Eating in Martin City is always a good choice regardless of the time of year. But when summer heats up, so do our menus, and our patios fill up! Try these seasonal favorites to make the most of your culinary adventures.
Martin City Brewing Company’s Coast to Coast Pub
500 East 135th Street
A seaside feast on 135th Street in Martin City. Photo courtesy of Coast to Coast Pub
Just when you think the original pub that launched Martin City Brewing Company’s culinary fame couldn’t get any better, it reinvents itself! Don’t worry, you can still order traditional pub favorites, but now the menu also offers amazing seafood. No, really — amazing. Everything from crab bisque, steamed mussels and calamari to oysters, Atlantic salmon and drunken shrimp with scallops. Still hungry? Chase it with an order of “Beeramisu.” You can’t miss the Coast to Coast Pub, just look for that splash of seaside color on the side of the building.
Jack Stack Barbecue
13441 Holmes Road
Taylor Dorman, grandson of founder Jack Fiorella, is the General Manager of Jack Stack Barbecue in Martin City.
The Whole Pit, a barbecue sandwich topped with baked beans. Photo courtesy: Jack Stack Barbecue
Did you know Martin City is where it all started? That’s right, Jack Stack’s rise to barbecue supremacy was first sparked at the corner of 135th Street and Holmes Road nearly a half-century ago. A recent remodel gave the restaurant fresh new appeal while preserving all the Jack Stack nostalgia that anchor’s the brand’s Martin City heritage. Enjoy a meal inside, outside or order pickup that’s ready in a flash thanks to one of the most efficient curbside systems anywhere. Ever had a sandwich topped with baked beans? Try the Whole Pit Sandwich. Your summer will never be the same.
Margarita’s Amigos Martin City
13401 Holmes Road
Drink in a Martin City tradition at Margarita’s Amigos
Fresh, hand-picked ingredients make Margarita’s tacos legendary.
Summer just isn’t summer without having a margarita at Margarita’s. The restaurant and the drink are long-standing favorites in our neighborhood and a splash of sunshine makes them both even better. Sit back and sip with chips and Margarita’s salsa, the dominant salsa brand on grocery store shelves across Kansas City and beyond. Did you hear? Kansas City Magazine has declared the Shredded Beef Puffy Taco an ‘essential’ among hundreds of tacos the magazine sampled at restaurants far and wide.
Jess & Jim’s Steakhouse
517 East 135th Street
Summer sizzles at Jess & Jim’s
Firelight and exquisite food next to the train tracks through the heart of Martin City.
If you really want to impress friends and family, go straight to the original source of Martin City’s unrivaled culinary reputation: Jess & Jim’s Steakhouse. The traditional cowtown restaurant has drawn visitors from all over the country for decades. Is it the hand-cut meats? Is it the way they customize every steak to order? The savory surf & turf? The burgers? Well, it’s all of that. And summer at Jess & Jim’s also features live music and a classy firepit for starry evenings outdoors. Soak it all in as the rickety rhythm of Martin City trains pass right by you. Now that’s living.
RC’s Restaurant & Lounge
330 East 135th Street
RC’s owner, David Van Noy, tempts you with his trademark chicken and waffles.
A summer classic, fried chicken from RC’s
Sometimes a summer day calls for the simple satisfaction of a country classic like chicken and waffles. Ask anyone who knows anything — RC’s Restaurant and Lounge is down home cooking at its very best. Named for Martin City restaurant pioneer R.C. Van Noy and still operated by his son David, the iconic eatery in the heart of our neighborhood is a regional favorite. Fans come from miles around to taste RC’s pan-fried chicken. Others line up for the meatloaf, and oh boy, that fried catfish. Whatever you’re feeling hungry for, just make sure you leave room for an RC’s Style Cinnamon Roll or Homemade Cobbler.
13612 Washington Street
All aboard for margarita flights at El Maguey.
A patio fiesta that’s just right under a summer sun at El Maguey.
One of our neighborhood’s newest restaurants is already making quite a name for itself. El Maguey, on Martin City’s west side, hasn’t even been open a year and customers are already raving about the variety of drinks and entrees, everything from traditional Mexican favorites to seafood, steaks and even wings! You’ll want to spend some time exploring the menu, so kick back, browse and put your mouth in the mood with Margarita flights. Strawberry, peach, raspberry, very berry. Good luck settling on a favorite, but you’ll certainly have fun trying as you relax and drink in an El Maguey’s summer on the patio.
Somerset Wine & Cider Bar at Rosehill Gardens
311 E. 135th Street
Unforgettable evenings at Somerset Wine & Cider Bar
Thirsty for a one-of-a-kind summer evening? Make your reservations now for Somerset Wine & Cider Bar at Rosehill Gardens. What began as a casual idea for treating Rosehill fans has evolved into a wildly popular night spot where live music fills the air as the sun sets on an extraordinary Martin City landscape. Somerset Wine & Cider Bar is only open from May to September, and only on Friday and Saturday evenings, which makes the eclectic experience even more special. Did you know? The bar also features exquisite bite size creations plus wine and cider directly from the Somerset Ridge Vineyard a few miles south near Paola. Talk about classy.
The Beachside Bar and Grill at Volleyball Beach
13105 Holmes Rd
Exquisitely beachy cuisine at Volleyball Beach
The Martin City original already famous for sand, sun and all kinds of volleyball fun is now serving up quite a menu to match. Volleyball Beach looks, feels and even tastes like summer with everything from exotic tropical drinks to eclectic entrees including the Teriyaki Chicken Bowl, Kale Krunch Salad and the Buffal-“Over-the-Net” Chicken pizza. Little ones will savor the Little Spikers menu and try a Side-Out or two to munch on between sets. Not interested in joining a team? No problem. Just sit back, eat, drink and relax.
How About a Quick Summer Treat?
Coffee shop cuisine that’s a cut above at Martin City Coffee at 13115 Holmes Road.
Look no farther than Martin City Coffee on Holmes Road where exceedingly premium java beans await you and the food is like no other coffeehouse, from handcrafted pastries and breakfast burritos to Cuban sandwiches, Venezuelan Arepas, and so much more. The owner certainly knows what she’s doing and it shows in the service, atmosphere and quality that’s made Martin City Coffee a rising star.
Just across the parking lot, Ramsey’s Burgers will surprise you with an array of gourmet options delivered in a quick drive-through. And if you’re just craving something sweet, The Scoop is the place for you. Artisan ice cream rarely churns to this level of quality and the flavors are constantly changing. That’s what happens when you put this much work into your creamy craft.
Swing by The Scoop at 411 East 135th Street.
So, if you want to take a juicy bite out of summer before the season slips away, be sure to take a tour of Martin City. Every restaurant continues our community’s tradition of offering sensational local cuisine that keeps you coming back. Whether it’s a hot, sunny day or a cool, breezy evening, Martin City comforts and satisfies like no other neighborhood across Greater Kansas City. Ready for a taste?