Until Taco Bell named it fourth meal, we had no name as a culture for that distinctly American feeling of wanting food well past our bedtime. So regardless of how you feel about Doritos Loco tacos, we must all pay homage to Taco Bell for naming our late night hunger.
And yet, that doesn’t mean you need to find yourself at the TB drive-through, hitting shuffle on their various amalgamations of meat, cheese and tortilla encasings. You can do better, Kansas City. You will do better. For starter’s Town Topic is open 24 hours. But since that qualifies as any-time eats, we couldn’t include it in this piece. With that, here are five late night eat spots in Kansas City.
5. District Pour House (7122 Wornall Road). They’re open until 1:30 a.m. nightly and they serve dinner until midnight. Trust the Gremlins and don’t eat dinner after 12 a.m. They also offer a heap of bourbon (pro tip for those with a sweet tooth: brown sugar pecan), rum and vodka infusions, if it’s that kind of night.
4. YJ’s Snack Bar (128 W 18th Street). They’re open until 10 p.m. daily. They just adjusted their hours — the coffee spot used to be a 24-hour joint Thursday through Sunday. Saturday night is comfort city with a fish fry and read beans. The coffee is on point and the baked goods are delightfully homemade.
3. Westport Cafe & Bar (419 Westport Road). They serve food as long as they’re open (which is midnight on Sunday and 1:30 a.m. the other six days of the week). Four words: Late Night Happy Hour. It kicks in at 10 p.m. nightly. The spring pea ravioli with lemon brown butter will leave you smiling as will the steak frites ($11) with bernaise.
2. Thomas Restaurant (1815 W 39th Street). Dinner is available until 10 p.m. Monday through Thursday and that extends to 11 p.m. on Friday and Saturday (the bar is open until 1:30 a.m.). At most restaurants, chicken is where you land when you don’t know what to do with a menu. Here, the buttermilk cider chicken is a must — pan-seared chicken with a cider cream, tart granny smith apples and toasted pecans. You can also get it as a sandwich — a cheese-covered chicken version of a BLT.
1. Tannin Wine Bar & Kitchen (1526 Walnut Street). The Crossroads restaurant with a killer wine program has a kitchen that’s open until midnight Monday through Saturday. You’ll find warmth in a plate of lobster risotto and a Wagyu burger topped with a fried egg. Vegetarians should fire up the curry roasted cauliflower.
Where’s your go-to late night haunt?[Images via Facebook: Westport Cafe and Bar, Thomas, and Tannin]