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Here, we provide a list of famous restaurants and diners in the Kansas City metro area. Use this guide to satisfy your taste buds when either visiting or living in Kansas City.

Fiorella's Jack Stack Barbecue
13441 Holmes Rd
Kansas City, MO 64145

Restaurant Description: Walk into the dimly lit and heavily decorated original Fiorella's Jack Stack Barbecue in Martin City (south of Kansas City), and you'll be immediately engulfed by the rich, savory smells of perfectly prepared barbecue. Everything is prepared with great attention to detail, and the atmosphere is friendly and family-like. Lest you forget where the meat comes from, there are plenty of ceramic pigs and cow heads covering the walls to remind you. The staff is incredibly accommodating -- feel free to ask for watever substitutions will make you happy, they don't mind at all.

Arthur Bryant's
1727 Brooklyn Ave
Kansas City, MO 64127

Restaurant Description: What makes this simple restaurant legendary? The sauce. Restaurant founder Arthur Bryant said, "I make it so you can put it on bread and eat it." And you could, though many folks prefer to pour it on some of Bryant's meat, which is slow smoked over hickory and oak wood. The restaurant is loved most for its short ribs, which are tender, smoky and just short of sublime. But no one complains about the sandwiches, which are good and huge.

Plaza III Steakhouse
4749 Pennsylvania Ave
Kansas City, MO 64112

Restaurant Description: When it comes to true Kansas City steak houses, most folks agree that you can't do much better than Plaza III. And ''most folks'' means more than the locals -- the restaurant is recognized as one of the top steak houses in the United States. Why the great reputation? The Plaza III's staff selects the best USDA prime beef and ages it in a specially designed cooler to enhance its tenderness and flavor. Steaks are cooked to diners' exact specifications. Non-steak eaters might opt for the lamb chops, lobster or chicken.

Grand Street Café
4740 Grand Ave
Kansas City, MO 64112

Restaurant Description: If you think that the best restaurants on the Plaza are actually "on" the Plaza, you're missing a gastronmic phenomonon known as The Grand Street Cafe, just overlooking the Plaza on the other side of Main Street. The crown jewel of the PB&J restaurant empire boasts that its raw appetizer is the best Hawaiian Ahi Tuna Tartare in the country. A courageous statement to make in landlocked Kansas City, but with the tuna flown in fresh daily, Grand Street Cafe delivers on its promises.

Bristol Bar & Grill
5400 W 119th St
Leawood, KS 66209

Restaurant Description: Back in the 1980s, the Bristol opened on the Plaza and put seafood on KC's culinary map. Though the restaurant has moved south to Leawood, it retains much of the detail that made it a success. The appetizer menu contains some familiar dishes, including steamed mussels and baked Maryland crab cakes. The hot drop biscuits are the same, and now they're served with honey butter. And you can still get fresh, mesquite-grilled fish and seafood.

1 W 1st St
Parkville, MO 64152

Restaurant Description: Since opening, Piropos has created quite a stir in Kansas City. The restaurant sits atop one of the higher spots in beautiful Parkville and offers sweeping vistas of the Missouri River bottoms -- both from inside the restaurant and from the comfortable deck. No matter where you end up, you'll be outfitted in elegance and treated to exceptional service.

The American Restaurant
25th and Grand
Kansas City, MO 64108

Restaurant Description: For nearly 30 years, The American has been Kansas City's premier fine dining restaurant -- on par with New York's best. It remains so today. The decor and food are elegant, and the knowledgeable waitstaff ensures diners have a flawless experience. The restaurant provides sweeping views of Crown Center's courtyard, and the terrace is especially pretty in winter, when it comes alive with hundreds of tiny white lights.

40 Sardines
11942 Roe Ave
Leawood, KS 66209

Restaurant Description: Celebrated chefs Debbie Gold and Michael Smith create a playful dining experience, but aren't kidding around when it comes to the haute, contemporary cuisine at their Hawthorne Plaza restaurant, 40 Sardines. The eatery is an energetic blend of the upscale and the urban; the decor is sleek and open, sometimes even a little loud, but comfy and friendly, while the menu maintains a sophisticated edge. The restaurant sure lives up to its early hype.

Le Fou Frog
400 E. 5th St.
Kansas City, MO 64106

Restaurant Description: Though the restaurant's name means "the crazy Frenchman," the food here is certainly not "fou." In fact, Le Fou Frog is taken very seriously by the crazy French owner and his patrons. If you're looking for standard bistro fare, like bouillabaisse and cassoulet, you'll find it here. The restaurant's real treasure is the lengthy and ever-changing list of specials, which leans towards haute cuisine. The Frog is a great place for fish (think swordfish brochette) or meat (steak au poivres).

Gates Bar-B-Q
3201 Main St
Kansas City, MO 64111

Restaurant Description: There are plenty of places to eat good barbecue in Kansas City. So why go to Gates? For starters, Gates is one of the legends of KC barbecue. The first Gates restaurant opened in 1946 at 19th and Vine, when the district was still a hoppin' jazz spot. The Gates empire has since grown to six restaurants in the metro area. Part of that success has been Gates' irresistible original sauce, which gives the slow-smoked beef, pork, chicken and other comfort food a pleasing zip.

Other Great Restaurants in Kansas City

101 Brush Creek Blvd Kansas City, MO 64112

Bo Ling's
4800 Main St Kansas City, MO 64112

5410 NE Oak Ridge Rd Kansas City, MO 64119

Sweet Tomatoes
1309 Meadow Lake Pkwy Kansas City, MO 64114

526 Harrison St Kansas City, MO 64106

2829 Southwest Blvd Kansas City, MO 64108

Minsky's Pizza
1411 W 39th Street Kansas City, MO 64111

2345 Mcgee St Kansas City, MO 64108

McCormick & Schmick's
448 W 47th St Kansas City, MO 64112

Hereford House
2 20th Kansas City, MO 64108

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