The restaurants in South Kansas City are some of the most unique in the area, but it can be confusing what exactly the term “South Kansas City” refers to. Typically, it describes the southern half of Kansas City, Missouri, in addition to suburbs like Grandview, Harrisonville, Belton, Loch Lloyd, Peculiar and Raymore. It’s a large area, but it encompasses some of the most vibrant cuisines in the city. With that in mind, then, we promise that any of the following South Kansas City restaurants are well worth the drive!
If you’re in the mood for Southern comfort food:
While Missouri is technically a part of the Midwest, you wouldn’t know it when visiting any of the following South Kansas City restaurants. Whether it’s a po’ boy or jambalaya, barbecue or gumbo, the southern half of Kansas City manages to capture the flavor of a region it isn’t technically a part of.
Game Day boasts authentic cuisine not typically found on this side of the Mississippi River, and their menu backs up the claim. Whether you’re in the mood for wings, catfish, a po’ boy, or one of their authentic southern sides, you’ll leave Game Day Chicken Wings and Fish stuffed, happy and ready for a nap.
From snapper to shrimp, catfish to kickin’ chicken, and, of course, jambalaya, Charlie D’s is one of the only restaurants in South Kansas City to offer Cajun cuisine. If you’re watching your calories, they do offer a healthy menu, but what fun is that?
Two of Kansas City’s best pastimes — barbecue and blues — have been intertwined at B.B.’s for more than 20 years, making it one of the best-kept barbecue secrets of the restaurants in South Kansas City. In addition to slow-smoked meats, the menu includes signature Louisiana dishes like jambalaya and gumbo.
If you’re looking to take a trip around the world — without leaving KC:
Since they’re smack in the middle of the United States, most people probably wouldn’t consider the restaurants in South Kansas City when looking for foreign cuisines. That, however, would be a mistake. Whether you’re craving gyros or burritos, pasta or German-style “bier,” these South Kansas City restaurants can satisfy just about any taste buds.
It’s hard to say what draws the crowds in to Tasso’s. It could be the belly dancing, the live music, the breaking of dishes, or the truly authentic Greek food—or all of the above. Tasso and Katina Kalliris moved to Kansas City in 1960 from Greece and eventually were able to save enough to open up their own restaurant. The food is great any night of the week, but belly dancing performances are on Friday and Saturday evenings.
You can never go wrong with authentic Mexican food, and Dos De Oros certainly delivers. Whether you order the guacamole made tableside, soup, the daily-made salsa, or any of the other menu items, you really can’t go wrong. We recommend checking out the gigante margarita, as well.
The Mirable family has been dominating the Italian food scene in Kansas City since 1954, when Leonoardo Mirabile opened the first Jasper’s location with his son, Jasper. He later added a groceria, delicatessen and pizzeria, creating an Italian neighborhood right in the middle of the Midwest. The location has changed, but the food, made all the better by over six decades of family cooking, remains true to its roots.
Their motto: “We put the I back in Bier.” The KC Bier Co. is all about brewing authentic German-style beer, right in the heart of Kansas City. Whether you’re interested in observing the process or enjoying traditional German foods like sausages and cheeses, it’s always a good idea to visit the Bierhalle.
Other Restaurants in South KC
Didn’t find what you’re looking for? Have no fear; there are still more restaurants South Kansas City has to offer: