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Dinner by Kansas City Int'l Airport (MCI)?

I'm flying into MCI this Sunday evening from SF and driving down to Joplin. Any suggestions on where I can grab dinner? No restrictions other than a desire to see what the area has to offer.

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  1. How committed are you to staying near the airport? I say that because the KC airport is way, way out of town, on its northernmost fringe. Although there are a number of good restaurants near the airport, they are mostly chains or outposts of local chains with better locations further in. I know someone will argue with that, speaking up for their particular neighborhood favorite. But I think most people would I don't think there is much there that would be considered the best the city has to offer. And especially since you have to drive right through downtown to get to Joplin.

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    1. re: heatherkay

      Let me clarify -- I'll drive to anything so long as it's on my way from KC airport to Joplin. Thanks!

      1. re: heatherkay

        IXTAPA has great mexican and is right off of I-35 and Barry Road (across from Zona Rosa). I also enjoy the Malay Cafe, which is off of Barry Road, east of I-35 in a strip mall with a Pier 1...

      2. Where are you staying? Are you locked into a hotel near the airport?

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        1. re: steveb

          Don't go to Piropos!! I've been there several times with bad experiences and yet gave it a try over and over again. They single handedly ruined my 3rd wedding annniversary. The food was bad, the service was even worse! The server spilled red wine on my new dress, snickered and said, "oops." and walked away. I also ordered the special, which was a lobster and kobe steak combo. It was well-cone, I asked to get a knew one and then the server said there wasn't another one and tough luck and walked off. I give restaurants the benefit of a doubt, but this was ridiculous. This was my 5th bad experience there and have written it off for good.

          1. re: chinkymonkey

            I've only been to Piropos a couple of times, but both times I had good service and excellent food.

          2. re: steveb

            In Joplin. Any suggestions for Joplin?

          3. I have not been to Piropos, but many people rave about it. I understand it is Argentinian food, perhaps someone on this board can comment on it. It is located a mere 13 minutes from the airport (according to Mapquest) in Briarcliff Village Shopping Center. Check out www.piroposks.com
            If you are a dessert eater, check out the Pastery Goddess in the same shopping center. Everything there is great!
            As someone else said, if you are not limited to the airport area, there are many wonderful choices in KC.

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            1. re: amy_rc

              I ate Piropo's two weekends ago and it was the best meal/experience i've had at a KC restaurant. Pricey, but outstanding. I'll be back as soon as possible.

            2. I don't know what time you're coming in, and this is way too easy of an answer if it's not too late, but Arthur Bryant's is about 5 minutes off 71 on your way too Joplin. What KC has to offer is BBQ, and while many would argue about whether Bryant's is *the* place to go, it's no doubt an institution. I was there a few weeks back, and everything was spot on.

              Only problem is they close at 8 on Sunday, and it's possible that, even if you made it at 7, say, you may be getting not the freshest product.

              Beyond that, I second what heatherkay says.

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              1. re: Aaron Deacon

                Thanks! My plans were moved to Monday so I'll definitely go to Arthur Bryant's.

                1. re: Aaron Deacon

                  I went to Arthur Bryant's today. It was delicious! I ordered the rib ends because the lady in front of me ordered it. It was deliciously charred. Even the white sliced bread was nice. The nice was nice and spicy. Is there a hotter sauce?

                  I plan to try Jack Stack's on my way back to the airport.

                  1. re: yehfromthebay

                    Yes, they have a couple sauces, but it's been a while and don't remember details. Someone?

                2. Piropos is great but a little more expensive. But if thats what you are after, Trezo Mare is also in the same area and is a spanish seafood restaurant that is consistantly good. Bo Lings is also close (zona Rosa) and is a well regarded chinese joint that is more casual that the aforementioned but upscale for chinese. In the same shopping center, on the other side is a good Indian Restuarant (www.zonarosa.com). Winsteads hamburgers are also close by. The burgers are razor thin but for some reason I love em. Great shakes and onion rings. Be sure to get a double or triple burger if you go.

                  1. I would agree with Aaron Deacon. Arthur Bryant's or another BBQ restaurant would be the way to go. Jack's Stack is my personal favorite. Try the burnt ends and/or lamb ribs - substitute your fries & coleslaw with the Cheesey Corn Bake and Pit Beans.

                    While I really like some of the aforementioned places - why not try a regional speciality - especially since SF has such ecclectic cuisine but BBQ doen't seem to be one of them.

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                    1. re: Mushroom

                      Wow, that sounds good too! I think I'll hit Jack's Stack on my way back up to the airport.

                    2. I just thought of one place that might be an option. Stroud's a famous fried chicken joint in KC. The late lamented original roadhouse on the south side of town was closed to accommodate a road expansion (!). But they have another location at 5410 NE Oak Ridge Dr, just down the road from the airport.

                      1. I don't think you can go wrong with any of the suggestions. Piropos is excellent (service & food), Arthur Bryants or Jack Stack barbecue (definitely second the rec from Mushroom on what to order if you go to Jack Stack - that's my favorite to) and Stroud's chicken (hope you're not on a cholesterol restricted diet, but it is tasty). I think there is also an Indian restaurant in Zona Rosa but the name escapes me. I heard it's good - maybe someone else knows if that's right?

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                        1. re: pmannon

                          Swagat, I thought it was decent but I wouldn't make that my one KC stop coming from SF.

                          1. re: Aaron Deacon

                            Good point. They probably have better curries in SF anyway or at least more to choose from.

                          2. re: pmannon

                            Swagat's is the Indian Restaurant at Zona Rosa.