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Your guide to the 4 most popular spots in downtown Kansas City

Spending time in downtown Kansas City? Get to know the heart of the city by browsing its most popular local businesses, from a food hall to a brewery.

Hoodline crunched the numbers to find the top places to visit downtown, using both Yelp data and our own secret sauce to produce a ranked list of neighborhood businesses. Read on for the results.

1. Parlor

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Topping the list is three-level food hall Parlor. Located at 1707 Locust St., it's the highest-rated business in the neighborhood, boasting 4.5 stars out of 159 reviews on Yelp. Under the roof you'll find seven restaurants and two bars featuring craft beer and house-created artisanal cocktails. 

2. Grinders

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Next up is Grinders, serving cheesesteaks, New York-style pizza and more, situated at 417 E. 18th St. With four stars out of 569 reviews on Yelp, it's proved to be a local favorite. On the menu you'll find spicy chicken wings, crab rangoon and a fried goat cheese salad. The eatery has been featured on "Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives" and "Guy's Big Bite."

3. Mission Taco Joint 

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Mission Taco Joint is another neighborhood go-to, with four stars out of 286 Yelp reviews. Head over to 409 E. 18th St. in the Crossroads area to try it for yourself. It serves up West Coast-style street tacos, such as spicy chorizo, barbecued duck and beef brisket. The St. Louis-based eatery now has six locations in the state. 

4. Brewery Emperial

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Finally, check out Brewery Emperial, which has earned four stars out of 177 reviews on Yelp. You can find the brewery, beer garden and traditional American spot at 1829 Oak St. Current draft beers include a maibock, French saison and malt whisky ale. Hungry? The menu features wood-fired chicken tortillas, smoked pork chops and salads. 


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