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RawisTheGameHhH
06-22-2006, 12:01 AM
Just looking for some feedback on where to stay around the ballpark in KC, maybe even where the players stay.

TheKittle
06-22-2006, 12:59 AM
Just looking for some feedback on where to stay around the ballpark in KC, maybe even where the players stay.

The only place to eat in KC is the best BBQ place ever, Gates. Bryants is soo damn overrated.

Mots09
06-22-2006, 07:49 AM
I would agree w/ Kittle Arthur Bryants is very much overated.

A few of my buddies and I went down for the Sox/KC series earlier in the year and we stayed in Independence at a Super 8 for 49.00 a night. Short cab ride in works well.

Frater Perdurabo
06-22-2006, 09:28 AM
I've never been to Gates, but of course I'm willing to try it. I disagree about Arthur Bryant's, though. I don't know how it's possible to "overrate" the joint. Plus, its proximity to the Negro League Museum and Kansas City Jazz Museum makes a trip to the neighborhood a good half-day excursion that I made two days in a row during a convention last October (just after the World Series).

champagne030
06-22-2006, 09:46 AM
Just looking for some feedback on where to stay around the ballpark in KC, maybe even where the players stay.

I don't remember the specific hotel (sheraton suites, Fairmont?) where the players were located. They were here in this area though......

http://www.countryclubplaza.com/index.aspx

Have both bought and received drinks with players at this spot, in the Plaza, covering multiple road trips....

http://www.thegranfalloon.com/

BTW - I'll be at the Residence Inn 9/1-9/3.

CRAW
06-22-2006, 10:48 AM
http://www.druryhotels.com/properties/kansascitystadium.cfm

:cool:

SouthSide2Ship
06-22-2006, 08:32 PM
Just looking for some feedback on where to stay around the ballpark in KC, maybe even where the players stay.

stay 40 miles west of the K in lawrence.. university of kansas lots of chicagoans and sox fans and great nightlife and tail easy ride straight down i 70

johnnyg83
06-23-2006, 04:21 PM
The Peanut -- just off the Plaza at 50th and Main.

Serves a wicked triple BLT. Yeah, that's right ... a BLT. It may be the best sandwich I've ever had. Worth the trip.

The Fairmont is now the Intercontinental and it's where all the out-of-town sports teams stay. It's just across from the Plaza so it's common to see the boys in the bars.

Independence is fine but quiet. The Plaza really is only alternative if you want a bunch of nightlife and restaurants. 15-20 minutes to the K. There's a bus too.

woodsdavid
06-23-2006, 06:31 PM
Opinions are like *******s -- everyone has one. Except mine is the only one that counts.

Used to travel to KC quite a bit on biz. Everything in KC is spread out so you must rent a car anyway. Airport is far from downtown is far from Kaufmann is far from Country Club Plaza (CCP). But far is a relative term. Things aren't LA-to-Orange-County-on-the-405-far, but there's no walking or taking a cab between destinations.

I used to stay at the Sheraton Suites and Marriott at CCP on biz. Nice but more $$. Went to see Twinkies play the Boyles last summer at Kaufmann (nice park) and on my own dime stayed at the Holiday Inn Country Club Plaza (was the Sheraton Four Points at the time). No frills/decent buffet breakfast. Couple of blocks & thru a park to CCP.

CCP is good for walking around, bar hopping, window shopping, etc. http://www.countryclubplaza.com/ A good sports bar in CCP (I think they had 4 or 5 Golden Tees) per the earlier poster is The Granfaloon http://www.thegranfalloon.com/default_plaza.htm

If BBQ is heaven, Arthur Bryant's is one of the altars. Esquire magazine once called Arthur Bryant's the best restaurant in the world -- not just the best BBQ place -- THE BEST RESTAURANT. Ok, that's a lot to live up to and is only a recipe for disappointment. Therefore, you must simply go to the original location on 18th yourself and form your own opinion. http://www.arthurbryantsbbq.com/ But be prepared, no pun intended, but this place is a pit -- but a perfect BBQ joint: formica tables, flourescent lights, bags of white bread on the tables. Picture Matt Guitar Murphy and Aretha Franklin's soul food restaurant, but /w a BBQ pit, and not as nice.

Also, if at Bryant's, get the beans. They elevate the lowly baked bean to a meaty, smokey, delicious legumey-nirvana. You have never, nor will ever, have beans this good. No, you never even conceived that they could be this good. Can the beans live up to this description too??

Probably better known as a live blues venure (feature a lot of "jump" blues bands too -- Louis Jordan, Big Joe Turner, etc.) than the BBQ, is a place called BB's Lawnside. Another drive from here to there, BB's has a nice patio/porch outside and some very good BBQ (at least as good as anything in Chicago area). Worth the drive. http://www.bbslawnsidebbq.com/BBsMain.htm

I've been to several Gates and while they're excellent too, I liked Bryant's better. I think atmosphere counts for something and one of the Gate's I'd been to felt like a Denny's. But in KC, try them all. There are 3 meals in every day and you can always buy more dental floss and bigger pants. http://www.gatesbbq.com/locations.html

Adjacent to downtown is River Market/City Market. Seemed nice. Like they were trying to do a Laclede's Landing (St.Louis) or Dallas Alley. But I've only been there during the day so can't comment about nightlife. http://www.kc-citymarket.com/

Other KC notes, due to extensive driving, if you're going to drink at all -- even just a beer or two at the game -- designated a driver. KCPD likes to put roadblocks at key points around town. At least on the MO side.

Have fun. I smell a sweep -- and a smoking brisket -- in the air.

PS: CCP -- not the CCCP.

manders_01
06-23-2006, 06:56 PM
I'm planning on road trippin from Denver - thanks for the thread (now I don't have to start one :D: )!

RawisTheGameHhH
06-24-2006, 05:40 PM
thanks guys, that should be enough info for me to make a decision

kevingrt
06-24-2006, 09:20 PM
I'll be there cauz I go to school in Columbia, but have no clue where to stay.

santo=dorf
06-24-2006, 10:06 PM
Sounds good. I'll have to talk to some of my peeps and see if we can get on this.
I remember hearing from my Aunt that my cousin, from Tinley Park, was planning to go on a KC or Tigers road trip with a bunch of his friends. I'll look into it some more.

RawisTheGameHhH
06-25-2006, 11:27 PM
Sounds good. I'll have to talk to some of my peeps and see if we can get on this.
I remember hearing from my Aunt that my cousin, from Tinley Park, was planning to go on a KC or Tigers road trip with a bunch of his friends. I'll look into it some more.i am from Tinley Park

Iggster
06-25-2006, 11:31 PM
Gonna be fun Raw, can't wait to go!

woodsdavid
06-26-2006, 10:47 AM
If anyone is considering going to KC, it's really a great town and Kaufmann is a really nice park.

And on Southwest, it's incredibly cheap to get there. ~$160 R/T. http://www.southwest.com/

manders_01
06-26-2006, 03:28 PM
And on Southwest, it's incredibly cheap to get there. ~$160 R/T. http://www.southwest.com/

I was planning on renting a car and driving but it looks like it's cheaper for me to fly. I think the last time I looked, Southwest didn't have flights from Denver to KC.

Thanks for the pointer that made me check again! :D:

Law11
06-26-2006, 05:56 PM
We stayed at the crown center about 20 minutes from the park.
Good rest./shopping all walking distance.

Theres not much around the actual park and yes GATES is the place to go.
Wasnt thrilled with Bryants..

And Krispy Cremes at the park..

WestSider
07-26-2006, 11:11 PM
Great advice in this thread.

We'll not be there in September, but WILL be there this coming Monday and Tuesday July 31 and Aug 1. We get into KC at 2:15pm on Monday, are renting a car and staying here: Homestead Studio Suites Country Club Plaza.

Anyone who wants to hook up, send me a PM

SOXandILLINI
08-07-2006, 07:58 PM
how far is the park from the airport?

salty99
08-16-2006, 09:51 AM
Probably 20-30 minutes according to Mapquest. I will be heading out there over labor day as well. I will be in section 115 friday and sat. and in left field on sunday. Haven't made hotel reserv. yet.

Frankly Missing
08-16-2006, 10:09 AM
Skip Winslows Barbeque in City Market for ribs.

So dry and tough that we wondered if they had saved some "special" ribs for a troupe of Sox fans that might come in on game day.

maurice
08-16-2006, 03:11 PM
We'll be at the 9/1 and 9/2 games. We're taking the train.

tacosalbarojas
08-16-2006, 03:14 PM
I've never been to Gates, but of course I'm willing to try it. I disagree about Arthur Bryant's, though. I don't know how it's possible to "overrate" the joint. Plus, its proximity to the Negro League Museum and Kansas City Jazz Museum makes a trip to the neighborhood a good half-day excursion that I made two days in a row during a convention last October (just after the World Series).Likewise for me during our trip there at the end of 2003. The jazz museum didn't wow me but I was completely impressed with the Negro League portion of the building. Great video, exhibits, and statues. And the shop had a nice selection of memorbilia, books, postcards, gear, etc.

whitesoxwilkes
08-16-2006, 05:26 PM
I was just out there at the end of June visting a buddy. Stayed at the Marriott Country Club Plaza, which was like a $30 cab ride from the Big K.

Boozed it up at a place called The Levee which was right around the corner from the hotel. Great times.