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What to Eat in Kansas City

Kansas City is home to some tasty cuisine, including its signature barbecue. In Kansas City, expect everything and anything to be barbecued: basically, no meat is off-limits (chicken, pork, ribs, beef brisket, ham, turkey, sausage and so on). Typically, the meat gets a spice rub treatment and then is slow-roasted over aromatic wood like hickory. Sauces vary by establishment but are usually thick, sweet, spicy and tangy all at the same time. Kansas City natives and travelers say some of the best spots to go are Danny Edwards Boulevard BBQ, Arthur Bryant's Barbeque, Jack Stack Barbecue and Char Bar.

Once you tire of finger lickin' good barbecue, head to one of KC's casual eateries or upscale dining options. The Farmhouse and Providence New American Kitchen receive praise for their affordable prices and farm-to-table fare while Novel and Bluestem restaurants earn rounds of applause for their decadent multicourse prix-fixe meals.

And don't forget about beverages. Kansas City boasts a growing craft beer scene and its hometown brewery, Boulevard Brewing Company, is one of the top brewpub operations in the Midwest. Locals say you should sample the "Thundercloud" – its version of a black and tan with the brewery's dry stout and wheat beers. Julep Cocktail Club, Ca Va and Green Lady Lounge are also lauded for their drink options and sophisticated atmospheres, plus Green Lady is a jazz bar with live performances nightly. 

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  • #1
    Christopher Elbow Artisanal Chocolates
    #1 of 1,651 Places to Eat in Kansas City
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 5 based on 278 reviewsTripAdvisor (278)
    $ - $$ |
    1819 McGee St, Kansas City, MO 64108-1817
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  • #2
    Betty Rae's Ice Cream
    #2 of 1,651 Places to Eat in Kansas City
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 5 based on 126 reviewsTripAdvisor (126)
    $ | American
    7140 Wornall Rd, Kansas City, MO 64114-1331
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  • #3
    Seva Cuisine of India
    #3 of 1,651 Places to Eat in Kansas City
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 276 reviewsTripAdvisor (276)
    $ - $$ | Indian
    8674 NE Flintlock Rd, Kansas City, MO 64157-1087
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  • #4
    Q39
    #4 of 1,651 Places to Eat in Kansas City
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 3076 reviewsTripAdvisor (3076)
    $ - $$ | American, Bar, Barbecue
    1000 W 39th St, Kansas City, MO 64111-3859
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  • #5
    Eddie V's Prime Seafood
    #5 of 1,651 Places to Eat in Kansas City
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 156 reviewsTripAdvisor (156)
    $$ | American, Steakhouse, Seafood
    700 W 47th St Suite 115, Kansas City, MO 64112-1922
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  • #6
    Bluestem
    #6 of 1,651 Places to Eat in Kansas City
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 228 reviewsTripAdvisor (228)
    $$ | American
    900 Westport Rd, Kansas City, MO 64111-3147
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  • #7
    Jack Stack Barbecue - Martin City
    #7 of 1,651 Places to Eat in Kansas City
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 890 reviewsTripAdvisor (890)
    $ - $$ | American, Barbecue
    13441 Holmes Rd, Kansas City, MO 64145-1445
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  • #8
    Jack Stack Barbeque
    #8 of 1,651 Places to Eat in Kansas City
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 3675 reviewsTripAdvisor (3675)
    $ - $$ | American, Barbecue
    101 W 22nd St Ste 300 Freight House, Kansas City, MO 64108-1954
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  • #9
    Grunauer
    #9 of 1,651 Places to Eat in Kansas City
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 677 reviewsTripAdvisor (677)
    $ - $$ | German, Austrian, European, Central European
    101 W 22nd St Ste 200, Kansas City, MO 64108-1954
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  • #10
    Cosentino's Market and Deli
    #10 of 1,651 Places to Eat in Kansas City
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 448 reviewsTripAdvisor (448)
    $ | American, Deli
    10 E 13th St, Kansas City, MO 64106-2924
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  • #11
    Cafe Gratitude
    #11 of 1,651 Places to Eat in Kansas City
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 249 reviewsTripAdvisor (249)
    $ - $$ | American, Cafe, Asian, Healthy
    333 Southwest Blvd, Kansas City, MO 64108-2020
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  • #12
    Garozzo's Ristorante
    #12 of 1,651 Places to Eat in Kansas City
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 475 reviewsTripAdvisor (475)
    $ - $$ | Italian
    526 Harrison St, Kansas City, MO 64106-1262
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  • #13
    Jack Stack Barbecue
    #13 of 1,651 Places to Eat in Kansas City
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 1901 reviewsTripAdvisor (1901)
    $ - $$ | American, Barbecue
    4747 Wyandotte St, Kansas City, MO 64112-1612
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  • #14
    La Bodega - Kansas City
    #14 of 1,651 Places to Eat in Kansas City
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 328 reviewsTripAdvisor (328)
    $ - $$ | Latin, Mediterranean, Spanish
    703 Southwest Blvd, Kansas City, MO 64108-2124
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  • #15
    801 Chop House
    #15 of 1,651 Places to Eat in Kansas City
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 376 reviewsTripAdvisor (376)
    $$ | American, Steakhouse
    71 E 14th St, Kansas City, MO 64106-2918
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  • #16
    Webster House
    #16 of 1,651 Places to Eat in Kansas City
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 291 reviewsTripAdvisor (291)
    $$ | American, Seafood, Contemporary, Wine Bar
    1644 Wyandotte St, Kansas City, MO 64108-1224
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  • #17
    Beer Kitchen
    #17 of 1,651 Places to Eat in Kansas City
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 608 reviewsTripAdvisor (608)
    $ - $$ | American, Bar, Pub
    435 Westport Rd, Kansas City, MO 64111-4956
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  • #18
    Cascone's Italian Restaurant
    #18 of 1,651 Places to Eat in Kansas City
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 258 reviewsTripAdvisor (258)
    $ - $$ | Italian
    3737 N Oak Trfy, Kansas City, MO 64116-2778
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  • #19
    Stroud's Restaurant & Bar
    #19 of 1,651 Places to Eat in Kansas City
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 768 reviewsTripAdvisor (768)
    $ - $$ | American
    5410 NE Oak Ridge Rd, Kansas City, MO 64119-2905
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  • #20
    Eggtc.
    #20 of 1,651 Places to Eat in Kansas City
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 313 reviewsTripAdvisor (313)
    $ - $$ | American, Cafe
    5107 Main St, Kansas City, MO 64112-2742
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