Quick Bites for Meeting Attendees in Kansas City

Whether in search of breakfast, lunch or dinner, Kansas City offers a variety of local, fast casual dining options available for meeting and convention attendees near the Kansas City Convention Center.

Within Walking Distance

Ideal for attendees who are in between meetings or on their way to the next big event near the Convention Center:

  • The Mixx: Freshness reigns supreme at this salad, soup and sandwich shop—a healthy alternative to typical out-of-town dining. Tip: Order ahead to skip the line.
  • County Road Ice House: Attendees can sample KC ‘cue right in the heart of the Power & Light District thanks to smoked delicacies from world-famous Joe’s Kansas City Bar-B-Que.
  • Meshuggah Bagels: Meshuggah is an ideal breakfast or lunch stop known for its authentic flavors and classic bagel accompaniments, such as lox, smoked salmon, schmears and more. 

  • Made in Kansas City Café: Your group can grab coffee and pastries on the go or post up to catch up on work in this hip coffeehouse that also carries locally made goods and souvenirs available for purchase.
  • Plowboys Barbeque: A bustling barbecue spot with numerous accolades and an expansive menu that serves as an excellent entry into Kansas City’s signature cuisine. 

Quick Ride Away

With a little more time on their hands, your attendees can chow down at popular restaurants in the area:

  • T. Loft: While the Country Club Plaza is ideal for client meetings and other upscale situations, T. Loft remains faithful to its healthy, quick-service model with nutrient-dense bowls, salads and juices.
  • The Rockhill Grille: Elevated American plates star at this trendy restaurant in the Crossroads. Lunches include savory sandwiches and artful salads while dinner is reserved for more decadent options like duck confit, blackened cauliflower and ribeye.

Further Out

Great options in the metro area:

  • Scott’s Kitchen: Low- and slow-smoked Kansas City barbecue located near the airport, which makes for good eating as soon as your attendees arrive or just before they depart.
  • Bōru: Located in KC’s Waldo neighborhood, Bōru specializes in ramen, bao and rice dishes—and also offers a killer happy hour menu.
  • Pilgrim Coffee Co.: For meetings that take place in Overland Park, attendees can swing by Pilgrim Coffee Co. for their daily pick-me-up as well as pastries, burritos, protein balls and other fuel to keep them going.

Reach by KC Streetcar

Anyone can hop on the free-to-ride KC Streetcar and travel the 2.2-mile route to some of the most popular quick bite options in Downtown KC:

  • The Bite: Visitors and locals alike love this City Market hangout that creatively combines Mexican and Korean flavors in sandwiches, soups, starters and more.
  • Grinders: Based in the funky, unrefined East Crossroads, Grinders touts a menu that’s as unapologetically eclectic as its décor, with everything from calzones and wings to salads and burgers.
  • Ruby Jean’s Juicery: Smoothies, shakes, juices and other grab-and-go snacks make Ruby Jean’s one of the healthiest Downtown dining options.
  • Papa Keno’s Pizzeria: With quick service and jumbo slices carved into manageable pieces, Papa Keno’s is a must for any convention-goer looking for pizza in the Crossroads. 

Kelli O'Hara, Broadway star in concert

Kelli O’Hara is one of the biggest stars on Broadway, and her work in film, television, and opera have made her acclaim even greater. The Tony Award winner will bring her unique mix of classicism and show business to Kansas City for selections from Broadway and the Great American Songbook.

Hugh Jackman

Academy Award®-nominated, Golden Globe and Tony Award-winning performer, Hugh Jackman will bring The Man. The Music. The Show to Sprint Center on Oct. 13. You will see Jackman performing hit songs from The Greatest Showman, Les Misérables and more from Broadway and film, accompanied by a live orchestra.

Paul Childres Concert in the Caves

Blending Pop, R&B, and Soul, Paul Childers is leading a new breed of Singer/Songwriters and Guitarists. Paul finds a way to blur the lines cast between Stevie Ray Vaughan and Jimi Hendrix styles of guitar playing, a Motown rhythm section, and Pop vocal melodies. He is returning to the caves for another epic show! 

B-Side mini 2019

We're celebrating our second annual music festival - in a teenier way!
Join us Oct. 4th First Friday for B-Side Mini!
Acts include our house band I Threw a Chair, Winny Wallet and the Workshop, and local musician Sean Groff.
Inside the gallery we will be showing many mini works, small doodles, sculptures and more.
Big thanks to Brewery Emperial for providing the event with beverages!

Merriam Drive Live!

Downtown Merriam will transform into a street and lawn party full of music on two stages, food trucks, adult beverages and a Cornhole Tournament. Performers include: Four Fried Chickens & a Coke; Red Guitar; Stolen Winnebagos; Fast Times and Noe Palma. Enjoy this annual music fest for FREE in downtown Merriam.

Brahms’ Fourth and Bach’s Fantasia

Helzberg Hall, Kauffman Center
Jason Seber, David T. Beals III Associate Conductor
Paul Jacobs, organ
J.S. BACH/ELGAR Fantasia and Fugue in C Minor
MICHAEL DAUGHERTY Once Upon a Castle for Organ and Orchestra
BRAHMS Symphony No. 4

Finlandia and Schumann’s Piano Concerto

Helzberg Hall, Kauffman Center
Michael Stern, conductor
Martin Helmchen, piano
SIBELIUS Finlandia
R. SCHUMANN Piano Concerto
DANIEL KELLOGG The Golden Spike (Kansas City Symphony commission, world premiere)
SMETANA “Blaník” from Má vlast

The Medical Arts Symphony of Kansas City Fall Concert

The Medical Arts Symphony of Kansas City includes physicians, nurses, pharmacists, dentists, healthcare students, as well as other musicians from the Kansas City area.  This fall concert will include: The New World Symphony - Dvorak , Fanfare for the Common Man – Copeland, Vivaldi’s Concerto for Two Cello, s Gion Overture - Jose Gonzalez Granero