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Our KC Local Week Picks

Living la vida local this week? Check out our must-visit spots.

Here at KC Magazine, we’re all about bringing you the best KC has to offer, especially when it’s homegrown. So naturally we’re on board with KC Local Week, the challenge to eat, drink and shop local now through Aug. 23—and we’re sharing our picks, broken down day by themed day.

Wednesday: Lunch

Take a break from work by grabbing a bite at one of KC’s many locally owned restaurants. If you’re based downtown or in the Crossroads, head to Affäre, which boasts an assortment of delicious $10 lunch specials as well as other entrees. Find yourself out south? Stop by La Bodega’s Town Center Crossing location for the daily $10 lunch combo. Tuesday’s special is half a BLT with soup or a house salad.

Affäre’s Käsespätzle, one of the dishes on the $10 lunch menu.

Thursday: Bucket List

What’s the one thing you’ve always wanted to do in town, but haven’t yet? We’ll second the Local Week website’s suggestions to catch a screening of “Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade” at Berkley Riverfront Park or take in a concert from rising local stars Madisen Ward and the Mama Bear at The Midland. A few extras that many Kansas Citians never quite seem to get around to: the Boulevard Brewing Company tour (which includes six times Thursday—just be sure to get there early) and a bike ride along Cliff Drive, not necessarily in that order.

Cliff Drive

Friday: Date Night

Make a date with one of KC’s amazing restaurants and venues. Our favorites include dinner and live music at The Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art’s Rozzelle Court, only offered Fridays 5 – 10:30 p.m., and jazz at the Blue Room (Friday’s shows are part of the second annual Charlie Parker Celebration). If you’re feeling ambitious, turn your date night into a staycation at Hotel Phillips, a historic beauty that puts you in the heart of downtown.

Rozzelle Court

Saturday: Small Business Saturday

Bigger doesn’t always mean better. Case in point: KC’s amazing locally owned shops. Visit Made in KC and Threshing Bee at Prairiefire for great finds for your wardrobe and home, buy a page-turner at Rainy Day Books in Fairway or score a pre-loved piece at River Market Antiques.

Made in KC

Sunday: Brunch

It’s easy to feel overwhelmed deciding where to brunch in a city full of fantastic options, so we’ve rounded up 12 of our favorites, but we’re always finding new spots to add to our mental list. With its charming French bistro feel and sizeable portions of dishes such as crispy fried chicken with French toast that come with a complimentary cocktail or coffee, Westport Café & Bar is brunch hall of fame-worthy.  For a delectable mouthful of local ingredients, check out The Sundry’s brunch, offering items such as Johnnycake’s made with Crum’s Heirlooms polenta, Windhaven Farms pork sausage gravy over a house-made buttermilk biscuit and a grilled cheese made with Sasha’s Baking Co. rustic French bread and Little Bill’s Pimiento Cheese toasted until golden brown.

Westport Cafe & Bar’s fried chicken and french toast

Check out the events going on during KC Local Week and get more suggestions here. Don’t forget to snap a photo and share it on social media using #kclocalweek #eatdrinkshoplcoalkc.

Photos via Facebook.