Food Critics: Kansas City's Best Lunch Spots

Apr 18, 2014

Our food critics and listeners offer suggestions for tasty lunches in Kansas City.
Our food critics and listeners offer suggestions for tasty lunches in Kansas City.
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It's not uncommon for Americans to work through lunch, thoughtlessly scarfing down sustenance at a desk or —worse — in a car.

But at its best, lunch can be a time to unwind and savor the moment, getting out in the city while nourishing body and soul.

Some Kansas Citians are keeping the mid-day meal alive in all its glory. Hosted by Charles Ferruzza, KCUR's food critics led a search for exquisite lunch experiences in Kansas City on Friday. 

Here are some of their recommendations:

  • Beautiful pastries and breads, ham and Swiss on baguette, chicken salad sandwich, creamy artichoke soup — Sasha's Baking Company, 105 West 9th St., Kansas City, Mo.
  • Michael Smith, 1900 Main St.
  • Fish tacos, reuben sandwich — Cafe Sebastienne, 4420 Warwick Blvd., Kansas City, Mo.
  • Small plates —Extra Virgin, 1900 Main St., Kansas City, Mo. 
  • Gennessee Royale, 1531 Gennessee St., Kansas City, Mo.
  • The Mixx, 4855 Main St. and 1347 Main St., Kansas City, Mo.
  • Kale salad with brussel slaw and bacon — Westside Local, 1633 Summit, Kansas City, Mo.
  • Burgers and salmon sandwich, truffle fries — Blanc Burger, 4120 Pennsylvania Ave., Kansas City, Mo.
  • Cafe Europa, 323 East 55th St., Kansas City, Mo.
  • Eggplant fries — Remedy, 500 W. 75th St., Kansas City, Mo.
  • Make it a Mia lunch special — Spin Pizza, multiple locations
  • Family-owned diner —Home Skillet, 6225 Blue Ridge Blvd., Raytown, Mo.
  • El Pollo Rey, 901 Kansas Ave., Kansas City, Kan.
  • Great tortillas and tacos — San Antonio Market, 830 Kansas Ave., Kansas City, Kan.
  • Two-course lunch special — Capital Grille, 4740 Jefferson, Kansas City, Mo.
  • Cuban sandwich — Succotash, 2601 Holmes St., Kansas City, Mo.

Here are some recommendations from listeners:

  • Lunch specials — Lulu's Thai Noodle Shop
  • Terrific meatballs, some of best sandwiches in Kansas City — Pandolfi's Deli, 538 Campbell, Kansas City, Mo.
  • French Market, Cafe Provence, 3936 W. 69th Terrace, Prairie Village, Kan.
  • Service, tapas de dia, good flavor and good value — La Bodega, 703 Southwest Blvd., Kansas City, Mo.
  • Something different every day, very fresh — Bloomsbury Bistro at Mission Road Antique Mall, 4101 West 83rd Street, Prairie Village, Kan.
  • Authentic Chinese buffet, especially on Sunday — Fortune Star, 7328 West 119th Street, Overland Park, Kan.
  • Coconut soup — Majaraja, 1216 N.W. Highway 7, Blue Springs, Mo.
  • Citrus crunch taco — Unforked, 7337 West 119th Street, Overland Park, Kan.
  • Fresh and delicious Egyptian food — Basha, 7016 W. 105th Street, Overland Park, Kan.
  • Burgers are lean, salmon BLT, cobb salad — Majestic Restaurant, 931 Broadway, Kansas City, Mo.
  • Pizza — The Other Place, 7324 W. 80th Street, Overland Park, Kan.
  • Local Pig, 2618 Guinotte Ave., Kansas City, Mo.  

Here are some new and noteworthy restaurants from the critics: