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Jul 6, 2011 12:36 PM

Kansas City MO at Crown Center, local places to eat nearby?

My husband and I and two friends will be at the Crown Center the first week in August. We were looking for a dinner spot for Saturday night that could be within walking distance or a reasonable taxi ride. Any lunch place would be good too. We aren't looking for chains, prefer hole-in-the-wall places with local flavor! Thanks for the help!

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    1. re: kctraci

      I second Reiger Hotel. Very good and great cocktails.
      Lots of hard surfaces, so def not a "quiet" place.
      Michael Smith would be "quieter." Also tasty.

      Michael Smith
      1900 Main, Kansas City, MO 64108

    2. Some more hole-in-the-wallish/divey/less expensive options would include Southwest Blvd which has lots of hole in the wall Mexican restaurants. I've had a couple of good meals at La Fonda, but everyone seems to have their favorites. Very reasonably priced. Grinders is a bar/restaurant in the Crossroads that has pizza, sandwiches, great beer selection and has a divey atmosphere. Definitely local. All are definitely an easy cab ride, but I've walked from Union Station (across from Crown Center) up to the Crossroads before.

      Lidia's, Jack Stack BBQ, and Grunaur are all restaurants in an old freight house that are within walking distance and are a bit nicer, yet not too fancy.

      I'm not sure if You Say Tomato would be within walking distance, but it would definitely be my recommendation for a very cute brunch/lunch type place. It's casual, but very quirky and has really good food.

      You Say Tomato
      2801 Holmes St, Kansas City, MO 64109

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        1. Blue Bird Bistro and the Westside Local are neighborhood-ly places (in the same neighborhood) not too far from Crown Center. It could be longish walk uphill however, esp. on a hot August day! (The Westside Local does the localvore thing and has a nice beer patio.) They both do lunch and dinner.

          Blue Bird Bistro
          1700 Summit, Kansas City, MO 64108

          The Westside Local
          1663 Summit Street, Kansas City, MO 64108

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          1. re: yooperprof

            Thanks, what great choices to check out!

          2. I would definitely agree with most of the suggestions. Grinders is divey and fun, and really an easy walk. I ate there Saturday night.

            Another fun place nearby is Hamburger Mary's. It's technically a gay bar/restaurant, but not so much at lunch, and has the best sweet potato fries! I've been there with a couple of other women, and saw older people and children there. It has a really nice, friendly, inclusive feeling.

            Jack Stack is my favorite BBQ restaurant in KC. And the Mexican restaurants on Southwest Blvd. are legendary (to us, anyway).

            With those options, you really can't go wrong!

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            1. re: Parrotgal

              Hamburger Mary's has some of the best burgers in town. Sure, the waiters are flaming but who cares when the food is this f-a-a-a-bulous? Plus the bill comes in a fancy stiletto shoe that my female friends always coo over.

              1. re: 2roadsdiverge

                Thanks for the suggestion of Hamburger Mary's, which I referred to 2roadsdiverge for the initial suggestion!

              2. re: Parrotgal

                Hamburger Mary's is a chain, thought she was looking for local places?

                1. re: Irishbeer4me

                  It may be a local chain but not nationwide, sounds like a fun place, kinda like Ed Debevic's in Chicago. Thanks for the suggestion 2roadsdiverge!

                  1. re: ride2eat

                    You are welcome, but it was Parrotgal who suggested it. True, it is a chain, but it is right in the heart of the Kansas City Crossroads district.

                    You said that you are looking for a place for Saturday night the first week of August, so I didn't mention this, but the night before is what is called First Friday. All throughout the Crossroads district on the first Friday of each month, local galleries and artist studios open their doors to the public. There are street performers and food trucks and some really good art.

                    1. re: 2roadsdiverge

                      Sorry, you are correct on the suggestion to Hamburger Mary was first by Parrotgal, you just agreed! Thanks! I wish we could go out on Friday night, we have a club dinner that night, but hey, if the food isn't good we can try out the food in the Crossroads district!

                    2. re: ride2eat

                      Guess you can call it a local chain if you consider, Chicago, Denver, Portland, Orlando, Milwaukee, Hollywood, ect ......... all suburbs of Kansas City!!! lol

                      1. re: Irishbeer4me

                        Well, it is not a chain in Indiana, Ohio or Kentucky. I guess I never saw it when I was in Chicago, Denver, Portland or Orlando. Thanks for letting me know it's not what you consider local.