Review: Winstead’s


When you think of Kansas City classics, what do you think of?

Perhaps you think of Gates BBQ and the inevitable yelling lecture you’re going to get from your waitress. Or maybe you think of the Western Auto sign that hasn’t been lit since the Chiefs won a Superbowl. Well, whatever comes to mind when you think about Kansas City classics, you cannot forget Winstead’s diner. The chain first opened in 1940 and has been serving diner-loving Kansas Citian’s ever since.

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Diner A E S T H E T I C S am I right?

Normally, we at FF try to limit ourselves to just french fries (we are heart healthy!), but this week we couldn’t resist. Total, we ordered two steakburgers (also a KC classic), a strawberry shake, a chocolate malt, and an order of fries. We felt terrible for the rest of the day after eating all of it, but it was well worth it.

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‘Bout your average tater. Nothing wrong here.

As far as fries go, these babes are about what you expect from diner fries. Pretty average taste-wise, but the thick cut makes them ideal for dipping in malts/milkshakes. For us, the ice cream was the real star of the show.

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The Winstead’s sign outside is so powerful, it invokes nostalgic memories I never actually experienced.

Food aside, though, the real appeal of Winstead’s the diner vibe. It makes you want to crack open that old diner lingo dictionary so you can look like a real expert while ordering.

We headed to the Plaza location which was bustling with business workers on their lunch break, families, and kids on their spring break. We also got to experience the great service you hope for at a diner, including when the waitresses brought out the tambourine for the customer that ordered a Skyscraper Milkshake (pictured in the back and serves 4+).

For that reason, Winstead’s earns its highest marks for environment, experience, and value ($2.49 for a side). Taste and style were just OK in our opinion, overall earning Winstead’s a score of 3 stars. See the complete breakdown and overall rating below:

Final Rubric (scored out of 5 for each category- see FAQs for more details):

Style/flair: 3
Value: 4
Overall taste: 2
Environment: 4
Experience: 4
Bonus: None
Average/overall rating: 3.4 → 3 Stars

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