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Suggestions in Kansas City, near the Plaza?

My wife and I will be in KC next Sunday through Tuesday and looking for suggestions on where to go and what to do. We're staying on the Plaza and if possible want to hit as many places as we can within walking distance, but are willing to hop in the car for something truly spectacular.

We arrive Sunday afternoon and I was thinking we would take in the concert on the plaza with take out from Jack stack, thoughts?

Monday:
Find a good local restaurant for breakfast.
Light lunch around the plaza
Evening dinner - this is the one we will most likely drive to.

Tuesday
Grab lunch before heading back to Saint Paul.

Also any place that specialize in dessert?

I've checked out many posts, but didn't find much around the plaza - It would be great to see your favorites.

Thanks in advance!

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  1. For a nice dinner on the Plaza:
    Starker's Reserve http://www.starkersreserve.com/
    Plaza III www.plazaiiisteakhouse.com
    These are both solid Kansas City restos.
    M&S Grill is a chain owned by McCormick and Schmick's, but their steaks are good and dessert is out of this world. I especially love the Boston Cream Pie and the Red Velvet Cake is supposedly voted the best in KC (I'm not sure by whom). I am a big dessert fan, so I know these things (lol). www.mandsgrill.com

    Baja 600 is fine if you want a quick lunch on the Plaza. Not great authentic Mexican, the food is overall average, but it is inexpensive and quick and if the weather is nice you can sit outside.

    1. I think Jack Stack takeout is a great idea. Breakfast in the Plaza - Classic Cup, really good and it's local. Light lunch around the plaza - lots of choices...you can't go too wrong but something local would be The Mixx which is not right in the Plaza but easy to find. There's a gelato place that has what looks like a great light lunch menu that I'm dying to try. Otherwise you've got the usual suspects...Panera, etc. Oh, there's Eden Alley in the Plaza - vegetarian - great soup, salad, etc., it's local and great. Monday night...need to know more...but off hand I'd suggest Bluestem b/c you just can't go wrong there. Desserts are amazing, too. JJ's is another close to the Plaza to look into. But Bluestem is incredible Tues lunch? Winstead's is a classic, old-fashioned burger/milkshake place just east of the plaza - kind of fun. Or Fred P Ott's for a bigger burger....or Houston's, which is my fave chain EVER. Hope that helps.

      1. For lunch or dinner, our favorite neighborhood place is Aixois at 55th & Brookside, slightly south of the Plaza. Classic French bistro fare. The fish specials are always worth trying. If the weather permits, sit outside to enjoy the passing scene.

        1. I would check out Grand Street Cafe. It's right across from the Plaza, probably walkable from where you will be. It never disappoints.
          I would second The Mixx for lunch.

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          1. re: lwoerther

            The Mixx does look good for lunch - what a great concept, and so simple. I'm sure it will soon be imitated.

            1. re: lwoerther

              Grand Street Cafe also has delicious breakfasts/brunches. Would have to check to see if they serve during the week, though.

              1. re: Jakevol2

                My wife will love that suggestion, wouldn't have known about it otherwise - thanks!