Visitors' Choice Awards


The Visitors’ Choice Awards is an annual program that honors area businesses, murals, fountains and more as traveler favorites, each selected exclusively by voters who live outside the five-county metro region. From nationally renowned barbecue to iconic jazz venues, the awards recognize the best of Kansas City.

Cast your votes for the 2019 Visitors' Choice Awards. As an added incentive, one lucky voter will win a prize package of their own for their contributions.


Best of Kansas City

union station

Winner: Union Station

History both past and present persists in Union Station, an architectural masterpiece that features nearly endless attractions for all to experience.

The 2018 Winners

Arts & Entertainment

  • Favorite Art Museum – The Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art
  • Favorite Art Gallery – Hilliard Gallery
  • Favorite Mural – Lewis & Clark (River Market)
  • Favorite Performing Arts Group – Kansas City Symphony
  • Favorite Nightlife Spot – Crossroads KC at Grinders
  • Favorite Concert/Live Music Venue – Starlight Theatre
  • Favorite Jazz Venue – The Blue Room
  • Favorite Casino – Hollywood Casino at the Kansas Speedway
  • Favorite Gay Bar – Hamburger Mary’s Bar & Grille


  • Favorite Family Friendly Attraction – Science City at Union Station
  • Favorite Free Thing to Do – The City Market
  • Favorite KC Neighborhood – Brookside
  • Favorite Historical Attraction – Union Station Kansas City
  • Favorite Romantic Spot – Country Club Plaza
  • Favorite Place to Snap a Photo – Country Club Plaza
  • Favorite Daytrip – Lawrence, KS

Sports & Recreation

  • Favorite Landmark or Monument – Union Station at Kansas City
  • Favorite Fountain – J.C. Nichols Memorial Fountain (47th & Nichols)
  • Favorite City Park – Loose Park
  • Favorite Golf Course – Shoal Creek Golf Course
  • Favorite Professional Sports Team – Kansas City Royals

Special Events

  • Favorite Family Festival – Kansas City Renaissance Festival
  • Favorite Music Festival – Rockfest
  • Favorite Beer Festival – KC Beer Fest
  • Favorite Art Festival – Plaza Art Fair

Food & Drink

  • Favorite Restaurant – Rye
  • Favorite Steakhouse – Hereford House
  • Favorite Barbecue Restaurant – Joe’s Kansas City Bar-B-Que
  • Favorite Fine Dining Restaurant – Pierpont's at Union Station
  • Favorite Brunch Restaurant – The Farmhouse
  • Favorite International Cuisine – Bo Lings
  • Favorite Burger Joint – Westport Flea Market
  • Favorite Pizza Place – Minsky’s Pizza
  • Favorite Food Truck – Crave of KC Truck
  • Favorite Patio – Gram & Dun
  • Favorite Bakery – McLain’s Bakery
  • Favorite Coffee Shop – The Roasterie Café
  • Favorite Winery – Stone Pillar Winery
  • Favorite Brewery – Boulevard Brewing Co.
  • Favorite Distillery – Tom’s Town Distilling Co.


  • Favorite Shopping Center or District – Country Club Plaza
  • Favorite Local Shop or Store – Made in KC
  • Favorite Local Product or Souvenir – Kansas City Barbecue Sauce
  • Favorite Antique/Vintage Store – River Market Antiques


  • Favorite Hotel, More than 300 Rooms – The Westin Kansas City at Crown Center
  • Favorite Hotel, 300 Rooms or Less – The Raphael Hotel
  • Favorite Inn/Bed & Breakfast – Chateau Avalon