Best Of KC 2023

Photography by Jeremey Theron Kirby

We asked you, our readers, everything from where to score the best bloody mary to where to let Fido run free. And for good measure, we picked a few of our own KC favorites, too, such as KC’s best piano man and the perfect spot to read a book. Here are the results. Take a peek.


Want to know the best spot in town for brunch, according to your neighbors? Or perhaps who across the metro is serving up the best burnt ends? Maybe you just want a perfect slice of lemon meringue pie. Well, we’ve got you covered. 


Best Doughnut

LaMar’s Donuts
Photography by Caleb Condit and Rebbeca Norden

Ray Lamar began perfecting his doughnut recipe at seventeen years old when he began working for the Jack Frost Donut Company. It wasn’t until 1960 that he decided to open up his own Kansas City shop in a converted gas station on Linwood Boulevard. Soon, people were lined out the door waiting for fresh, hot doughnuts. LaMar’s soon became a KC institution, and Lamar and his wife decided to franchise their popular bakery in 1990. LaMar’s Donuts have been recommended by Zagat’s Survey, The New Yorker and Gourmet Magazine. Kansas City magazine’s staff pick is definitely the blueberry cake doughnut, though you can never go wrong with an original simple glazed doughnut and a cup of coffee.


Best Sushi

Blue Sushi
Photography provided by Blue Sushi.

Blue Sushi prides itself on serving fresh and sustainable seafood at its two metro locations in Westwood, Kansas, and Power and Light. A section of the menu is dedicated to listing where the fish is sourced and how it’s quickly transported from the coasts to the heart of America. Blue Sushi’s menu offers items for those a little squeamish about eating raw fish, but there are plenty of items for sushi purists. The Japanese-themed establishment has a fun, celebratory feel and makes dining there feel like a party.


Best Pasta

The Antler Room
Photography by Zach Bauman.

There’s nothing static about The Antler Room’s menu. It’s seasonal and continuously changing with what’s fresh and new. As its website states, “The evolving cuisine changes often, but always retains a level of reverence for the ingredients in each and every dish.” You really can’t go wrong with any pick, whether it’s the savory crepe cake made with a chicken liver mousse or the fazzoletti, a braised land dish. But it’s the pasta that keeps this Kansas City magazine editor coming back for more. From their ricotta ravioli to their bucatini, The Antler Room’s chefs always have an interesting take. One of the best tortellini dishes I ever had was made with black garlic pasta dough, confit gizzards, crispy chicken skin and chicken schmaltz.


Best Pizza

Photography by Zach Bauman

For more than forty-five years and with seventeen locations, Minsky’s has proven itself as one of KC’s most favored pizza joints. It’s been a cornerstone of Kansas City’s food scene for years. And even though the most popular choice is the Minsky’s original hand-rolled dough topped with 100 percent Wisconsin mozzarella cheese, pizzas can be made with gluten-free, cauliflower or low-carb Keto crusts, too. While there’s always the option to create your own pizza, the restaurant is also known for its signature “gourmet” pizzas, such as Spicy Thai or the White Cheddar Bacon Mac N Cheese.


Best Burger

Town Topic
Photography by Zach Bauman

Established in 1937, Town Topic is more than just a restaurant—it’s a piece of Kansas City history. The now-iconic diner, which originally served burgers for just five cents, still makes its food the same way it did seventy-five years ago, in keeping with its old-fashioned diner vibe. KC’s original greasy spoon on Broadway is open twenty-four hours, seven days a week, and people can be seen standing in line late at night for double cheese burgers and malts and malts after a night at a local bar.


Best Ramen

Bōru Asian Eatery
Photography by Caleb Condit and Rebbeca Norden

The best bowl of ramen can be found at the Asian fusion restaurant Bōru in KC’s Waldo neighborhood. This establishment has gone through a few iterations since opening as a ramen bar back in 2017. Now, items such as sushi, kimchi French fries and bulgogi lettuce wraps are on the menu, but a perfect, soul-satisfying bowl of ramen can still be had. The noodle dish consists of a broth base, long thin noodles and various toppings. The Bōru bowl is Asian comfort food at its best: a bowl of noodles in Shoyu bone broth with pork belly, soy-pickled Shiitake mushrooms, garlicky greens and an egg.


Best Cheesesteak Sandwich

Photography by Zach Bauman

Established in 2004, Grinders is both a restaurant and a live music venue. Located in KC’s Art District, the restaurant’s been featured on Guy Fieri’s popular TV show Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives and is famous for its South Philly cheesesteak. For a classic Philly cheesesteak, make sure to get it with ribeye and Cheese-Wiz. Insider tip: Order with a side of garlic parm tots.


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Photography by Caleb Condit and Rebbeca Norden

Nearing its fiftieth anniversary, Kansas City’s oldest independent bookstore, Rainy Day Books, is as popular as ever. Vivien Jennings founded her book shop in 1975 in the same Fairway, Kansas, shopping center that it resides in today. When she opened her original four-hundred-square-foot shop, she probably didn’t think she would one day be hosting nationally recognized author events, or that the shop would grow into such a beloved part of the community. If you’re a book lover, stepping into Rainy Day is like being a kid in a candy store. The “treats” here are endless. A little over a year ago, Jennings sold her business to Made in KC, whose mission to support local businesses makes their purchase of Rainy Day a perfect match.


Best Cooking Class for Adults

Culinary Center of Kansas City
Photography by Zach Bauman

With more than six hundred cooking classes, there’s something for everyone at the Culinary Center of Kansas City. Whether you want to learn knife skills, how to cook with shellfish or how to make the perfect risotto, this cooking school boasts classes for everyone from the kitchen novice to professional chefs in training. The hands-on learning environment caters to all skill levels. You can even host private events for team building or celebrate special occasions like weddings at the venue.


Best Cooking Class for Kids

Taste Buds Kitchen
Photography by Zach Bauman

While this cooking school offers classes for all ages, it’s the kids’ classes that really stand out. From a class that encourages kids to “taste and learn things” to a semester-long Junior Chefs program, the school’s courses give kids a new appreciation for food, confidence in the kitchen and the ability to make dishes from scratch. Everything from homemade pasta and sushi to cupcakes and bread are taught through weekly classes and even summer camps.


Best Place for a Turkish Coffee and Baklava

Baba’s Pantry
Photography by Caleb Condit and Rebbeca Norden

After immigrating to the United States, Palestinian refugee Yahia Kamal—“Baba” to everyone that knows him—found he missed the food and culture of his home country. He began calling his mother over the phone to get recipes for various comfort foods and cooking them himself, and the rest is history. Baba’s Pantry serves a variety of authentic Palestinian-American foods, including velvet-smooth hummus, but its dark, rich Turkish coffee and flakey, buttery baklava are what set this family-owned and operated deli apart.


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Best New Disc Golf

Black Hoof Park
Photography by Shutterstock

Two brand new disc golf courses opened at Lenexa’s Black Hoof Park. Whether you’re looking for a competitive course that will test your skills or a laid-back family-friendly game, Black Hoof Park delivers. One course is a championship-level eighteen-hole timber course, and the other is an easy nine-hole course meant to provide fun for people of all ages. The championship-level, ten-thousand-foot-long course stretches across eighty acres of rugged terrain and includes multiple teepads and basket locations, which offer course variations for players. The smaller nine-hole course is shorter and more accessible to families and beginners.


Best Place to Read a Book

The Rooftop at KC Central Public Library
Photography by Shutterstock.

KC bookworms, head down to the rooftop at the Kansas City Public Library Central Branch on a sunny day and soak in the downtown atmosphere while you get into your latest read. As you make your way to the rooftop, enjoy the one hundred and thirteen-year-old building’s architecture, including a converted bank vault which now serves as a movie theater, where the library screens movies every Saturday. The library also hosts Family Fun Events every Friday, where families can come together for acting workshops, scavenger hunts and rock painting.


Best Wedding Officiant

Timmy Gibson
Photography by Caleb Condit and Rebbeca Norden

Timmy Gibson works as a matchmaker, relationship coach and dating coach; hosts a relationship podcast; and is a wedding officiant extraordinaire. “I want to accomplish one thing in my life—besides having a great head of hair: I want to help peoples’ lives be beautiful by helping them have happier, healthier relationships,” says Gibson, who does have a great head of hair. The tattooed, earringed, long-haired wedding officiant has been in the wedding business for years, first as an evangelical preacher. He left the priesthood years ago and now works full time as an all-things wedding guru. Known for his humor and outsized personality, he brings a sense of joy, humor and, of course, love to any ceremony.


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Best Piano Man

Will O’Keefe
Photography by Caleb Condit and Rebbeca Norden

New York-born Will O’Keefe has always had a love for music. A former orchestral percussionist and Broadway touring drummer, he is now the resident piano player at Voo Lounge, a swanky cocktail bar located in the basement of the 1930s-era Muehlebach Hotel. “Playing as the resident pianist on an actual baby grand in Kansas City—this is a special kind of chapter in life,” O’Keefe says. He now refers to himself as a human jukebox because of his piano playing and singing abilities. He truly makes Voo Lounge come alive.


Best Side Hustle of 2023

Travis Kelce
Photography by Shutterstock

The two-time Super Bowl winner graced the SNL stage early this March, showing us that he’s as funny as he is athletic. In his sketches, Travis Kelce played a mysterious American Girl Cafe customer, a grieving nurse and reality TV show contestant. Jason, Travis’ brother and recent Super Bowl rival, made a cameo during the opening monologue, too. Kelce is only the third NFL player to host the iconic comedy show, but we hope we’ll be seeing more of him on our screens.


Best Place to Stargaze

Powell Observatory
Photography by David Young

For your next summer date night, head to the Powell Observatory in Louisburg to look at the night skies through one of the largest telescopes available to the public in the Midwest. Just twenty-five miles south of KC, the view of the skies is much clearer than it is in the city. Every night, visitors can use different telescopes to view the stars while listening to a space-themed presentation. The observatory is open to the public every Saturday until October. It’s free to attend, but they encourage a $5 to $10 donation to “help maintain and operate the observatory.”


Kansas City is a vibrant city with much to experience. From 5ks and over-the-top music to nationally known art instruction and petting zoos, the greater metro area is continually proving there is something for everyone.


Best place to take a selfie

Selfie WRLD
Photography by Caleb Condit and Rebbeca Norden

Are you looking for the perfect Instagram shot? No need to look further than Selfie WRLD Kansas City. This interactive art pop-up in Lee’s Summit has twenty trendy set designs so you can create the ultimate Insta-worthy pic. The bold and often brash backdrops in this do-it-yourself photo studio promise to upgrade anyone’s selfie game. From a pink-hued room with a matching vintage phone and a bright-red neon-lit room celebrating the Chiefs to a retro record wall or bright-yellow smiling emoji backdrop, Selfie WRLD doesn’t disappoint. Go ahead and act as if you’re dancing the night away in the disco room, lounge on a lip-shaped couch, or dive into an orange ball pit. Tickets are $20 for one hour, so grab your phone and strike a pose.


Best Upgrade

New KCI Airport
Photography by Zach Bauman

The new KCI Airport was one of the most anticipated Kansas City upgrades, with an approximately $1.5 billion price tag and over five years of planning and construction. The shiny new terminal is definitely something to brag about. It represents the future of air travel and celebrates the city with stunning art installations—including Leo Villareal’s “Fountain,” an homage to the City of Fountains—and local shops and restaurants like Boulevard Brewing Company, Made in Kansas City Marketplace, City Market Food Hall, Messenger Coffee and The BBQ Spot. It also has a sensory room, Variety KC Inclusive Play Zone, a quiet room, service animal relief areas and a Kansas City Air Travel Experience room.


Best KC Flex

NFL Draft
Photography by Jeremey Theron Kirby

Football fans from across the country gathered at Union Station in April to watch the newest NFL picks begin their professional careers. Fans were able to practice NFL drills, take pictures with all fifty-six Super Bowl rings and listen to performances from bands Mötley Crüe, Fall Out Boy and Thundercat. KC has already established itself as the place to be for sports fans—the city has hosted two Super Bowl parades in the past three years and is scheduled to host the 2026 World Cup. The NFL draft only added another feather in our cap. 


Best Athlete 

Patrick Mahomes 
Photography by Jeremey Theron Kirby

It’s no surprise that the Chiefs’ quarterback, Patrick Mahomes, was voted KC’s best athlete by our readers. Not only is he widely regarded as one of the best quarterbacks in the NFL, winning two Super Bowls and being named Super Bowl MVP twice, but he’s also a great and proud Kansas Citian. With his stake in the KC Royals and the Kansas City Currents, Mahomes is showing up for KC in more ways than one.


Best Coach 

Andy Reid 
Photography by Jeremey Theron Kirby

Kansas City Chiefs’ Head Coach Andy Reid has been ranked as the NFL’s top coach by CBS Sports and Pro Football Focus. Under Reid’s leadership, the Chiefs have achieved ninety-eight total wins since 2013, the second-highest in the league during that period. As the Chiefs aim for another Super Bowl appearance, Reid’s coaching legacy continues to grow. 

Readers’ Choice: Food & Drink

Coffee Shop

Messenger Coffee Co. + Ibis Bakery


SPIN! Pizza

Brunch Spot

The Farmhouse


Mr. Gyros Greek Food & Pastry

Smoothie/Juice Bar

Ruby Jean’s Kitchen & Juicery

Cinnamon Rolls

McLain’s Bakery


Michael Smith, Farina and Extra Virgin,

Hospitality Professional

Nancy Smith, Farina


Gram & Dun


Christopher Elbow Chocolates

Food Truck

On the Hook Fish and Chips

Farmers Market

Overland Park Farmers’ Market


Joe’s Kansas City Bar-B-Que


Fiorella’s Jack Stack Barbecue

Barbecue Sauce

Joe’s Kansas City Bar-B-Que

Sandwich Shop

Jersey Mike’s Subs

Restaurant When Someone Else is Paying

The Capital Grille


Taj Mahal


BIBIBOP Asian Grill


The Upper Crust


Joe’s Kansas City Bar-B-Que

Vegetarian/Vegan Restaurant

Cafe Gratitude


Vietnam Cafe

Pub Food

The Peanut

Seafood Spot

Bristol Seafood Grill

Burnt Ends

Fiorella’s Jack Stack Barbecue

Barbecue Sandwich

Z-Man, Joe’s Kansas City Bar-B-Que




Taco Naco


The Big Biscuit

New Restaurant

Urban Egg


Lulu’s Thai Noodle Shop

Hot Dogs


Steak House

J. Gilbert’s Wood-Fired Steaks & Seafood

Mexican Restaurant

Ponak’s Mexican Kitchen & Bar

Food Pop-Up

Taco Naco

Ice Cream

Betty Rae’s Ice Cream

Food Bargain


Restaurant for Kids 


Bloody Mary

Char Bar

Special-Release Beer

Boulevard Ginger Lemon Radler

Cocktail Program

Drastic Measures


Boulevard Brewing Company


J. Rieger & Co.


Pop-Up Shop

Strawberry Swing

Home Goods Store


Antique/Vintage Store

River Market Antiques

Craft Studio

Scraps KC

Eyeglass Shop

Brookside Optical

Hardware Store

Westlake Ace Hardware

Plant Store

Family Tree Nursery

Grocery Store

Hy-Vee Grocery Store

Clothing Resale Store

Plato’s Closet

Shoe Store


Butcher Shop

Fareway Meat & Grocery

Maker’s Market

Made in KC

Car Wash

Waterway Car Wash

Women’s Boutique

Amelia’s Boutique

Men’s Boutique


Local Clothing Store

Charlie Hustle

Record Store

Mills Record Company


Fiddly Fig

Garden Supply/Nursery

Family Tree Nursery

Jewelry Store


Local Sports Store/Outfitter


Toy Store

Brookside Toy and Science


The Elms Hotel & Spa

Car Dealership

Hendrick Automotive Group

CBD Store

CBD American Shaman

Bike Shop

Erik’s Bike Shop

Wine Shop

Mike’s Wine & Spirits

Bottle Shop

Gomer’s Fine Wine & Spirits

Green Business

Boulevard Brewing Company

Custom Countertops Company

Rocktops Granite & Stone Fabrication

Fitness Class

Revive Indoor Cycling

Climbing Gym



Nick Bolton Fitness

Crossfit Gym

CrossFit on Track

Pilates Studio

Pure Barre

Cycling Studio

Revive Indoor Cycling

Yoga Studio

Power Life Yoga, Barre Fitness


DUI Attorney

Jungle Law

Law Firm/Lawyer

Grover Law Firm

Family Law Attorney

Kelli Cooper, Johnson County Divorce Lawyer

Personal Injury Attorney

Mark Grover, Grover Law Firm


Wedding Planner

Dana Ashley Events

Wedding Band

Twice on Sunday

Hand Letterer

Script Your Event

Wedding Florist

The Bloom Co.

Wedding Venue

The Brim

Bachelor Party Venue

Kansas City Power & Light District

Bachelorette Party Venue

Funky Town

Tuxedo Shop

Todd’s Clothiers & Tailoring

Wedding Photographer

Enlow Productions


Bridal by SHL

Wedding DJ

Icon Event Group

Wedding Cake Maker

Sugar Whipped Bakery

Wedding Videographer

Enlow Productions

Bridal Shop

True Society

Wedding Caterer

Brancato’s Catering

Place for Rehearsal Dinner


Readers’ Choice: Services & Health


Pet Patio

Bar K

Pet Groomer

For Pet’s Sake

Veterinary Practice

Pet Resource Center of Kansas City

Doggie Day Care

Happy Dog Ranch & Resort

Dog Trainer/School

The Pet Connection

Local Pet Shop/Dog Treats

Three Dog Bakery

ER for Pets

Blue Pearl Pet Hospital

Overnight Kennel

Happy Dog Ranch & Resort


Nail Salon

Luxe Nail Spa in Overland Park

Eyebrow Waxing

Luminare Aesthetics & Wellness

Med Spa

Luminare Aesthetics & Wellness

Tanning Salon 

Recreating Rays

Tattoo Parlor

Grimm Tattoo


Noggins Men’s Shop

Makeup Studio

Lumiere Aesthetics Center

Cosmetic Dentist

Chase Alexander Tomcala, Westwood Aesthetic Dentistry


Cassidy Drace, Luminare Aesthetics & Wellness


Luminare Aesthetics & Wellness


Luminare Aesthetics & Wellness


Ashley Williams, Monarch Plastic Surgery

Hair Stylist

Kassidi Upton, The Hairapy Co.

Hair Salon


Hair Removal Salon

AesthetiCare Medspa

Plastic Surgeon

John Michael Quinn, Quinn Plastic Surgery


Brielle Mead, Luminare Aesthetics & Wellness


Real Estate Agent

Jonas Barrish, Compass Realty Group

Best Roofing Company

Christian Brothers Roofing

Best Electrician/Company

A.B. May

Best Lawn Maintenance Company

Ryan Lawn & Tree

Best Plumber/Company

A.B. May

Senior Living Facility

Tallgrass Creek

Property Management Company

Price Brothers

Neighborhood Community


Apartment Complex

Deer Creek Apartments

Interior Designer

ML Designs


Ryan Lawn & Tree

Moving Company

You Move Me

Basement Waterproofing Company

Thrasher Foundation Repair

Home Security Company


General Construction Company


Pest Control

Pete’s Pest Control

Realty Company

Compass Realty Group

Real Estate Team

GRID |  Jonas Barrish and Betsy O’Brien

Handyman Service

Candor Upkeep Handyman Services

Home Builder

James Engle Custom Homes

Chimney Cleaner

Fluesbrothers Chimney Service

Mortgage Company

Prosperity Home Mortgage

Home Inspection Company

Barnett Home Inspections



Caleb Adegoke, KC Well Co.

Personal Trainer

Justine Tapp, Tapp Into It Fitness


Michael LeBlanc, LeBlanc & Associates Dentistry for Children

Massage Therapist

Katie Brock, Haven Wellness + Spa

SoakingPool/Float Tank

The Spa at Briarcliff


Vita Chiropractic

Marriage and Family Therapist

Amanda Hindson

Premarital Counselor

Kieri Olmstead, Simple Empathy


Grace Charles, Kansas City Integrative Health


Sacred Chiropractic + Acupuncture


Jeremey Fry, Fry Orthodontic Specialists

Group Therapy Practice

KC Well Co.


Best Insurance Agency


Best Travel Agent

FlyOver Travel

Best Auto Repair Shop

Otto Service

Best Disabilities Nonprofit

The Whole Person

Readers’ Choice: Nightlife

Westport/Midtown Bar

Kelly’s Westport Inn


Missie B’s


Boulevard Brewing Company

Locally Owned Missouri Brewery

Boulevard Brewing Company

Locally Owned Kansas Brewery

Martin City Brewing Company

Liquor Store

Lukas Wine & Spirits Superstore

Hotel Bar

Crossroads Hotel


Drastic Measures


Ponak’s Mexican Kitchen & Bar

Missouri Suburb Bar

The Peanut

Jazz & Blues Club

Green Lady Lounge

Jazz Act

Lonnie McFadden

Country Music Venue

Knuckleheads Garage

Club DJ

DJ Munch

Place to See Local Hip-Hop


Comedy Club

The Comedy Club of Kansas City

Place to See Local Music

Knuckleheads Saloon

Music Venue

Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts

Jam Night

Knuckleheads Saloon

Live Theater Production

Starlight Theatre

Rock Music Club

Knuckleheads Saloon

Fundraiser Gala



Argosy Casino Hotel & Spa


Christina Corvino

Bar Staff

Drastic Measures


Offkey Karaoke Lounge & Suites

New Bar

Jim’s Alley Bar


Bryan Arri

Bar Pop-Up

Fern Bar

Date Bar

The Campground

Trivia Night

Gaels Public House & Sports


Swordfish Tom’s

KCK/Wyandotte County Bar

The Mockingbird Lounge

Limo/Party Bus Company

Party Express Bus KC

Dance Party

Funky Town

Happy Hour

Extra Virgin

Johnson County Bar

Drastic Measures

Plaza/South KC Bar

The Monarch

Bar with Live Music

Green Lady Lounge

Downtown KCMO Bar

John’s Big Deck


KC Wine Co.

Local Band

Jimmy Harris Band

Fundraising Event

The Big Slick

Readers’ Choice: Culture & City Life

Drag Show

Hamburger Mary’s

Local Actress (Live Theater)

Valerie Chamberlain

Local Actor (Live Theater)

John Rensenhouse

Art Instruction

Kansas City Art Institute

Weekend Getaway Spot


Live Theater Venue

Starlight Theatre

Music Festival


Golf Course

Kansas City Country Club

Art Gallery

Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art

Tribute/Cover Band

Bound & Determined

@boundanddeternined on Facebook

Arts Festival

Plaza Art Fair

Recording Studio

Strange Music

Movie Theater

Screenland Armour

Cultural Event

Kansas City Irish Fest


Up-Down KC 

Local Author

J. Alexander Greenwood


Hillcrest Christian Early Learning Center

Public Park

Deanna Rose Children’s Farmstead

Water Park

Oceans of Fun

Summer Camp

The Regnier Family Wonderscope Children’s Museum of Kansas City

Swimming Pool

Black Bob Park

Private School

St. James Academy Catholic High School

Public School

Shawnee Mission East High School

Family Fun Center

Science City

Haunted House

Edge of Hell


Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art


The Kansas City Public Library Central branch

Christmas Attraction

Union Station

Running Event 

Hospital Hill Run


A Better Choice Preschool


Local TV News Station

KMBC News Channel 9

Local Morning Talk Show

The Morning Drive with Mike Kellar and Jenny Matthews, Q104

Education Nonprofit

Operation Breakthrough

Tour Company

Kansas City Fun Tours

Country Club

Kansas City Country Club

Local Politician

Mayor Quinton Lucas

KCMO Neighborhood


Place to Work

Kansas City Hospice &  Palliative Care

Local TV Sports Anchor

Len Jennings, KMBC

Place of Worship

United Methodist Church of the Resurrection


Travis Kelce

Local TV Commercial 

Hy-Vee (with Mahomes and Kelce)

Johnson County City

Village or Town

Overland Park

Local Podcast

The Dana and Parks Podcast


Fountain in Mill Creek Park

Local Radio Show

Dana and Parks, KMBZ 98.1

Civil & Human Rights Nonprofit

KC Tenants

Missouri Suburb


Local TV Anchor

Lara Moritz, KMBC Channel 9 News

Local Meteorologist

Bryan Busby, KMBC Channel 9 News

Local Landmark

Union Station

Financial Institution

Community America Credit Union

Local Band

The Elders

Health Nonprofit

Kansas City Hospice & Palliative Care

Radio Personality

Jenny Matthews, Q104

Community Activists

KC Tenants

Radio Station



Plaza Art Fair

Local Blogger


Local Mascot

KC Wolf, Kansas City Chiefs


Sports Bar

The Peanut

Claiming to be Kansas City’s oldest bar and grill, The Peanut is a favorite neighborhood hangout, with eight locations dotting the metro. For more information about the original two locations, visit or to learn more about the new spots visit


Best kitchen store


Known as the hardware store for cooks, Pryde’s is packed from floor to ceiling with kitchen gadgets. If you can’t find it there, it probably can’t be found.


Best pop-up shop

Strawberry Swing

This highly curated conglomerate of goods handmade by local vendors, otherwise known as an indie art fair, can be found at different times and locales around the metro.


Best Dog Park

Shawnee Mission Park Off-Leash Area

A pooch paradise with forty-four acres of free roaming space where Fido can run wild.




Since its inception forty years ago, Swim Things has grown into the area’s largest all-things-pool-related business. Not only does Swim Things build pools and maintain them, but they also outfit many of the local youth swim teams in the greater Kansas City area.


Best new bar

Jim’s Alley Bar

Located in Art Alley in the East Crossroads, Jim’s Alley Bar is the quintessential dive bar, with a hipster mentality and a summer shuffleboard league.


Best Vocalist 

Jimmy Harris

Having followed in the footsteps of his father and grandfather, native Kansas Citian Jimmy Harris has been playing music since he was thirteen years old. When he’s not belting out his version of country-funk and rock ‘n’ roll around town, he’s in Nashville recording.

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