Known for a great many things (see Spanish-inspired architecture and high-end shopping), the Country Club Plaza is home to several incredible patios. Sit in the middle of the action at modern gastropub Gram & Dun, where every dish, from the starters to dessert, is lovingly crafted. To escape the hustle and bustle, chill out with live tunes at Grand Street Café, still on the Plaza but providing an intimate setting for a fine-dining experience.
Skip the white tablecloth and replace it with paper napkins at Slap’s BBQ, a not-so-hidden KCK secret that offers the region’s signature smoky tastes like burnt ends, ribs and a smattering of savory sides. Grab tapas any time of the day at La Bodega—then post up outside and couple it with refreshing sangria. And no trip to Independence is complete without an Italian meal at Café Verona, where you’re invited to dine outside surrounded by fountains and beautiful red brick.