Eat + Drink
Places to Eat by District
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.
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. Meanwhile, County Road Ice House dishes out delicious options fueled by Joe's Kansas City Bar-B-Que—a KC classic.
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.
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), Michael Corvino (of Corvino Supper Club & Tasting Room) 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 Jacobson constructs crowd-pleasing craft cocktails (and delicious food to boot). 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.
Relive your childhood at Up-Down or Tapcade at Crossroads, arcade bars serving up nostalgia and craft brews thanks to tons of classic arcade games and extensive beer menus. Or book a tour at Tom’s Town Distilling Company, a distillery inspired by Prohibition-era spirit(s) and style.