A Foodie’s Guide to Kansas City
Eat through Kansas City like a local
Kansas City is forever synonymous with two things: barbecue and steakhouses. While both are absolutely worth tucking into, there’s far more to dining here than meaty pleasures. Below, a handy guide on how to eat your way through the Paris of the Plains in just one day.
Breakfast at Happy Gillis Cafe & Hangout
This casual, homey eatery in Columbus Park is where chef and owner Josh Eans whips up the best breakfasts in town – which happened to be served all-day, too. You can’t go wrong with the classic, best-selling biscuits and gravy. But for a more original take on your morning meal, we recommend the belly-busting breakfast burrito – which is stuffed with chicken, poblano peppers, black beans, corn, and and a sunny egg.
Lunch at Town Topic
This humble-looking burger joint is a city institution that’s adored by the local community. Your best bet is to snag a seat at the counter, and order what else? A burger. But here, request onions on yours. After being grilled on the flat top, they’re pressed into the meat patty, infusing the beef with even more flavor. It’s deeply delicious, and incredibly affordable, too.
Dinner at Bluestem
The spot that cemented the city’s status as a bona fide dining destination, Bluestem remains a must-visit to this day. And that’s because chefs Colby and Megan Garrelts have consistently executed artful cuisine since opening in 2004. The main dining room offers a more formal prix-fixe menu (pick from 3, 5 or 7 courses), while the bar area turns out hearty bites like Spanish meatballs and charcuterie boards.