Bier Station is a craft beer drinkers paradise, not only because it serves some of the finest craft beers in town, but it also has some insanely good food. The bar has 28 different rotating taps and a few are dedicated to 'session' beers (those with ABV lower than 5%). The menu features innovative twists on traditional classics like the bratwurst topped with Ponzu infused red cabbage and Wasabi mayo or the homemade pretzels served with jalapeno cheddar cheese. One other cool attribute to the bar is their website, they have a real-time tap menu to let drinkers know when their favorite beer is in or out!
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.
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.
Easily accessible from the Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts, Sprint Center and downtown accommodations like the Hotel Phillips, Tannin Wine Bar & Kitchen provides you with an extensive wine list and menu of contemporary American cuisine. The restaurant offers dishes made from the best produce of the season, and you can savor meals like Truffled Wild Mushroom Cream Soup, Butternut Squash Risotto and the Tannin Wagyu Burger. There is a vast assortment of wines is at your disposal, which you can savor by the glass or bottle.
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.
Hi Dive Lounge is another restaurant in the Westport area that continues to impress those on both sides of the Missouri-Kansas border. The kitchen churns out fresh salads, pasta and sandwiches during lunch service and for dinner guests can find pork chops, vegetable kabobs and a wonderful Penne Bolognese. During the week, the bar hosts a few beer drinking trivia nights, so be prepared with your pop-culture knowledge if you find yourself here!
Owned by Michael Smith, perhaps best known for his James Beard award, Extra Virgin has a great tapas list for you to savor. The Mediterranean style menu has dishes like beef heart and gizzard skewers, crispy trotter cakes and duck tongue tacos that you can relish. The French onion soup and grilled oyster mushrooms are also delicious. The patio, which seats 50, is perfect for enjoying a meal and cocktail with friends.
Those who like authentic Italian food savor every bite at this upscale restaurant. Diners would never guess this restaurant is housed in a former freight depot. Many diners come just to see how New York restaurateur Lidia Bastianich has transformed the place. The service is excellent and the Northern Italian entrees, including Lidia's Pasta Tasting, a sample of three seasonal pasta dishes, are mouthwatering. Its charm and elegant atmosphere add an element of romance to an already top-notch setup.
Enjoy a classic American fare in a beautiful setting Anton's. Located in the historic Crossroads Art District of downtown Kansas City, this fine dining restaurant serves lunch and dinner with a focus on locally sourced, farm fresh seasonal ingredients. The bar features an extensive list of artisan beers, handcrafted cocktails, Barley wines, American Strong Ale, India Pale Ale and even gluten-free drinks. A restaurant also features a butcher shop.
For all the entertainment that you needed after a boring day at work, the Crossroads KC at the Grinders provides it all. Friends get together at this intimate setting to enjoy a diverse range of music from reggae to rock, and blues to hip hop. And as the zesty live music sets the ball rolling, the very famous Grinders pizza and chilled beer are an added spice to the delightful experience. A music lovers haven, this hip place definitely turns out to the best entertainer in downtown.
recordBar is one of the liveliest places at Kansas City. The interiors of the bar are embellished beautifully, evoking memories of the past musical maestros. Rock music dominates, and the bar is also a great place to see the local talents perform. The bar features themed DJ nights and live band performances. The menu specializes in Italian cuisine including a variety of sandwiches, pasta and antipasti. A wide variety of wines are available too.