Kansas City Trip Guide | Midwest Living

Kansas City Trip Guide

An arts district, an entertainment district and (arguably) the nation's best barbecue are just the start.


Kansas City Power and Light District. Photo courtesy of Kansas City CVB.
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River Market farmers market.
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Where to eat

Arthur Bryant’s Barbeque Come to one of three locations for burnt ends, ribs and sandwiches doused in Bryant’s special sauce. See reviews and ratings. (816) 231-1123; arthurbryantsbbq.com

Bo Ling’s River Market’s award-winning Asian restaurant offers a huge menu, plus seasonal specials. Try the dim sum. See reviews and ratings. (816) 423-8036; bolings.com

Classic Cup Cafe Country Club Plaza shoppers nosh on fluffy buttermilk pancakes, Thai chicken pizza and bread pudding with caramel sauce. See reviews and ratings. (816) 753-1840; classiccup.com

The Farmhouse Simple farm-to-table lunches (and brunches on weekends) star in the trendy River Market neighborhood. See reviews and ratings. (816) 569-6032; eatatthefarmhouse.com

Gates Bar-B-Q Staff greet customers with “Hi, may I help you?” before serving generous portions of signature pork ribs. Eat at six locations around the metro. See reviews and ratings. (816) 923-0900; gatesbbq.com

Jack Stack Barbecue A local chain (there’s one in Country Club Plaza) serves great BBQ and amazing baked beans. See reviews and ratings. (816) 531-7427; jackstackbbq.com

Lidia’s Kansas City North of Union Station, PBS TV chef Lidia Bastianich lends her name (and her recipes) to a menu heavy with authentic Italian fare. (816) 221-3722; lidias-kc.com 

Michael Smith You can easily drop a bundle at the James Beard Award-winning chef’s restaurant, but his tender eight-hour pork roast and green-onion risotto are worth it. (816) 842-2202; michaelsmithkc.com 

Succotash Indulge in plate-size pancakes, just-squeezed juices and fresh ingredients in an artsy setting. See reviews and ratings. (816) 421-2807; succotashkc.com

Where to stay

Hilton President A renovated 1926 landmark lends historical class to the Power and Light District. From $169. (816) 221-9490; presidentkansascity.hilton.com 

Hotel Savoy Hosting guests since 1888, the elegant Savoy is close to the River Market area. Guest rooms feature antiques. From $99, gourmet breakfast included. See reviews and ratings. (816) 842-3575; savoyhotel.net

The Raphael Hotel Billed as Kansas City’s original boutique hotel, The Raphael’s recent renovation balances historical touches with plush amenities. From $179. See reviews and ratings. (816) 756-3800; raphaelkc.com

For information: Kansas City Convention and Visitors Association (800) 767-7700; visitkc.com


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