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Best Local Cuisine in Kansas City

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The Jacobson

The Crossroads Arts District is filled with exceptional restaurants and The Jacobson is just another addition to this lively area. The bar/restaurant features American comfort food fused with some new twists, for example, the house burger is topped with a short-rib marmalade, bone marrow butter and crispy onion straws. Moreover, the spot is open for lunch and dinner and also has a wonderful bar that serves hand-crafted cocktails. Check website for complete menu and specials, like their 'Mingle Hour' which runs from 3-6pm and features some delectable small bites.

Kansas City, MO, United States
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Novel

This innovative restaurant that features New American food is an exciting addition to the downtown KC dining scene. The menu is filled with different tastes that you would hardly think of mixing together, like the Pig's Head Ravioli or the Acorn Squash Gnocchi served with chestnuts and cranberries. On occasion, the restaurant offers a prix-fixe dinner with five different courses that include wine pairings. Check website for details and complete menu.

Kansas City, MO, United States
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Arthur Bryant's Barbeque

Kansas City is famous for its barbecue, and this restaurant is one of the reasons why. Arthur Bryant's has been serving up slabs of slow cooked pork and beef since the 1930's. The small building is nothing fancy and resides in a somewhat disreputable part of town, but diners do not necessarily come for the ambiance. Nevertheless, Mr. Bryant has a couple of other locations around town. Casual dining is an understatement here, where guests line up, sometimes waiting up to 30 minutes just to order at the counter. Be sure to order a plate of greasy, delicious fries, and be prepared for huge portions.

Kansas City, MO, United States
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Woodyard Bar-B-Que

This BBQ shack has been featured on several national television shows because of the fact that its ribs, brisket and chili are some of the best in the country. Sandwiches come in your choice of brisket, pulled pork, turkey sausage, ham and burnt ends. Other items include specialty sandwiches, ribs and their famous three-bean chili, which is a luxurious stew topped with burnt ends. Woodyards is in Kansas, just over the border and if you can't make it out here, they also provide catering services.

Kansas City, KS, United States
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Longboards Wraps & Bowls

The owner of this restaurant has spent most of his life outside of KC, in other parts of the world where ingredients are used and fused in innumerable ways. Longboards focuses on the wrap and noodle bowl culture in places like San Diego, Hawaii and the Philippines. Some of the items include salad bowls like the Lumpia Roll Salad, noodle bowls like the Carne Asada and massive grilled wraps. The grilled wraps have names like 'Super-A-Bomb', 'Bad Mofo', 'Samoan', 'Country Boy' and '619'. Each one has myriad items and is absolutely delicious, in fact, the '619' pays homage to San Diego and is filled with steak, shrimp, guacamole, Pepperjack cheese, olives, bacon, a hard-boiled egg, Chipotle ranch and rice, it's definitely one of the best on the menu.

Kansas City, MO, United States
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Fiorella's Jack Stack Barbecue

Fiorella's Jack Stack Barbecue is KC barbecue at its finest. Here at this family owned restaurant, they serve ample quantities of well-seasoned meats prepared in an authentic brick oven. They have two other locations in the city and another in nearby Overland Park. In addition to the ribs, steaks and 'burnt ends', diners will also find seafood and salad alongside chicken or lamb dishes. Since 2000, the restaurant expanded operations and now claim to be one of the best BBQ mail order services in the U.S., try the sampler platter which includes your choice of Ribs or Brisket, sausage, chopped meat and so much more delivered right to your home!

Kansas City, MO, United States
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