What to Do When You Visit Kansas City
1. KC Beer Tour
This experience turned into so much more than I expected. I love going to local breweries and tasting everything, but I’ve never been too keen on listening to people go on and on about the process in which the beer is made. I just don’t care and would rather buy a flight and call it good.
Heading into this tour I’m not going to lie, I was dreading having to listen to those long talks about hops and bitterness at three different breweries. But as it turns out, there was no beer lecturing!
Let me tell you how the tour went down.
When we purchased out tickets, we were told to meet at Cinder Block Brewery so we could all get into this great, old, green van (you get chauffeured from brewery to brewery which is the best part!). As we stepped into the van we were all given a tasting glass and a yarn necklace with pretzel rings on it (incase we needed a snack while drinking).
The tour included stops at three different breweries: Torn Label Brewing Company, Double Shift Brewing Company and then we ended back at Cinder Block Brewery. We spent about an hour at each place and were given three samples that were included in our ticket price for the tour. The hour of time was usually enough to try all the samples and then choose your favorite and buy a pint. Cinder Block, the last stop, was the only place to have food (I’ll talk more about that below). After drinking beer for a few hours, you definitely want a snack, and our driver, Matt, seemed to be very aware of this, so he made sure to tell us about neighboring places around the breweries if we wanted to grab something quick to eat.
By the time three and a half hours is up you’re sure to have a buzz and have tried some great beers. It was a very fun way to spend the afternoon with friends.
Side note - This was something we bought tickets for ahead of time after finding it online. They can only handle small groups at a time, so if you’re interested I would recommend booking as far in advance as possible.
2. Cinder Block Brewery
Cinder Block Brewery is part of the KC Beer Tour, but I wanted to give it its own shout out because this was our favorite place on the tour. It had the best beers according to our taste buds and it was the only brewery on the tour to have food. The food was to die for. We had the brisket nachos and, wow. The best nachos I’ve ever had.
Cinder Block also had the biggest tap room. They actually had two tap rooms. So there was plenty of room for tours and people who were just in there hanging out.
The best beer, according to me, was the pomegranate cider. I consider myself a beer drinker and typically think ciders are too sweet, but this cider was perfect. Not to mention it was a beautiful pink quartz color.
Cinder Block’s location is a little bit off the beaten path, but it’s worth it.
3. Beer Kitchen
Everyone I asked about where to eat in Kansas City mentioned Beer Kitchen, even Trip Advisor. Its location is awesome because it’s right in the middle of Westport and it’s placed on the corner of an adorable block with a vibe that (I thought) was reminiscent of Europe.
There is a bar in the restaurant, but if you’re headed to this spot you can’t leave without eating. They offer very trendy options from lobster risotto to an organic black kale salad, but also have the comfort food classics like build your own mac and cheese and oven fried chicken.
I indulged in the mac and cheese. They have a huge list of veggies, meats and toppings you can add to make it exactly what you want. I added caramelized onions, spinach and blackened chicken. I wish I could eat that every day.
I know I said this wasn’t a “must go to” list, but this place is a must if you’re in Kansas City.
4. Westport Flea Market
This place is a little different. When we arrived, our friends were already out on town and this is where they told us to meet them. Little did we know we were walking into a bar/restaurant that claims the best burger in Kansas City and has one of the quirkiest atmospheres I’ve ever seen.
This place is a mish mash of super old school décor, an arcade, a bar with forty four beers on tap and a great place for karaoke. Trevor sang karaoke, but only after we chowed down on the classic flea market burger that we had to order and pick up at a window instead of ordering from our waitress. Food Network’s “Meat and Potatoes” was definitely right when they named this burger the best in Kansas City. It was fabulous. Did I mention it came with curly fries?
The website for the Westport Flea Market says it boasts “some of the country’s best made-to-order eats served up with a healthy side of atmosphere, nostalgia, local history, and a stubborn resistance to change.” This couldn’t be more true.
Side note – Going along with its stubborn resistance to change, the Westport Flea Market is cash only. So hit up the ATM before this unique experience.
I’m sure the list of amazing places to go in Kansas City could go on forever, but for my first experience I’d say we chose some pretty fabulous places to make memories!
What are your favorite places in Kansas City??