The Daily Meal’s 101 Best Restaurants – KC BBQ Carries the Local Load

The Daily Meal has come out with its list of the 101 Best Restaurants in America, and local greats such as Bluestem, Justus Drug Store and the American failed to make the grade. Instead, Kansas City cuisine is represented by Oklahoma Joe’s (#97) and Arthur Bryant’s (#18).

Is it coastal condescension that turns up its nose at Kansas City’s many fine dining restaurants while embracing our more rustic offerings? Or is it simply true that you can find better fine dining elsewhere, but Kansas City does barbecue better than anywhere else?

I don’t see any St. Louis restaurants on the list; has the Hill been flattened? Would the critics view Kansas City to be merely another fly-over city like our undistinguished cousin to the east if not for smoked meat?

2 Responses to “The Daily Meal’s 101 Best Restaurants – KC BBQ Carries the Local Load”

  1. meesha.v says:

    I think the second statement is right. If you come to any city for a day or two you want to try what it’s famous for. In Chicago – pizza, italian beef and hot dogs, here- BBQ,other cities have their own trademark foods. At least that’s what I would do. When I was on the train few weeks ago, a guy traveling from LA said that he considered asking for some BBQ to be delivered to the train when it stops in KC. I know it’s not possible but that’s what KC is known for,might as well embrace it.

  2. Anonymous says:

    What about The Cheesecake Factory? ;)

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