It’s impossible to show off the best of Kansas City dining in a single weekend. Actually, you could spend an entire month eating a meal a day at just barbecue restaurants and still not have dined at half of the establishments in town. They don’t call us America’s Favorite City for Barbecue for nothing.
When guests are in town, they’ll no doubt want to sample our famous cuisine. Check out Gates Bar-B-Q and Arthur Bryant’s for old-school tastes. These innovators made KC barbecue what it is today. Get gas station gourmet at Joe’s Kansas City Bar-B-Que, an international sensation thanks in part to the Z-Man sandwich. Nobody can agree on which place is the best, but a local favorite is LC’s Bar-B-Q. With five locations throughout the metro, Fiorella’s Jack Stack Barbecue is great dining no matter where you happen to be.
But barbecue is far from everything here. Kansas City’s booming foodie culture is a full-on phenomenon, with appetites reaping the rewards. Get a taste of the city’s iconic meals, such as the Kansas City strip steak, or try out farm-to-table deliciousness at The Farmhouse. Make Gram & Dun and its inventive menu of new American flavors a must-try.
High-caliber cuisine takes center stage at The Rieger with Chef Howard Hanna at the helm, while James Beard Award winners each run the show at Extra Virgin and Michael Smith Restaurant (Michael Smith); and Bluestem and Rye (Colby Garrelts). Venture into Westport for a one-of-a-kind take on Mexican (and amazing brunch) at Port Fonda.
Lunch and dinner aside, no Kansas City trip is complete without brunch. Try out a mid-morning meal at La Bodega, known for its authentic Spanish tapas menu. Bristol Seafood Grill boasts one of the best brunches in town. The best part? It’s buffet-style. Or make it a boozy brunch by going to Summit Grill & Bar in either Waldo or Lee’s Summit.