My Favorite Things: Kansas City, MO
When I first built our itinerary, Kansas City, MO made geographical sense as place to stay over before continuing on to Kansas and Iowa. (Also, just to be clear, this is Kansas City, Missouri – not Kansas City, Kansas, which also exists.) With the Harry Truman Library and Home only one town over in Independence, it seemed like a wasted opportunity not to at least see Kansas City before we continued on our way. Of course, that was before Madison and her family heard about our detour. (To make a long story short, we’ve been friends with Madison since college and, although she is currently in Indonesia, her parents insisted we stay with them.) This was truly an instance where we got to experience the local side of Kansas City that we otherwise never would have found.
Below find the Clark-style version of the best places to eat if you have twelve hours in Kansas City. Their favorites have now become my favorites.
Weeks before we were scheduled to arrive, Mrs. Clark was already talking about how excited she was to show us Arthur Bryant’s. Pair that with our love of anything barbecue and this was a match made in smoked and sauced heaven. With its somewhat obscure location and walls full of celebrity customers, this place has obviously earned its place in BBQ history. Make sure you come hungry because the portions are huge. (Seriously, we didn’t eat lunch in anticipation and still were barely able to finish.) Based on the sheer amount of restaurants and barbecue options in KC, we probably wouldn’t have found this on our own, but we are so grateful our local guides knew just where to take us.
I’m not going to lie and say that I was super hyped when I heard there was another potential food stop after Arthur Bryant’s. (You remember what I said about the barbecue portion sizes, right?) But, as I’ve learned from enough traveling, when someone is guiding you around their city, you shut up and enjoy the experience. And I am glad I did. Apparently Limeade’s from Winstead’s are a KC staple for the Clarks and I was glad that I found a little bit more room in my stomach. A fizzy concoction with a garnish of sherbet, this is the perfect dessert – even if you think you couldn’t possibly fit another thing.
World War I Memorial
My favorite way to view a city is aerially. I am constantly looking for some sort of hill or tower or any way to get to a higher vantage point. Unbeknownst to me, this was already included in our itinerary. Walking up and around the World War I Memorial was not only a great way to start walking off the BBQ and Limeade, but it also allowed me to look down on a sparkling, light-up KC.
The Big Biscuit
I know that not everyone is a breakfast person, but I am – especially when we have a day full of driving ahead of us. Since stopping to eat breakfast takes time, I am always grading on both how delicious, but also how filling the food is. There is nothing worse than stopping to eat breakfast only to be hungry a few hours later. Thankfully, The Big Biscuit felt like a down-home local joint that was also extremely filling. Their website lists locations in both Missouri and Kansas, so be on the lookout if you’re ever driving through.
If you end up passing through Kansas City (once again - Missouri, not Kansas), make sure you silently thank the Clarks for creating the perfect culinary itinerary.