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Kansas City pit-masters are a bit like wizards: with dashes of sauce and wisps of wood-smoke, they summon barbecue aficionados from across the world. But tourists aren't the only ones who hunger for their savory-sweet brisket, ribs, and burnt ends??locals do, too. Bethanie Schemel, owner of KC Barbecue Tours, gives both locals and travelers insider's access to the rich history??and deep flavor??of the city's smoked-meat scene through bus-guided food tours.

On these tours, groups visit famed barbecue hot-spots. They also make stops at beneath-the-radar barbecue joints. "We do have a couple smaller places on our tour that we tend to keep a secret because they are the hidden gems that not a lot of people know about," owner Bethanie Schemel told KCTV 5 News. Food isn't the only reason for booking a spot on one of KC Barbecue Tours' expeditions?participants also get a peek at behind-the-scenes preparation techniques, and can ask pit-masters for tips on what type of wood chips to use or how to build a xylophone from leftover rib bones.

1205 E 85th St.
Kansas City,
MO
US

Kansas City Fun Tours visit upwards of 17 locations on every 75-minute tour of the city. Hopefully, among the mix of museums, tourist attractions, architectural sites, and shopping plazas, there will be three or four places that visitors can't wait to explore on their own. That's the challenge—and the reward—of discovering a new city, and Kansas City Fun Tours makes it so sightseers don't have to resort to any truck-stop crystal balls to show them the way.

If the company's primary mission is to convey the lay of the land, its second job is to make the excursions as fun and comfortable as possible. For each tour, passengers hop aboard classic red-and-green trolleys, which are old-fashioned in every way save the air conditioning, cushioned seats, and sound system. As the trolley rolls along, charming guides narrate the entire journey, illuminating the history of Kansas City with facts and local anecdotes that you couldn't hope to find just by digging up the time capsules at a local park.

30 W Pershing Rd Suite 30
Kansas City,
MO
US

With "Comfort is just a spoonful away" as its motto, Pegah's Family Restaurant serves up classic comfort food from a kaleidoscopic menu of breakfast, lunch, and dinner options. The kitchen cooks traditional American dishes, filling plates with the likes of homemade soup, pancakes, reubens, and chicken fried steaks. A red awning welcomes diners into the brightly lit space, so homelike that no one would judge you if you wanted to eat breakfast for lunch or lunch for dessert.

11005 Johnson Dr
Shawnee,
KS
US

With vehicle types available to accommodate anywhere from one to 55 passengers, it's safe to say Trinity Limousine Company has most transportation needs covered. The company's prompt and courteous crew of chauffeurs hop into the drivers' seats of these pristine road ramblers as well as vans, stretch SUVs, and even Rolls Royces and Bentleys, before scooting off to myriad destinations around town to scoop up clients. For their part, all passengers need to do is meet the driver at the appointed time and place, load up belongings such as baggage and cardboard cutouts of celebrities, and then sit back and enjoy the ride as they zip off to destinations such as the airport, Sprint Center, or special events.

PO Box 9102
Mission,
KS
US

If your shady parking spot rests beneath bird-filled trees, or someone scrawled carpetbagger into the inch of road salt on your car window, Travel Clean Express Car Wash can give your vehicle its original off-the-lot luster. With today's Groupon, you'll get Travel Clean's ultimate car wash for $5 (a $12 value). Use your Groupon at Travel Clean's locations in Lee's Summit or Overland Park.

12400 Blue Valley Pkwy
Overland Park,
KS
US

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.

15832 Robinson Street
Overland Park,
KS
US