Even before Calvin Trillin declared Arthur Bryant’s to be “possibly the single best restaurant in the world” in a 1974 Playboy magazine article, Kansas City was famous for barbecue. It still is, rightfully so, but in addition to its superb smoke-cooked meats, the Paris of the Plains is home to what may be the single best fried chicken restaurant in this world or any other (Stroud’s), as well as grand, classic soul food (at Niecie’s) and — are you ready for this? — one of our favorite vegetarian restaurants anywhere.
Kansas City's superb vegetarian restaurant, Eden Alley is a big, open dining room (& outdoor patio) staffed with people for whom The Right Food is a mission.
A St. Louis soul food best, Niecie's is a 3-meal-a-day gathering place for regulars and visitors. Chicken & waffles is a specialty. As are pig ear sandwiches.