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Independence Originals

Made In Independence

Some people think the best parts of any vacation are the surprises you find along the way. For those seeking a dining or shopping experience away from the norm, we offer up this collection of Independence Originals. Each one of these independently-owned eateries and stores is a one-of-a-kind destination with its own mood and persona. There’s no better way to get a real feel for our local flair.


Here are just a few Independence originals that have been serving up good grub for generations: 

Dixon's Famous Chili: Celebrating over 90 years, Dixon's Famous Chili is the longest family owned restaurant in Kansas City. Established in 1919, Dixon's is truly one-of-a-kind!

Mugs Up Drive-In: For nearly 51 years the Kendalls have owned Mugs Up Drive-In.  Their house-made root beer and crumbly loose-meat sandwiches keep people coming back for more. 

HiBoy Drive-In: Since 1957 HiBoy Drive-In has been serving the best onion rings in the metro.  Along with great burgers and shakes, this Independence staple never dissapoints.  

The Big Biscuit: Wake up with the Big Biscuit where they pride themselves on having the friendliest service in town. Guests are served in a warm, neighborly atmosphere. They are known for portions that are impossibly generous.   

Courthouse Exchange: Serving fine burgers and beer since 1899, the Courthouse Exchange keeps customers happy with down-home food and friendly atmosphere.  

Poppy's Famous Donuts and Bakery:  Poppy's Famous Donuts and Bakery has been serving sweet treats since 1989.  Their light and flaky donuts offer a delicious and decadent experience for donut lovers of all ages.

Clinton's Soda Fountain:  What a bunch of soda jerks...  (sorry, we had to).   Step into Clinton's Soda Fountain and experience a moment in history. Decades ago, young Harry Truman worked at a pharmacy and soda fountain at this very location on Independence Square. Order a sundae or phosphate, and relax after a day of sightseeing and shopping. Whether you order Harry's Favorite (a butterscotch sundae with chocolate ice cream) or pick your own pleasure, Clinton's is a must-stop destination.


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