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 Vegan Baked Goods That Taste Like the Real Deal


Mud Pie Mud Pie is here to prove that you don’t need eggs, milk and butter to make a cake rise or taste good. Their varied selection of pastries — including pear-ginger muffins, gluten-free mixed berry crumbles, chai cupcakes, chocolate doughnuts and savory scones — are as addictive and delicious as the original, nonvegan recipes.


Best Poke Bowl


Freestyle Poke Poke bowl paradise is found at Freestyle. Sure, we’re landlocked in KCMO, but you wouldn’t know it from these fresh indredients. The “Ride the Wave” bowl with salmon tastes so amazing you can imagine your eating it at a sea-side resort. Another stunner is the Love Yo-Self bowl, a tofu and mung bean concoction that will convert any tofu naysayer. (And who knew mung bean could be that tasty?)

Freestyle Poke

Freestyle poke 

Best Avocado Toast


BLVD Tavern  At last, we’ve found an avocado toast to make you believe in this trendy sensation. At BLVD Tavern in the Crossroads Arts District, chef-owner Derek Nacey takes a thick slice of Farm to Market Grain Galore bread and smothers it with smashed avocado, roasted poblanos and chunks of lump crab. A single bite of this smart, simple and oh-so-Instagram-able dish will turn you into a true believer. #AvocadoToast4Life!

Best Bargain Breakfast


Kate’s Kitchen & Ronnie’s Restaurant The beauty of Kate’s is that you can get the Ken’s Cadillac of Burritos for under eight dollars and never have to eat again all day. This bad boy is stuffed with scrambled eggs, chorizo, avocado and spinach and then wrapped in a tortilla and topped with perhaps the best salsa in Kansas City. Another winner is the Kitchen Sink omelet. It’s a come hungry and stay full all day kind of place and if on the off chance you have room, get a side order of biscuits and gravy. #lifechanging.