Weekend in KC, restaurant & bar suggestions?
My boyfriend and I will be in Kansas City for a weekend and are looking for some good places to eat and drink. We are staying downtown but we have a car so location isn't too important.
First of all, BBQ recommendations are of course welcome, though I've seen a bunch of threads on this board already for it so that doesn't have to be the focus. Any other "must try" places? We're on a limited budget so nothing too crazy, under $20ea for dinner, around $10 or under for breakfast/lunch.
Fun neighborhoods to go out at night for drinks? Good bars? We're kind of beer snobs, so any bars that have a good selection of craft/local beer would be great. Any good local brewpubs or breweries to check out? I wanted to do a tour at Boulevard but I guess they book up months in advance. Checked out their website and it doesn't seem they have a tasting room, unfortunately.
I happen to pop over to this thread and wanted to give my "2 cents".
For BBQ in my opinion the first stop on our KC trips is Arthur Bryants then afterwards to some of the other local joints - everyone has their favs.
Also another must have eat for us is Strouds for their fried chicken and fresh cinnamon rolls served with your meal.
For a dive bar with the most amazing wings and BLT sandwiches - OMG - is The Peanut in Quality Hill:
There isn't much in KC for local brewpubs. 75th St Brewery in Waldo and McCoy's in Westport are both good, but I wouldn't classify either as having exceptional food or beer. If you have time, I'd head out to Lawrence and go to Free State Brewery that is quite fantastic in my opinion. Pick up a couple of Growlers to take home with you. I find the selection they have on tap is much larger and unique than 75th St. McCoy's does have some decent seasonal/rare options at times.
Not sure if you'd be in town by 6 on Friday, but if you can make happy hour at Beer Kitchen (also in Westport) you could get both great beer and food for a good price. Even if you don't make Happy Hour, it's still a pretty good place, but I sometimes feel as if I am overpaying.
Westport would probably be a good neighborhood to check out. There are lots of little local restaurants, bars, etc and you can have drinks at one, apps at another, etc.