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The Ultimate Guide to Dining & Drinking Spots Near Our Communities

July 18, 2022

At Inspired Homes, we carefully select the areas in which we build our sought-after communities and remarkable homes throughout the Kansas City area, and we take a number of factors into consideration when deciding where to place our new home communities. While the standards should be set high for the schools, opportunities and environment when you’re searching for the perfect place to call home, it’s also important to keep in mind the nearby amenities that you and your family can enjoy—and luckily, the entire metropolitan area boasts an endless array of activities for our residents.

With close proximity to a plethora of distinctive restaurants, cafes, bakeries, wineries, breweries and more, we can guarantee you’ll never run out of great ways to spend your free time while living in any of our incredible communities throughout Kansas City—so continue reading to find some of our favorite places to eat, drink and enjoy quality time with friends and family throughout this picturesque area. 

Unbeatable cuisines

Sometimes a meal is so perfect, you could have it any day of the year and still never get tired of it—and the same can be said for a few preparations from some of the restaurants around our communities. 

The renowned Jack Stack Barbecue offers a one-of-a-kind dining experience and a truly exquisite menu, with unparalleled classic Kansas City BBQ dishes and 6 locations spread throughout the metro area—ensuring that all of our residents can enjoy this delicious restaurant with just a short commute. Popular entrees include Burnt Ends, Honey-Glazed Baby Back Ribs and Pulled Pork Mac & Cheese—and it’s only right to finish off your flavorful meal with the warm Triple Chocolate Brownie or the traditional Mom’s Carrot Cake. With a laid-back atmosphere and a modern ambiance, as well as the phenomenal aromas of KC BBQ, this restaurant is undoubtedly an essential stop to frequent in Kansas City for all of our residents. 

If you’re looking for a place to be welcomed by comforting scents of garlic cheesy bread, decadent pastas and mouth-watering steaks—look no further than Garozzo’s Ristorante in downtown KC and Overland Park. With authentic Italian cuisine, this restaurant has something for everyone to enjoy—whether it’s the signature Chicken Spiedini, Baked Lasagna, Chicken Carbonara or Eggplant Parmigiano. Providing authentic and flavorful Italian cuisine in Kansas City for over 32 years now, this restaurant is truly a vital part of the town and makes for a must-visit destination for all of our residents.

On top of these astounding dining options, the possibilities are practically limitless when it comes to finding fantastic restaurants around the area—including the impeccable brunch menu and breathtaking outdoor seating at Red Door Woodfired Grill, the perfectly-cooked, high-quality steaks at 801 Chophouse, the king-size buffalo wings at The Peanut and the best breakfast in town in the homely atmosphere at The Big Biscuit. No matter what you and your family are in the mood for on any particular day—Kansas City is guaranteed to exceed your expectations for every meal. 

Charming cafes and bakeries

If one thing’s for sure about Kansas City, it’s that the entire area contains some of the best bakeries and cafes in the Midwest—and the locations around our communities are no exception at all. 

With 3 locations spread throughout the city, McLain’s Bakery has been serving residents and visitors with astounding pastries for 75 years. Famous for their chocolate cupcake, this bakery offers an array of delicious foods for customers to enjoy—from the loaded breakfast sandwiches and refreshing salads to the decadent pastries and flavorful coffees. McLain’s is undoubtedly a Kansas City staple that everyone must try.

Messenger Coffee Company is yet another great Kansas City cafe with 4 locations throughout the city, and the serene atmosphere mixed with the fantastic pastries and artisan coffee is unbeatable. Serving freshly-baked breads and sweets from Ibis Bakery, the Almond Croissant or Cheese Slipper pairs perfectly with their amazing cappuccinos or lattes. 

Quench your thirst

For those who appreciate the craft behind a cold beer or a glass of wine, or if you simply need a relaxed night out accompanied by a refreshing cocktail—Kansas City and its suburbs have a number of choices you’ll surely want to check out. 

Amigoni Urban Winery is a local gem that offers wine tasting with perfectly-paired snacks, and the beautiful tasting room and serene atmosphere are unparalleled—making it an ideal place to frequent for those interested in learning more about the art of winemaking while sipping on a glass of rich red or sweet white. Additionally, KC Wine Co and Stone Pillar Vineyard & Winery both sit on acres of incredible vineyards and exude the charm of the countryside of KC—making for the ultimate wine tasting experience accompanied by breathtaking natural beauty.

For an unforgettable brewery experience in the heart of KC, you’ll definitely want to stop by Boulevard Brewing Company. With one-of-a-kind flavors and a lively, vibrant environment paired with the breathtaking beauty of the crossroads, this amazing brewery is guaranteed to impress all of its visitors around the area. From pale ales and IPAs to seltzers and aged barrels—there’s a flavor of beer for everyone to enjoy in this widely-recognized brewery, and the atmosphere is certainly unbeatable. To find outstanding draft beer flights in a rustic, cozy atmosphere, you’ll definitely want to visit Casual Animal Brewing Co.—and for a cafe-meets-brewery destination, Rochester Brewing and Roasting Company is one you won’t want to miss.

If you’re in the mood to sip on crafty cocktails while admiring the scenic views of the city—then the short commute to J. Rieger & Co is one you’ll want to take. Bright plants and lush greens welcome you into the captivating distillery, where you can explore the flavors of carefully-crafted cocktails and munch on delicious appetizers amongst the unmatched ambiance that exudes throughout this fascinating place—especially in the outdoor Electric Park Garden Bar on gorgeous sunny days and breezy nights in the city. 

Make the move today

These fantastic dining and drinking options represent just a small portion of the outstanding benefits Kansas City has to offer for its residents, and we’re proud to build in such a wonderful area with limitless amenities for our homeowners to enjoy. People of all ages and families of all sizes can undoubtedly find an array of things to love about living in Kansas City, especially when you live in a tight-knit, phenomenal community from Inspired Homes. There’s no better place to call home, and there’s no better builder to trust. 

At Inspired Homes, our team is ready to help you find the place you can grow, thrive and be happy in for years to come. If you’re ready to begin your journey to your carefully-crafted new home in any of our sought-after communities throughout the Kansas City area, be sure to browse our quick move-in homes, and don’t hesitate to contact us online or give us a call at (816) 656-0108 for any additional information.

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