My wife and I will be in KC for 4 dinners, 4 breakfasts, and 3 lunches this Thurs 8/27 through Mon 8/31. We will be staying at the Q hotel on Westport. We will have a car and are fine with driving around; that said, we like going to a cool neighborhood and exploring.
We have never been to KC before, and are basically coming to check out a place we've never been, eat some barbecue, and catch some music. We will be spending an afternoon in Parkville - probably, we'll be looking for lunch (but maybe dinner).
DINNER: I'd guess we've got dinners pretty much lined out: I'm thinking Bryant's, Bluestem, Strouds, and probably LC's - we want barbecue twice, since it's KC's specialty, right? (And we can only afford one fine dining night. For that matter, if we scrap anything, it'd probably be Bluestem - there's plenty of fine dining near home that we haven't tried.)
LUNCH: We've been told the farmer's market near downtown is very nice to check out, I've seen good recs for Lulu's Thai, and...? We want to hit up that sweet looking Fresher than Fresh snocone place, too.
BREAKFAST: Totally at a loss here. Good homestyle food (biscuits & gravy & such) is certainly fine, but anything that breaks the mold, so to speak, would be nice. We can get bacon & eggs anywhere, but I'm sure there's someplace with some more local flavor, right? If nothing else, local bakeries are perfectly acceptable. :D Ideas include Classic Cup, and I've seen recs for Eggctr and Woodswether Cafe but there don't seem to be menus online for either of those.
DRINKS/MUSIC: The Blue Room seems to come highly recommended, and we're open to anything else. It'd be great if there was somewhere within walking distance, but if not, that's why they invented cabs. Nonsmoking would be wonderful, but I realize that's probably a stretch. Are there any KC specialty drinks to try?
SHOPPING: Obviously, we're right by the Plaza, but it seems like a fair amount of that is stuff that we've got here in Indy. We'd be way more interested in bohemian/artsy areas with vintage stores, art, etc. (Think Lincoln Park in Chicago - that sort of thing.)
Are any of the places in Westport worth checking out? There's a list here: http://www.westportkc.com/ , and I'd love to hear anyone's thoughts on those places.
Is there anywhere in Parkville that's can't-miss? We've been told that it's a nice place to spend a lazy afternoon walking trails, and any recs on that would be welcome as well.
As always, I want to thank the CHOW community in advance for the assistance. Last year at this time, y'all pretty much planned our honeymoon (Portland & Seattle) out for us, and we had the Best. Trip. Ever. So thanks again for that, too. :D