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Old 07-15-2013, 06:25 PM
 
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Hey guys, I am gonna be in KC Wednesday headed up to the frozen tundra on Minnesota for a wedding. We are gonna get there in the morning and spend the day and night there. What are the musts for KC? We are dudes in our thirties who are kind of degenerates. We for sure don't want anything classy. What are the bbq joints, burger joints, diners, dives, coffee shops, dive bars that are KC institutions? Good local breweries? Any other entertainment area to walk around other than this Power and Light district?What kind we do in the day? Thanks in advance.
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Old 07-15-2013, 09:29 PM
 
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There are plenty of threads on bbq - we may not want to get started on that topic as it can be long and contentious discussion here in Kansas City. Here is a recent thread : Where to stop for BBQ

The traditional bar/entertainment district is Westport. I would recommend it over P&L, as a more authentic KC destination. It features numerous good bars and restaurants, including one of KC's top Brew Pubs in McCoys (the other being 75th St Brewery in Waldo). The Foundry also has a great beer selection.

Westport is also home to one of the top coffee shops in Broadway Cafe. The new kid on the coffee roasting scene is Oddly Correct, who might be surpassing Broadway as the most highly regarded roaster in the city. They do have a cafe, but their focus is more on the beans than the coffee shop. Many cafes sell their coffee - my favorite is probably the Filling Station on Gillham.

For burgers, the institutions are Town Topic and Winsteads (for thin, greasy, diner burgers) and Westport Flea Market (for a thicker, grilled burger).

The Country Club Plaza is the most unique, signature district in KC. I don't think the selection of restaurants and shops on the Plaza is all that spectacular, especially as it is getting filled with more and more chains, but it is definitely worth taking in for the beautiful architecture and atmosphere.

I know you don't want anything "classy", but you dudes might be interested in checking out the National WWI Museum at Liberty Memorial for a day time activity (or perhaps the Negro Leagues Museum and Jazz Museum at 18th and Vine, or the Nelson Atkins Art Museum if you happen to feel liking getting classy)
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Old 07-16-2013, 03:56 PM
 
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Hey guys, I am gonna be in KC Wednesday headed up to the frozen tundra on Minnesota for a wedding. We are gonna get there in the morning and spend the day and night there. What are the musts for KC? We are dudes in our thirties who are kind of degenerates. We for sure don't want anything classy. What are the bbq joints, burger joints, diners, dives, coffee shops, dive bars that are KC institutions? Good local breweries? Any other entertainment area to walk around other than this Power and Light district?What kind we do in the day? Thanks in advance.

Jack Stack Barbeque

McCoy's Public House Microbrewery in Westport

Lew's Grill and Bar - Waldo

Bazooka's Showgirls

Country Club Plaza

Enjoy KCMO!
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Old 07-17-2013, 01:30 PM
 
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Thanks for the help. We are staying in Westport. This is indeed a good area. Broadway was an excellent coffee shop. I have already spotted McCoy's. We hit that up later. I am surprised at how pretty and non-sterile KC is.
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Old 07-17-2013, 04:51 PM
 
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I am surprised at how pretty and non-sterile KC is.
Most visitors seem to be pleasantly surprised by KC (unfortunately, most have very low expectations). I too enjoy how non-sterile KC can be - I like the funk and grit in some hoods.

Glad to hear you're having a good time so far! If it's not too hot later, I recommend the patio at Harry's in Westport - one of my favorite outdoor drinking spots (they've got pretty good food served late, as well).
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Old 07-17-2013, 05:45 PM
 
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I knew nothing about KC prior to moving here, and have been delighted. I didn't have a negative impression coming in, I simply had no frame of reference whatsoever. It really is one of the best places that I've lived, in terms of being friendly, attractive, and affordable.
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Old 07-21-2013, 07:46 PM
 
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If anybody is interested, KC was great. We went to Arthur Bryant's. It was pretty good. My friends were a little surprised by "Wha chu want boss" they were created with, but I thought it gave the joint a bit if character. McCoy's had pretty good beer. I would like to hit it up again. KC was full of surprises. In am pretty critical.of cities, but I have to admit that I really liked your city. What is up with all the hookah places?
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Old 07-21-2013, 10:20 PM
 
Location: Middle America
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This article from the KC Star's "alternate" press, Ink, is from a few years ago, when the hookah trend really started to get a toehold in KC. It was after the city passed its indoor smoking ban, and hookah lounges fall under the same exemption as tobacco retailers if they don't sell food or liquor, and most of their revenue comes from tobacco sales. So the hookah bars in KC, although they may be attached to Middle Eastern restaurants, operate as separate businesses to fall in the loophole that allows people to skirt the smoking ban. There are even more lounges that have opened since this article was published.

Hookah trend growing among young people | Ink

Most of the people I know who are pretty into the hookah thing are Pakistani and Indian engineers at Sprint and Garmin.
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