Kansas City Journals

Kansas City

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A travel journal to Kansas City by Steve S.

Kauffman Stadium Photo, Kansas City, Missouri More Photos
Quote: Kansas City made a name for itself with barbecue and jazz but today you'll find so much more. A city in constant growth with great shopping, sports and history, Kansas City is a great destination for a family vacation!

Kansas City

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Overview

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Depending on your tastes, Kansas City has something for everyone. The Countryclub Plaza area downtown offers wonderful shopping in a number of classy boutiques and fabulous dining options. The home of the Royals and Chiefs, there are great sporting opportunities year round. As mentioned above, Kansas City is a great stop to have mouth watering barbecue and hear fabulous jazz in a number of locations and keep your eye out for concerts and other special attractions that are constantly popping up.Quick Tips: As with any major city, having some idea of direction is a great advantage. Do some research before you head out and pick up a cheap city map that will greatly aid you in finding your ho...Read More

Intercontinental At The Plaza

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Hotel | "Fairmont"

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Recently converted from a Ritz Carlton, the Fairmont is a fine alternative to continue the tradition of extravagance in hotel stays. Located in the Country Club Plaza section of the city and easily accessible from the interstates that run through the city, you''ll find a fabulous old hotel that has been on this site for 50 years. The richly decorated lobby includes a lounge and gorgeous artwork and furnishings. When you reach your room, you''ll find a personal patio/deck and a nicely equipped hotel room. Complete with two desks, three telephones and a marble bathroom with scales and a shaving/makeup mirror you''ll feel pampered. Slip into a heavy terry cloth bathrobe that you''ll find hanging in ...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on April 16, 2001

Intercontinental At The Plaza
401 WARD PARKWAY
Kansas City, Missouri 64112
816 756 1500

KC Masterpiece Barbecue and Grill

Restaurant | "KC Masterpiece Barbecue"

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Located in the opulent Country Club Plaza section of downtown Kansas City, KC Masterpiece Barbecue is the home of the barbecue sauce of the same name. Having the same Spanish architecture on the oustide as the rest of the neighborhood, the spacious interior is definitely unique. With leather booths and a huge mural of celebrity diners, you're likely to feel a personal connection to this restaurant from the moment you step in the door. If you're visiting Kansas City, you're probably aware that the city is famous for its barbecue and this is certainly one restaurant that continues that fine tradition. With everything from barbecue sandwiches to plates piled high with barbecued beef or pork, there is...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on April 16, 2001

KC Masterpiece Barbecue and Grill
4747 Wyandotte
Kansas City, Missouri 64112
(816) 531-3332

Gates Barbecue

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Restaurant | "Gates Bar-B-Q"

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As you walk in the door of Kansas City's most famous barbecue chain, you'll be greeted by chants of "what may I get you?" The Gates' greeting may seem rude to some, but it is a gesture of a longstanding sense of community and appreciation of their customers. The first time visitor to any of the Kansas City locations will find a menu list that may very well seem overwhelming. Ranging from pork barbecue on a bun to sides of ribs, nothing at Gates' can be considered a poor choice. The barbecue is smothered in the world famous Gates' sauce and the meat is so tender and flavorful that it literally falls off the bone. For those looking for a spicy flavor, Gates' hot sauce has won many an interna...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on September 20, 2001

Gates Barbecue
3201 Main St
Kansas City, Missouri 64111
+1 816 753 0828

Golden Ox Restaurant

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Restaurant | "Golden Ox"

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Rated as one of top 100 restaurants in the United States and by many as the number one steak house in Kansas City, The Golden Ox gained fame and popularity through it's close association with the world famous Kansas City stockyards. Located in the same building in the stockyards since it's founding in the 1940's, the Golden Ox serves up a simple menu of steak cuts with little else offered. Remember that you're visiting for perhaps the finest steak you've ever sunken teeth into and forget about the tacky surroundings that include red velvet walls and bull's antlers adorning the walls. The service is reasonably slow, but the staff is friendly and is certainly willing to help you make your visi...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on September 20, 2001

Golden Ox Restaurant
1600 Genessee
Kansas City, Missouri 64102
+1 816 842 2866

Salty Iguana

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Restaurant

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Tucked away in a part of Kansas City not known for tourist attractions and large crowds, the Salty Iguana is a fabulous Mexican restaurant with a family atmosphere. From the namesake iguana, the restaurant is painted in bright colors and with creative murals that put iguana heads on many famous images, including the Mona Lisa. However, the atmosphere is secondary at the Salty Iguana to the food. You'll be greeted at the table by baskets of warm-from-the-oven tortilla chips and perhaps that tastiest, mild salsa that I've ever eaten. The menu is a hulking 3 page oversized menu with practically every Mexican food item imaginable in a wide variety of combinations. I've tried many of menu items and I ...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on September 22, 2001

Salty Iguana
17717 East US Highway 40
Kansas City, Missouri 64055
(816) 350-8003

Jerusalem Cafe

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Restaurant

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Found in the heart of Westport, a part of Kansas City with ties to the days of the Oregon Trail, Jerusalem Cafe is one of many ethnic eateries blended among the mix of shops and clubs that draw all types of people into the downtown area. It's not shocking to learn that in an older busier section of town, space is of the essence and the Jerusalem Cafe is no exception. As you enter, you find that the restaurant is quite tiny with dining areas on either side of the front door in very distinctly decorated rooms. The menu tells you that the fare is Mediterranean with a "Taste of the Holy Land." As such, such delicacies as hummus, gyrros and backlava grace the pages of their menu. ...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on October 6, 2002

Jerusalem Cafe
431 Westport Road
Kansas City, Missouri 64111
(816) 756-2770

Jess and Jim's Steakhouse

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Restaurant

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In 1972 Playboy magazine put this small Kansas City steakhouse on the map by naming it the best steakhouse in the world. Last fall, they updated their views calling it one of the top 10 steakhouses in the country. What you'll find when you visit isn't what you'd imagine for a top 10 restaurant of any sort. Jess and Jim's is a small storefront sort of restaurant with lackluster and outdated decorations, but don't let the building where it's located discourage you. Nor should the 20 minute drive from dowtown keep you from visiting. Rather, what you'll find at Jess and Jim's is perhaps one of the finest steaks you'll ever eat, in a city that is known for it's steaks. They're known for their Playboy...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on March 19, 2002

Jess and Jim's Steakhouse
517 East 135th Street
Kansas City, Missouri 64145
(816) 941-9499

54th Street Grill

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Restaurant

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Although the 54th Street Grill belongs to a small chain of restaurants that appear to be located throughout the midwest, we consider it to be one of the better new restaurants in Kansas City and as such thought it would be a shame not to share our discovery. Your experience with 54th Street Grill is like a visit to Applebees on steroids. The walls are magnificently decorated with antiques and signage that has been collected from around the country. A toy train runs along a track that is seemingly floating in midair running a course around a series of ceiling fans that appear to be operated by a gigantic pulley system. Additionally, a collection of sports memorabilia and large screen televisio...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on December 17, 2002

54th Street Grill
18700 East 38th Terrace
Kansas City, Missouri 64057
(816) 795-7077

Genghis Khan Mongolian Grill

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Restaurant

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A reasonably new addition to Kansas City's growing international food scene, Ghengis Khan Mongolian Grill provides not only an incredible dinner but also a unique experience. You'll be intrigued from the time you enter to find a huge circular grill off to one side of the restaurant with chefs busy at work. The interesting twist of Ghengis Khan is that you do the food preparation yourself. Perusing the buffet bar, you select the meats (beef, chicken, fish, squid) that you want in the amounts you want, add fresh vegetables and then create your own seasoning sauce from a combination of individual spices and ingredients including soy sauce, olive oil, wine, garlic, pepper and other oriental seasonings....Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on June 28, 2002

Genghis Khan Mongolian Grill
3906 Bell St
Kansas City, Missouri 64111
+1 816 753 3600

Waldo Pizza

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Restaurant

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Although Waldo Pizza is annually ranked as one of the best pizzerias in Kansas City, it's not the public recognition that keeps locals coming back here. The restaurant is small and is made to feel even smaller by walls that divide the restaurant into thirds and are decorated by brightly colored children's artwork. Regardless of the night of the week you visit, you'll likely find a lengthy line, but trust me the wait is worthwhile. The pizza comes in a variety of crust types, the original is my favorite. Their specialty pizzas are wonderful and all their pizzas come with loads of cheese. As an appetizer try the cheese crusts (essentially a small cheese pizza with a variety of cheeses on a thin cru...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on June 28, 2002

Waldo Pizza
7433 Broadway
Kansas City, Missouri 64114
(816) 363-5242

Arthur Bryant's Barbeque

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Restaurant

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Those that know that Kansas City is famous for its barbecue usually recognize the name of Arthur Bryant. The original restaurant isn't in the best neighborhood but none-the-less it is a Kansas City historical site and the food is nearly as historical. Don't expect to be impressed by the restaurant itself. It's in an old brick building in an old neighborhood with a simple marquis advertising the presence of greatness. When you enter you join the back of a usually long line with only a small menu to tell you what's being served. Wait your turn, grab a plate, tell 'em what you'll have and let 'em slap it on the plate for you. Ribs, sandwiches, loose meat, brisket, if it's barbecue you...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on November 12, 2002

Arthur Bryant's Barbeque
1727 Brooklyn Ave.
Kansas City, Missouri 64127
(816) 231-1123

Hofbrauhaus

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Restaurant

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It seems very unusual to find a reasonably authentic German brewpub within the confines of a sprawling railroad-themed casino complex in Kansas City. Yet, Hofbrauhaus is exactly that. A short detour through Ameristar which takes you between the casino floor and a number of other restaurant choices leads you to an open air German bier garden complete with 3-story brewing tanks. Amidst the German flags, polka band instruments, beer steins and other assorted decorations, you find a menu that is stocked full of traditional German fare including bratwursts in a number of different styles, sandwiches, appetizers (try the spinach-artichoke dip, it is honestly some of the best I have ever had), and of cour...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on October 27, 2002

Hofbrauhaus
Ameristar Casino & Hotel 8201 North East Birmingham Road
Kansas City, Missouri 64161

Minsky's Pizza

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Restaurant

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In my quest to search out the best pizza that Kansas City has to offer, I came across a traditional favorite and one that came with hearty recommendations. Minsky's is a true Kansas City original. Their first restaurant opened in 1976 and they have continued to spread to new locations throughout the metropolitan area. Honestly, the architecture and decor of the restaurants themselves aren't very impressive and at times the service isn't much better, but that's not what keeps bringing the crowds back. It's all about the pizza and calzones!!! If you're looking for a pizza restaurant with a local flavor, you've certainly found it with Minsky's. Their menu has one of the broadest lists of ing...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on October 28, 2002

Minsky's Pizza
1411 W. 39th St.
Kansas City, Missouri
(816) 561-6200

Country Club Plaza

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Attraction

Country Club Plaza Photo, Kansas City, Missouri
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Historically, Country Club Plaza was designed to be the nation's first urban shopping center. Modeled after the European notion of living, shopping and eating in the same place and taking its architecture from Spain, the Plaza truly offers something for everyone. From name brand shopping boutiques such as Ralph Lauren, Tommy, Eddie Bauer and Sharper Image to fantastic eateries like KC Masterpiece Barbeuce and The Cheesecake Factory the Plaza is the place to be seen in the city. As you walk the streets amid the fountains and architecture you'll feel a blend of Rodeo Drive and classic Madrid or Barcelona intermingle to provide a unique shopping, dining, living experience. Although not cheap by any m...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on April 16, 2001

Country Club Plaza
4745 Central
Kansas City, Missouri 64112
(816) 753-0100

Worlds of Fun & Oceans of Fun

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Attraction | "Worlds Of Fun"

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When Worlds of Fun was purchased by Cedar Fair--the management group that also owns Cedar Point in Sandusky, Ohio--the roller coaster-minded management invested millions of dollars in creating attractions that will continue to draw both locals and tourists to the park. Located just north of the city on I-435, Worlds of Fun is easy to get to and easy to navigate once you get into the park. An older amusement park that has undergone a major facelift over the last decade, the park is in a quasi-renaissance right now. With a new boomerrang roller coaster this year (2001) and the ever popular Mamba which features a 205 foot first drop at speeds of 70+ miles per hour, there are a variety of thrills and a...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on September 22, 2001

Worlds of Fun & Oceans of Fun
4545 Worlds Of Fun Ave.
Kansas City, Missouri 64161
(816) 454-4545

Kansas City Zoological Park

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Attraction

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Although the Kansas City Zoo doesn't begin to compare to a major animal park like the San Diego Zoo, it is a very pleasant and enjoyable place to take the kids of visitors from out of town. The number of animals on display pales in comparison to other large zoos also, but what you're likely to discover is that the animal settings are much more natural and interesting than you'll find at some overpacked parks. As a result of trying to keep a more open feel to the park, you'll find that a lot of walking is required. For example, the Africa section of the park is essentially a huge continuous loop that take you out and around a prarie-like setting where the zebras, giraffes, rhinos, lions are found. ...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on September 22, 2001

Kansas City Zoological Park
6800 Zoo Drive
Kansas City, Missouri 64132
(816) 513-5800

Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art

Attraction | "Nelson Atkins Museum of Art"

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The Nelson Atkins Museum of Art is referred by many to be one of the finest art museums west of the Mississippi. Originating in 1933 as a gift from William Rockhill Nelson, founder of the Kansas City Star, and Mary McAfee Atkins, the museum has grown to occupy a very interesting looking columned building in the center of Kansas City adjacent to the Kansas City Sculpture Gardens. As you approach the museum you'll notice several large, 15 foot high, shuttlecocks along a long grassy lawn leading to the front entrance. At this time, because of renovations, you'll be approaching the museum from near the Westport area of town where free parking exists and a free shuttle runs every 10 minutes. Also, as a...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on September 15, 2001

Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art
4525 Oak St
Kansas City, Missouri 64111
+1 816 751 1278

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From the moment you arrive on this gorgeous hilly campus, you'll be welcomed by buildings of an attractive modern architecture and a park-like atmosphere. Although located minutes from downtown Kansas City, the campus itself will make you feel as though you're in the country (except for the occasional peek of a skyscraper on the horizon). Offering a full range of programs for undergraduates through professional students, the campus is an inviting prospect for any college student. As you drive around the campus, be wary of the fact that many streets are one way but other than that you should have no problems exploring the campus. Parking is plentiful and free and you'll likely find that getting aro...Read More

Kauffman Stadium

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Story/Tip

Fountains Photo, Kansas City, Missouri
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On the eastern side of the city and located adjacent to Interstate 70, you'll find the Truman Sports Complex, site of Kauffman Stadium (home of the Kansas City Royals) and Arrowhead Stadium (home of the Kansas City Chiefs). During the summer months, the Royals play their home games in this recently renovated and very unique baseball stadium. Shaped somewhat like a seashell with an open view of passing interstate traffic, Kauffman is best known for it's flowing waterfalls in beyond the outfield wall. Sporting a 10-story tall crown shaped scoreboard in center field and an oversized replay board in left field, Kauffman is one of the more attractive ballparks in the major leagues. Although the Royals ...Read More