Great Lunch Spots in KC
Whether you’re in between meetings or exploring one KC attraction after another, the city touts a diverse offering of dining experiences sure to satisfy midday cravings.
Quickly becoming a go-to favorite in the heart of Downtown KC, Plowboys is an award-winning, competition-style barbecue joint that serves up smoky classics like burnt ends, pulled pork and ribs. Get your ‘cue fix in combos, by the pound or loaded on nachos and the like.
The Westside Local
Farm-to-table fare wins big at The Westside Local, a hip hotspot in the Westside neighborhood. The menu changes with the season, but diners can expect a diverse mix of sandwiches, salads and other items, all using regionally sourced ingredients.
Expect farm-fresh everything at Happy Gillis, a funky Columbus Park café known for its craft cuisine. Locally sourced ingredients are key to every dish here, whether you’re chowing down on biscuits and gravy (served all day), a smoked trout sandwich or something in between.
Third Street Social
Chef-driven dining meets unrivaled atmosphere in one of the most popular lunchtime spots in Lee’s Summit. Variety is key here, which is why you can order anything from Korean steak tacos and braised Duroc pork shoulder to a roasted beet salad or a truffle grilled cheese sandwich.
There’s no better way to sample meat from locally sourced butcher The Local Pig than at Pigwich, its sandwich shop next door. Keep in mind: the daily specials, including fried pork loin and porchetta, may just dictate when you visit.
A gathering place for watch parties and during big-time events at KC Live! Block in the Power & Light District, Johnny’s is the hometown sports bar Kansas Citians deserve. No lunch is the same thanks to its expansive menu of have-it-your-way dishes and pub favorites.
KC’s cocktail scene is supremely cool and infinitely creative, which, not coincidentally, are two ingredients essential to any of the drinks these places serve.
Whether you’re taking in a stellar view, soaking in the sun’s rays or cheering on your favorite team with hundreds of other fans outdoors, there’s a Kansas City patio seat with your name on it.
One of the most noticeable food trends seen in Kansas City over the last year, has been the increasing number of healthy or clean eats snack bars that also serve fresh fruit- and vegetable-based juices, smoothies and tea.