Hot Spots to Eat in Kansas City

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Happy Monday everyone!

I hope you all had the best weekend! Ours was jam-packed with fun things, including a dinner date to RA Sushi, an engagement party for our close friends, cleaning out closets, followed by a shopping spree (okay, that was just me) and the Jon Pardi + Luke Bryan concert at Sprint Center last night was the cherry on top! I was a little tired when the alarm went off this morning, but it was totally worth it. I’ll be sure to get a good night’s sleep tonight to make up for it — after I watch Bachelor in Paradise, of course. Ugh, I hate that this show is consuming four hours of my life each week, but I just can’t. stop. watching. It’s so entertaining to me. Thankfully, I know a lot of you are watching too, so you won’t judge me. ; )

Anyway, back to the real reason you are here — FOOD IN KANSAS CITY. This post is long overdue, because I get messages on Instagram all the time asking for restaurant recs in KC. I don’t know about you guys, but I am just awful at coming up with ideas on the spot. Last week using the “questions” feature on IG stories, I asked you all to tell me your favorite spots for dinner, drinks, or really anything in KC! I got an overwhelming amount of responses, so I figured it would be best to share them here. This way I can also add to the list in the future as I try new and exciting places or hear about them from you. 🙂

I actually went to the trouble of categorizing them by location (i.e. plaza, Westport, Park Place, Downtown, etc.), which will be especially helpful if you are out of town and not familiar with most of these spots. If I messed up and put something in the wrong group, please let me know! I have lived in the KC area my whole life, but I’m super directionally challenged and struggle with knowing where things are. The first step is admitting it, right?

I also tried to include whether they are a good spot for brunch, lunch/dinner, drinks, etc. based on all of your help!

Here we go!

Country Club Plaza

  • Gram & Dun (awesome patio)
  • Cooper’s Hawk (great food and wine; $$)
  • Tannin Wine Bar
  • Rye
  • Zocalo (Mexican/margs)
  • O’Dowds (good food; rooftop bar)
  • Seasons 52 (fancy; amazing food)
  • Jax (good seafood; rose on tap)
  • Classic Cup (good for lunch)
  • The Oliver
Pizza from Grinder’s Stonewall

Park Place/Leawood/Prairie Village

  • RA Sushi (reasonably priced; good happy hour)
  • The Grille (upscale; great food)
  • North
  • Pig & Finch (grapefruit cocktail)
  • La Bodega
  • Room 39 (Leawood & KCMO)
  • 801 Chophouse
  • The Ainsworth (known for their mac & cheese stuffed cheeseburger)
  • The Mixx – lots of healthy options, great salad bar
  • t.Loft – healthy, casual; bowls, juices, shakes and snacks
  • Caffeteria – great brunch/lunch and dinner options

Downtown Kansas City/Power & Light/Crossroad’s

  • SOT (drinks)
  • Julep (drinks)
  • County Road Ice House
  • Cafe Gratitude
  • iTap (tons of draft beer; can bring in your own food)
  • Nara (sushi)
  • Rockhill Grille
  • Taco Republic (lots of outdoor seating; delicious Mexican)
  • Mission Taco
  • Tom’s Town
  • The Jacobson
  • Boulevard Tavern
  • Milwaukee Deli (great pizza)
  • Ron Rico (Puerto Rican food & best mojitos)
  • Cafe Trio (patio is great for happy hour)
  • Chezelle (for breakfast/brunch – great crepes)
  • Grinders Pizza
  • Extra Virgin (great happy hour)
  • Manifesto (great drinks, candlelit, used to be a speakeasy)
  • Westside Local
  • Il Lazzarone for pizza & draft beer
  • El Patron (Mexican)
  • Manny’s (Mexican)
  • Empanada Madness
  • Los Tules – downtown, great Mexican
  • Corvino’s
  • Ca’Va
  • Brown & Loe
  • Green Lady Lounge (good live music)
  • Ruby Jean Juicery – on Troost
  • Affare (especially for brunch)
  • Bar K (dog park, restaurant & bar)
  • Farmhouse
  • The Russell
  • Extra Virgin
  • Paul & Jack’s Tavern (North KC)
  • Pierpont’s
  • Blue Line – good food, drinks & atmosphere
  • You Say Tomato – good brunch
  • Osteria Il Centro – good food, pasta, wine
  • Beignet –  New Orleans-themed spot serving sweet & savory beignets & crêpes along with classic Cajun dishes
  • Vietnam Cafe – for dinner/iced coffee
  • Trezo Mare – Italian dining
  • Novel – contemporary, American cuisine
  • The Rieger
  • Anton’s — American tavern spotlighting dry-aged steaks & numerous draft beers
  • Nomad’s – coffee & cocktail bar
  • Lidia’s – Italian
Amazing salad from Rockhill Grille!


  • Beer Kitchen — great brunch, lunch & dinner
  • HopCat (good food; rooftop bar)
  • TikiCat (good drinks; cool atmosphere)
  • Brookside Barrio (amazing Mexican, great drinks)
  • Char Bar (good food; outdoor games)
  • Summit Grill (great food; brunch-dinner)
  • Port Fonda (great Mexican; drinks)
  • Bluestem (great drinks & food)
  • McCoy’s
  • Bella Napoli in Brookside
  • Blue Sushi Sake Grill (in Westwood)
  • Pot Pie
  • Aladdin’s
  • Ragazza (for dinner)
  • Artego Pizza
If you make it to Brookside Barrio, do yourself a favor and get the loaded queso.
Whole feast from Brookside Barrio — GET A MARG. THANK ME LATER.

West Bottoms/River Market

  • Voltaire
  • Swordfish Tom’s (Crossroads; for drinks)
  • Antler Room
  • Tribe (River Market)
  • KC Taco Company
  • The Ship – fun for drinks
Brunch at Caffeteria in Prairie Village

South KC (Olathe, Overland Park)

  • Coco Bolo’s (great Mexican food/drinks)
  • Rock ‘n Brews
  • Tavern at Mission Farms / Prairie Village
  • Story
  • K Macho’s (Mexican)
  • Red Door Grill
  • D’Bronx (pizza)
  • Garozzo’s (Italian)
  • J. Alexander’s
  • Jalapeno’s (Mexican)
  • Dolce Bakery
  • McLain’s
  • Sushi UNI
  • Third Street Social (Lee’s Summit)
  • Pearl Tavern (Lee’s Summit; great seafood)
  • Jasper’s Italian Restaurant
Dinner date at Coco Bolo’s! They have AMAZING chips + salsa + guac and margaritas! Honestly, you can’t go wrong with any of their food.

I hope this extensive list helps give you some ideas of new places to try in Kansas City! Even though I was born and raised in this area, it amazes me how many of these places I haven’t tried, or even heard of! We definitely need to get out more. ; ) Thank you all so much for helping me create this list! Like I said, I will try to continually update it as I come across any new hidden gems, and I’m going to try to start crossing some of these off of my list! Please let me know if you try anything new that you found here! 🙂

Have a great week!



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