Best of KC 2020 readers choice winners: Food & Drink

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Illustration by Zach Newton

Best Barbecue Sandwich

Winner: Joe’s Kansas City
Runner Up:  Q39

Best Barbecue Sauce

Winner: Joe’s Kansas City
Runner Up: Jack Stack

Best Restaurant When Someone Else is Paying

Winner: The Capital Grille
Runner Up: Bristol Seafood + Steak + Social

Best KCK/Wyandotte County Bar

Winner: Yard House
Runner Up: Johnnie’s on 9th

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Photo by Jeremey Theron Kirby

Best Barbecue

Winner: Joe’s Kansas City
Runner Up: Q39

Best Distillery

Winner: J. Rieger and Co.
Runner Up: Tom’s Town Distilling Co.

Best New Restaurant

Winner: City Barrel Brewing Company
Runner Up: Strang Hall

Best Dive Bar

Winner: The Peanut
Runner Up: The Ship

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Photo by Samantha Levi

Best LGBTQ Bar

Winner: Hamburger Mary’s
Runner Up: Missy B’s

Best Steakhouse

Winner: J. Gilbert’s Wood-Fired Steaks & Seafood
Runner Up: Capital Grille

Best Liquor Store (Missouri)

Winner: Lukas Wine & Spirits Superstore
Runner Up: Gomer’s

Best Donut

Winner: LaMar’s Donuts and Coffee
Runner Up: Hurts Donut Company

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Photo by Caleb Condit & Rebecca Norden

Best Pho

Winner: Vietnam Cafe
Runner Up:  iPho Tower

Best Date Bar

Winner: Green Lady Lounge
Runner Up: Capital Grille

Best Sushi

Winner: Sushi House
Runner Up: Bob Wasabi

Best Ice Cream

Winner: Betty Rae’s Ice Cream
Runner Up: Sheridan’s Frozen Custard

Best Bakery

Winner: McClain’s Bakery
Runner Up: Best Regards

Best Brewery

Winner: Boulevard Brewing Company
Runner Up: Martin City Brewery

Best Greek

Winner: Mr. Gyros
Runner Up: Jerusalem Cafe

Best Gyro

Winner: Mr. Gyros
Runner Up: Jerusalem Cafe

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Photo by Rebecca Norden & Caleb Condit

Best Pub Food

Winner: The Peanut
Runner Up: Martin City Brewing Company

Best Gluten-Free Restaurant

Winner: The Mixx
Runner Up: Spin Pizza

Best Cocktail

Winner: The Rieger
(In the August print issue, we incorrectly identified ImprovKC as the winner for this category. We apologize for the error.)
Runner Up: The Monarch Bar

Best Dog-Friendly Restaurant/Bar

Winner: Bar K
Runner Up: Chicken N Pickle

Best Downtown KCMO Bar

Winner: Green Lady Lounge
Runner Up: The Rieger

Best Brunch Spot

Winner: First Watch
Runner Up: Succotash

Best Margarita

Winner: Ponak’s Mexican Kitchen & Bar
Runner Up: Margarita’s

Best Westport/Midtown Bar

Winner: Kelly’s
Runner Up: Ale House

Best Burnt Ends

Winner: Fiorella’s Jack Stack
Runner Up: Joe’s Kansas City

Best Patio

Winner: Chicken N Pickle
Runner Up: Gram and Dun

Best Plaza/South KC Bar

Winner: The Peanut
Runner Up: The Well

Best New Bar

Winner: Monarch Bar
Runner Up: Parlor

Best Missouri Suburbs Bar

Winner: Third Street Social
Runner Up: The Well

Best Gelato

Winner: Spin Pizza
Runner Up: Glacé Ice Cream

Best Cinnamon Rolls

Winner: Corner Cafe
Runner Up: McLain’s Bakery

Best Happy Hour

Winner: La Bodega
Runner Up: Summit Grill

Best Food Truck

Winner: Taco Republic
Runner Up: Jerusalem Cafe

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Photo by Jeremey Theron Kirby

Best Burger

Winner: Westport Flea Market
Runner Up: Town Topic

Best Thai

Winner: Lulu’s Thai Noodle Shop
Runner Up: Pad Thai Restaurant, Overland Park

Best Chocolatier

Winner: Christopher Elbow
Runner Up: André’s Chocolates

Best Italian

Winner: Garozzo’s
Runner Up: Jasper’s

Best Ramen

Winner: Columbus Park Ramen
Runner Up: Sushi House

Best Indian

Winner: Korma Sutra
Runner Up: Taj Mahal Authentic Cuisine of India

Best Burrito

Winner: Manny’s
Runner Up: Mi Ranchito

Best Coffee Shop

Winner: The Roasterie
Runner Up: Blackdog Coffee House

Best Bartender

Winner: Beau Williams at Julep
Runner Up: Andy at 801 Chophouse

Best Tacos

Winner: Mission Taco
Runner Up: Margarita’s

Best Sommelier

Winner: Christina Corvino
Runner Up: Doug Frost

Best French Fries

Winner: Joe’s Kansas City
Runner Up: Five Guys

Best Bloody Mary

Winner: Nick and Jake’s
Runner Up: Beer Kitchen

Best Sports Bar

Winner: Johnny’s Tavern
Runner Up: Tanner’s Bar & Grill

Best Korean

Winner: Chosun Korean BBQ
Runner Up: Choga Korean Restaurant

Best Ribs

Winner: Fiorella’s Jack Stack
Runner Up: Joe’s Kansas City

Best Vegetarian/Vegan Restaurant

Winner: Blue Koi
Runner Up: Cafe Gratitude

Best Bagel

Winner: Meshuggah Bagels
Runner Up: Einstein Brothers

Best Sandwich Shop

Winner: Pigwich
Runner Up: Planet Sub

Best Winery

Winner: Cooper’s Hawk
Runner Up: KC Wine Co

Best Comedy Club

Winner: ImprovKC
Runner Up: The Comedy Club of Kansas City

Best Chef

Winner: Jasper Mirabile at Jasper’s
Runner Up: Megan and Colby Garrelts at Rye

Best Johnson County Bar

Winner: The Peanut
Runner Up: Johnny’s Tavern

Best Wings

Winner: The Peanut
Runner Up: Q39

Best Mexican Restaurant

Winner: Manny’s
Runner Up: Margarita’s

Best Liquor Store (Kansas)

Winner: Lukas Wine & Spirits Superstore
Runner Up: Gomer’s Fine Wine & Spirits

Best Pizza

Winner: Minsky’s
Runner Up: Waldo Pizza

Photo by Zach Bauman

Best Bar Staff

Winner: Boulevard Brewery
Runner Up: Johnny’s Tavern

Best Smoothie/Juice Bar

Winner: Smoothie King
Runner Up: Ruby Jean’s

Best Hot Dogs

Winner: Kauffman Stadium
Runner Up: The Weiner Kitchen

Boulevard Space Camper Beer

Photo by Zach Bauman

Best IPA

Winner: Boulevard Brewing Company
Runner Up: Martin City Brewing Company

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