$ Entrées less than $10
$$ Entrées $10–20
$$$ Entrées more than $20
Best Reason to Not Diet: To resist the crispy fried chicken or authentic Mississippi fried catfish at Peachtree Restaurant ($$), complete with whipped mashed potatoes and homemade macaroni and cheese, is futile. And when you’re asked about dessert, nod, smile, and say “Yes, please!”.
Best Biscuits and Gravy: Happy Gillis ($) dishes up a savory combination of biscuits and seasoned gravy peppered with large chunks of sausage that leaves your belly happy, not leaden.
Best Splurge: Whether you’re spellbound by a plate that resembles a work of art or the breathtaking view of downtown Kansas City, The American ($$$) delivers in more ways than one.
Best Burger: It’s all about the burger in Westport Flea Market’s ($) no-fuss interior, complete with a stocked toppings bar. Yes, you really can have it your way.
Best Dessert: Locally grown ingredients become the ultimate indulgence at Bluestem ($$$), with a sumptuous dessert menu created by pastry chef and co-owner Megan Garrelts.
Best Dining Experience: Towering flames, flying shrimp, and expert chefs are highlights of Gojo Japanese Steak House ($$), a restaurant that’s big on flavor, portions, and mealtime theatrics.
Best Steak: The great steak debate is a favorite local pastime, yet it’s always Plaza III Steakhouse ($$$) that marches to triumph on a bed of juicy, perfectly aged beef.
Best Deal: Write your own coupon (within reason) to redeem at Waldo Pizza ($$) for an affordable meal that gives customers the power to determine their discounts, and rewards them with some of the best pizza in the city.
Best Breakfast: Corner Cafe’s ($) extensive breakfast menu features oversized omelets and giant cinnamon rolls.
Best Reason to Dine Outside of the City: Critically acclaimed food made from locally produced ingredients and served in a low-key, leisurely setting is well worth the 35-minute drive to Justus Drugstore, A Restaurant ($$$).