Kansas City is filled with foodie favorites and gastro pleasing goodies. While many are only known to locals, we've been fortunate to have others showcased nationally on the Food Network.
Diners, Drive-Ins, and Dives
Grinders is an eclectic, local pizza place with a cult-like following. With its original location in the Kansas City Crossroads District, Grinders is known as the place "where food, art, and music collide." When featured on Diners, Drive-Ins, and Dives, host Guy Fieri had this to say about Grinders, "Sculptor-turned-pizza-slinger Stretch has brought his creative touch to Grinders. Hand-welded Army helmet lamps hang above the bar, which features a draft-beer tower made from an oxygen tank. As for the pizza menu, Stretch churns out creative pies like the Bengal Tiger, which is slicked with pesto sauce and studded with tandoori chicken, crabmeat and hearts of palm. Funkalicious."
Happy Gillis Cafe & Hangout
In December of 2013, husband and wife, Josh and Abbey-Jo purchased the Happy Gillis Cafe & Hangout out of a love of the area and a desire to speak to their community through a common language - food. Guy Fieri showcased this local cafe in the Columbus Park KC neighborhood on Diners, Drive-Ins, and Dives, and had this to say about it, Not your typical run-of-the-mill soup and sandwich shop, Happy Gillis Cafe is owned by a husband and wife duo known for flank steak sandwiches marinated in cola and wine.'It's so outside the box,' says Guy.'"
Smokin' Guns BBQ
What started out as Phil and Linda Hopkins’ love of BBQ and a desire to compete in BBQ contests led to world championships, the creation of their own dry rub and the decision to open their own BBQ restaurant - Smokin' Guns BBQ. In a city saturated with world-class BBQ, Guy Fieri chose Smokin' Guns to be featured on Diners, Drive-Ins, and Dives and was blown away by this North KC joint. "Those not in the know might drive right by Smokin' Guns BBQ in North Kansas City's industrial district, but they would miss what Guy calls "one killer brisket." Helmed by Phil Hopkins and his wife, Linda, the eatery boasts 'competition-worthy' 'cue that has earned more than 400 awards to date."
The Brick is another eatery entry in the Crossroads District. It's billed as a 'straight-up' no-frills bar with history, a burger-plus menu, live music, and performance. Guy Fieri seemed quite impressed during his time there taping an episode of Diners, Drive-Ins, and Dives. " What else can you ask for besides a music venue with homemade food? Guy says "they don't skimp on the goodness at this pub-grub joint," and would you want them to? This is where you want to go to hear music, have a meatloaf sandwich and have a good night."