Kansas City

Restaurants in Kansas City

Yes, it’s OK to think of BBQ when you think of food in this town, but Kansas City restaurants go beyond slow smoked eats. Modern American and international cuisine are well represented at the best restaurants in Kansas City.

James Beard Award-winning chef Colby Garrelts has made Bluestem one of Kansas City’s most sought-after dining destinations. His progressive American food is served in multi-course tasting menus with optional wine pairings. Desserts come from the creative mind of his wife, chef Megan Garrelts, a James Beard Award Semifinalist for Outstanding Pastry Chef.

While many roadside BBQ joints are likely to satisfy your carnivore cravings, Gates and Sons Bar-B-Q is one of the city’s most popular spots and has three locations in Kansas City, where the crowds gather for burnt ends, sliced pork, chicken wings and more sizzling goods.
Head to Café Provence for a taste of French specialties like onion soup, moules mariniéres, escargots and crème caramel. The family-run restaurant, led by chef Philip Quillec, has been a local favorite for more than a decade.

Inside this circa-1920's institution, a snaking line stretches to the door.

Many like Gates for the burnt ends, mixed plate, and fries.

Chef Jonathan Justus, owner of the farm-to-table restaurant, Justus Drugstore in the little town of Smithville, only has to drive a few miles to pick up his Berkshire pig, the most prized pork to hit the tables of Momofuku in New York to Chez Panisse in Berkeley.