Kansas City-area restaurants you’ll never eat at again, part 1

This week, Chuck Eats KC has access to a culinary time machine. We can travel back in time to visit restaurants in the Kansas City area. Our travels today will mostly reflect my memories and favorites, but I have badgered a few friends for names of restaurants they fondly remember. Feel free to add your memories of these places or others in the comments below. There will be further visits by our time machine to Kansas City restaurants of yesteryear.

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Kin Lin

Most of us have a favorite neighborhood Chinese take-out place, but where can you go if you want to kick up that style of affordable food up a notch and enjoy even more options?

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Blue Koi: Dumplings, Noodles and Asian Delights

Blue Koi is a Kansas City institution with an international reputation thanks to a famous fan. If you are looking for Asian dumplings, noodle dishes, delicious appetizers, soups, and bubble teas, Blue Koi is a dependable, awesome option for Chinese cuisine.

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Shake Shack: Fast Casual Gourmet Burgers and Fries and Shakes

Shake Shack is kind of like the Trader Joe’s of the current generation of fast casual burger chains. You’ve heard lots of praise from friends who are part of their fan base. The restaurant is a chain, but it doesn’t oversaturate your city with locations. You must go out of your way to patronize their restaurants.

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Shawarmar: Fast Middle Eastern in Midtown

So I was very excited a few years back when Shawarmar opened in a former fast food chicken spot on Linwood, just a block East of Main Street. Midtown finally got a fast Middle Eastern concept that offers drive-thru, takeout, tasty food, and friendly service.

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Meriwether Café: An Authentic Third Place in Leavenworth, Kansas

The Meriwether Café in downtown Leavenworth, Kansas can be described as a third space that encapsulates the social good of third spaces. While it’s a restaurant, coffee shop and gift shop, it’s also a space where you can take the kids, meet up with a date, take some time to read the newspaper, or have a public coffee klatch with friends.

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