Fresh ID has some opinions… (Yes we are aware this is normal for us)
It’s that time of year again in KC. The time where you get to chose your favorites. Everything from restaurant, manicurist, athlete, spa and whatever else is included, you name it, you can vote for it. The annual KC Magazine “City’s Best” voting is going on right now, and since the Fresh ID team is always full of opinions, we thought we’d share a few on our “favorites” of KC. And of course, we are not trying to persuade you to vote for our picks 😉
We are really lucky to work with some of the nominees this year, and are so proud to support the Kansas City community. We are also really big fans of other places that may not be in the “running” for KC’s best, but definitely deserve their own shout outs!
We are excited for Dr. Philip Gutek, of American Plastic Surgeons of Kansas City. Not only can you vote for him, but he has been classified as an “innovator” in his field, and his dedication to the field of plastic surgery is noteworthy. Fresh ID was lucky enough to create the APSKC website, and get to know the amazing staff that makes up this upstanding, incredible business that does amazing work here in KC.
Ron Mayer, is a successful business entrepreneur in KC, dedicated to creating his own brand on men’s lifestyle with his shop, Sole Patch Barbershop. For the past four years, the barbershop has not only given back to the community, won the “Best of KC Award” (and many others), but they give kick-a** hair cuts for men. The barbershop/man-cave lounge is a welcoming change from the chain-stores of cookie-cutter men’s hairstyles. His stylists are all trained (by Ron himself) to be the best in the business. They are focused on customer service, living the ultimate KC man’s lifestyle and of course, the best hair cuts in KC.
Since we have moved to the new location (18th and Oak) we have had many opportunities to visit our favorite lunch hangout/live music location Grinders. This is where we grab lunch with friends, enjoy the quirky atmosphere and chow down on our own “favorites” on the menu. Grinders is a great go-to place in KC to take “non-locals” and one heck of a place to listen to live music!
We are so pumped about the Rieger Hotel! Not only do we frequent the bar for happy hours, we think this renovation and unique venue is THE spot in KC to be seen and to drink and dine. You will not be disappointed by the innovative cocktails and yummy food. Even better, you can vote for their bartender, Arturo Vera-Felice for the “Best in KC”
So if we are going to mention the Rieger, we need to mention our favorite place for wine, Tannin Wine Bar and Kitchen. Did you know that on Monday’s you can buy ONE bottle of wine, get ONE FREE. Heck yes! Tannin is a great place to unwind after a long day at work, have a bite to eat and enjoy all the wine they have to offer (and it’s a lot). Plus, they are great at engaging on Twitter, so you know they get extra points in our book for that.
So where does Fresh ID like to eat? Everywhere, but of course we have our favorites. Oklahoma Joe’s, Habashi House (Hummus) Lulu’s Thai Noodles, Town Topic (We LOVE Onion Rings), La Bodega (HELLOOO Sangria!!) Manny’s (Fajita!) and Mildred’s for our coffee. We are loyal to our places, all having our own favorite menu items at each place. So what do they all have in common? Great places to take friends, tasty food options, places to have a late-night meal after working long hours and unique to Kansas City.
Fresh ID team loves their sweets, and Glace Artisan Ice cream not only has an awesome website but it has been voted (hands-down) as our favorite place to try new exotic flavors and cure our sweet tooth! And of course, we love our neighbor Christopher Elbow Chocolates! How can we not vote for his amazing flavors and beautiful design work on chocolate?
And last but not least, we have to give a BIG shout-out to our favorite athletes in KC. This will come as NO surprise to all who know us well and love us, but we were sad to see no “Best of KC” love. Sporting KC players are bringing the excitement to KC, and with the LiveSTRONG Stadium opening on June 9th, we know they are going to be the SUPERSTARS of KC! We are so honored to work with Sporting KC, and have had a blast becoming “Soccer Pros”.
No worries though KC Chiefs, working with you has been amazing as well, and we are SO happy to do projects for our #1 NFL team and local KC heroes!
And Royals, yes we have love for you too…call us 😉
So, there it is, some of Fresh ID’s favorites. Maybe you agree, maybe you have suggestions on other places; maybe you think we’re crazy. But one thing’s for sure, we love the KC local community, love being part of it and love being opinionated.
PS- We DO have a lot MORE favorites than these, but we can’t share all our secrets at once… 😉 And if you want to become our favorite place/business in KC, email us [email protected] and tell us why we need to experience you!