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Jul 16, 2012 04:12 PM

Kansas City weekend - Lots of questions + itinerary check please!

Going to Kansas City for the weekend (from St. Louis) and want to get the few meals I have right. Any suggestions/modifications/additions would be very much appreciated!

BBQ (will hopefully get to at least two of these places):
LC's for burnt ends
Brobeck's for ribs
Oklahoma Joe's

Stroud's for fried chicken

Nicer meal:
-Julian / Bluestem / Justus drugstore
-Which of these do you like? Am I missing something? I'm into more local feel..divey nice even, if that makes sense - i.e. neighborhood type places with excellent food that you wouldn't want an out-of-towner to miss.

Other questions
1. Any unique local sit-down places for cheese/cured meat/wine/light meal or afternoon snack?
2. Bars - again, neighborhood feel, excellent cocktails..?
3. Out of the food realm but figured i'd ask: Jazz places (not corporate/downtown).. places an out of towner might miss..
4. Anything else unique that you would need to bring an out of town food/drink/music lover??

Thank you!

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  1. I would check out the City Market on Saturday morning. It is a mix for sure. There are some interesting permanent shops and restaurants around the periphery.

    1. 1. Westside Local, Local Pig, after 5 RIeger Hotel, Farm Table
      2. After 5, Rieger Hotel, Manifesto, Westport Cafe, The Boot, the Lounge at Bluestem, Grunauer

      1. RJ's Bob-Be-Que in Mission has breakfast on Saturdays and Sundays.

        1. "Haus", which is a nifty German-themed tavern in the Martini Corner district at 31st & Gillham features "Local Pig" sausages on some pretty good pretzel roll buns. Be sure to sample some of the great Boulevard Beers while you're there, too.

          If you're in the Crossroads District, Michael Smith's place "Extra Virgin" has a good cheese plate. Admittedly, it's about as chi-chi as Kansas City gets.

          Oh, if you're not doing Bluestem for your upscale meal, they have a very nice Sunday brunch, surprisingly reasonable!

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          1. re: yooperprof

            Seconding Extra Virgin for your "cheese/cured meat/wine/light meal or afternoon snack". On weekdays from 3-6 they have happy hour with half price on most of their small plates. This includes their cheese plate, but not most charcuterie.

            I'm not sure what chi-chi means, but I eat there most every Friday and often go wearing jeans and a button down shirt. I sit at the bar and have amazing small plate food at very nice prices.

            1. re: 2roadsdiverge

              I have ordered the Charcuterie plate at Le Fou Frog and enjoyed it very much. It would be a natural with wine during happy hour.

          2. "Julian / Bluestem / Justus drugstore"

            Considering your preference for local, neighborhood-type places, I'd go with JULIAN. Bluestem is not far from the Westport neighborhood (and the Plaza), but it doesn't have a local feel. Justus is far out of town. JULIAN is in the heart of the Brookside neighborhood, which is a nice place to walk and explore. None of them are "divey"


            If you want "divey" with good food, check out Swagger in Waldo. Swagger has GREAT burgers and a wonderfully interesting breakfast menu. they also have a terrific beer menu, with many options for beer flights. I love their tempura-battered Suribachi burger.