Best Food & Drink in Kansas City

Fresh, innovative and above all delicious, Kansas City's culinary scene is booming. Discover some of the most popular drinking and dining of the year.

Favorite Restaurant

Rye KC

Winner: Rye

Runners Up: Grünauer, Reserve Restaurant

Favorite Steakhouse

Hereford House

Winner: Hereford House

Runners Up: J. Gilbert's, The Majestic

Favorite Barbecue Restaurant

Winner: Joe's Kansas City Bar-B-Que

Runners Up: Fiorella's Jack Stack Barbecue, Q39

Favorite Fine Dining Restaurant

Pierpont's at Union Station

Winner: Pierpont's at Union Station

Runners Up: Bluestem, Eddie V's Prime Seafood

Favorite Brunch

The Farmhouse

Winner: The Farmhouse

Runners Up: Eggtc., Bristol Seafood Grill

Favorite International Cuisine

Bo Lings

Winner: Bo Lings

Runners Up: Lulu's Thai Noodle Shop, Vietnam Cafe

Favorite Burger Joint

Winner: Westport Flea Market

Runners Up: BRGR Kitchen + Bar, Town Topic

Favorite Pizza Place

Minsky's Pizza

Winner: Minsky's Pizza

Runners Up: SPIN! Neapolitan Pizza, Waldo Pizza

Favorite Food Truck

Crave Food Truck

Winner: Crave of KC Truck

Runners Up: Betty Rae's Food Truck, Jerusalem Cafe Food Truck

Favorite Patio

Winner: Gram & Dun

Runners Up: Harry's Bar & Tables, John's Big Deck

Favorite Bakery

Winner: McLain's Bakery

Runners Up:  André's Confiserie Suisse, Ibis Bakery

Favorite Coffee Shop

Winner: The Roasterie

Runners Up: Black Dog Coffeehouse, Thou Mayest

Favorite Winery

Stone Pillar Winery

Favorite Winery: Stone Pillar Winery

Runners Up: Amigoni Urban Winery, KC Wine Co.

Favorite Brewery

Winner: Boulevard Brewing Co. 

Runners Up: Cinder Block Brewery, KC Bier Co.

Favorite Distillery

Tom’s Town Distilling Company

Winner: Tom's Town Distilling Co.

Runners Up: Holladay Distillery, J. Rieger & Co.

Thousands of votes were cast to help decide the winners of the 2018 Visitors’ Choice Awards, where visitors selected their favorites in Food & Drink, Arts & Entertainment, Attractions, Sports & Recreation, Special Events, Shopping, Accommodations, and Overall Best of Kansas City.

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