A good start for eaters seeking the Kansas City barbecue experience. This place once earned the title of best restaurant in the world (though a local bestowed it). Famous faces and politicians visit.
Yes, there is a Kate, but because shes a mere child, shes not in the kitchen of this breakfast-and-lunch venue. Its owned by Kates parents, David and Kelly Hendrix (hes the son of the First Watch co-founder), and Joey Franke, who oversees the kitchen. This restaurant is more appealing than any First Watch, if only because it feels more like an old-fashioned diner. The food is hearty, uncomplicated and inexpensive, while the service is snappy and friendly. The menu ranges from traditional breakfast dishes (omelets, pancakes, biscuits and gravy) to the more creative, such as French toast stuffed with scrambled eggs, melted Cheddar and sausage. There are sandwiches, too - some with light, healthy ingredients and others, like the slider burgers, maybe not as healthy but damn good. — Charles Ferruzza
A comfortable, casual South American-style churrascaria, this restaurant doesnt have a menu. Instead, a single price — about $35 (which doesnt include drinks, dessert or gratuity) pays for as much freshly grilled meat as you want to eat, sliced off a metal rod right at your table by a team of strolling passadores, as well as unlimited trips to a gourmet bar generously stocked with salad items and cold specialties. The meat selection might include roasted chicken, Brazilian sausage, top sirloin, filet mignon wrapped in bacon, lamb, bacon-wrapped turkey, skirt steak and pork ribs. As an alternative to the traditional Kansas City steakhouse, Em Chamas is a distinctly meaty pleasure. — Charles Ferruzza