Restaurants in Kansas City, MO

Even before New Yorker writer Calvin Trillin declared Arthur Bryant’s BBQ the best restaurant in the world, Kansas City, Missouri, was known as one of the great BBQ cities of America. Developed by pitmasters who came from both Texas and the Deep South, its smoke-pit cuisine includes butter-tender beef brisket as well as meat-laden spare ribs; and sauce in this town is always a big, thick tomato-based deal, ranging from sorghum sweet to incendiary. Kansas City also is the first place to offer the now-popular BBQ delicacy, burnt ends, which is known on some local menus by its older name, brownies. Beyond BBQ, Kansas City is the home of what may be the best fried chicken dinner anywhere, at Stroud’s, as well as some of the heartland’s plushest steaks, at Jess & Jim’s, whose building is lorded over by a huge fiberglass Angus cow.

Kansas City’s Most Famous Dishes

Mountainous sandwich holds pastrami, egg, French fries, cole slaw, and a tomato


Bowl holds a crisp-crusted apple dumpling and a scoop of caramel apple ice cream

Sweet Dumplings

Slice of cherry strudel is topped with white sugar icing.

Cherry Dishes

Burger on a tender bun with lettuce, tomato, onion, and mayo

Grilled Hamburger

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