In two weeks, we'll welcome pastors, ministers, and missionaries from across the country to our annual For The Church Conference, "The Mission & Majesty of the Church."

We know you'll probably have some free time, so we want to offer you our best suggestions for barbeque, food, coffee, and things to do while you're in our wonderful city. 


Q39 (Midtown)

Joe’s Kansas City (State Line)

Jack Stacks (Country Club Plaza)

Gates (3 locations)

Hawg Jaw Que (North Kansas City)

Arthur Bryant’s (Near 18th & Vine)

Pigwich (Industrial District)

Char Bar (Westport)

Smokin’ Guns (North Kansas City)


– Brown & Loe (great location for high-quality comfort food)

– Il Lazzerone (Neopolitan style pizza in the River Market)

– Frank’s Italian (Parkville's best Italian restaurant)

– LuLu’s Noodles (Thai food great for lunch or dinner in the Crossroads)

– Happy Gillis (a quaint restaurant serving local breakfast and lunch in Columbus Park)

– The Westside Local (great range of American style food in the Westside district)

– Piropos (this Argentinian restaurant is located in Briarcliff, a neighborhood close to campus)

– Bella Napoli (Italian food with a great porch located in Brookside)

– Taco Republic (street tacos with indoor and outdoor seating at the state line)

– Blue Koi (unique Asian cuisine on West 39th Street)

– Jerusalem Cafe (located in Westport, this Middle Eastern food is sure to satisfy)

– Succotash (if you are here on Wednesday, this is a great location for breakfast)

– BRGR (classic burgers located in the Power & Light district)

– Nara Sushi (the Crossroad's best sushi)

– Longboards (the Pacific coast comes to the Midwest in this Northland wrap restaurant)

– Wings Cafe (located close to campus, this place will serve you the best wings in the Northland)

– Betty Rae’s Ice Cream (newly opened in the River Market, this makes a great late-night treat)

– KC Soda Company (every flavor of soda you can imagine in the River Market district)


– The soon-to-be-opened coffee shop on campus

– Quay Coffee (12 minutes from campus, in the River Market district)

– Oddly Correct (one of the best roasters in town – excellent coffee in Westport)

– Messenger Coffee (incredible coffee, espresso, wholesale, and atmosphere)

– Monarch Coffee (great espresso and aesthetic in Midtown)

– PT’s Coffee (located in the Crossroads Art District, known for good coffee)

– Second Best Coffee (South Kansas City's humblest shop with nitro coffee)

– Goat Hill Coffee (smooth espresso in the Westside)

Things to Do

Nelson Atkins Museum

WW1 Museum

Chicken N’ Pickle

Prospero's Book Store

Union Station

Country Club Plaza

The Kansas City Public Library: Central Library

City Market

Loose Park

Made in KC Stores (3 locations)