Dude Food 9

My name is Kasim, pronounced like Awesome but with a K. At first introductions, I describe myself as part marketing guru, part social influencer and full on fatty with an insatiable appetite—emphasis on insatiable.


I try my best to document my foodie journey on my Instagram account, @kasimjhardaway, while juggling my duties at my marketing agency, TKG, and planning the next event for my nonprofit, Kind Happenings.


I’ve always had a very deep relationship with food and have found that KC has a lot to offer, both on and off the plate.

The Ainsworth


A new favorite of mine and a new KC eatery, The Ainsworth, reminds me of my East Coast roots. Its urban-chic interior and lineup of gourmet burgers are bound to satisfy any foodie.


If you are up for a challenge, try devouring its infamous mac ‘n cheese in one sitting. Consider yourself a daredevil? Up the ante and add mac ‘n cheese fries to your order.

Sushi House


I think food is one part of a larger experience we have when eating out and Sushi House nails it entirely.


Allow Sushi House to transport you to a small-traditional Japanese restaurant fitted with a Tatami Room with a customary Shōjisliding door. I usually feast on one of its sashimi samplers, the Chirashi Zushi or the Lobster Harmony Roll.

Rye Leawood


This roundup wouldn’t be complete without an option for fried chicken. Rye brines its poultry for 48 hours before frying to crispy perfection.


Make sure not to skip on dessert—you’ll love its from-scratch, house-made pies. Not a fan of pie? Indulge in the Kentucky bourbon cake.