Last month, we were in Kansas City for less than 24 hours, but that didn’t stop us from trying out some of the yummiest food we’ve ever had the pleasure of tasting. With the help of my friend Hannah from Stories About Food, we tracked down the best fare we could find.
Even though we only made it to three places, I can confidently say that all three of these are must eats in Kansas City! They’re that good. So let’s get to it.
Joe’s Kansas City BBQ
If you ever go to KC and don’t eat at Joe’s, we probably can’t be friends. This was hands-down the best BBQ I’ve ever had and possibly one of the best meals in general I’ve ever had. The original restaurant is located inside a gas station on the Kansas side of Kansas City, so of course, that’s the one we went to. The line was winding through the aisles of gum and beef jerky (even though we went in the afternoon – after lunch and before dinner).
At the counter, we ordered a half slab of ribs, the brisket dinner, sides of fries and baked beans, drinks, and of course the Texas toast that comes with every meal. I didn’t think we would be able to finish it all but we devoured it like there was no tomorrow. The brisket was divine, but the true star was the ribs – perfectly smoked, fall-off-the-bone, melt in your mouth deliciousness.
Hannah had mentioned that the fries were amazing, and I couldn’t disagree with that either! It was so difficult to decide what to eat first and what to save for last (we both saved the Texas toast for last, although Colby and I did fight over who would get the last rib). I don’t think either of us said a word the whole time – we couldn’t get enough.
(PS: I might be a little too dressed up to be chowing down on ribs – we came straight from a wedding that morning!)
We got lots of recommendations about where to go for brunch, and after pouring over the websites for half an hour we decided on Beer Kitchen (mostly because Colby could not get his mind off the breakfast enchiladas once he saw them on the menu). He ordered those practically as soon as we walked in the door, and I went for the pork belly & waffles.
They arrived at our table and it was love at first sight. The breakfast enchiladas were stuffed with chorizo, scrambled eggs, green chiles, chipotle cheddar, potatoes, sour cream, salsa verde, and jalapenos – basically Colby’s dream. My cheddar-bacon-chive waffles were topped with two fried eggs and braised pork belly, drenched in Hollandaise sauce and a bourbon maple syrup. Heart eyes, am I right?
Whenever we go to a new city, we always try their most popular ice cream shop because we don’t have one here in Salt Lake (still waiting for someone to fix this extremely important issue). Glace was delicious and I wish we could have stopped by again before we left town!
I was stoked to see they had a bananas foster flavor because that is far and away my favorite dessert, so I of course ordered two scoops on a waffle cone and it was instant bliss. Colby got the peanut butter & chocolate swirl – can’t go wrong with that!
Our time in KC was so short that I feel like we definitely made the most of it, but I wish we could have had more time to try even more delicious food! It just gives us an excuse to go back, right?
Have you ever been to Kansas City? Do you have an ice cream shop in your city that I need to try? Let me know!