I'm heading to KC this weekend, and actually I've known for quite awhile but only just now got serious about researching. Here are my thoughts, please tell me what's wrong and what's right and help me finalize a plan. FYI, cost is not a concern, nor is location, I know that helps with suggestions, but I honestly just want the best food. I'm staying in the Sheraton at Crown Center.
1.Driving from Omaha, should arrive in KC in the evening, I considered detouring to Justus for dinner but it seems like a bad idea considering I'll be schlubby from the drive, and it'll be relatively early, and i'm not that jazzed about veggie risotto (I'm a vegetarian, kind of, see BBQ below). Still, the desserts look amazing, so maybe reverse meal and do dessert and cocktails and then eat dinner somewhere in KC proper? Good idea? If so, where would be a good supplement to follow a dessert/drink primer?
2. I have to fill Friday and Saturday dinner. Of the usually suggested spots, the Westside Local looked most up my alley in terms of type of food, atmosphere, etc. In fact, I'm considering it for both a dinner and brunch. Or is that a wasted opportunity? I looked at the usual suspects (Bluestem, Rieger, Julian) and I just don't know if I'm sold, but if one of these is truly the best food experience in KC, I'm up for it. Otherwise, perhaps a nice ethnic place (I like everything) anything that would make for a super great dinner that is not barbeque or a steakhouse.
3. BBQ.. burnt ends are the priority. Sounds like LC's is the consensus pick but Oklahoma Joes would be a good choice too? I'll be coming back from Independence for Saturday lunch.
4. Brunch...so I've got Saturday and Sunday for Brunch. I thought I might do Bluestem for brunch, especially if i eschew it for another place for one of my dinners. I think I'm committing to one breakfast/brunch at Westside Local, but I could be dissuaded if you think that's off. I also considered The Farmhouse, and I think i would likely do that Sat. before going to city market and then jetting off to Independence. However, if Bluestem brunch is not to be missed, please let me know. Also, Succotash? Yes? No? I'm not above eating two brunches per day to fit it all in. Obviously I like brunch quite a bit.
5 Drinks...both Friday and Saturday I would like to try two different bars. I'm keen on the craft cocktail thing, and of course Manifesto looks great, and great beer selection would work well too. Any other places besides Manifesto that are close to my hotel (traveling for food is one thing, for booze, another)?
Also, regarding Manifesto, this is way stupid, but the website says reservations for tables of four, and I will be a table of two. What do i do with that? Reserve a table for four and be a jackass (probably not)? Try to reserve a spot for two? Can i? Or do I have to wait solely by virtue of the fact that I have limited companions? Any help in this regard will be greatly appreciated as visiting Manifesto is kind of a highlight.
Thanks in advance, I know it's a lot, I'm just feeling like I haven't prepared enough and could really use some help.