The Low Down on Downtown Kansas City.

Pardon The Punctuation...Was just in KC and let me tell you that place blew my mind. Great food, drink and coffee. It goes to show that you never know...and the minute you think you don't know sh*t. Kansas City...the home of under achieving professional sports teams has an overachieving food and drink scene. While in town I stumbled on some great spots. Here they are.

Hilton President: Perfect vintage hotel in the heart of downtown. The place looks like something out of "The Great Gatsby." The classic look of the place is stunning and the "Drum Room" bar has a wide selection of great Bourbon. Life is good.

Latte Land: Some nice single origin coffee and they also make a good gibraltar.

Quay Coffee: Talk about a breathe of fresh air. I usually travel with my Aeropress to ensure I'll have a good cup of coffee while on the road. After discovering Quay my aeropress never came out of the bag. Located in the River Market area, Quay is the perfect place to go for a single origin pour over or the perfect latte in KC.

Jackstack Barbecue: The smell when you walk in is to die for. Everything is good...I mean everything. If I had to choose one thing it'd have to be crown prime beef rib and the bread pudding for dessert.

Tannin Wine Bar: A great place for a glass of wine and some appetizers or even a full meal. They've got probably the best wine selection in town. The staff is knowledgable and will steer you in the right direction. The Jumbo Lump Crab Dip and the local sausage on dirty rice are amazing. They also have a wine club...yup wine lockers and the whole deal. Would be my go to place if I lived in town for happy hour.

The Rieger: Chef Howard Hanna has put together a top notch restaurant in a great KC spot. An open kitchen and old world charm greet you for the best meal in KC. Must haves are the KC strip and the cauliflower. YUM!

Manifesto: The cocktails, service, and ambiance blew me away. This speakeasy located in the basement of The Rieger is the place to be every night. I dug it so much I went there 3 out of the 5 nights I was in town.

If you're looking for a cool place to check out in the midwest give KC a try. Charm and a good steak go a long way in my book.