If you want a taste of real Kansas City barbecue, head on out to Gates Bar-B-Q and get a bite to eat. Gates opened its doors for business in 1946 and has been making customers happy they did so ever since. Featuring mouthwatering selections such as mutton, chicken, and sausage platters, Gates offers variety that is sure to please everyone at the table. You can also purchase their signature sauces and rubs so you can take the flavor of Gates Bar-B-Q back home to your own kitchen. Gates also offers catering for special events that need to feed 25 or more people. For friendly service and delectable barbecue, you can't go wrong with Gates Bar-B-Q.
Taking a three-hour lunch break might be frowned upon when you're at the office, but not if you work for Taste of Kansas City Food Tours. The company's tour guides specialize in meals on the move, leading groups to nearby restaurants for samples of their specialties. The stops on the walking tour tend to be locally owned eateries located slightly to the left of the mainstream—though they don't shy away from a famous pizza joint or two.
One route takes guests through Crossroads, and the other explores Westport, but both fill the time between bites with facts about the neighborhood and its history. The tastings on each tour might change from day to day, so surprise is the only common ingredient. One thing you can be sure of, however, is that you'll end the afternoon with a full stomach and a stack of clean plates.
Since throwing open their eatery’s doors in 2006, the Wing Busters clan has made it their mission to treat every customer like family. The chefs glaze crispy wings in 46 distinct sauces and seasonings, adding doses of garlic-parmesan, hickory-smoke-barbecue, or incendiary habanero sauce that enables diners to singe their own eyebrows with a single breath. They also craft po' boys and beefy burgers to order, plus down-home sides including jalapeño hush puppies and okra.
After ordering from the counter, guests can mosey over to one of the four-seat tables speckling the snug dining area. Dangling pennants adorn the walls alongside an array of framed pictures, memorabilia-filled shadowboxes, and freshly inspected fire extinguishers.
The Blue Line celebrates all things sports with a menu of pub grub and a draft-beer lineup worthy of hoisting toward the eatery’s flat-screen televisions, which sit above its namesake—a bar emblazoned with a thick, blue line “that shines like new ice,” according to The Pitch. As build-your-own burgers and zesty wings sate hunger, bartenders pour drafts from craft brewers that include Schlafly, Boulevard, and New Belgium until 3 a.m. every night. The menu also contains—albeit barely—the Hat Trick, a burger composed of 1.5 pounds of Angus beef, a fried egg, three kinds of cheese, bacon, veggies, and an onion ring stacked irresponsibly near the top. Each day, the bar’s TVs stream footage of sports games, which are interrupted from time to time by live bands and anti-sports legislation.
Since 1971, the chefs at Winslow's BBQ have been preparing meats ranging from ribs to turkey with a thorough dry-rub and a slow-cook over a hickory pit smoker. Although all of the meats are cooked the same way, not all of them sport the same zesty, housemade barbecue sauce. Homestyle sides, such as creamy potato salad and crispy french fries, accompany each main entree and scare the living daylights out of Mr. Potato Head. Diners can feast amid the dining room's exposed brick walls and black leather booths, or enjoy their meals on the outdoor patio, which is open during the spring and summer months.
Take advantage of the miles of Missouri coastline and get yourself some of the freshest seafood around. Huh? The Missouri Ocean doesn’t ring a bell? No matter! If you feel like treating your taste buds to some premium seafood you won’t be disappointed by this selection. With crab cakes reminiscent of New England and delicious George’s Bank scallops always on the menu deciding on a single plate can be a struggle. Don’t forget to check out Happy Hour when $1 oysters flow in a seemingly endless supply from multiple locales around the continent. If you’ve got a sweet tooth finish off your meal with an indulgent vanilla bean crème brûlée and transport yourself to a tasty paradise.