Restaurants in Kansas City

Although Kansas City has a famously rich history, it’s most known for its long tradition of jazz and barbecue. And oftentimes, you can find both of these in a single dining experience. But the food and drink scene in KC is so much more that BBQ and tunes. Kansas City restaurants are about as diverse as they come, with selections that represent the city’s many influences and cultures. You’ll be able to find a great deal for a great meal, no matter what you’re in the mood for. Here are some of our favorite restaurant gems in Kansas City.

Best Bar Food

Pig and Finch

Most people at bars consider ordering fried pickles as an appetizer, not seared foie gras. But at Pig and Finch, you can do both. This contemporary restaurant combines American and European influences to please both foodies and folks who just want a burger. And the ambiance is spot on, with a lively patio for people of all ages (and dogs, too!) Here’s a little more about Pig and Finch:



  • Where: 11570 Ash St., Leawood, KS


Best Comfort Fare

Niecies Restaurant


If you’re looking for cooking that reminds you of Grandma’s then you’ve come to the right place. Niecies has been serving up soul food since 1985 that has been passed down through generations. This cafe does it all, serving breakfast, lunch, and dinner in a comfy, diner-style setting. Some of their customer favorites? Only the most authentic of Southern dishes, like plates of fried catfish, barbecue brisket, bowls of beef stew, and of course, homemade peach cobbler.



  • Where: 6441 Troost Ave., Kansas City, MO



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Best Brazilian Food

Em Chamas


You want meat? Oh Em Chamas has meat. The menu includes only the best and most authentic Brazilian wood-fired meat—like top sirloin stuffed with provolone, bacon-wrapped chicken, Brazilian pork sausage, and caramelized pit ham—which they hand carve according to each eater's specified knife angle. Experience only the best South American fare with elegant culinary presentations and the meal of a lifetime at Em Chamas.


  • Where: 6101 Northwest 63rd Terrace, Kansas City, MO


Best Burger Deal

Burger Theory


When it comes to measuring a good burger, descriptions like “juicy,” “tender,” and “chargrilled” are probably what come to mind. However, it's hard to argue with the numbers behind Burger Theory. We think that they speak for themselves.


  • 4,320 create-your-own specialty-burger options.
  • 11728—the address on Northwest Ambassador Drive that Burger Theory shares with the Holiday Inn Kansas City Airport.
  • 26+ craft beers originating around the region and the country.
  • 4–7 p.m.—Burger Theory's daily happy hour.

$40 & Under—what you’ll pay with our amazing Burger Theory deal.


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What Makes the Best Burger?

Order It Medium Rare

“You still get that great char flavor, and the inside is soft and supple. It keeps the juices flowing, and the burger never dries out." -Brad Garoon, the burger-loving blogger of Burger Weekly

Best Bar & Grill

Michael Forbes Bar & Grille

Casual yet delicious: that’s what everyone wants in a local bar and grill. And that’s exactly what Michael Forbes offers in Midtown, Kansas City. The menu includes gourmet American fare, from fried catfish that's deboned tableside to baby-back ribs that are smoked in-house but away from the smoke alarms. At the granite-top bar, barkeepers pour an impressive selection of red, white, and sparkling wines, while servers saunter to cozy booths decorated by black-and-white framed photos of double rainbows over Kansas City.



  • Where: 128 W 63rd St, Kansas City, MO