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Pull Up to Paul’s Drive in

Every city has a handful of places that are wildly popular, and well known. In Kansas City, Kansas, one of these is Paul’s Drive-in located in the Armourdale region. Those who frequent Paul’s know that it will never be known as a health food store. That is not what their business is founded on. Paul’s serves up the type of greasy spoon food that is packed full of flavor. I’m not sure when they first opened, but I do know they have been serving up baskets of delicious food for as long as I can remember.

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Located at 1008 Osage Avenue, Paul’s Drive In serves up lunch and dinner on all but Sundays. While service can get a little slow during rush periods, it is always worth the wait. Your first impression, when arriving at Paul’s, is that it looks like an old 50’s style drive-up diner. You quickly realize that your seating options include your car, your car hood, or taking it to go.

Upon entering Paul’s Drive In you find the same minimalist setting as on the outside. This place is built for quick, no frills service. The staff is almost always too busy to chat, but you don’t come here for the conversation. I’m sure the idea of cooking hundreds of meals in a cramped, hot kitchen isn’t anyone’s idea of a pleasant way to spend the day. Be sure to toss them some kind words, and you just might get a smile or two out of them.

 

The menu is fairly robust, but many people gravitate toward one of their famous baskets. Be sure to ask for a half-n-half, so you get some of their onion rings. The burgers are heart stopping good, but the patties are a little thinner than other joints. You may want to order a double or triple. The Italian steak and pork tenderloin sandwiches are also very popular. Be sure to try one of their shakes, which pair well with the meals. The portions are good, and the costs are about what one would expect at this type of restaurant. As you have probably gathered, this is probably not the kind of food you should eat on a daily basis, but for an occasional treat Paul’s Drive-in is hard to beat.

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14 comments on “Pull Up to Paul’s Drive in”

  1. The original one was at 6th & Kansas Ave.in the late 40’s. Was sold and eventually moved to current location. Grew up 2 blocks away & have known the owners for decades. Great food & definitely not healthy but the best things in life never are.

  2. We have been going to Paul’s since the 1940’s. Our children grew up going with us to eat there. It is now the traditional place to eat when all the kids, grand kids and great grand kids gather at our house. We often can not agree where we would all like to eat. G-Pop & G-Ma can’t cook any more. Everybody, without exception, agrees on Paul’s. We all LOVE Paul’s. They have not changed through the years. They still make the BEST burgers in town. A lot better than those places around town that charge $ 10.00 and more for a burger. Paul’s tenderloins, onion rings and everything else is the FRESHEST an portions are so generous. We drive about 15 miles to get there, happily. Try it, if you are in town. You certainly will not regret it. Smiles !!

  3. We live in Minnesota but my husband is originally from K.C.and when we get back there we eat at Paul’s. We have been taking our kids there for 40 years and now the grand kids whenever we get back there.

  4. I love Paul’s. Been eating there off and on for 40 years. Usually have the pork tenderloin and order of onion rings. Their onion rings are hand-made by a little old lady in the back room (last time I saw her was a few years ago, so I don’t know if she is still doing it but they are delicious!)
    Their cheeseburgers are also good- the buns are ultra fresh and soft- not like the hard buns in most places.

  5. Original Paul’s used to be at 7th & Kansas Ave where McDonald’s is now, then moved about a half block south of 7th & Osage and then moved to it’s current location…

  6. Paul’s was originally owned by my uncle Paul & aunt Donna, then sold to my grandma Mary & Grandpa Harry smith (Donnas brother). Grandpa Harry passed away in 98 but Grandma is still going strong & works down there every day. 😁💪🏼

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