Fuel Up for Game Day with Iconic Kansas City Food Staples

If you’re supporting the Chiefs, check out these Kansas City specialties and order in advance for game day take out or delivery.

On February 7, the Chiefs will face off against the Buccaneers and battle it out for the Super Bowl LV title.

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Some people are excited about the actual game, others for the commercials, but everyone shows up for the snacks.

Arthur Bryant’s Burnt Ends

If you happen to be in Kansas City on game day, follow your nose to Arthur Bryant’s original location on Brooklyn Street. The famous barbeque joint, open since 1908, has kept up the tradition of smoking its meat in a combination of hickory and oak wood for more than a century. At the peak of flavor, the folks at Arthur Bryant splash its meat with the house barbeque sauce (original, sweet heat, or rich and spicy). After over 100 years, the sauce has attracted three sitting presidents to the restaurant and the recipe is still a well-guarded secret. While you can’t go wrong with any of the succulent offerings, the burnt ends sandwich is not to be missed. Not in Kansas City for the big day? No problem! The “King of Ribs” ships nationwide. Get the ribs and burnt ends combo (which feeds four to six people) delivered straight to your door.

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Arthur Bryant BBQ Beef Sandwich (Courtesy  Arthur Bryant’s)

Fervere’s Cheese Slipper

Fervere is a small bakery that has made a big name for itself. Kansas City residents line up down the block to ensure they get to take home a coveted cheese slipper. What sounds like a footwear mishap actually begins with whole wheat flour, tons of cheese (including Tillamook aged cheddar), and optional toppings like tomato or egg. All of that doughy goodness sells out quickly so advanced orders are strongly suggested. Fervere has been known to dish up more than 100 of these ciabatta-like loaves in a single hour! Carb lovers should also check out the bevy of other artisan bread baked daily including an olive and rosemary loaf stuffed with kalamata olives or their orchard bread filled with apricots, apples, golden raisins, and walnuts. 

Fervere’s is a small bakery that has made a big name for itself | WhereTraveler
Cheese Slipper (Courtesy Fervere)

Joe’s Kansas City Bar-B-Que’s Z-Man Sandwich

There are 3 Joe's Kansas City Bar-B-Que locations but none are as Instagram worthy as the Original Gas Station on 47th Avenue. After attending a barbeque competition in 1990, owners Jeff and Joy Stehney knew the “smoke life” was their calling. A few years later and several competition wins later, Joe’s was born. The menu has a heading for BBQ sandwiches and specialty sandwiches, but the famous Z-Man gets a category all to itself. The original Z-Man includes slow-smoked beef brisket, provolone cheese, and crispy onion rings on a toasted Kaiser roll. If brisket isn’t your favorite bbq staple, try a Z-Man with smoked pulled chicken and BBQ mayo, pulled pork, or smoked portobello mushrooms. Joe’s ships make-your-own Z-Man kits (serves eight) nationwide. The Z-Man kits are so good there are literally poems written in tribute in the customer reviews.

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Z-Man Sandwich (Courtesy Joe's Kansas City Bar-B-Que)

The Majestic Restaurant’s Kansas City Strip

For more than 150 years, steak has been a big deal in Kansas City. The stockyards along the mighty Missouri River were a major destination for Texas cattle drivers. The Kansas City Strip, unlike its east coast cousin, includes a portion of the bone. Those looking for a classic KC steakhouse experience should head to The Majestic Restaurant. Live jazz music, delicious cocktails, and a cigar club leave The Majestic dripping in old school opulence. All of the steaks are aged in Kansas City and sourced locally from Angus and Hereford herds. The 10-ounce strip is dry-aged for 14 days and grilled to your preference. Accompany your “Cow Town” cut with succulent sides like lobster mac and cheese, a twice-baked potato, or classic creamed spinach. The Majestic is open for COVID-safe dining or curbside pickup.

Garozzo’s Ristorante’s Chicken Spiedini

Often imitated but never duplicated, chicken spiedini was invented in Kansas City. Michael Garozzo created the dish in his eponymous ristorante in 1989. Chicken breast is marinated, rolled in Italian bread crumbs, skewered, grilled to perfection, and served over pasta. The dish is highly customizable too! Spiedini Samantha is topped with alfredo sauce and artichoke hearts while the buttery spiedini Giovanni features lemon, capers, mushrooms, and black olives. Skip the chicken and instead try spiedini variations with beef tenderloin, shrimp, or lobster. Garozzo’s is consistently rated one of Zagat’s top Italian restaurants in the country and has been patronized by celebrity heavyweights like Tony Bennet. It’s currently open for socially-distanced indoor dining and carryout. Don’t worry about the chicken spiedini losing its luster between the restaurant and your door; the dish travels exceptionally well.

Christopher Elbow’s Artisanal Chocolates

Nothing could be sweeter than a Kansas City Chiefs victory, except perhaps Christopher Elbow's artisanal chocolates. Elbow has been creating exceptional chocolates, bonbons, and confections since 2003. The signature chocolate bars feature an intriguing blend of flavors including peanut butter and toasted corn, blueberry lavender, cherry streusel, and toasted almond and sea salt. The jewel-like chocolate bonbons look too good to eat (pro tip: eat them anyway). The pecan caramels are a fan-favorite but don’t miss the other confections like chocolate-covered nuts or buttery toffee. Out-of-towners rejoice! These delicate delights ship nationwide

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(Courtesy Christopher Elbow Chocolate)