Casual Dining KC
The mid-morning session just concluded—and it couldn’t have ended sooner because your stomach is grumbling and lunch is on your mind. There’s just enough time to grab a bite, but that’s it—a sit down meal is off the table for today. Thankfully, Kansas City has a variety of different fast casual dining options available for out-of-towners here for events and conventions, all with healthy options sure to fuel the rest of your day without the sluggishness that comes from alternatives. Here are some of the best fast casual dining options for convention-goers in KC:
The Center of it All
You’re in luck if your event happens to be held at the Kansas City Convention Center because the dining options are plentiful in Downtown KC. Plus, with the convenience of the KC Streetcar—a free-to-ride, 2.2-mile public transit system with 16 stops—traveling Downtown is easier than ever.
Hop on the streetcar and head north to the River Market neighborhood, where you’ll find Burrito Bros, a burritos-and-bowls Mexican restaurant with locally sourced ingredients, including chorizo and several meatless options. Or, step out from the convention center and walk right to the Power & Light District, where you’ll find The Mixx, an excellent lunch spot that satisfies hunger pangs with fresh salads, wraps, tacos and more. Head south along the streetcar line to the Crossroads Arts District and you’ll find The Sundry, where local ingredients reign supreme and the weekday lunch menu features a slew of daily specials.
Break Across the Border
Convention attendees posted up on the Kansas side of the city need not worry about quick dining options. If your event takes place at the Overland Park Convention Center, make sure you hit up Sheridan’s Unforked. Self-billed as “honest, clean food,” the concept takes advantage of local ingredients to create a colorful, diverse menu with plenty of options for everyone. Tacos and quesadillas are the main attraction though, with creative burger recipes and seasonal items throwing twists on traditional lunch fare. Also check in with what fruits are in season, because they often find their way into the dessert offerings.
If you find yourself in Crown Center and craving Sheridan's Unforked, you're in luck. The one-stop hotspot is now home to this local favorite for fast casual cuisine.
Wrap it Up
If your plane just touched down and you can’t wait for a bite, swing by Twisted Fresh in KC North, only a short drive south and on the way into Downtown KC. Also a great option if your meeting is being held at KCI Expo Center, the restaurant uses fresh fixings to create combos unlike anything you (or your taste buds) have ever experienced. Choose between hot or cool sandwich wraps, or, if you’re feeling green, turn any of them into a salad. The rest of the reasonably-priced menu is rounded out with a balanced offering of burgers, sandwiches and quick Mexican dining options.
Health Conscious Down South
Find yourself on the south side of town and in search of food? Enjoy Pure Food + Drink has just what you need. The Leawood, Kan., restaurant dishes out clean-eating menu items such as salads, bowls, small plates and sandwiches, just to name a few. Cold-pressed juice is a big hit as well, with options designed to help boost energy and hydrate—ideal prep for your event’s afternoon sessions. The restaurant also makes all of its own dressings, sauces and more, which means that you’re getting the freshest fare possible.
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