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Top 5 Local Kansas City Restaurants Everyone Should Try

Updated on August 8, 2015

Much of a cities appeal comes from it's local eateries. Chicago is known for it's deep dish pizzas, Philadelphia for their cheese steak, and Kansas City is known for it's Barbecue. But like every city, Kansas City has more to offer than Just Barbecue. These are the top five locally owned Restaurant's In Kansas city.

Number 5 : Home Skillet

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If you're looking for a great home cooked style meal without breaking the bank, Then Home Skillet is the best place to go in Kansas City. Known best for their chopped steak and Hand made rolls, Home Skillet Delivers on both quality and service. The Atmosphere isn't Much to Look at, But for most people that eat here they go for the affordable price ( a Meal for one adult and a child can average around 10 dollars before tip) and Dinner just like mom used to make.

"Wonderful!! We were looking for a non-chain breakfast eatery & found this small, but awesome, place. Delicious food, friendly staff & great prices. I had a Breakfast Hoagie..... bacon, scrambled eggs, cheese, hash browns, and country gravy on a grilled hoagie bun.....is there anything more you could want for your breakfast??? Off the beaten path, but well worth the trip!" - Yelp

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Number 4 : Vietnam Cafe

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Don't let the name confuse you. Although there are many restaurants known as the Vietnam cafe, The locally owned Eatery In the River Market of Kansas city is Home to Authentic Vietnamese dishes cooked to Traditional Perfection. Winner of several awards including best Vietnamese restaurant in Kansas City several years in a row, Every Kansas City resident should stop in and enjoy their Pho Bo Noodle dish. The restaurant is on the smaller side, but service tends to match when things start to get busier.

"Most Kansas City locals would agree with the opinion that Vietnam Cafe is one of the top Asian restaurants in town. Located in a quaint corner building in downtown Kansas City near the River Market, Vietnam Cafe is known for its amazing Pho noodle soup, friendly service, and frequent lines of hungry customers spilling out onto the street during lunch time." - Vietnam Cafe's website,

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Number 3 : Westport Flea Market

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Now I know what you are thinking, Why is a flea market on this list and is that a truck shaped like a Hamburger? Having been around for over thirty years, the Westport flea market, also known as the flea, is a bar and grill with a cool nostalgic atmosphere. surrounded by pinball machines and other classic gems, the Flea and their Hamburger mobile have Won Kansas Cities Best burger award and have been featured on food networks "Meat and Potato." They only take cash and you have to order your food at the bar, but they offer an ATM and the food is well worth it.

"“I understand now why these burgers are so beloved – the real magic is what’s going on between those buns. And Kansas City agrees.” - Shanley Cox – Eat it KC

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Number 2 : Blue Koi

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Known for their Many flavors of Bubble tea's, Bloi Koi was featured on Food Networks "Diners, drive in's and dives" for their traditional Chinese cuisine. Since first opening in 2002, Blue Koi has since opened another restaurant in Kansas city that offers the same great food as it's predecessor. If you're looking for Traditional Chinese food with a nice relaxing atmosphere than stop into either location for a nice lunch or dinner.

"This place has always been a favorite since my early days in KC. Nice atmosphere, very relaxed, not too loud...just enough sound to keep the flow going. Very friendly staff. Just a cool place in general. Nice artwork." - Yelp

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Number 1: Char Bar

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What Kansas City Restaurant list would be complete without a Barbecue Place? Well Char Bar In Westport Kansas City is the barbecue place to end all barbecue places. What was once the Beaumont Club, the Char bar has since taken off as one of the hottest spots to grab a bite to eat. With a patio that has fire pits and lets guests play croquet, to the Inside which has a brick wall industrial feel and a fully stocked bar, it's no wonder Char Bar was featured in 435 as one of the best new night life places to eat.

"Incredible food, excellent food for real, I would go back and recommend the food over and over. " -charbar.com

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Do you have a favorite KC restaurant that you think should be mentioned? feel free to leave a comment below!

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