Guidebook for Kansas City

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Guidebook for Kansas City

Food Scene

Their parmesan fries are AMAZING. Great burgers here, too. This entire neighborhood (Westport) is walkable and very trendy KC.
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Beer Kitchen
435 Westport Road
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Their parmesan fries are AMAZING. Great burgers here, too. This entire neighborhood (Westport) is walkable and very trendy KC.
People will argue all day about the best barbecue in Kansas City, but Q39 has my #1 vote!! I've never had a bad meal there. My favorite is the pulled pork sandwich, and you MUST get their onion straws! They're always busy, so try to go during an off-time (or make a reservation on Yelp).
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Q39 - Midtown
1000 West 39th Street
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People will argue all day about the best barbecue in Kansas City, but Q39 has my #1 vote!! I've never had a bad meal there. My favorite is the pulled pork sandwich, and you MUST get their onion straws! They're always busy, so try to go during an off-time (or make a reservation on Yelp).
Ohhh, this is one of my favorite places to take out of town friends when they visit. It doesn't look like much from the outside, but the food is melt-in-your-mouth delicious. Their Tostitostones with shredded beef is my favorite on the menu!
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Empanada Madness
906 Southwest Blvd
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Ohhh, this is one of my favorite places to take out of town friends when they visit. It doesn't look like much from the outside, but the food is melt-in-your-mouth delicious. Their Tostitostones with shredded beef is my favorite on the menu!
This family-owned restaurant does fried chicken right. They have a few locations in KC now, but my favorite is the old one on Oak Ridge. Each meal comes with some kind of potato (mashed, fries, plenty others), soup or salad, green beans, AND their famous cinnamon buns. Ooh you won't be disappointed! They are generally only open for dinner, FYI.
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Stroud's Oak Ridge Manor
5410 Northeast Oak Ridge Drive
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This family-owned restaurant does fried chicken right. They have a few locations in KC now, but my favorite is the old one on Oak Ridge. Each meal comes with some kind of potato (mashed, fries, plenty others), soup or salad, green beans, AND their famous cinnamon buns. Ooh you won't be disappointed! They are generally only open for dinner, FYI.

Sightseeing

Even if you don't visit the actual museum, this spot has the best view of Kansas City, hands down. It overlooks Union Station with the skyline just behind. Over Memorial Day weekend, the KC Symphony puts on a beautiful concert here with fireworks. It's stunning!
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National WWI Museum and Memorial
2 Memorial Drive
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Even if you don't visit the actual museum, this spot has the best view of Kansas City, hands down. It overlooks Union Station with the skyline just behind. Over Memorial Day weekend, the KC Symphony puts on a beautiful concert here with fireworks. It's stunning!
The Plaza is a Kansas City favorite. There are tons of stores, restaurants, and fountains down there. After Thanksgiving, the Christmas lights there are gorgeous! A must-see.
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Country Club Plaza
4706 Broadway Boulevard
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The Plaza is a Kansas City favorite. There are tons of stores, restaurants, and fountains down there. After Thanksgiving, the Christmas lights there are gorgeous! A must-see.
The Scout has a stunning view of the city and is a great spot for a photo op.
The Scout
The Scout has a stunning view of the city and is a great spot for a photo op.

Parks & Nature

The town of Parkville is super cute, and the parks there don't disappoint. There's also a train that runs through the town, which is always a hit with kids!
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Parkville
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The town of Parkville is super cute, and the parks there don't disappoint. There's also a train that runs through the town, which is always a hit with kids!

Arts & Culture

The architecture in this space is stunning, and we have seen operas and symphony performances here that we loved! It's not cheap, but definitely worth it.
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Performing Arts Center
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The architecture in this space is stunning, and we have seen operas and symphony performances here that we loved! It's not cheap, but definitely worth it.

Essentials

Groceries, etc.
Friendliest grocery store around! Missouri is nice in that here you're allowed to purchase liquor in the grocery store, so it's a one-stop shop. Their customer service also doubles as a post office!
Hy-Vee
207 NE Englewood Rd
Friendliest grocery store around! Missouri is nice in that here you're allowed to purchase liquor in the grocery store, so it's a one-stop shop. Their customer service also doubles as a post office!

Entertainment & Activities

Kansas City's theme park that actually has a theme: "Around the world in 80 days!" There's something for everyone here. Next door is Oceans of Fun, which hosts our big water park.
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월즈 오브 펀
4545 Worlds of Fun Avenue
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Kansas City's theme park that actually has a theme: "Around the world in 80 days!" There's something for everyone here. Next door is Oceans of Fun, which hosts our big water park.
Boulevard is the largest craft beer brewery in the midwest. Their tour is an hour, is FREE, and includes samples... basically why wouldn't you go? But be sure to get there early. They start handing out passes the morning-of, so you have to go by and pick them up in person.
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Boulevard Brewing Tours & Recreation Center
2534 Madison Ave
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Boulevard is the largest craft beer brewery in the midwest. Their tour is an hour, is FREE, and includes samples... basically why wouldn't you go? But be sure to get there early. They start handing out passes the morning-of, so you have to go by and pick them up in person.

Getting Around

Kansas City's adorable trolley opened in 2016 (I think) and is a big hit! It doesn't go very far, but is a great way to see the city.
Kansas City Trolley Company
1100 Broadway
Kansas City's adorable trolley opened in 2016 (I think) and is a big hit! It doesn't go very far, but is a great way to see the city.