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Kansas City Trip Guide

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

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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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