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 Sprint Center and Municipal Auditorium.
Where to Eat During Big 12
DINING NEAR SPRINT CENTER AND MUNICIPAL AUDITORIUM
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 and ProteinHouse attract health-conscious diners looking for fast-casual soups, salads and sandwiches and fruit-and-veggie-filled smoothies.
Relative newcomers like County Road Ice House and Guy Fieri's Dive & Taco Joint are buzzy hotspots for barbecue and funky bites. Burger enthusiasts congregate at BRGR Kitchen + Bar for imaginative burger creations as big as they are delicious. Meanwhile, 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.
Distance from Big 12 Activities: Directly across the street from Sprint Center, 1/2 mile east of Municipal Auditorium
Streetcar Stop: Power & Light (14th & Main)
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, or try authentic Brazilian fare at Taste of Brazil.
Fresh and creative burgers, sandwiches and more are always a hit at Pigwich, a newcomer to the area. Those in search of Vietnamese dishes need look no further than Vietnam Cafe, a delicious eatery that specializes in pho. Dine in or carry out delicious Chinese cuisine from Bo Lings, 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.
Distance from Big 12 Activities: 1 mile north of Sprint Center and Municipal Auditorium
Streetcar Stops: City Market (5th & Walnut), River Market North (3rd & Grand), River Market West (4th & Delaware)
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 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 Farina and 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).
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 Restaurante Mexicano. Thirsty? Libations of the vine are paramount at Tannin Wine Bar + Kitchen while Corvino Supper Club & Tasting Room always satisfies with a stellar cocktail program (and excellent shareable dishes). Messenger Coffee Co. has the pick-me-up you need to keep your day going with drinks made using freshly roasted beans.
Distance from Big 12 Activities: 1/2 mile south of Sprint Center and Municipal Auditorium
Streetcar Stops: Crossroads (19th & Main), Kauffman Center (16th & Main)