Kansas City’s Take Out Tour

Bust Out of Your Take-Out Rut with the Best of KC

Do you find yourself in a take-out summer slump, always ordering from the same-old places, with the same-old options? Go Explore KC is here to bust you out of your rut and into some of the best options in KC for take-out eats and treats!  The list below will take your taste-buds to all corners of the metro, featuring local favorites alongside some hidden gems that will become your new go-to spots!


Old Shawnee Pizza

This locally owned and operated KC classic has been serving up mouth-watering pizza combos and more since 1969.  You’ll be hard-pressed to pick a favorite as you scroll through their list of 14 specialty pizzas. Feeling adventurous? Try the Famous Crab Rangoon or Nashville Hot Chicken pizzas! The sandwiches and pastas deserve their own accolades, too! Did we mention they offer cannoli for dessert? And your Go Explore KC Membership gets you a 2-for-1 lunch special!

Buffalo State Pizza Company

If you’re craving a taste of authentic NY style pizza right here in KC, look no further than Buffalo State Pizza Co.  With locations in the Crossroads and Overland Park, it’s easy to bring a delicious pizza-pie right to your table.  Featuring 17 large-sliced pizzas (put us down for the El Patron or KC Q!) with unique topping creations, options to build your own pizza, alongside sandwiches and other munchies, we don’t know what’s not to love about this joint! Explore the Crossroads and buy one slice, get one FREE with your Go Explore KC Club membership.

Southside Bar & Grill

Their slogan is “get your backside to the Southside Bar & Grille,” and with a menu to back it up, we’re not going to argue with that! Located on 103rd street in KCMO, Southside offers a full menu with bar-food favorites and some unique delights, such as tantalizing appetizers like Grandma’s Fried Artichokes and Andy’s Gyro Bites! From gourmet burgers and locally-famous sandwiches to salads, entrees, and specialty pizzas, Southside will satisfy your hunger and then some! Stop in for a drink, make it a beer or a cocktail, and get one free with Go Explore KC!

Chips and Coins

Authentic Cuban cuisine, right here in the metro! This little local gem gets top marks on Yelp for authentic Cuban food and is located right in the heart of Kansas City, Kansas. Serving breakfast, lunch, sides, drinks, desserts and more, the Chips and Coins menu is expansive! Check out their website for tempting daily lunch specials or try their classic customer favorite–the Cuban sandwich–to bring a little taste of Havana to your home! Buy a sandwich with your Go Explore KC membership and get free plantains or yuca fries. Yum!

Italian Delight

Italian Delight of KCK–a metro classic for 33 years running–is the place to be for New York and Sicilian-style eats and treats.  One look at the menu full of pizza choices, pasta favorites, calzones, strombolis, sub sandwiches, classic desserts, and more, and you’ll be in Italian-food heaven!  Feed yourself and a friend with the Go Explore KC Club membership special: buy 1 stromboli, get 1 free

Love at First Bite

Serving up bakery treats, coffee and bubble tea, cafe breakfast and lunch fare and Banh Mi delights in the form of sandwiches, burritos, spring rolls, and salads, Love at First Bite lives up to its name.  Promising “chic style and chill spaces,” this little shop in Olathe is a great way to add some variety to your lunch, breakfast, or afternoon snack.   Don’t miss their amazing special just for Go Explore KC club members: buy 1 Banh Mi burrito, get 1 free


There’s little debate that Minksy’s wears the pizza crown in this Crown Town.  Consistently voted KC’s favorite pizza, Minsky’s is a reliable crowd-pleaser. Ooey gooey cheese, crust made to order from hand-rolled dough, fresh meats, toppings, and spices…we could go on and on.  With 18 area locations and options for fresh carry-out or delivery to your doorstep, there’s really no reason why Minsky’s shouldn’t be near the top of your take-out rotation. Try out the Independence location and get any dessert and get one free with your Go Explore KC membership!

Morning Day Cafe KC

Located in North Kansas City, Morning Day Cafe offers a variety of options to brighten up your breakfast, brunch, or morning sips.  With a commitment to local sourcing, sustainability, and a  whole-food philosophy, their menu features direct-trade coffees and uniquely created espressos, alongside brunch options that are both classic and artisanal. Sip a specialty coffee for free with their BOGO special just for Go Explore KC members.  

Third Coast Pizza

If Chicago-style pizza is your craving of choice, look no further than Third Coast Pizza in Lenexa.  We love their mission of bringing Chicago flavors to the ‘burbs and their dedication to the local community.  Prioritizing local providers whenever possible, Third Coast serves up delicious Windy City pizza pies, oven-baked grinders and pastas, Italian beef sandwiches, Vienna beef hot dogs, and more.  Give your taste buds a Second City treat when you eat at Third Coast! Your Go Explore KC Club membership earns you a BOGO lunch special!

Taps on Main

Upscale bar-food is the name of the game at Taps on Main, a locally-owned sports bar and grill in the Crossroads.  If you decide to venture inside, you’ll be treated with a PYOB (Pour-your-own-beer) wall and a fun atmosphere. Their menu features yummy appetizers such as the Tonawanda wings, featuring a 45 year-old family wing sauce recipe, gourmet burgers, a variety of fries and tots, mac’n’cheese, sandwiches and more! Score a 2-for-1 classic burger and fries as a Go Explore KC member!

The Junction on Sante Fe

Looking for a new BBQ joint to add to your list of take-out options? Try The Junction, located right off the railroad tracks in Lenexa! Promising a menu with “a unique twist on smokehouse BBQ favorites with modern flare and fresh options,” this family-owned restaurant is a perfect stop for some KC flavor.  This little spot’s menu is living-large, with mouth-watering appetizers, greens, platters, ribs, burgers and sandwiches, and even tacos! Buy 1 Petticoat Junction and get one of equal or lesser value FREE with Go Explore KC!