Explore KCK: A City Guide

Divided by the Missouri River, Kansas City, MO and Kansas City, KS bring us a tale of two cities; each holding its own unique character and story. Kansas City, Missouri is undoubtedly the more famous of the two but Kansas City, Kansas, better known as KCK, should not be overlooked. I’ve spent the last few months scouring the city for all the swoon worthy KCK spots. I hope you’re ready for a run down of delicious food, drink, history, and - because I’m always here to help you do it for the insta - IG worthy murals. Your crash course on KCK starts now.

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don’t worry tourists and kc lovers alike. this wouldn’t be a kansas city guide without bbq, would it?

explore kck: bbq 

  1. Joe’s KC BBQ

    1. Photo Credit: @kc_local (Katie Thompson)

    2. Address: 3002 W 47th Street, Kansas City, KS 66103

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  2. Woodyard Bar-B-Que

    1. Photo Credit: @kansascityfoodiefinds (Ben Fuentes)

    2. Address: 3001 Merriam Lane, Kansas City, KS 66106

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  3. Slaps BBQ

    1. Photo Credit: @kc_local (Katie Thompson)

    2. Address: 553 Central Avenue, Kansas City, KS 66101

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  4. Jones KC Bar-B-Que

    1. Photo Credit: @visitkansascityks (Visit KCK)

    2. Address: 6706 Kaw Drive, Kansas City, KS 66111

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  5. Gates BBQ

    1. Photo Credit: @kc_local (Katie Thompson)

    2. Address: 1026 State Avenue, Kansas City, KS 66102

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  6. Blind Box BBQ - Pending Approval 

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    2. Address: Brand New Location Located Inside Nebraska Furniture Mart

    3. Address: 1601 Village West Parkway, Kansas City, KS 66111

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    Need a caffeine fix?

explore kck: coffee shops

  1. Splitlog Coffee Co. Drive Thru and Cafe

    1. Photo Credit: @kc_local (Katie Thompson)

    2. Address: 548 Central Avenue, Kansas City, KS 66101

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  2. Third Space Coffee

    1. Photo Credit 1: @visitkansascityks (Visit KCK)

    2. Photo Credit 2: @kc_local (Katie Thompson)

    3. Address: 226 Oak Street, Bonner Springs, KS 66012

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  3. Three Bees Pottery and Coffee Shop

    1. Photo Credit: @kc_local (Katie Thompson)

    2. Address: 925 Southwest Boulevard, Kansas City, KS 66103

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explore kck: get outside

  1. Zip KC

    1. Photo Credit: @visitkansascityks (Visit KCK)

    2. Address: 12829 Loring Road, Bonner Springs, KS 66012

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  2. Kayak Kaw Point

    1. Photo Credit: @visitkansacityks (Visit KCK)

    2. Address: 1403 Fairfax Trafficway, Kansas City, KS 66115

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  3. Boulevard Drive-In Theater

    1. Photo Credit: @kc_local (Katie Thompson)

    2. Address: 1051 Merriam Lane, Kansas City, KS 66103

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  4. Rosedale Arch

    1. Photo Credit: @kc_local (Katie Thompson)

    2. Address: Park Drive, Kansas City, KS 66103

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  5. John Brown Statue

    1. Photo Credit: @kc_local (Katie Thompson)

    2. Address: 2899 Sewell Avenue, Kansas City, KS 66104

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  6. Kaw Valley Outlook

    1. Photo Credit: @kc_local (Katie Thompson)

    2. Address: 1403 Fairfax Trafficway, Kansas City, KS 66115

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explore kck: food

  1. 1889 Pizza Napoletana

    1. Photo Credit: @annapetrow (Anna Petrow)

    2. Address: 2876 W 47th Street, Kansas City, KS 66103

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  2. Jarocho - Pending Approval

    1. Photo Credit: Pending 

    2. Address: 719 Kansas Avenue, Kansas City, KS 66105

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  3. Mason Jar

    1. Photo Credit: @kc_local (Katie Thompson)

    2. Address: 941 N 74th Drive, Kansas City, KS 66112

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  4. Blue Sushi Saki

    1. Photo Credit: @kc_local (Katie Thompson)

    2. Address: 4705 Rainbow Boulevard, Westwood, KS 66205

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  5. Tao Tao

    1. Photo Credit: @kc_local (Katie Thompson)

    2. Address: 4308, 1300 Minnesota Ave, Kansas City, KS 66102

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explore kck: imbibe

EXPLORE KCK: IMBIBE


  1. Holy Field Vineyard & Winery 

    1. Photo Credit: @kc_local (Katie Thompson)

    2. Location: 18807 158th Street, Basehor, KS 66007

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  2. Breit’s Stein & Deli

    1. Photo Credit: @kc_local (Katie Thompson)

    2. Location: 412 N 5th Street, Kansas City, KS 66101

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  3. Chicago’s

    1. Photo Credit: @kc_local (Katie Thompson)

    2. Location: 534 Central Ave, Kansas City, KS 66101

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  4.  The Mockingbird Lounge

    1. Photo Credit: @themockingbirdkc (The Mockingbird Lounge)

    2. Location: 204 Orchard St, Kansas City, KS 66101

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  5. Rowe Ridge Winery

    1. Photo Credit: @kc_local (Katie Thompson)

    2. Location: 11255 Leavenworth Rd, Kansas City, KS 66109

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  6. Strawberry Hill Brewery - Coming Soon

    1. Location: 601 Central Ave, Kansas City, KS 66101

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  7. Kaw Point Meadery - Pending - Waiting on Email to Confirm They’ll Still Opening

    1. Location: 613 N 6th St, Kansas City, KS 66101

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explore kck: Murals

  1. Photo Credit: @kc_local (Katie Thompson)

    1. Location: 310 Kansas Avenue, Kansas City, KS

    2. Artist: @evolution_816 (Evolution)

  2. Photo Credit: @kc_local (Katie Thompson)

    1. Location: 554 Central Avenue, Kansas City, KS

    2. Artist: @gregory_kolsto

  3. Photo Credit: @kc_local (Katie Thompson)

    1. Location: 756 Minnesota Avenue, Kansas City, KS

    2. Artist: @qarido (Jose Faus)

    3. Design: @alishagambino

    4. Kansan Printer, 2006. This mural is in the style of WPA murals and shows a printer at a hand press. It was designed with the help of retired printers who worked at the Kansas City Kansan newspaper. It honors the history of the building that housed this community’s newspaper for 80 years in the heart of Downtown.

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explore kck: taco tour

I could list countless amazing tacos spots but for the sake of this article we limited our selection to 7 must try spots.

  1. Taco Republic

    1. I like the photo but I don’t necessarily want to promote their tacos, thoughts?

  2. Carniceria y Tortilleria San Antonio

    1. Photo Credit: @kc_local (Katie Thompson)

    2. Location: 830 Kansas Ave, Kansas City, KS 66105

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  3. El Pollo Rey

    1. Photo Credit: @kc_local (Katie Thompson)

    2. Location: 901 Kansas Ave, Kansas City, KS 66105

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  4. El Camino Real

    1. Photo Credit: @kc_local (Katie Thompson)

    2. Location: 903 N 7th St Trafficway, Kansas City, KS 66101

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  5. El Torito Taqueria & Supermart

    1. Photo Credit: @visitkansascityks (Visit Kansas City, Kansas)

    2. Location: 1409 Central Ave, Kansas City, KS 66102

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BONUS

  1. Bichelmeyer Meats

    1. Location: 704 Cheyenne Ave, Kansas City, KS 66105

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  2. Krizman’s Sausage

    1. Location: 424 N 6th St, Kansas City, KS 66101

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and to wrap this up on a sweet note:

explore kck: Sweet treats

  1. Gus’s Fried Chicken - Pie’s

    1. Photo Credit: @gusfriedchickenkc (Gus’s Fried Chicken)

    2. Address: 2816 W 47th St, Kansas City, KS 66103

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  2. Paleteria Tropicana - Pops

    1. Photo Credit: @annapetrow (Anna Petrow) - any photo you see fit

    2. Address: 151 S 18th St, Kansas City, KS 66102

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  3. Hana’s Donuts

    1. Photo Credit: @kclocaleats (KC Local Eats)

    2. Address: 2131 S 34th Street, Kansas City, KS 66106

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  4. Tao Tao - Dessert Crab Rangoons 

    1. Photo Credit: @kc_local (Katie Thompson)

    2. Address: 4308, 1300 Minnesota Ave, Kansas City, KS 66102

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