Ghost kitchens are the next big thing—here are 5 to try

With dine-in eating and limited capacities affecting the food industry, restaurants have found other creative ways to get food into the mouths of Kansas Citians. One way is ghost kitchens, or delivery- and carryout-only food operations that typically work out of existing restaurant kitchens. Ghost kitchens are the next big thing, and here are five Kansas City spots to try.


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The folks behind Summit Grill, Boru and Third Street Social take on classic smash burgers and Nashville hot chicken with this delivery-only operation from the chain’s kitchens in Waldo, Lee’s Summit and Gladstone.

The Post Chicken

Family-style fried chicken dinners with elevated sides from Jax Fish House & Oyster Bar on the Plaza. They’re doing their own deliveries, which saves you a third encounter of the week with the same DoorDash driver, and are speedy about curbside delivery, too.


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Waldo’s District Pour House + Kitchen launched this chicken wing ghost operation, which offers both delivery and pick-up. Their signature offering is the “Extra Krunchy” option with more breading.


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Also in Waldo, Dodson’s Bar & Commons is doing smashburgers, these with house-made pickles, for pickup. Also of note: the “Hamm’s sandwich” with two pounders of Hamm’s, four ounces of whiskey and a four-ounce pickleback for just $13.


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Macho Taco

Michael Forbes Grill in Brookside is operating Macho Taco, selling grilled steak tacos, smoked salsa, and, because there are no rules during the pandemic, chicken wings with chimichurri sauce.

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