Top Choice Vegan in Kansas City


A welcome alternative in a meat-mad city, cozy Fud specializes in reinterpreting American classics as organic, gluten-free vegan food. Try the jackfruit BBQ on sourdough or the mac 'n' cheese made with cashew cheese…
Top Choice Modern American in Kansas City


Multiple-award-winning Bluestem has a casual elegance that extends from the bar to the dining room. Many stop into this Westport star just for a fine cocktail and some of the small plates of exquisite snacks (the ch…
Top Choice Barbecue in Kansas City

Arthur Bryant's

Not far from the Jazz District, this famous institution serves up piles of superb BBQ. The sauce is silky and fiery, the staff charming and witty. Get the burnt ends.
Barbecue in Kansas City

Joe's Kansas City Bar-B-Que

This legendary joint is housed in a brightly lit old gas station and is the best reason to cross the state border (it's actually not far from the Plaza). The pulled pork is pleasure on a plate and vegetarians will a…
American in Kansas City

Rieger Hotel Grill & Exchange

One of KC's most innovative restaurants is housed in what was once a humdrum 1915 vintage hotel in the Crossroads Arts District. Today it's been spiffed up to match the creative fare on Howard Hanna's seasonal menu…
Market in Kansas City

City Market

City Market is a haven for small local businesses selling an idiosyncratic range of foods and other items. Ethnic groceries abound and there is a farmers market for regional producers on weekends. Little cafes and g…
Barbecue in Kansas City


This slick joint has fab service, great microbrews and some of the best meats to come off a grill in the region. The spare ribs are the best we've had and the burnt ends are so good, they often run out.
Burgers in Kansas City

Winstead's Steakburger

Cheery servers sling plates of top-notch burgers to families, hungover hipsters and more at this Country Club Plaza institution, which dates to 1940. Don't miss the onion rings and chili.
Barbecue in Kansas City

LC's Bar-B-Q

Just 4 miles east of the Plaza, this unadorned eatery does nothing to distract from KC's best burnt ends.