In the day and age of trendy foods and restaurants, there is one Kansas City institution that found a recipe for success that has stood the test of time. Part one is to have really good food, Part two is create an environment that customers enjoy and want to return to. The Westport Flea Market has both of these figured out.
When it comes to the food, The Flea Market has consistently been ranked as one of the best burgers in Kansas City. In fact we named them one of our Top 5 burgers in all of Kansas City back in 2011. Don’t believe us, check out that post here. Year after year patrons flock to the unassuming building on the outskirts of Westport to devour burgers comprised of a secret blend of meat provided by legendary Kansas City butcher shop McGonigle’s meats of Waldo. The Flea doesn’t stop there though, serving quality steaks, juicy chicken, and some underrated sandwiches.
As for the ambiance of this quirky establishment, there is quite the history. Infamous Kansas City serial killer Robert Berdella once had a stall in the Flea Market’s market section. The place has had its ups and downs through the years including a time when a development group wanted to shut it down to build a Hooter’s. A Hooter’s right?? The place is still cash only (fortunately there is an ATM for the rookies to help avoid that awkward moment when they pull out the plastic) after all these years and embraces it’s old school nature.
When I stopped by for lunch during the holiday season, the place was hopping and cheer was in the air. If I didn’t know any better I would have assumed this was because of the season, not the normal way patrons enjoy themselves once they walk through the door of this Kansas City landmark. There have been a number of other fancier burger joints to open around town lately, but if it’s been a while since you went to The Flea Market I would strongly suggest going back to the basics soon!
Info:817 Westport Rd. Kansas City, MO 64111 816.931.1986 WestportFleaMarket.com Hours of Operation: Kitchen:Mon -Thu & Sun 11a-11pFri & Sat 11a-11:30pBar:11a-1:00a / Featuring a full bar