Best of Kansas City 2017: Eat & Drink

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  Best Dinner Series

  Green Dirt Farm

   The popular Farm Table Dinner Series at Green Dirt Farm is an unforgettable culinary adventure. Featuring a unique five-course meal prepared by a series of rotating top chefs using the farm’s grass-based sheep- and cow-milk cheeses and other locally sourced farm fare, the series allows diners to eat under the stained-glass windows of the farm’s gorgeous barn. The dinners are created around seasonal products, so menus are often not finalized until the last minute. It’s all part of the adventure that celebrates eating close to the source of your food. 1099 Welt St., Weston, Mo., (816) 386-2156,

   Read our story on Green Dirt Farm here. 


  Best Juice Bar

  Ruby Jean's Juicery

   You could say that Chris Goode, owner and CEO of Ruby Jean’s Juicery, created the juice bar as a valentine to his late grandmother, Ruby Jean, who died in July 1999 from complications of a poor diet. Wanting his customers to live healthier and longer lives, Goode strives to create truly healthy beverages and snacks in a welcoming environment. Just thinking about the variety of his juices, performance shakes, grandma’s smoothies and wellness sips makes us feel better. Two area locations,


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  Best Seafood

  Jarocho Pescados Y Mariscos 

   Because of the popularity of Jarocho Pescados y Mariscos in Kansas City, Kan., owner and chef Carlos Falcon has opened a second location featuring his scrumptious Mexican seafood in a new restaurant in Kansas City, Mo., on State Line Road that he calls Jarocho South. Falcon has worked hard at cultivating special relationships with seafood distributors and brings to you delicacies like sazae, surf clams, an array of oysters and Nigerian tiger shrimp that weigh almost a pound each. Two area locations,

   Read our story on Jarocho South here. 


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  Best Wine Bar

  Ça Va

   Champagne is technically wine, so we feel we can choose this hidden, romantic bubbly bar in Westport as the Best of KC. It just fizzes with equal parts comfy and rock star. Evoking joie de vivre with its cozy, intimate vibe taken straight from the streets of Paris, its divine menu consists of seasonal and classic Champagne cocktails and a snazzy selection of bottles from Oregon to France. 4149 Pennsylvania Ave., Kansas City, Mo., (816) 255-3934,

   Read our story on Ca Va here. 

   See what Ca Va's bartender, Caitlin Corcoran has to say about her life behind bars. 


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  Best Tequila Bar

  Drunken Worm

   With a name like Drunken Worm, we had no choice but to name it Kansas City’s best tequila bar. With multiple flavors of infused tequila — we love cucumber — Drunken Worm also offers a variety of drink specials and truly amazing margaritas. Serving up liquid libations and Mexican food on historic 39th Street, Drunken Worm features tequila mezcal specialty cocktails with inspired names like Mustache Ride, Drunken Chihuahua and Spicy Matador. Who wouldn’t love to meet the creative genius behind these names? 1405 W. 39th St., Kansas City, Mo., (816) 326-7209,


  Best Whiskey Bar

  Tom's Town Distilling Co.

   With its 1920s Gatsby-like vibe and enormous walnut bar, hardwood floors and original tin ceiling, Tom’s Town Distilling Co. is downright sexy. Its enticing atmosphere with a view of its distillery just makes you want to have a deep discussion or flirty chat while sipping a variety of whiskey cocktails. Kansas City’s notoriously corrupt political boss Tom Pendergast, for whom the bar is named, undoubtedly would be proud of the joint, and so are we. 1701 Main St., Kansas City, Mo., (816) 541-2400,

   Read our story on Tom's Town Distilling Co. here.

   See what Tom's Town's bartender, J.T. Koenig-Riley has to say about his life behind bars. 


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  Best Cold Brew

  Broadway Café

   An institution in Wesport for 25 years, Broadway Café remains our sentimental favorite as the best place for cup of java, hot or cold. As Kansas City’s first original and independent coffee house, it has a cult following so loyal that the neighboring Starbucks shuttered its doors. Opened in 1992, Broadway Café continues to provide a welcoming gathering place that serves exceptional coffee drinks lovingly prepared by knowledgeable baristas who have a passion for the artistry of a perfectly crafted drink. 4106 Broadway Blvd., Kansas City, Mo., 816-531-2432,


  Best Bakery

  Heirloom Bakery & Hearth

   This charming Brookside bakery, owned and operated by an equally charming married couple that finds inspiration from locally grown foods, offers a variety of tasty and tempting baked goods, such as blueberry cornbread crumble muffins, honey lavender buttermilk biscuits and roasted pear and chocolate scones. All the baked goods are made fresh daily, using organic dairy products and local and seasonal ingredients whenever possible. Heritage recipes and stories gathered around the kitchen table are the heirlooms treasured most here and are reasons enough to choose it as the best bakery. 401 E. 63rd St., Kansas City, Mo., 816-492-7259,

   Read our five things you should know about Heirloom Bakery & Hearth here. 


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