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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 1,439 Places to Eat in Kansas City
    Tripadvisor Traveler Rating 5 based on 296 reviewsTripadvisor (296)
    $ - $$ |
    1819 McGee St, Kansas City, MO 64108-1817
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  • #2
    Betty Rae's Ice Cream
    #2 of 1,439 Places to Eat in Kansas City
    Tripadvisor Traveler Rating 5 based on 148 reviewsTripadvisor (148)
    $ | American
    7140 Wornall Rd, Kansas City, MO 64114-1331
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  • #3
    Eddie V's Prime Seafood
    #3 of 1,439 Places to Eat in Kansas City
    Tripadvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 189 reviewsTripadvisor (189)
    $$ | American, Steakhouse, Seafood
    700 W 47th St Suite 115, Kansas City, MO 64112-1922
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  • #4
    Q39 - Midtown
    #4 of 1,439 Places to Eat in Kansas City
    Tripadvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 3202 reviewsTripadvisor (3202)
    $ - $$ | American, Bar, Barbecue
    1000 W 39th St, Kansas City, MO 64111-3859
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  • #5
    Seva Cuisine of India
    #5 of 1,439 Places to Eat in Kansas City
    Tripadvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 284 reviewsTripadvisor (284)
    $ - $$ | Indian
    8674 NE Flintlock Rd, Kansas City, MO 64157-1087
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  • #6
    Bluestem
    #6 of 1,439 Places to Eat in Kansas City
    Tripadvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 237 reviewsTripadvisor (237)
    $$ | American
    900 Westport Rd, Kansas City, MO 64111-3147
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  • #7
    Jack Stack Barbecue Freight House
    #7 of 1,439 Places to Eat in Kansas City
    Tripadvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 3788 reviewsTripadvisor (3788)
    $ - $$ | American, Barbecue
    101 W 22nd St Ste 300 Freight House, Kansas City, MO 64108-1954
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  • #8
    Jack Stack Barbecue - Martin City
    #8 of 1,439 Places to Eat in Kansas City
    Tripadvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 915 reviewsTripadvisor (915)
    $ - $$ | American, Barbecue
    13441 Holmes Rd, Kansas City, MO 64145-1445
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  • #9
    Cafe Gratitude
    #9 of 1,439 Places to Eat in Kansas City
    Tripadvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 258 reviewsTripadvisor (258)
    $ - $$ | American, Cafe, Healthy
    333 Southwest Blvd, Kansas City, MO 64108-2020
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  • #10
    Garozzo's Ristorante
    #10 of 1,439 Places to Eat in Kansas City
    Tripadvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 496 reviewsTripadvisor (496)
    $ - $$ | Italian
    526 Harrison St, Kansas City, MO 64106-1262
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  • #11
    Cosentino's Market and Deli
    #11 of 1,439 Places to Eat in Kansas City
    Tripadvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 458 reviewsTripadvisor (458)
    $ | American
    10 E 13th St, Kansas City, MO 64106-2924
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  • #12
    Grunauer
    #12 of 1,439 Places to Eat in Kansas City
    Tripadvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 698 reviewsTripadvisor (698)
    $ - $$ | German, Austrian, European, Central European
    101 W 22nd St, Kansas City, MO 64108-1954
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  • #13
    Jack Stack Barbecue
    #13 of 1,439 Places to Eat in Kansas City
    Tripadvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 1955 reviewsTripadvisor (1955)
    $ - $$ | American, Barbecue
    4747 Wyandotte St, Kansas City, MO 64112-1612
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  • #14
    801 Chop House
    #14 of 1,439 Places to Eat in Kansas City
    Tripadvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 381 reviewsTripadvisor (381)
    $$ | American, Steakhouse
    71 E 14th St, Kansas City, MO 64106-2918
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  • #15
    Beer Kitchen
    #15 of 1,439 Places to Eat in Kansas City
    Tripadvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 623 reviewsTripadvisor (623)
    $ - $$ | American, Bar, Pub
    435 Westport Rd, Kansas City, MO 64111-4956
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  • #16
    La Bodega - Kansas City
    #16 of 1,439 Places to Eat in Kansas City
    Tripadvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 339 reviewsTripadvisor (339)
    $ - $$ | Latin, Mediterranean, Spanish
    703 Southwest Blvd, Kansas City, MO 64108-2124
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  • #17
    Gram & Dun
    #17 of 1,439 Places to Eat in Kansas City
    Tripadvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 919 reviewsTripadvisor (919)
    $ - $$ | American, Bar, Contemporary
    600 Ward Pkwy, Kansas City, MO 64112-2104
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  • #18
    Stroud's Restaurant & Bar
    #18 of 1,439 Places to Eat in Kansas City
    Tripadvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 781 reviewsTripadvisor (781)
    $ - $$ | American
    5410 NE Oak Ridge Rd, Kansas City, MO 64119-2905
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  • #19
    Trezo Mare
    #19 of 1,439 Places to Eat in Kansas City
    Tripadvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 235 reviewsTripadvisor (235)
    $ - $$ | Seafood, Italian, American
    4105 N Mulberry Dr, Kansas City, MO 64116-1638
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  • #20
    Eggtc.
    #20 of 1,439 Places to Eat in Kansas City
    Tripadvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 322 reviewsTripadvisor (322)
    $ - $$ | American, Cafe
    5107 Main St, Kansas City, MO 64112-2742
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