Well, I might be at Mom 2 Summit Conference in Scottsdale, AZ, at the Phoenecian Resort (don’t feel sorry for me), but since I’m doing a lot of eating here, I thought I’d share some great places to eat if you’re ever in Kansas City, MO. A month ago I spoke at Go Blog Social and, of course, took the opportunity to stuff my face as much as possible while I was there. Turns out the midwest, specifically Kansas City, has a lot to offer in the good food department.
First stop: Extra Virgin
This local spot is known for their unique and delicious tapas style plates. I enjoyed a delicious glass of chardonnay accompanied by more small plates than I could possibly finish alone, good thing I wasn’t eating alone. Some of my favorites were the grilled bread and ricotta, pork belly steamed buns and the poblano mac & cheese. The vibe of the restaurant is hip and modern and if you’re looking for a great, intimate restaurant to enjoy with friends, you can’t go wrong with this one.
Stop Two: The Sundry
I stumbled upon this great local spot in my quest for coffee after I had wrapped up a day of meetings. Known for their farm to table atmosphere, organic food market and chocolate chip coffee cake that will literally leave your mouth watering, The Sundry is a must visit spot when in Kansas City. On “First Friday” (happens on the first Friday of every month) they do a grill out where you can come and enjoy some fresh BBQ at a discounted price, great music and meet some new friends. Be sure to arrive early… it all starts at 5pm and I heard rumors there’s always a line.
Stop Three: Joe’s Kansas City BBQ
Now you can’t visit Kansas City and NOT visit Joe’s. Located at a gas station in the Kansas side of Kansas City, we knew we were in for a treat when we arrived and saw a line already out the door! While I would normally find a 45 minute wait in a line that winds around the restaurant off putting, one look at the plates people were setting down in front of them and you know it’s worth every minute of the wait. Even after we inhaled a ton of BBQ ribs, brisket and pork and rolled our way out, the line was still out the door.
Stop Four: Grinders
When in a new city, one should always meet new friends from said city and ask them the best places to go. If you’re lucky, they’ll take you there and enjoy a meal with you. Food is always better when surrounded by new friends. I don’t think I’ve ever enjoyed tater tots covered in cheese whiz so much. And the pretzel? Don’t even get me started! Eat here, don’t even think twice!
Stop Five: Christopher Elbow Chocolates
After all that meat, my sugar craving was in overdrive. When I heard there was a specialty chocolate spot down the street from the conference I was speaking at, it was a no brainer. We braved the wind (and boy was it windy) and took to the streets in search of chocolate. Since it was First Friday at 5pm, there was a line out the door, but well worth the wait. We got chocolate for $1/piece instead of the regular price. I highly recommend the Strawberry Basil and the Pear.
Stop Six: Mildred’s Coffeehouse
The perfect breakfast stop! From mouthwatering coffee, which is highly important for functioning humans, to their pastries and breakfast sandwiches, Mildred’s has the best vibe. Their staff was friendly, funny and were more than happy to share their favorites to us own of towners. They close at 4pm most days so make sure to pop in before then or you’ll miss out!
Stop Seven: Beer Kitchen
By this time I had been in town for 3 days and consumed more than most people, but Beer Kitchen came recommended by several people I met who lived in the city and it was walking distance from the hotel, so it was a no brainer. When we arrived the place was packed and had an hour and a half wait. Never have I wished I was a recognized food blogger more in my life! I was starving just watching all the plates pass by us from the kitchen. After a minimal wait, we were able to pull up to the bar and order off the full menu. The portions are huge so be prepared to share unless you’re starving and don’t miss out on trying the chicken and waffles, the burger and the build your own mac and cheese. Yes, I did say build your own mac and cheese – people does it even get better than that? #nope I highly recommend this as a must eat which Kansas City, I just recommend calling a head and making a reservation.
Well I don’t know about you, but I’m hungry again and wishing I was in Kansas City to enjoy some midwestern cuisine. That’s the fancy term for good home cooked BBQ. Be sure to check out these local highlights the next time you visit Kansas City and if you haven’t made it there, I suggest a trip because there was way more to do and see and eat than I expected.
Have you been to Kansas City? If I missed a spot you would recommend, be sure to leave a comment.