We were amazed with the amount of unique places to eat in Kansas City, Missouri! Yes, there’s great barbecue. But there’s also SO much more!! In this post, we highlight the yummiest and most fun restaurants in Kansas City.
Between two house sits, we planned a quick trip to Kansas City. As we researched dining options, we realized that there were so many unique places to eat in Kansas City! With only a few days, we did our best to visit as many as we could. Below is our list of favorite Kansas City restaurants.
First things first… when you’re in Kansas City you have to eat barbecue! We did quite a bit of research when we were trying to figure out where to go for our first taste of Kansas City barbecue and the restaurant that kept coming up was Q39. It’s not only considered one of the top restaurants in Kansas City, it’s also considered one of the best places for barbecue.
This was actually our first stop when we got in to Kansas City, and our friendly waiter helped us decide on a few plates. We got two appetizers of bacon wrapped shrimp and macaroni and cheese (both of which were delicious!) and for our main dish we got brisket with burnt ends.
Now, we’ll be completely honest here and say barbecue isn’t our thing. But this brisket is some of the best we’ve ever had. It was juicy, had incredible flavor, and was so tender you could cut it with your fork.
Another one of the best places to eat in Kansas City is Beer Kitchen. We visited this restaurant after a long day of sightseeing, and their food really hit the spot. We also loved their fun and funky decor.
To start we had Cheesy Ancho Corn Dip with chipotle white cheddar and blue corn chips. Wow, this dip was amazing! Then we had the BBQ Creekstone Short Rib with cheddar grits and kale. And finally, the Triple Cheese Grilled Cheese with tillamook-aged cheddar, chipotle white cheddar, provolone, avocado and oven-dried tomato on romano-encrusted sourdough.
Our mouths are watering just thinking about this meal! The cheddar grits were phenomenal and paired well with the short ribs. And the romano-encrusted sourdough of the grilled cheese… heavenly! We savored every bite!
If you’re looking for the best brunch in Kansas City, then The Corner Restaurant is for you! This locally owned eatery serves brunch seven days a week!
During our visit, we ordered an Eggs Benedict. It consisted of two large English muffins, two poached eggs, tomato stewed collard greens, hollandaise, and house made chorizo. We weren’t crazy about the collard greens, but everything else was delicious!
A contender for best breakfast in Kansas City is Room 39. They use seasonal ingredients sourced from local producers, and their menu is constantly changing. We ordered the Brioche French Toast, which had two brioche slices battered in cinnamon-egg custard and was served with bacon and potatoes. We’d never had French Toast with brioche bread before, so we really enjoyed having this dish!
We fell in love with Messenger Coffee Company and think it’s truly one of the most unique places to eat in Kansas City. This multi-floor space serves quality coffee and pastries, all made there in front of customers! We loved how open it was, and thought the stairs were really cool. They even have a rooftop area with an outdoor fireplace!
Seeing (and smelling) the coffee being roasted only added to the experience. There’s also an area where you can see bread and pastries being made. All from your table! If you’d rather a more quiet spot to read, however, you can head to the penthouse level which has extra seating.
For those with a sweet tooth, we recommend Doughnut Lounge. They have the best doughnuts in Kansas City! They have classic doughnuts, but also creative combinations like maple bacon doughnuts and biscuits and gravy doughnuts. We chose the Oreo stuffed doughnut, which had an actual Oreo stuffed inside of it and was topped with vanilla icing and Oreo crumbles. It was amazing!
Another one of the most unique places to eat in Kansas City is The Waffle Bar. Their most popular creation is the Bubble Waffle, a made to order waffle that is rolled into a cone shape and filled with ice cream. You choose the ice cream flavor and add whatever toppings and drizzles you want. The combinations are endless and the final creation makes for great Instagram photos!
The amount of flavorful and mouthwatering food in Kansas City really surprised us. We knew that Kansas City was known for amazing barbecue, but seriously… we had no idea that we’d eat SO well during our short trip. We’d go back just for that grilled cheese alone! So if you love great food, we definitely recommend a visit to Kansas City.
Have you been to Kansas City? Are there any restaurants you’d recommend for our next visit? We’d love to read your comments below! 🙂
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