make up an eclectic gallery all their own. History is served at delightfully reimagined venues like The Rieger Hotel and Grill Exchange and Fiorella’s Jack Stack Barbecue. Not a carnivore? Café Gratitude is a must for veggie lovers thanks to its 100-percent organic vegan fare. Sample what’s cooking from celebrity chefs Lidia Bastianich (of Lidia’s Kansas City) and Michael Smith (of Extra Virgin). Take your taste buds on a world tour at Nara (casual Neo-Japanese sushi), Affäre (modern German plates) or Grünauer (Austrian-German cooking). Or hit up Town Topic, a classic American diner that’s been open 24/7 since 1937. Thirsty? Libations of the vine are paramount at Tannin Wine Bar + Kitchen while The Belfry constructs crowd-pleasing craft cocktails. Thou Mayest Coffee Roasters has the pick-me-up you need to keep your day (or night) going with drinks made using freshly roasted beans.
Streetcar Stops: Crossroads (19th & Main), Kauffman Center (16th & Main)
Enjoy the “catch of the day” before you catch the train at Pierpont’s, a surf-and-turf institution nestled inside historic Union Station. (The all-day lounge menu represents one of the best deals in town, 5-ounce Filet Mignon for $15.) Kids love playing with their food at Fritz’s Railroad Restaurant, where your burger arrives to your table on a model train. New to the area is SPIN! Neapolitan Pizza, packed with fresh ingredients and a contemporary vibe.
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Self-billed as “honest, clean food,” Sheridan's Unforked in Crown Center takes advantage of local ingredients to create a colorful, diverse menu with plenty of options for everyone, including tacos, quesadillas, creative burgers and seasonal items that throw twists on traditional fare. Also check in with what fruits are in season, because they often find their way into the dessert offerings.
Foodies won’t have to walk far to uncover a plethora of palate-pleasing dishes in River Market. The Farmhouse sets the bar high with its farm-to-table, tip-to-tail comfort food done right. Belly up to the bar for happy hour at Harry’s Country Club and enjoy classic fare plus a cocktail. Get your fill at Burrito Brothers on the cheap, all while chowing down on menu items chockfull of fresh ingredients. Those in search of Vietnamese dishes need look no further than Pho KC, a delicious eatery that specializes in, you guessed it, pho. Dine in or carry out delicious Chinese cuisine from Bo Ling’s, a family-owned staple in the KC culinary scene. Cupcakes are always a must, and thankfully Baby Cakes has you covered. Its gourmet treats are perfect for special occasions—or for treating yourself.
Streetcar Stops: City Market (5th & Walnut), River Market North (3rd & Grand), River Market West (4th & Delaware)