KC in the Spotlight: Cocktails and History

It’s hard keeping track of all Kansas City’s awesome mentions these days, so we’re doing it for you. The latest round includes cocktails and history.

We aren’t the only fans of One More Cup’s cold caffeine offerings. USA Today’s 10Best section included the Waldo coffee spot’s Curious George, an espresso-based drink flavored with Shatto’s chocolate and banana milks, on a list of the nation’s 10 best iced coffee drinks for an afternoon pick-up.

On a blistering summer day, there are few better ways to cool down than with a Snow & Co. frozen cocktail. Our friends at Eater agree, putting the Crossroads based bar (which also has an uber-cool Gladstone outpost) on its list of 20 great frozen cocktails across America, singling out The Rockefeller, made with Old Overholt rye whiskey infused with cherries Cinzano sweet vermouth and Angostura bitters. It just so happens we have the recipe online here to help you impress all your friend. In other boozy news, Ça Va was named one of the top 20 wine bars in America by Wine Enthusiast.

Manifesto’s reputation for excellence is no secret here in town, but we’re still tickled to see it appear on Thrillist’s list of the 21 most secret bars in America. The list-centric website also featured KC in its breakdown of the best BBQ across America by city. In the KC section, Thrillist noted the city does it all when it comes to barbecue instead of focusing on one signature meat and its highlighted spots were selected by barbecue legend Ardie Davis. The honor for best burnt ends goes to Q39; SLAP’s BBQ earns the best brisket title; Plowboys Barbeque nabs the best ribs mantle; and Johnny’s BBQ wins best pulled pork.

KC has a rich history, and Travel + Leisure took note, ranking KC as No. 14 on its list of America’s best cities for history buffs. The article highlights Kelly’s for (probably) being the city’s oldest building, noting it “was once the site of a trading post on the Oregon and Santa Fe trails—and once had the cachet of being owned by Daniel Boone’s grandson.” Pierpont’s and the Beaux Arts train station also scored mentions.

Perhaps the most heartwarming mention of late came from People Magazine and ABC News, which shared KC Pet Project’s rescue and transformation of Harry, a Chow Chow who had five pounds of hard, matted hair and is missing the majority of his nose. After two hours of grooming, he was in much better shape and is currently recuperating under the care of a foster family.