In the few days I was there, this is Kansas City, putting in work.
5: Rainy Day Books
Rainy Day Books is in Fairway, a suburb of Kansas. It's gorgeous inside; beautifully displayed, full, and well-mapped. The staff knows what they're doing. And what's a place to visit without a decent bookstore?
4 is for $4 Guinness
I don't know from whence you're reading but to a guy living in Miami, paying less than $6 for a beer is a revelation. Most times, it's $7-$8 ($9 or $10 if you're stupid enough to go to a club). At $4, I almost expected to see a wee shot glass.
I won't say every bartender knew how to pour it perfectly, but the search for a perfect Guinness pour is a rant for another time.
3: Cab Scholars
A cab ride in Kansas City is like a free history lecture. You want to know which mob boss rode FBI bullets to the great beyond in front of what building? You want to know where Lewis and Clark bought slaves for their journey? You want to know not just the historic landmarks and the lay of the land, but how the landmarks became historic and why the land is laid out the way it is? Take a cab.
2: This is Not the Library
With all the snow when we visited, tracks told us which books people posed in front of the most. Least surprising? Gabriel Garcia Marquez got no love.
You know the edge of the meat that got crisped up on the grill and captured all the flavor? Smoky and delicious, charry-chewy on the outside and juicy-tender on the inside, Burnt Ends have all of that, and nothing else. One bite and I wanted to move to Kansas City.