Whether dinner out is a weekly date with your beloved, social time with your best buddy, or a special celebration, independent restaurants in the Kansas City area deliver terrific dining experiences. From among local restaurants, 10Best narrows the options to those places that serve primarily 'American' cuisine, which have the most appeal and the best reputations. And that's no small task. In recent years, Kansas City's exciting and evolving restaurant scene has landed on numerous travel and food 'best' lists. Its chefs have also received nominations and awards from the James Beard Foundation. There's plenty of focus on farm-to-table cuisine and otherwise sustainable food prep and operations too. In addition, ambiance varies widely, from chic, contemporary surroundings to an elegant vintage vibe. There's no shortage of great choices for memorable evening meals. In some locations, well-priced and expansive happy hour menus, sumptuous brunch offerings or prix fixe dinners offer a terrific value. Available preset wine pairings up the ante for great taste. With this list, we've culled Kansas City's enormous restaurant selection down to 10 popular spots, where food, drink and decor create unforgettable evenings.