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Goin' to Kansas City

KC Hounds,

Headed to KC next weekend. Staying at the Marriott Downtown (12th St).

Have been a few times before: Majestic Steakhouse, Arthur Bryants, Gates, Jax Stack, Garazzo's.

The crew I'm rolling with will want to keep it fairly mainstream: Italian, Hunks o' Beef, Cal-Ital, Mediterranean, Tapas, BBQ, "American", etc... but I could probably talk them into something exotic if it was really notable.

Pricewise- I'd want to try The American Restaraunt if we could afford it but we need to stay a tier lower than that.

Would like to keep it w/in 10 miles or so of the hotel so the cab fare isn't a zillion dollars.

Snappy Cocktails a must!

thanks!

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  1. You'll be 2 blocks from the Mango Room, 12th and Main. It should have something for all your crew.

    http://www.kansascitymenus.com/mangor...

    1. If snappy cocktails you seek, snappy cocktails you shall have! Try Seven at 7th and Walnut-ish. They feature a martini menu based on the seven deadly sins. I quite enjoyed Wrath, a mostly vodka bloody mary interpretation. Gluttony looked amazing, but it will have to wait until next time. The restaurant morphs into a night club as the evening progresses. In my opinion the drinks are superb, the people watching is great, and the food is very good.

      http://www.seven-kc.com/

      1. Here's my run-down of suggestions for that area (Downtown and Crossroads) and price range-
        Tapas- La Bodega http://www.kansascitymenus.com/labodega/. They have awesome sangria happy hour specials as well.
        Notable and New "American"- Michael Smith's- http://www.michaelsmithkc.com/ Local chef's new restaurant. Highly reccomended to me.
        Not sure about Cal-Ital, but there's Pizza Bella http://www.kansascitymenus.com/pizzab..., certified Italian wood-oven pizzas (more of a lunch kind of place though) and Seven, http://www.seven-kc.com/ more northern Italian, the actual food is a lot better than it sounds on the menu and it's a cool atmosphere even just to grab drinks.
        And my all-time favorite place for drinks: JP Wine Bar http://www.jpwinebar.com/. Wine and scotch flights, tons of other drinks. Enjoy!

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        1. re: lwoerther

          JP also has an excellent small plate menu and fantastic cheese flights (with lots of accessories).

        2. Great info one and all. Keep 'em coming and I'll give a dining report ex post visito.

          1. La Bodega, La Bodega, La Bodega. It has the best Happy Hour and Tapas in the city.
            I'm also a fan of Shiraz (320 SW Blvd) check out the pomegranate hummus. And sneak into Chris Elbow's new place in the a.m. for a cup of coffee and a fine chocolate. The bathroom there is also the spiffiest in town.

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            1. re: goroe

              Is Shiraz even open? We tried going a year ago and it was closed up. Edit: Didn't realize this was an old post until after I hit submit.