Oh how well you will eat in Kansas City, Kansas! I enjoyed a tasting of scrumptious eats around the city as a part of a familiarization tour with Visit Kansas City. All opinions are my own, no matter how many times I use the word amazing. 😉 Come along with me and explore these 12 places to eat in Kansas City, Kansas!
The first thing that comes to mind when someone mentions Kansas City and food together is Barbecue. It is so fitting that this is how our tasting of Kansas City began, with a variety of delicious barbecue from distinguished restaurants around Kansas City. Our barbecue buffet was served on the beautiful grounds of Chateau Avalon! (If you are looking for a fun couples getaway, girls night, or mother/daughter time Chateau Avalon is a one of a kind themed boutique hotel experience.)
The array of Barbecue was fantastic with specialty meats, sides, and BBQ sauce from these restaurants famous for their mouthwatering barbecue including:
You will not go wrong with any of the above mentioned BBQ joints, but the Burnt Ends at Slaps BBQ were my number one choice. I enjoyed Slaps so much I already told you all about it. See more here>>> Slaps BBQ.
MeMa’s Old Fashioned Bakery
Find great food done the old fashioned way, from scratch! Known for their Povitica Bread, Cinnamon Rolls, and Apple strudel you will want to try a little of everything. See my full article here>>> MeMa’s Bakery
Krizman’s House of Sausage
Family owned since 1939 Krizman’s House of Sausage has been a tradition for many generations. Though Krizman’s began as a mom and pop style grocery store, what brought lines of people to the store was their amazing sausages and Krizman’s Sausage was born. Krizman’s supply wholesale to restaurants in the area.
But you can still come by their store in Strawberry Hill to purchase sausage, sauerkraut, and more. I am a lover of sausage and sauerkraut and these were little bites of heaven. I even tried…blood sausage! It wouldn’t be my first choice, but I’m proud of myself for trying it. 😉
El Camino Real
If you’re looking for authentic Mexican tacos in Kansas City, Kansas look no farther than El Camino Real!
When I lived in Mexico my friend’s family operated a tortilla factory out of their home. How I love the smell of fresh corn tortillas being made. Watching these tortillas being made fresh right in front of the restaurant took me back!
You won’t find tacos doused in cheese, sour cream, and lettuce, no Tex-Mex tacos here. These are the real deal!
1889 Pizza Napoletana
My favorite foodie experience was a pizza class at 1889 Pizza Napoletana! Now I love pizza as much as most Americans, so I knew this would be fun, but I was completely blown away. I learned so much about the Neapolitan Pizza. Making it was a blast, and eating it was of course the best part! Take the family and try to make it to a class if you can, but the food at 1889 Pizza Napoletana will not disappoint. More on our experience here>>> 1889 Pizza Napoletana Pizza Class
Turn 2 Sports Bar & Restaurant
Turn 2 Sports Bar is located in the upper level of Hollywood Casino at Kansas Speedway. Even if you don’t gamble (I don’t either.) take the time to see some of the interesting museum worthy items displayed such as the dress Judy Garland wore in The Wizard of Oz and a replica of her ruby sippers!
Dining outside overlooking Kansas Speedway at sunset was such a beautiful, romantic experience. I had the opportunity to sample many items from the Turn 2 menu. Everything was incredible. I love appetizers, and I had my fill of wings, nachos, quesadillas, spinach artichoke dip and more. It was all fantastic! The one item however you must not leave Turn 2 without trying is the Boerger’s Burger. Served with lettuce, tomato, fried pickles, bacon, caramelized onions, bourbon barbecue sauce, candied jalapenos, and (wait for it) FRIED CHEDDAR CHEESE! You have to try this!
Kansas City Steak Company Store
At the end of the day you’re going to want some Kansas City food waiting for you when you get home! Stop in the Kansas City Steak Company Store to purchase or order your KC steaks. Growing up in Oklahoma, my father always remembered Kansas City as the place to get a great steak. I love that you can order and have Kansas City steaks sent to your home!
Original Juan’s Specialty Foods Factory Outlet
Creating specialty sauces, salsas, snacks, dips and more, Original Juan’s is a fun place to stop and stock up on all your favorite Kansas City barbecue sauces. Their products have been sold wholesale, retail, and private label since 1998. It is the largest bottling company in the Midwest!
Why, yes, I did! I couldn’t pass up the opportunity to try The Source Hot Sauce. It claims to be the hottest hot sauce, and I had to sign a waiver to try it. Using a toothpick and placing a dot of the sauce on the tongue is all one can handle. I survived! Will you? 😉
I had so much fun eating my way around Kansas City, Kansas! What are your favorite KCK foodie spots?
For more ideas on where to eat in Kansas City, Kansas head over to VisitKansasCityKS.
Marcie W. says
Yum! I have heard amazing things about Kansas City barbecue. I think I could spend my entire visit eating that alone!
Awww yeah. I’m going to have to take a trip to Kansas just to eat the food! I love their barbecue, but I need the rest of this in my life.
Fatima Torres says
El Camino looks like a great place for authentic food. I love a good dish when exploring new areas.
Aduke Schulist says
Yum! Give me all the real tacos. Though tex-mex versions are good too, I prefer the real
I’ve never been to Kansas City, but it sounds like there is definitely a lot of good food to pick from. I love traveling and finding new places to eat!
I could definitely always go for some authentic tacos. I can’t go back to tex mex now that I have had the real thing.
Shannan P says
I am drooling all over my keyboard looking at all that BBQ! I may have to hop the next flight to KC…
Ruth I says
This is a great list! All the food each restaurant offers look great and delicious!
It has been years since I have last visited Kansas. However, I’ll have to keep some of the restaurants in mind for the future!
All of these look seriously awesome! I’ll have to keep this list in mind if I ever get out to visit Kansas and Kansas City.
Shannon Gurnee says
I’ve never been to Kansas before, but these sound like some great places to eat. Plus, can’t go wrong with BBQ!!!
All the places look great, and they seems to serve amazing food. i would like to try them all, beacause I love barbecue, I love pizza, I love burges and tacos…. 🙂
My favourite thing to do when exploring new cities is trying out local restaurants. 1889 Pizza Napoletana sounds like a place I would adore, having had real neapolitan pizza in Naples!
Amy h says
My goal is to visit every state, this is a great list of where to eat for when I get to Kansas! I love BBQ – so I know where I’m going to try first.
Thank you for the recommendations. We’ve never been to that part of the country but would love to go one of these days.
Terri Beavers says
Oh wow, I would love to try all these place, the food looks so good! I would have to say when we visit a new place, we like to eat at the local restaurants.
Excellent suggestions! I’m pretty sure I would make a return visit for more tacos. YUM!