Visit Story for the "Best American Food" in the city. Culinary expert Chef Carl Thorne-Thomsen is a 2013 James Beard Semifinalist for Best Chef Midwest and The People's Best New Chef: Midwest by the FOOD & WINE magazine.This sophisticated restaurant never leaves a customer disappointed. Well prepared food and top notch service, ensure a truly memorable experience. Try out the Braised Beef Short Ribs. Some other dishes to try here are Flounder and the Sautéed Shrimp.
The fact that this restaurant is next door to a gas station shouldn't deter you from trying some of the best barbecue in Kansas. It is located just over the border from Missouri's downtown KC and is consistently packed with hungry diners devouring plates of smoked meats. Some of the standards include pulled pork, beef brisket, sandwiches and their famous 'burnt ends' (the bits of bark on the brisket). In addition to this original location, there are three others around the state. Check website for full menu and details.
Vegans in Kansas City couldn't have been happier when the city got its first all-vegan bakery and coffeehouse in 2011. The menu at Mud Pie Vegan Bakery and Coffeehouse is certifiably gluten-free and a hundred percent vegan. The place offers a wide variety of cookies, cupcakes, tarts, muffins, and scones, to name a few. Apart from this, they also serve brilliant coffees and teas that give you a fantastic start of the day.
Established in 1954 by the Cascone family, who still own and operate what are now three locations, this restaurant offers a full dinner menu and a cocktail lounge. Etched glass windows at this location create a cozy atmosphere and give diners privacy. The service is excellent. The restaurant offers a full array of appetizing pasta dishes. Although a popular place for intimate gatherings and business luncheons, it is also a place where families feel at home.
A colorful, hip establishment, Blue Koi is one of the best places for Asian fusion food in Kansas City. Especially good are their dumplings (pan fried or steamed), scallion biscuits with awesome sauce (a garlic-y dip that is indeed awesome), and a dish called Ants on a Stick (cellophane noodles tossed with your choice of meat or tofu). They also have many flavors of hot and bubble tea, along with a full bar. This is a great place to come with for a family event or a romantic date. A vibrate part of the 39th Street community, they have art openings every first Friday.
Bright red doors welcome you into sun-filled You Say Tomato, a restaurant serious about serving the freshest, best tasting breakfast and lunch in the most casual atmosphere imaginable. Most of their products are local, organic, and pesticide- and hormone-free. There is a quaint grocery area, but they also use these products to create unique dishes such as the meat and veggie bierocks (sort of like pot pies), a variety of paninis, edamame hummus, quiche, and honey vanilla bean yogurt with mint & berries. This is a great place to relax with coffee and the newspaper in the morning or to bring the family for a delicious, healthy meal.
The Upper Crust Pie Bakery is a renowned pie bakery in Overland Park. Following their family tradition, this bakery doles out delicious goodness which includes seasonal and classics. A specialty spot where pies are loved, you can see the passion in their dishes as you savor them. Cozy and charming, this place is a must for those who have a yen for pies.
Close to the Country Club Plaza, Avenues Bistro offers you a European fine dining experience in Brookside. Lamb meatballs, crispy polenta and shrimp, mussels Alfredo and lemon garlic chicken are some of the small plates you can enjoy. Restaurant classics include delicacies like lobster ravioli, grilled halibut and steak frites. There is also a section of the menu featuring seasonal dishes. Sunday brunch is between 9a and 12p.
Located in the lively Brookside neighborhood, Brooksider Sports Bar and Grill is a local watering hole through and through. This popular sports bar is known for its boisterous ambiance, good food, and great drinks. Since its inception in 1986, the bar has been a favorite hangout spot for many locals. The bar has a number of flat screen TVs so that sports fans can hoot for their favorite team, even as they enjoy potent libations and delicious grilled specials. The food menu is pretty impressive and features a variety of appetizers, soups, salads, burgers, pizza, and sandwiches. There is a fine fare for the little ones as well. The drinks menu is tempting and is priced in a way that you won't settle for one order. This chic establishment is ideal for hosting private parties as well.
Foo's Frozen Custard is better than ice cream. It's thicker, creamier, and richer, and it comes in many different forms. Especially good are the concretes (super frozen custard mixed with any flavor you want) and slurries made with all natural fruit. Flavors include any fruit or nut you can think of, along with chocolate or mint. They also have hot and cold coffee drinks. If you want to wait until after lunch for this great dessert, a lunch menu is available with sandwiches, croissants, wraps, and soups.
With the laidback ambiance of a dive bar, but with the cleanliness and quality food of a nice restaurant, Charlie Hooper’s is one of the most comfortable bars in Kansas City. It’s a good place to watch the game, or just relax with friends. They have daily drink specials (over 100 beers available) and food specials, including the exciting Dog Day, where you can choose from a variety of gourmet hot dogs. One thing that makes them unique is their all-seasons patio, complete with TVs. Catering and event space are available.