Kansas City Restaurants

Kansas City is famous the world over for its barbeque. It all started in the early 1920s, when Henry Perry, the "Father of KC Barbeque," began selling barbeque that he'd cooked in an outdoor pit, wrapped in newspaper. Others emulated Perry's style, and the rest is history. Every local has his or her own favorite joint, but the undisputed "Big Three" of KC barbeque are Arthur Bryant's (1727 Brooklyn Ave.), Gate's (3205 Main St.), and Fiorella's Jack Stack(13441 Holmes Rd., near 135th St.). Though Kansas City barbeque is all slow-smoked, usually over hickory wood, each establishment has its own special recipe for meats and sauce. No matter where you go, make sure you try the KC's defining delicacy: burnt ends (the dry, blackened ends of the brisket).

You won't get stellar service, you won't have to dig very deep—prices range from $8 to $15 at all barbeque joints. The American Royal BBQ Contest (www.americanroyal.com) is a two-day festival held in the West Bottoms neighborhood each October. It's the largest amateur competition of its kind in the world, and it's a great way to sample a lot of local flavor in one stop.

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  • 1. American Restaurant

    $$$$ | Crown Center | American

    Named 2007 Best Chef: Midwest by the James Beard Foundation, Chef Celina Tip serves up a menu priced by course and organized by The Ocean, Land...Read More

  • 2. Arthur Bryant's

    $ | 18th and Vine Historic District | American

    Although there are more than 100 barbecue joints in Kansas City, Bryant's—low on decor but high on taste—tops the list for locals, who don't...Read More

  • 3. Blue Bird Bistro

    $$ | American

    A bright blue facade and yellow door stand as beacons among dignified Victorian homes on this prominent corner just west of downtown. Inside...Read More

  • 4. Californos

    $ | Westport | American

    Try the filet mignon or the grilled salmon with soy vinaigrette at this laid-back restaurant with a California feel in trendy Westport, 10 minutes...Read More

  • 5. Chappell's Restaurant and Sports Museum

    $ | American

    Just north of downtown, Chappell's is best known for meat entrées like the London broil and burgers, but it also serves lighter sandwiches and...Read More

  • 6. EBT

    $$$ | American

    Dishes, including tableside–prepared Caesar salads and parmesan–breaded Chilean sea bass, are offered in what was once the atrium of an old...Read More

  • 7. Jazz

    $ | American

    Traditional Cajun fare mixes with a variety of specialty pastas at this lively and boisterous downtown eatery. Neon lights together with zydeco...Read More

  • 8. Peachtree of KC

    $ | 18th and Vine Historic District | American

    Southern soul food—fried chicken and catfish, crawfish, cornbread dressing and collard greens—is the order of the day at Peachtree's two locations...Read More

  • 9. Westport Flea Market

    $ | American

    Smack-dab in the middle of the aging yet charming flea market that gives it its name, this burger joint and bar is a hang-out for colorful regulars...Read More

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