The Best of the Best: Kansas City Food & Drink

From Veggie Poke Bowls to Steaks Bigger Than Your Head, Here's How to Make Sure Every Bite is the Best

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Best Food Truck


KC Pinoy Food trucks have shifted from novelty to staple when it comes to convenient, affordable dining — and Chrissy Nucum is taking this rising trend as the opportunity to bring the traditional Filipino recipes she grew up on to a broader audience. Her colorful truck — which she’s parked at various locations throughout the Kansas City metro since 2016 — boasts classics from her native Philippines like tocino (grilled pork shoulder), pickled papaya and chicken adobo (thighs marinated and sautéed in a vinegar-garlic-soy sauce). Expand your horizons with this authentic and delicious new truck on the block.​​

Best Burger


Tay’s Burger Shack Since 2015, Tay’s Burger Shack in the Northland has quietly been gaining a reputation for its grass-fed organic beef burgers and hand-cut fries. The tiny shack isn’t much to look at from the outside, but this isn’t the kind of place you go to for the ambiance. No, at Tay’s, you’re going strictly for the Tay’s Double (or Tay’s Triple, or the four-patty Home Run) with cheese, lettuce and tomato served in a red-and-white checkered basket. The presentation has little pomp or circumstance, but the honest-to-goodness quality and simplicity of this offering will give you a new outlook on life. (816) 541-8282



NOVEL Whether you’re looking to really impress your in-laws or just want to enjoy great food with them in an eclectic environment, look no further than Novel. The Kansas City stalwart helmed by chef-owner Ryan Brazeal and pastry chef-owner Jessica Armstrong opened its new Crossroads location at the beginning of the summer. In this sleek, modern space, you’ll be able to treat the whole family to familiar favorites (a roasted half-chicken entrée, a grilled dry-aged pork chop) and conventioanl dishes with inventive twists (ravioli with beef cheek and bone marrow). Want to make the whole table happy? End with the banana split and feel good about your decisions.


Novel, photo by ashley deck 



André’s Confiserie Suisse There’s more to André’s than just sweet treats and pastries. The “Tea Room,” in Kansas City and Overland Park, serves lunch from 11 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. daily, offering up traditional Swiss lunches like the croute zurichoise (toasted French bread topped with tomato, melted cheese and mushroom sauce) and beef bourguignon, though the quiche Lorraine is their signature. Each lunch costs $18.25 and comes with a slice of cake — which is worth the jaunt alone. Beat the midday slump by treating yourself at André’s.

Best Taco


KC Taco Co. Everybody says Kansas City is a barbecue town, but the real foodies among us know we've got a pretty strong taco scene. What we love best about KC Taco Company in the River Market is the wildly inventive menu, boasting creations like ahi poke tuna with hoisin sauce in a wonton shell, Korean-style pork with kimchi, Thai-chili fried shrimp and even a vegan mushroom taco. These gorgeous, playful creations will make you rethink everything you know about taquerias.