Chiefs players name their favorite KC restaurants and meals

We asked some Kansas City Chiefs players, including center Creed Humphrey -- seen snapping the ball to quarterback Patrick Mahomes -- to name their favorite restaurants and meals in Kansas City.  They like to grill.

We asked some Kansas City Chiefs players, including center Creed Humphrey — seen snapping the ball to quarterback Patrick Mahomes — to name their favorite restaurants and meals in Kansas City. They like to grill.

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We asked Kansas City Chiefs players to name their favorite meals at local restaurants, and their choices should surprise no one. This herd prefers/crashes/gobbles for protein. And in Kansas City, that means barbecue.

“My favorite restaurant here is definitely Jack Stack. Grill. Loves barbecue, offensive lineman Creed Humphrey told The Star after a recent practice. Humphrey played football at the University of Oklahoma after an outstanding high school wrestling career.

“You know, it’s probably been my favorite type my whole life. So it was great to come to KC.

“But really, burnt ducks are my thing. Their cheesy corn too.”

Admiration is mutual. Jack Stack, who has six locations in the metro, named a super-sized meal after Humphrey — “52’s KC ‘Cue.”

It comes with “pork spare ribs, fire-kissed wings, burnt ends of beef, hickory pitbeans, cheesy cornbread and a Creed Humphrey glass.” The $60 feast serves three to four people or one NFL player.

Rookie cornerback Trent McDuffie is part of the burnt ends at Char Bar, 4050 Pennsylvania Ave. in Westport, which he called “banger.” The $22 “naked roasted ducks” are one of the restaurant’s signature meals.

“But I think their ribs are at the top of the list, too,” McDuffie said.

Fellow rookie defensive end George Karlaftis prefers the Q39’s grill. The restaurant has two locations: 1000 W. 39th St. in midtown and 11051 Antioch Road in Overland Park.

“Favorite restaurant? Definitely Q39 out here, go down to it a lot, and favorite dish from there? I would say the poutine, the brisket poutine. It’s really good,” said Karlaftis, who was born in Athens, Greece.

The restaurant suggests an alternate name for its Smoked Beef Brisket Poutine ($13) appetizer is French Fry Salad.

Poutine hails from Canada, and Q39’s version features crispy fries in a bowl, topped with beef brisket gravy, minced brisket, white cheddar cheese, barbecue sauce and chives.

Defensive end Michael Danna’s favorite restaurants serve food for the soul: GJ Fish and Chicken, 6807 Longview Road, and Peachtree Restaurant & Cafeteria, 6800 Eastwood Trafficway and 2128 E. 12th St.

At Peachtree, he orders “the meatloaf or the five-wing dinner with two sides, yams and mac and cheese, a little peach cobbler on the side.”

At GJ’s, he orders 10 to 12 wings “with that little lemon pepper seasoning on the side,” he said.

Some players prefer homemade food. Literally.

“My favorite restaurant out here is probably my house,” wide receiver Marquez Reshard Valdes-Scantling said. “My favorite dish is whatever I make.”

Co-host Justin Watson’s wife is vegan, but he is not. So when they eat out, “I have to go somewhere, you know, where we can both eat,” Watson said.

In Kansas City, they like to eat at The West Side Local, 1663 Summit St.

“I mean, everything is fresh, you know, it’s one of a kind. They got a great pasta dish that I love,” he said. “So we split the pasta dish and usually something else.”

The restaurant’s veggie penne pasta ($17) comes with a medley of vegetables with a roasted tomato-coconut sauce.

It would be a coin toss whether Watson could get quarterback Patrick Mahomes to join him in a bowl of vegetables.

We weren’t able to talk to Mahomes about his favorite restaurants in town, though we bet it would go something like this: “What a burger!”

But two years ago, before the burger chain came to town, the food delivery service Postmates gave the public a peek into the star neighborhood’s eating habits.

The company revealed the top five meals Mahomes had ordered in Kansas City since signing up with Postmates in 2018.


“Greens aren’t my favorite, but I have to eat them to make it work,” he told Postmates.

His go-to meals and restaurants included:

Prime rib with mashed Yukon Gold potatoes from Rye KC.

Z-Man sandwich with fries from Joe’s Kansas City Bar-B-Que.

Grilled chicken sandwich with cheddar cheese from Potbelly Sandwich Shop – one of his most ordered pregame meals.

Burrito bowl from Chipotle.

Chicken Biscuits at Chick-fil-A.

After the Chiefs won Super Bowl LIV in 2020, Mahomes ordered two Cookies & Cream milkshakes from Chick-fil-A, 630 calories of hand-spun deliciousness topped with whipped cream and a cherry.

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Lisa Gutierrez writes about medical and health-related issues for The Kansas City Star. She is a native of Kansas and a veteran of five newsrooms. She was a caregiver for her husband, who had dementia, until he died in July 2019.