International food, flavorful coffee and craft brew dominate Southwest Boulevard—a celebrated stretch of road adjacent to the Crossroads featuring a spirit vibe totally unique to KC.
Things to Do
For more than a quarter century, Boulevard Brewing Co. has been making thirsty Kansas Citians proud. Considered a specialty brewery, the ever-growing line of cold brews are now available coast-to-coast. See the entire brewing process and dig into the local history with tours offered seven days a week for all ages. If you’re already convinced—and are over 21 years of age—go straight to the Beer Hall for not-yet-released samples, delicious standbys and classic board games, all served alongside an unbeatable view of Kansas City.
Take flight just down the block with The Roasterie, one of Kansas City’s most prominent coffee roasters. It’s hard to miss—the giant plane, which was installed on the facility’s roof in 2012, was originally built in 1943. Take a free coffee roasting tour and refuel with one of the many drinks on the menu.
Places to Eat
International cuisine is the name of the game along “The Boulevard.” La Bodega is excellent for Spanish-style tapas and after-hours gettogethers while Empanada Madness, a South American restaurant, is a favorite among many Kansas City Royals players. Mexican dishes are crowd pleasers at Margarita’s, a popular happy hour spot thanks to an expansive margarita menu.
Ponak’s is a KC institution and has been cranking out tacos and pouring margs since 1975. Pro tip: If at Ponak’s, go for the deep-fried taco shells. You won’t regret it.
Meanwhile, grab some brisket or ribs at Danny Edwards Famous KC BBQ, a mainstay in the city’s famous barbecue scene.