Named for the wild strawberry vines that were its original inhabitants, this historic blufftop neighborhood west of the junction of the Kansas and Missouri rivers boasts stunning views of downtown Kansas City.
Long a destination for Slavic immigrants, KCK, as the locals call it, has of late attracted a hip new clutch of small business owners.
Here, six of them show us around their ’hood.
Mike Pearce, co-owner, Slaps BBQ, recommends:
“I like going to Splitlog Coffee Co., a place that remembers my order: the brown sugar and cinnamon latte, which tastes like those cheap oatmeal packets but is weirdly delicious. I also like the big ol’ mural of the neighborhood founder, Mr. Splitlog, holding a strawberry.”
Simeon Bricker, 2014 National Latte Art Champion and manager, Splitlog Coffee Co., recommends:
“The pizza at Sarah’s on the Hill is excellent, with a delicious crispy crust and quality toppings with unique flavor pairings. My go-to is the Garden Chicken 10-inch pie [with smoked chicken, artichoke hearts, tomato, red onion, feta cheese, and roasted garlic].”
John Breitenstein, co-owner, Sarah’s on the Hill, recommends:
“The Mockingbird Lounge is a hidden gem with incredible views of downtown. I appreciate their great draft beer list, with tons of local brews, sangria on the dog-friendly patio, and the fantastic chorizo biscuits and gravy for brunch.”
Dan Castillo, owner, The Mockingbird Lounge, recommends:
“Besides aerial yoga, Voler Thieves of Flight is known for its dance classes. It’s also a community gathering place where I’ve gone to Dr. Sketchy’s live drawings.”
Rachel McMeachin, owner, Voler Thieves of Flight, recommends:
“I appreciate the sounds and action the 403 Club craft beer bar and pinball arcade bring to the neighborhood. My favorite offering is the old school Monster Bash pinball game.”
Artie Scholes, owner, 403 Club, recommends:
“Everything at Slaps BBQ is amazing, but my favorite entrees are the jalapeño cheddar sausage and the burnt ends. As for sides, I would literally bathe in the amazing baked potato casserole.”