If there's something to love about Kansas City, Missouri, it's the barbecue. Fortunately for barbecue enthusiasts, the city boasts budget-friendly hotels, such as the Sheraton Kansas City Hotel at Crown Center, within driving distance of several barbecue legends, such as Fiorella's Jack Stack Barbecue. Here's a look at a few cheap hotels in Kansas City close to some great eats.
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Hotels Near Gates Bar-B-Q
Gates Bar-B-Q is a Kansas City barbecue empire. In 1946, George Gates parted ways with his railroad job and opened Gates' Ol' Kentuck in Kansas City. Today, the barbecue dynasty, managed by his son Ollie, has several popular locations in the city, including downtown, east, midtown (in the Crown Center Area), and southeast.
The Crowne Plaza Kansas City Downtown and the Fairfield Inn Kansas City Downtown/Union Hill by Marriott make it easy for diners to get to Gates Bar-B-Q's downtown and midtown locations. The discount rates that you'll find at both hotels means that you can go high on the hog over luscious ribs and barbecue beans without breaking your budget.
Hotels Near Danny Edwards Blvd BBQ
You can't miss the big, pink concrete pig at Danny Edwards Blvd BBQ on Southwest Boulevard. A lunchtime favorite among locals and visitors alike, its slogan "eat it and beat it" attests to the crowds who have descended on Danny Edwards over the decades. Those with a hankering for brisket sandwiches, ribs, or pulled pork with a side of chili won't be disappointed here.
For those seeking to grab an early seat for lunch, booking at the Fairfield Inn Kansas City Downtown/Union Hill by Marriott and The Westin Crown Center will take you from hotel lobby to your seat at Danny Edwards in short order (just don't make your food order short, though).
Hotels Near Fiorella's Jack Stack Barbecue
You know that this franchise must be exceptional when even Zagat's gives it high ratings (#1 barbecue in the country). Russ Fiorella started this Kansas City institution in 1957. Today, its four city locations boast extensive menus featuring lamb, pork spare ribs, beef ribs, burnt meat ends, and taste-tempting hickory pit beans. In short, it's a ton of barbecue, so come hungry!
Several great, budget-friendly hotels can be found within an easy drive of its locations. If you're staying in the Country Club Plaza area, the Sheraton Suites Country Club Plaza or the InterContinental at the Plaza are two attractive hotels within a few minutes from Fiorella's Plaza location on Wyandotte Street.
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Author Bio: Michael Vyskocil is a travel writer who enjoys writing about unique people, places, and things to do in locales across the country. His tourism and travel industry experience includes writing for Hipmunk. Michael's tourism career spans more than seven years in Gettysburg, Pennsylvania, at visitor destinations such as the Gettysburg National Military Park Museum and Visitor Center, and the Gettysburg Seminary Ridge Museum.