Kansas Citians have always supported local restaurateurs and these restaurateurs have supported Kansas Citians with great food. You will soon discover why these are some of Kansas City’s iconic restaurants.
Dixon’s Famous Chili, located on Highway 40 in Independence gained exposure to the rest of the world when Life magazine featured a story about frequent customer President Harry Truman and his secret service men’s trip to the restaurant. Dixon ‘s unique Chili is served the same way it was served in 1915 on a plate with beans on the bottom, then the homemade specially seasoned chili meat. Your creativity comes into play next as an array of “chili fixins” including onions; ketchup: cheese and sour cream are available. While you will visit Dixon’s Famous Chili for its unique chili, burgers or all-you-can eat tacos, you will also be impressed with their fast and friendly atmosphere where you can grab a seat at the counter in front of the chili being dished or at a table.
Walking in the door of a Gates Bar-BQue restaurant, you are immediately greeted by a person behind the counter saying “Hi, may I help you?” With three locations in Kansas City, Missouri; one in Kansas, Kansas and one in Leawood, Kansas, your craving for Gates Bar-B-Que can be easily satisfied. Gate’s menu offers barbeques lovers a wide assortment of choices from its sandwiches to its ribs and from its chicken to its beef and sausages that will make you come back for more. Make sure you try all three of Gates’ Bar-B-Que sauce flavors and you will find out why Gates Barbeque is a favorite place for Kansas City barbeque.
Garozzo’s Ristorante has been the Italian restaurant of choice since Michael Garozzo moved to Kansas City in 1989 and opened its first restaurant in Columbus Park, Kansas City’s historic Italian neighborhood. Today, in addition to that the Columbus Park location, there are locations in Lee’s Summit and Overland Park.
A trip to Garozzo’s would not be complete without trying the restaurant’s signature dish, chicken spiedini. The marinated chicken breast that is rolled in bread crumbs, skewed and grilled has become a Kansas City staple.
Since opening in 1975, Ponak’s Mexican Kitchen has served more than 280,000 gallons of margaritas and 6 million tacos. Ponak’s Mexican Kitchens recipes are influenced by the Sonora region of Mexico, steeped in tradition and flavor for hundreds of years. With margaritas on tap, an extensive menu and its friendly casual atmosphere, Ponak’s is as authentic as it gets. On your first visit, you will discover why Ponak’s has been the recipient of many local media awards including the Best Ethnic Restaurant, Best Margarita, Best Tacos and Best Tamales.
Well-known restaurant critic Calvin Trillin’s article about Jess and Jim’s Steak House in Playboy magazine in 1972 brought national fame to the restaurant that had been the “go to” restaurant for Kansas Citians since 1938. While customer service is the backbone of this family-owned business, the prime aged beef steaks that are cut fresh daily continue to be one of Kansas City’s choices for steak. Paying homage to Playboy magazine for honoring them in 2001 as one of the twelve Steakhouses in America, Jess and Jim’s features the Playboy Strip, which is 25 ounces of pure beef goodness. A 30 ounce porterhouse also entices heartier appetites, but for those with smaller apetities try the tender filet mignon, ribeye, sirloin, T-bone, porterhouse or the KC Strip. No matter what you choose, you will soon realize why Jess and Jim’s is known for its steaks.
Coffee roasting is the art of unlocking the quality and flavor of each coffee bean and you soon realize this art has been perfected when you visit the Roasterie Cafes found in Brookside, Leawood and the Factory Café in downtown Kansas City. For the fifth year, the Roasterie Cafes have been voted as the City’s Best Coffee House. Coffee connoisseurs will taste the difference with their first cup of airroasted coffee from the Roasterie. The cafes’ knowledgeable and customer service-focused staff make you feel like you found a home. Pastries, bagels and cookies complement the vast array of coffee, teas and other specialty drink selections. It will be love at first sip.
For more than 80 years, Kansas Citians have flocked to Stroud’s Restaurant & Bar who coined the phrase, “We choke our own chickens.” With locations in Fairway, Overland Park, Independence and North of the River, Stroud’s Restaurant & Bar has been a Kansas City favorite since 1933.
Still locally owned, their vision continues with home cooked family meals in a fun friendly atmosphere. Through the years, Stroud’s has received numerous national awards including the James Beard Award for Excellence and the Zagat Award and has been featured on numerous national television appearances. After your first visit, you will be hooked on the pan fried chicken along with the cottage-fries, green beans, gravy and their mouth-watering cinnamon rolls which accompany all dinner menu items.
When many Kansas Citians think of hamburgers, they think of Winstead’s. A quote in the Wall Street Journal says it all – “They do not sell hamburgers by the billion. You cannot “supersize” your meal. They are a household word only in Kansas City. But Calvin Trillin was right: Winstead’s has the world’s best hamburgers. In addition to Winstead’s original location on the Country Club Plaza, there are locations in Overland Park, Lenexa, Blue Springs, Merriam, Leawood and North Kansas City.
Thin freshly ground steak burgers, courteous fast service are the reason Kansas Citians have continued to be loyal customers along with the French fries, onion rings, chocolate frosty are the reasons you will soon be a Winstead’s devotee. Whether you crave a burger, coffee, Italian food, barbeque, fried chicken, chili or a steak, unbutton the top button of your slacks and get ready to enjoy Kansas City’s iconic restaurants.