Best Places to Live

Kansas City, MO

Population: 467,990
Jesse Knish

Only in a city that's truly serious about its barbecue reputation could you find the Kansas Barbeque Society, the world's largest organization of barbecue and grilling enthusiasts. There are about 100 barbecue joints smoking in Kansas City, MO, melding a mix of flavors and styles from across the country.

But it's not all 'cue in KC – foodies can find a variety of restaurants ranging from earthy organic to decadent crepes to Stroud's, one of the last traditional fried chicken restaurants in the U.S. Esquire named the eatery as one of the restaurants “Where Men Eat,” writing: “the fried-chicken dinners are as fabulous as ever – cooked to order in a black skillet, served with … hot cinnamon rolls so good you’ll steal from your kid’s plate."

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