Where to Eat During Big 12

Kansas City’s dining scene showcases a wide array of tastes and cultural influences. Find barbecue, tried-and-true favorites and notable newcomers, all near T-Mobile Center and Municipal Auditorium.


County Road Ice House

In the heart of all the action, Kansas City's Power & Light District provides a popular nightlife destination—plus so much more. The centrally located Kansas City Live! Block boasts favorites for all, including Kansas City's beloved barbecue flavors on a laid-back patio at County Road Ice House, the chance to catch MLS matchups between hoops showdowns the Sporting Kansas City-inspired No Other Pub, and a classic neighborhood bar menu at Johnny's Tavern.

Discerning diners enjoy Bristol Steak + Seafood + Social or 801 Chophouse, two Kansas City institutions celebrated for their seafood and steak. Need a quick bite? Turn to Meshuggah Bagels for a New York-style breakfast or PROTEINHOUSE for a fresh and filling smoothie.

Distance from Big 12 Activities: Directly across the street from T-Mobile Center, 0.5 miles east of Municipal Auditorium
Streetcar Stop: Power & Light (14th & Main)


The Town Company

The blocks surrounding Municipal Auditorium and the Big 12 Women's Basketball Championship offer quick options as you get started in the morning, between games or when the day is done. Grab a coffee at PT's Coffee Power & Light, enjoy an all-day menu at the Made in KC Cafe or pair your meal with a little competition of your own at Blade & Timber. The Kansas City Marriott Downtown's all-day restaurant, MetropolitanKC, offers service for every meal in a casual setting.

For an upscale experience to end your day, The Town Company at Hotel Kansas City delivers one of the city's best new menus in an undeniably cool, modern and mellow dining room. Head downstairs afterward for another round along with live DJs and performers at Nighthawk, or make your way up the street for another subterranean stakeout at P.S. Speakeasy inside Hotel Phillips.

Distance from Big 12 Activities: Just outside Municipal Auditorium, 0.5 miles west of T-Mobile Center
Streetcar Stop: Metro Center (12th & Main)


Betty Rae's Exterior

Foodies who head north to the River Market won’t have to walk far to uncover a plethora of palate-pleasing dishes in the historic district. The Farmhouse sets the bar high with its farm-to-table, tip-to-tail comfort food done right. Make plans for happy hour at Harry’s Country Club and enjoy classic fare plus a cocktail, try authentic Brazilian fare at Taste of Brazil or keep it fresh with a selection of bowls and wraps at the Hungry Hatch.

Fresh and creative burgers, sandwiches and more are always a hit at Pigwich. There's no shortage of TV screens to keep an eye on the latest scores while you enjoy one of KC's favorite pizzas at Minsky's. Looking for a flavorful outing to wrap up the day? Stop by Betty Rae's for a scoop of ice cream and take your pick of the shop's surprising and inventive flavors, or slip into Thou Mayest, where you'll find a rustic charm that'll keep you lingering a little longer.

Distance from Big 12 Activities: 1 mile north of T-Mobile Center and Municipal Auditorium 
Streetcar Stops: City Market (5th & Walnut), River Market North (3rd & Grand), River Market West (4th & Delaware)


Brewery Emperial

Restaurant choices in the Crossroads make up an eclectic gallery all their own. History is served at delightfully reimagined venues like Fiorella’s Jack Stack Barbecue and Lazia at the Crossroads Hotel. If you prefer to keep your plates plant-based, a stop at Pirate's Bone Burgers is essential. Or take your taste buds on a world tour at Lidia’s Kansas City (authentic Italian cuisine), Affäre (modern German plates) or Grünauer (Austrian-German cooking).

Hit up Town Topic, a classic American diner that’s been open 24/7 since 1937, or grab a bite and a margarita at Manny's Mexican Restaurant. For a pick-me-up, Messenger Coffee Co.Mildred's and Café Corazón are ready to keep you caffeinated.

If you're looking for a drink of a different kind, make your way to the East Crossroads—starting at 18th & Oak Sts. is an easy way to access the neighborhood—for blocks full of breweries like Casual Animal Brewing Co., Brewery Emperial, Double Shift Brewing Co. and more. (Plus, keep tabs on your tastes and access savings along the way with the KC Tap Tour.) Prefer wine or distilled spirits over beer? Turn to KC Wineworks, Mean Mule or Lifted Spirits for a pour.

Distance from Big 12 Activities: 0.5 miles south of T-Mobile Center and Municipal Auditorium
Streetcar Stops: Kauffman Center (16th & Main), Crossroads (19th & Main)