Mike’s Travelogue: Kick it in Kansas City with some of the best barbeque around
SPONSORED POST – You know a city is famous for a certain cuisine when you can easily identify it by a potato chip flavor. Such is the relationship between Kansas City and barbeque. The pair is essentially inseparable. So if you want to see Seattle taking on an exciting team with a premier quarterback in one of the louder stadiums in the league, you get to couple it with some of the sauciest and most delicious plates of meat in the whole country.
Before we get to the food, let’s start with where to stay. Remember, there are two KC’s. Kansas City, Missouri and Kansas City, Kansas. But Kansas is more residential while the Missouri city has more attractions (including the stadium). The two cities are very close and almost function like Minneapolis and St. Paul, but in different states. Together, they are in one metro area.
Downtown has a ton of great hotels. For a large, classy experience, the Loews will serve your needs. It has a sleek, modern design and a beautiful indoor pool. You could also check out the Hotel Phillips for a more traditional décor.
If you are looking to get out at night, you may want to look in Westport or the Country Club districts in the southeast corner of the city. The Truitt Hotel is as luxurious as you’ll find but there are also your usual cadre of standard midrange options. Westport is one of the nicer areas of the city so this may be your best bet.
OK. Let’s get to the main event: The barbeque. All great barbeque cities and regions have their own specialty and for Kansas City, it’s sauce. The fun thing about that is it allows you to get your favorite type of meat and then smother it with the ultimate topping.
There are a million options but here are four of the best:
-Jack Stack is probably the most upscale option on the list. If you go, make sure to try the baby back ribs, but the highlight of your meal might be the sides. The cheesy corn is top notch and so are the beans and the onion rings.
-Q39 is the spot for burnt ends. They even do a burnt end burger (what a great idea!) and a burnt end sandwich. It’s a little bit more modern and hip, but don’t let the vibe fool you – the food is A+. And the sides are good too – especially the white bean cassoulet.
-Speaking of sandwiches, if you go to KC Joe’s, you have to try the Z Man sandwich. It’s slow-smoked beef brisket, smoked provolone cheese, topped with two crispy onion rings, on a toasted Kaiser roll. You can also sub out chicken or pulled pork. My friend who lives in the area makes sure to take every visitor here!
-For traditional, casual fare and some of the best brisket around, Gates is your spot. They also have world-renowned sauces. You can go with the original, spicy, or sweet and mild.
Those are four great options but there are literally dozens more. Joe’s, Arthur Bryant, Slap’s and Woodyard are also fantastic. And don’t let anyone tell you not to have BBQ for both lunch and dinner. When are you going to be in Kansas City again???
While the food is the top attraction, it isn’t the only one.
They call it the City of Fountains for a reason. You may know the one in centerfield in Kauffman Stadium, but there are plenty of others. In fact, there are 48 within the city limits and they come on all sorts of varieties. The Carl J Dicapo Fountain is almost like a waterfall with a cool stone backdrop. The Brush Creek Fountains come straight up out of a waterway. The Meyer Circle Seahorse Fountain features (as you might imagine) mythological seahorses on top of a stone pyramid.
The most famous landmark is the Fountain in Mill Creek Mark with its four horsemen that represent the four great rivers of the world. It is stunning. It also underwent a recent renovation which restored the original dolphin statue which had been missing. Don’t worry though, the replacement porpoise sits nearby watching over the situation.
Now that you are full of sauced meats and enlightened by fountain viewing, you should be ready for the main event. Arrowhead Stadium is one of the jewels of the league and one of the few spots that can rival Seattle for sheer noise. In fact, it held the record until Seattle fans went crazy during the most famous seismic run in its history. But Arrowhead eventually got it back, surpassing 142 decibels and reclaiming the world record.
So you can (and should) cheer for your team. But don’t expect to be heard clearly over the din.
Stadium: GEHA Field at Arrowhead Stadium
Stadium Food: Monte Cristo Waffle Sandwich and BBQ Brisket Waffle Sandwich (just replace the bread with waffles!)
Seattle haunt: Sorry