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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