Ditch the less-than-amazing restaurants and cafes inside the medical buildings on campus, get some fresh air and stop into one of these restaurants near KU Med for a bite to eat or a drink after class. Whether you’re a student, medical staff or a visiting patient, we’ve compiled a list of good restaurants near KU Med Center so that you don’t have to search.
As an added plus, most of the following are also restaurants that deliver to KU Med, in case you can’t get away for a sit-down meal. So, with that in mind, here are some of the most convenient (and tastiest) restaurants near KU Med Center:
Mexican Restaurants Near KU Med Center
Unwind with some chips and salsa, and share a round of margaritas. There are a number of great restaurants close to KU Med that bring the spice, including:
A place so good that its locations are ordered by number. The original Taqueria Mexico #1 is on the legendary Southwest Boulevard, so you know you’re always getting fresh, authentic Mexican food from a locally owned business.
If you’re at KU Med, your hours there may run late into the night. So whenever you need a late-night street taco, TikiTaco has your back. Fish tacos, veggie options, breakfast tacos, burritos and more — they’ve got whatever you’re hungry for at the moment.
This is a staple for KU Med staff and students. Their mango salsa, specials, tamales, tacos and bowls are all fantastic and affordable.
From churros to carne asada Aztlan, tortas, huevos con chorizo and more, Rudy’s is a great place for lunch, happy hour or really anytime. It’s hot, authentic and always delicious.
Asian and Chinese Restaurants Near KU Med
Take a break from the medical buildings, and take a break from burgers and fries. These are great options if you’re in the mood for Chinese, Japanese, Vietnamese or other Asian cuisines.
One of the best Chinese restaurants in the area is located nearby KU Med. As the name suggests, their noodles and dumplings are amazing, but they have tons of unusual and authentic dishes that you absolutely must try. They also have a full bar and a good selection of loose leaf and bubble teas.
Skip the fancier sushi places in Kansas City — Friends is one of the best. They have fresh sushi rolls of every kind, fantastic soups and appetizers, and it can be delivered in a flash.
Their array of Thai vegetable stir frys are sure to impress even the pickiest eaters, and their curries are outstanding. You can choose your proteins and expect large portions, in case you want to store the leftovers in a mini fridge somewhere on KU Med’s campus.
Pho, stir fry, noodles and more are available in inexpensive lunch specials or for a hearty, spiced dinner. Order it to-go, and it’s ready in minutes.
All-you-can-eat Mongolian barbecue, rice bowls, fresh sides and an impressive list of soju, sake, beer and more — it’s essentially heaven for groups of coworkers, friends or family who have spent a long day at KU Med.
If you’re in the mood for a Japanese cuisine feast, start with some gyoza and seaweed salad, and work your way to the sashimi, sushi rolls or bowls — then finish it all off with some Japanese ice cream in green tea, red bean or ginger flavors.
Indian and Mediterranean Restaurants Near KU Med
There’s something so comforting about flavorful and perfectly spiced Indian and Mediterranean cuisine. Here are a couple of restaurants around KU Med Center that won’t disappoint.
They have an absolutely huge menu full of everything you could want in a homey Indian restaurant, and they’re able to accommodate most diners’ needs and preferences. Taj Palace is great if you’re ordering for a group of coworkers at KU Med.
This is where you go when you want to eat healthier but don’t want to sacrifice great taste. Gyros, kabobs, hummus, falafel, dolmas, flavorful rice dishes and fluffy pita abound. Their lentil soup (which you receive before an entree) is fantastic.
Italian Restaurants Near KU Med Center
If you need quick and affordable restaurants near KU Med Center, Kansas City has several fast-casual pizzerias and Italian places within the area, like these three options:
It’s New York pizza, done really, really well. Their expansive menu also has lasagna, eggplant parmesan, calzones, hot subs, at least 15 kinds of speciality sandwiches and much more, just in case you don’t feel like a slice today.
If you’re in the mood for classic Italian that’s nearby KU Med Center, Cupini’s is the family-owned and -operated place to go. It’s a little on the higher-end compared to other options within the list, but it’s well worth it. Dishes like their linguine clams and the sausage and fennel ravioli are made with fresh, homemade pasta.
They’ve got all the hefty pizzas you could ever want for when you need a few specialty pies delivered to KU Med. BBQ chicken, taco pizza, bacon cheeseburger pizza and other fun options are all on the menu here.
American Restaurants Near KU Med
Most of the restaurants by KU Med fall under the category of American cuisine. Fortunately, there are some fantastic options to choose from. These are mostly locally owned and operated, with a smattering of chains thrown in, so you can find whatever you’re in the mood for.
This local chain never misses. If you need some burgers, sandwiches, or appetizers to share along with a beer after your day at KU Med Center, Tanner’s is a great place for a group.
Serving Cajun/Creole cuisine just across from the KU Med Center, Jazz is a convenient and tasty place to relax with a drink and a good meal. They also have a gluten-free menu and a children’s menu, and they offer catering.
Whether it’s breakfast, lunch, dinner or just a quick pick-me-up outside of the KU Med Center, Room 39 offers in-season, farm-to-table delicacies that will hit the spot. They have a lot of unusual dishes that feel both healthy and satisfying.
Made in-house and fresh daily, you’ll recognize KC Smoke Burger by their iconic “KC” brand on the bun. But outside of the expected burgers, they have fantastic Mediterranean dishes like shawarma, gyros, falafel sandwiches and more.
If you’re into sandwiches that are a little unusual and outside the box, but are absolutely delicious, then you’re going to want to make a stop to Bay Boy’s. Enjoy them hot or cold and have them delivered to KU Med if you’re in a rush.
“Kansas City’s beer bar” is located in the heart of the 39th Street district, not far from KU Med campus. They’re open until midnight, have tons of TVs if you need to leave KU Med to catch the game for a while and have plenty of shareable appetizers, entrees and deserts to munch on.
A popular local hangout for years, Fric & Frac serves the favorites in a fun and eclectic setting. Phillies, burgers, sandwiches and an impressive vegetarian menu are all found here.
Fast Food Near KU Med
Sometimes you just need something, quick, inexpensive and easy, especially if you need to run back to KU Med after a short break. Since you’ve probably visited one of these franchises before, we won’t bother explaining them to you! Just swing by one of these nearby locations.
Here are a few fast food places to eat at near KU Med for whenever you need an on-the-go meal, outside of the KU Med restaurants within the complex itself: