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Staying in Omaha , Day trip to Kansas City

Hello all,

Next week, I will be taking a trip for a week to Omaha to visit my girlfriend's family. I'm from and an seriously into food. This is my second time in Nebraska and did the Flatiron and Grey Plume my last time in town, among some other smaller spots.

This time I am really looking for some more kitschy and lower end specialties. So any advice would be much appreciated.

I'm also interested in a true Nebraska steakhouse. I like the looks of The Drover.

And we will be taking a day trip to catch a ballgame in Kansas City. I've never been and , of course, will be doing the obligatory BBQ thing. I have read about Oklahoma Joes and that is where I would go, but I know that I've got to get to Arthur Bryants because it's the institution. Does anyone have any other recs for maybe some road food along the way?

Anything else I must do in the MidWest?

Thanks!

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  1. Before replying at KC, is the game a day game or a night game. Are you staying over night and driving back the next day or there and back in one day?

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    1. re: cwdonald

      Sunday day game. driving down to KC in the early AM, checking out the game, then a little sightseeing before heading back at night. Figure for a breakfast on the road, maybe some bbq before the game, then some drinks and a small bite before heading back.

    2. How fancy is Rye? Would it be doable straight from the game? Only looking for maybe a small bite and a drink. Also worth noting for this meal we may be meeting friends with a toddler

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      1. re: Gorp512

        Rye is not fancy - I have not eaten there but have been inside. A little bit of a drive from the ballpark.

        Love the burnt ends at LC's. Best barbecue I have ever eaten.

      2. LC's for burnt ends. The best barbecue KC has to offer. Not too far from the K.

        1. OK Joe's gas station is fantastic and you can hit that up before the game and AB on the way home...been to both and both are great BBQ.

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          1. re: Beach Chick

            OK Joes is not open on Sunday.

          2. Thanks for all the recs! Just found out we will look to hit the plaza after the game so am now looking around there for non-chain drinks and food. I would be content with more bbq. Our anything else noteworthy not to far? Thanks!

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            1. re: Gorp512

              If you want more BBQ, Jack's Stack is down on the Plaza. Decent bbq, and good drinks.

              1. re: cwdonald

                Lamb ribs are good at Jack's Stack.

                1. re: wekick

                  The barbecue and the onion rings are good at Jack Stacks - I really like the beans, too. If you have non-'cue eaters with you, the trout at Jack Stack's is really good, too.

                  On Main, near the Plaza is Glace which has amazing artisan ice cream. Salted pretzel is excellent.

                  1. re: SFLisa

                    Glacé is some of the best ice cream ever.

                    1. re: wekick

                      strongly recommend glace, too.

              2. re: Gorp512

                If you're going to be on the Plaza you are going to be inundated with chain restaurants. One wonderful exception, the Plaza III, a truly great example of an old KC steakhouse. I'd stop in for a drink and a bite before heading back.

              3. Power and light district has some great places to drink in downtown KC.

                www.powerandlightdistrict.com

                1. for kitchy in the O, you have to go to Bohemian Cafe.
                  http://www.bohemiancafe.net/

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                  1. re: bbqboy

                    And not just kitchy... The food is terrific. That's been one of our family's favorite places to eat for several decades. We still go there whenever we're anywhere near to Omaha, although my 91-year-old father complains that few of the waitresses wear those cute little outfits anymore, like they did back in the 50's.

                  2. Super bummed that LC's is closed on Sunday. Definitely hitting AB. What's the next can't miss that is open Sunday?

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                    1. re: Gorp512

                      OK Joes Jack Stack and Gates are all ok ...

                      1. re: cwdonald

                        OK Joes is also closed on Sunday.

                      2. re: Gorp512

                        It will not help you this trip, but LC's is open on Sundays when there is a Chief's home game - too bad not when the Royals play at home.

                        1. re: SFLisa

                          Actually - check out this link http://www.urbanspoon.com/cities/34/r... - the photo of the menu from urban spoon says that LC's is open on Sundays for Royals home games. Yay!

                      3. I had a real bad experience at The Drover. They couldn't understand medium rare and not serving cold steaks. For the money, the steak was tough and full of gristle. I Love Arthur Bryants, Gates is good, also. For Steak in Omaha, I like Brother Sebastian's, Anthony's, and Johnny's Cafe.