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Fritz's Union Station, Kansas City


Railroad sign. Photo credit Keith Stokes.



Inside shot. Photo credit Keith Stokes.



The elevator brings the food down to the table. Photo credit Keith Stokes.


Address: 250 N. 18th, Kansas City, KS 66102
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Phone: 913.281.2777
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Open Monday-Saturday 6 a.m.-8:30 p.m.

Fritz's Union Station is a finalist for the 8 Wonders of Kansas Cuisine because it's the original Fritz's, dating back to 1954, and is beloved because of the food delivery system -- a miniature railroad system.

Every grown-up "kid" from this blue collar, old Irish Catholic Kansas City neighborhood has memories of their food being delivered by train at Fritz's.  This 1954 diner features miniature railroad cars that owner Fritz Kropf added in 1970 to help when waitresses weren't able to work.  The railroad cars circle the restaurant on an overhead track, stop at your table, and lower your order on a miniature elevator! 

You start by calling in your order with a telephone at the booth.  Kids love it because it's a very interactive diner.

Fritz's most famous burger, the Gen-Dare, comes with crunchy hash browns, grilled onions, and melted cheese. 

Now owned by Fritz's son Fred Kropf and his wife Mary, the brick building is located in a Kansas City neighborhood.

Fritz's is known for their thick meaty chili and handmade shakes.  The rest of the menu is your basic burgers, hot dogs, grilled chicken, tenderloin, fish sandwiches, and more but the names are fun.  One hamburger is called the Kitchen Sink.

Fritz's is iconic because of the overhead train delivering food.  When customers that ate there as kids grow up and bring their kids, you know you have a good thing going.


 
 Gen Dare burger.  Photo credit Keith Stokes.