THE KANSAS CITY LOCAL: Bailey
WHY YOU SHOULD TRUST HER: Bailey was born and raised in Kansas City and lives in one of its most vibrant communities.
1. Best Street to Wander/Stroll in Kansas City: 47th Street on the Country Club Plaza! A wide street filled with big box stores, hotels and restaurants. The plaza’s architecture draws on that of Seville, Spain, and features fountains, statues and courtyards. It’s especially beautiful on Thankgiving weekend when they turn on all of the Christmas lights!
2. Favorite Bakery or Coffee Shop: The Roasterie. They even have a location where you can tour the factory and see the roasting process.
3. Your Recommended Sunny Day Agenda: Start the day at Liberty Memorial, where you can witness a breathtaking view of Kansas City. For lunch, head to the Nelson Atkins Museum Sculpture Garden with a picnic (and don’t forget to tour the free museum!) In the afternoon, walk to the nearby Country Club Plaza for shopping, happy hour, and dinner.
4. Essential Kansas City Tip: The “main” Kansas City is actually located in Missouri. There is a Kansas City, Kansas as well- just on the other side of State Line Road. Don’t confuse the two!
5. Most Underrated Hidden Gem/Hole-in-the-Wall/Dive Bar: The Belfry, which serves AMAZING food from James Beard winning chef Celina Tio. They also have a fantastic variety of beers and whiskeys.
TRIP ADVISOR’S TOP KANSAS CITY ATTRACTIONS
1. National World War I Museum and Memorial– Thumbs Up! This museum is truly impressive in both collection and presentation. It is designed by the same person that designed the Holocaust Museum in DC. A must see! You may even catch the Senior Curator, Doran Cart, strolling the exhibits!
2. Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art– Thumbs Up! Beautiful inside and out with numerous internationally acclaimed exhibits AND an expansive sculpture garden outside.
3. The Arabia Steamboat Museum– I’m neutral on this one. This museum and the historic story behind the steamboat is interesting, but I wouldn’t go out of my way to see it. There are more exciting things to see and do in KC.
4. Kauffman Stadium– Thumbs Up! Even with the Royals becoming more successful over the past few years, ticket prices to Royals games are still super affordable. Plus, the stadium has outfield fountains, fancy new food concessions, an outfield activity area for kids, AND a craft beer section for adults!
5. Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts– Thumbs Up! The team that designed this building traveled all over the world visiting top-tier concert halls to try to build the perfect performing arts center. I’d say they came pretty close. Both halls are simply gorgeous in design and nearly perfect acoustically. Even if you can’t see a performance, the building is worth visiting to take in its architectural design.
I took a look at the top five restaurants for Kansas City on Yelp, and I’m not fully sure how these restaurants made it to the top! Instead, I polled a few friends and with their help, we compiled our list of favorites. These are true Kansas City local favorites! (The Yelp top rated list included Novel Restaurant, Wings Cafe, Little Freshie, Johnny Jo’s Pizzeria and Vietnam Cafe.)
KANSAS CITY LOCAL FAVORITE RESTAURANTS
1. Joe’s Kansas City BBQ – Anthony Bourdain lists this as one of the top eight places you must eat at in the world before you die! Seriously good BBQ – in a gas station. Must get the fries. And the burnt ends (a Kansas City delicacy consisting of the ends of a smoked brisket).
2. Port Fonda – Darn good Mexican with killer good drinks! Chef Patrick Ryan was recently a semifinalist for James Beard Awards’ Best Chef-Midwest.
3. Cafe Provence – Amazingly authentic and delicious French cuisine!
4. Pierpont’s – Great location in the Crossroads district at Union Station! You can have a delicious meal and see Union Station in one stop.
5. Webster House – The building is an old schoolhouse. Nowadays, there is a shop on the bottom floor and a beautiful restaurant on the top floor. The old library is the bar. The chef specializes in upscale southern cuisine. Get the shrimp and grits and fried green tomatoes!
Photos by Weekends & Wanders