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The 10 Best Restaurants In Downtown Kansas City, Missouri
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The 10 Best Restaurants In Downtown Kansas City, Missouri

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Updated: 9 February 2017
Take a trip to Kansas City, Missouri, a city with a vibrant cultural scene famous for its jazz heritage. Downtown Kansas City is a melting pot of different cultures and home to a rich and diverse dining scene. We list 10 of the best restaurants in the area.
Grand Blvd in Downtown Kansas City| © Kcphotoblog/Wikicommons
Grand Blvd in Downtown Kansas City | © Kcphotoblog/Wikicommons
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Blue Koi Noodles and Dumplings

The Chang family owns and operates Blue Koi Noodles and Dumplings, which is home to a wonderful culinary culture. The brightly colored doors and warm, hip atmosphere lure visitors in. In the long, high-ceilinged rooms with big windows and blue walls the busy staff serve some delicious dishes. The most famous is Ants on a Tree, made with cellophane noodles tossed with spiced ground pork, cabbage, carrots, and Northern Chinese dumplings.

1803 W 39th St, Kansas City, MO, USA +1 816 561 5003

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Garozzo’s Ristorante

In 1989, Michael Garozzo founded Garozzo’s Ristorante and the Italian restaurant soon became known for its signature dish, the Chicken Spiedini. Many restaurants have tried to copy it but none of the copies are better than the original.

526 Harrison St, Kansas City, MO, USA +1 816 221 2455

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Nara Japanese Sushi Grill

Nara Japanese Sushi Grill is a stylish Japanese restaurant with a menu that includes a variety of sushi, sashimi, seafood dishes, salad, sandwiches, noodles, stir-fry meals, and desserts. The sushi and sashimi are prepared by master sushi chefs Koji and Fumi and for those who want to learn to make sushi, the restaurant organizes classes.

1617 Main St, Kansas City, MO, USA +1 816 221 6272

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La Bodega

La Bodega is famous for its sociable and tasty tapas and celebrates authentic Spanish culture throughout the restaurant, with fresco paintings on the walls and Spanish tiles decorating the floor. The restaurant also offers a beautiful patio, easy parking, and friendly staff.

703 Southwest Blvd, Kansas City, MO, USA +1 816 472 8272

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Vietnam Café

Before working at Vietnam Café, owner Thanh Son did not know anything about running a restaurant. He didn’t know how to cook or the ins and outs of a restaurant business. In 1992, he immigrated to America and became a simple cook for a fast food Chinese restaurant. In 2001, he and his wife, Huong Lam, bought the restaurant and changed the name to Vietnam Café. The original owner taught him how to cook, and Son believed he could satisfy customers’ needs. He was rights. Currently, the restaurant has no problem attracting large crowds of customers no matter the weather, and according to The Pitch Magazine, the restaurant has the ‘Best Vietnamese Food’ in town. Son uses the best quality ingredients in each dish.

522 Campbell St, Kansas City, MO, USA +1 816 472 4888

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Jack Stack Barbecue

Russ Fiorella opened Jack Stack Barbecue in 1957 as a traditional storefront barbecue with a selection of six items. His son Jack established another branch in a different area. To continue the legacy of the restaurant, Jack and his wife Delores started cooking quality meat over hickory wood and created the most extensive barbecue menu in the country. Currently, the menu includes options such as certified Angus beef steak, fresh seafood, award-winning lamb, hickory pit beans, and cheesy corn bake.

13441 Holmes Rd, Kansas City, MO, USA +1 816 942 9141

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Seva Cuisine of India

Seva Cuisine of India serves up the cuisine of Northern India with a menu that honors centuries of India’s cooking traditions. All ingredients are fresh, flavorful, and wholesome; the vegetables are locally grown and the meat is the finest in town. The spice of the dishes ranges from mild and medium to spicy hot, diners can let the staff know the level of spice preferred. Seva’s entrees may be great, but the wine selection is superb, and features the best local wines in Kansas City.

8674 NE Flintlock Rd, Kansas City, MO, USA +1 816 407 9700

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FuD

FuD is a vegan restaurant which places an emphasis on superfoods and raw living cuisine. The restaurant makes its own cheese and ice cream from cashews, sunflower, and hemp seeds and the twenty-five sauces used every day are made from scratch. This restaurant can accommodate any diet: raw, gluten-free, soy-free, nut-free, and garlic or onion-free. Since there is an emphasis on healthy eating, there is also an emphasis on healthy living. The restaurant incorporates sustainable practices such as fluoride-filtered water, composting, recycling, and using biocompostable to-go packaging.

813 W 17th St, Kansas City, MO, USA +1 816 214 5025

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Lidia’s Restaurant

Although famous for owning four restaurants, writing cookbooks, and producing Emmy award-winning cookery shows, Lidia Bastianich’s eponymous Lidia’s Restaurant is her joy, and it wouldn’t exist without her team. With Executive Chef Dan Swinney’s help, the restaurant has become one of the top culinary destinations in the Midwest. He and Chef Cody Hogan make the most of the beautiful flavors and culture of Italy.

101 W 22nd St, Kansas City, MO, USA +1 816 221 3722

Inside Lidia's Restaurant, Kansas City | Photo Courtesy of Lidia's Restaurant

Inside Lidia’s Restaurant, Kansas City | Photo Courtesy of Lidia’s Restaurant

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Genghis Khan Mongolian Grill

Genghis Khan Mongolian Grill is the oldest and one of the best restaurants in the city. This is the place where locals and tourists can experience original, old country Chinese traditions. The master chef creates clay-pot simmered favorites in the kitchen and since the restaurant is a buffet, patrons can enjoy unlimited soup, crab rangoon, specialty drinks and cocktails. The barbecue spread is amazing too.

3906 Bell St, Kansas City, MO, USA +1 816 753 3600