KC Power & Light District

Where to Eat During the NAIA Championship

Barbecue may be Kansas City’s signature food, but the dining scene here embodies the city’s many cultural influences, ranging from indigenous cuisines and home-style cooking, to a wide range of fusion foods. There are a lot of great options for dining near Municipal Auditorium and more just a short distance away.



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 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. 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.

Distance from NAIA Championship Activities: 2 blocks from Municipal AuditoriumStreetcar Stop: Power & Light (14th & Main)


City Market in the River Market neighborhood of Kansas City

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. Get your fill at Burrito Brothers on the cheap, all while chowing down on menu items chockfull of fresh ingredients. Those in search of Vietnamese dishes need look no further than Pho KC, a delicious eatery that specializes in, you guessed it, pho. Dine in or carry out delicious Chinese cuisine from Bo Ling’s, 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 NAIA Championship Activities: 1 mile north of Municipal AuditoriumStreetcar Stops: City Market (5th & Walnut), River Market North (3rd & Grand), River Market West (4th & Delaware)


Crossroads Arts District in Kansas City

Restaurant choices in the Crossroads make up an eclectic gallery all their own. History is served at delightfully reimagined venues like The Rieger Hotel and Grill Exchange 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 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 The Belfry constructs crowd-pleasing craft cocktails. 

Distance from NAIA Championship Activities: 1/2 mile south of Municipal AuditoriumStreetcar Stops: Crossroads (19th & Main), Kauffman Center (16th & Main)

More Dining Options

'37 Steak

You'll be treated to an outstanding dining experience at '37 Steak, where succulent steaks and seafood are presented in an intimate setting. Our Certified Angus Beef steaks come in a variety of mouthwatering sizes, from filets to our popular Prime Kansas City strip. '37 Steak also presents delicious seafood items, such as the Alaskan King Crab legs and more. Our bar side offers cocktails like no other. From the signature Sage Of Anthos, to the Rebubula, a twist on the classic Manhattan, all of our creative, handcrafted cocktails go perfectly with our bar fare menu items.

801 Chophouse - Power & Light District

A late 1920's New York City steak house interior with signature leather booths, cherry wood furnishings, wooden floors, granite counter tops and high ceilings accented with dramatic lighting. 801 Chophouse offers only the very finest and freshest meats, seafood, and vegetables available. Our Executive Chef, Christopher M. Dennis creates a fresh sheet that highlights our unique weekly offerings. Seasonal fresh soups and salads, oysters on the half shell, five species of fresh fish, live Maine lobsters and king crab legs.

99 Hops House

Beer enthusiasts and foodies will find nirvana at 99 Hops House. It's a great place to hang out with friends, stop by for breakfast, a business lunch, or for dinner out with the family. We offer next level food choices and 99 different choices of beer, including many of Kansas City's own local breweries. This beautiful new space features a refined, rustic atmosphere with a pub vibe that includes urban glass chandeliers, leather booths offering views of the casino as well as table seating, polished concrete floors and, most importantly, a large center bar.

Affäre Restaurant

At Affäre, we are proud to offer our guests a modern German dining experience. We believe in cooking farm-to-table food and source our products and produce from local farms and suppliers in the Kansas City area. Our seasonal menu is always fresh, with a contemporary German influence. Join us for these feature meals: daily for Happy Hour; Thursday nights seasonal four-course dinner with wine/beer pairing; Sunday family-style dinner

Alamo Drafthouse Mainstreet

The best film, food and drink, all in one seat. When you see a movie at Alamo Drafthouse, you get cold drinks, delicious meals and tasty local beers, brought directly to your theatre seat by a server. Alamo Drafthouse Mainstreet’s menu features burgers, pizzas, salads, snacks and desserts prepared fresh from locally-sourced ingredients.

Black Dirt

Cultivation takes time. Black Dirt’s time is now. The qualities you love in Justus Drugstore in Smithville can now be found at our new location in South Plaza, Kansas City. At Black Dirt, we ask a little bit less of your time and wallet. No compromise, no jargon. There’s no better soil for cultivation and no more deliberate approach to building community than from our tables.

Amerisports Bar & Grill

Welcome to Kansas City’s most exciting sports bar and brew pub featuring the area’s largest indoor TV screen. With its warm brick walls and leaded windows, Amerisports Brew Pub is the only classic lager house in or around Kansas City. Designed to look like a converted old world foundry, don't be surprised that it contains a 52-screen audiovisual system that broadcasts more sporting events than you can imagine. For sports fans, that translates into the ability to watch every single game of the season.


Welcome to Bluestem, where award winning Chef/Owners Colby & Megan Garrelts invite their guests a an unforgettable culinary experience with an intimate dining room, exquisite cuisine & remarkable service. Bluestem features progressive American cuisine focusing on seasonal products, an ever-changing menu, and local ingredients. Bluestem's dining room is comfortable and elegant, allowing its guests to have an unforgettable experience. Full bar. Private dining: 38 ppl. Bluestem strives to constantly evolve the menu making this restaurant one of the top restaurants in Kansas City.

Arthur Bryant's Barbecue

Arthur Bryant, the legendary King of Ribs, is the most renowned barbequer in history. He created a sauce that has attracted the likes of former Presidents Harry Truman and Jimmy Carter to his restaurant . . .

B.B.'s Lawn Side Bar-B-Q

Where barbecue meets the blues in Kansas City! Recently featured on Guy Fieri's Diners, Drive-Ins, Dives and Anthony Bourdain's No Reservations. The Travel Channel picks BB's as one of the Top 5 must-see activities in Kansas City. Open Tue.–Sun. for lunch and dinner. Slow-smoked Kansas City barbecue in BB's 60+ year-old pit, and Louisiana favorites like gumbo, jambalaya and red beans and rice. Plus, BB's serves appetizers, soups and sandwiches -sliced thin, piled high. Check out our full menu.