Joe's Kansas City Bar-B-Que is well worth the hype. While there are three locations, you’ll definitely want to check out the original one on 47th, which used to be a gas station. Yes, there will be a line, but eating here is almost a rite of passage. Order The Z-Man (slow-smoked beef brisket, smoked provolone cheese, topped with two crispy onion rings on a toasted Kaiser roll) with fries and a half rack of ribs to split with a friend. Do not deviate from the plan!
Kansas City often gets overlooked in favor of larger Midwest cities like Chicago and St. Louis, but don’t let that deter you from visiting. What Kansas City lacks in size it makes up with character, culture, dozens of world-class attractions, and mouthwatering eats.
With this in mind, the best things to do in Kansas City include an up-and-coming arts scene, a variety of restaurants serving classic KC cuisine (BBQ, anyone?), and, surprisingly, a ton of fountains. (Yes, you read that right. There are a lot of cool fountains in this city.)
Additionally, aside from being a great sports town, Kansas City also boasts a long jazz heritage and a slew of year-round events. Plus, KC even offers free public transportation since 2020, making it incredibly easy to get around to see all of the city’s highlights – that is, without blowing your budgets on Ubers, Lyfts, or taxis. So, go on and enjoy the best metro in the Midwest before everyone beats you to it.