The fragrance of sizzling burgers and roasting pizzas floods Kanz's City Pizza and Burgerz's wood-paneled dining room. Chefs hand-toss signature pizzas with 13 different toppings such as pepperoni, sausage, and pineapple and pair 8-ounce burgers with freshly cut fries and hand-breaded onion rings. More than 45 types of imported and domestic beer moisten mouths owned by people or cyborgs ages 21 and up. The restaurant regales guests with weekly special events, such as Country Open Jam Night on Wednesdays, video bingo on Thursdays, and live bands at the Lenexa location on Fridays.
Lounging feels perfectly natural at Arabian Clouds. The hookah bar remains open until as late as 3 a.m. throughout the week, encouraging passersby to stop in, gather around the glowing coals of one of the Khalil Mamoon hookahs, and enjoy a round of Arabian coffee or tea with the shisha. The lounge also plays eclectic mixes of pop, hip-hop, rock, and contemporary Arabian music, and guest DJs stop in to perform and energize crowds on the weekends.
The acoustics in Uncle Bo's Live are as smooth as the ambiance. The blues venue hosts singers and performers amid the backdrop of a recycled cobblestone floor, plus woodwork and stained glass that once was in the old governor's mansion. While listening to Grammy and International Blues Society award winners croon, audience members can relax with drinks from the full bar or a menu of barbecue dishes.
For those who can't pry themselves out of their seats until late into the evening, the attached Ramada Downtown boasts guest rooms with a free breakfast buffet.
On weekends, F?tbol Club Eatery & Tap opens at 7:30 a.m.?an unusually early time for most restaurants known for a healthy array of beers on tap and a pub-like atmosphere. But their hours reflect the F?tbol Club's primary passion: to champion the game of soccer at all levels. Surrounded by fellow fanatics and a head-spinning array of soccer memorabilia, fans flock to F?tbol Club on Saturday and Sunday mornings to watch English Premier League games live and nosh on breakfast burritos or biscuits. Domestic soccer is also a big hit, as F?tbol Club often fills to standing-room-only during Sporting KC soccer matches.
Not to be left out of the soccer theme, the menu boasts items such as the Beckham Burger and Buckminster's balls?baked dough garnished with garlic butter and parmesan. When not transfixed by the soccer action on the indoor TVs, guests can head outdoors, where a large porch lets guests air their cleats out in the breeze. F?tbol Club donates 1 percent of all proceeds to local youth soccer clubs.
Creamy potato-bacon or chili? Cream of broccoli or Wisconsin cheese? It can be hard to choose between Gert's Grille's selection of fresh-made soups, even more so once a server reveals the chef's soup of the day. Luckily, there's an option for the indecisive?order a soup mix, which blends together different options like the world's most delicious science experiment. Then just wait for the giant bread bowl to arrive. Combo meals pair these soups with the other stars of Gert's menu: sandwiches. These include reubens piled with a house kraut and top roast-beef sandwiches layered with imported brie cheese.
Two things are missing to complete the Gert's Grille experience. The first: a draft beer or imported bottle from the bar. The second: entertainment, which changes depending on the day. The restaurant's HDTVs show the sport of the moment, while every Tuesday is poker night. Daily drink specials and a beer of the month give patrons even more reasons to return.
Sponsored by the ACF Kansas City Chef’s Association, the annual Best of Kansas City Chefs benefit lets guests meet and taste the signature dishes of the area's best culinary masterminds. This year’s food venues—which range from Jon Russell’s Barbeque to the Dark Horse Distillery—satisfy appetites with samples from some of Kansas City’s best restaurants, and pairs of celebrity chefs—including Kevin Gillespie from Bravo’s Top Chef and multiple James Beard nominee Colby Garrelts of bluestem Restaurant—throw down in epic duels between skillets. During the three-hour event, attendees may also participate in live and silent auctions for a chance to win a BeefEater two-burner grill from event sponsor Smoke 'n' Fire—a prize valued at $800.