Big 12 Championship

Where to Eat During Big 12

March 13-16

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.



Kansas City 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
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
Streetcar Stops: City Market (5th & Walnut), River Market North (3rd & Grand), River Market West (4th & Delaware)


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
Streetcar Stops: Crossroads (19th & Main), Kauffman Center (16th & Main)



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