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. 

The Mixx

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A lunch classic. Fresh and fast, this salads and sandwiches shop sources local ingredients to make meals that are both hearty and healthy. Find it in the Power & Light District, near the Country Club Plaza or in Overland Park

Plowboys Barbeque

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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

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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.

Beer Kitchen

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American comfort food is the name of the game at Beer Kitchen, a Westport gastropub where breakfast is an all-day sort of thing, the burgers are as creative as they are delicious and the mac & cheese options are nearly endless. 

Shio Ramen Shop

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Ramen’s emergence in KC’s dining scene is bolstered by Shio Ramen Shop, a cozy Midtown restaurant that utilizes homemade noodles in a simple, savory menu perfect for lunch any time of the year.  

Happy Gillis

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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. 

Classic Cup Café

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Lunch staples are the standard at the Classic Cup Café, a Country Club Plaza standby. Try anything from the lamb gyro or porcini mushroom ravioli to something lighter, such as soup or a seasonal salad. 

Third Street Social

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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. 

Koko Thai

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Native to the Crossroads Arts District, this popular eatery melds Thai street food with family recipes, resulting in a satisfying fusion of flavor that’s sure to keep you full through no matter what you’re up to.


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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.


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Found in both Crown Center and Overland Park, each visit to this fast-casual establishment is a totally different experience thanks to seasonal, health-conscious ingredients—but count on mainstays such as tacos, burgers and salads to get you through the day.

The Bite

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The City Market specialty blends Mexican and Korean flavors in a one-of-a-kind lunch experience. Plus, with dish names like Señor Chang, Boss Hog and Fresh Off the Boat, how can you resist the temptation to try? 

Johnny's Tavern

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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.


Streetcar Scene: Drink and Dine Down the Line

 With 16 delicious stops, the free and modern transit system connects some of Kansas City’s most diverse culinary offerings.

A Guide to Kansas City's Cultured Cocktail Scene

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.

Enjoy the Outdoors with Great Patios in KC

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.

Refuel with Juice, Tea and KC Clean Eats

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.

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