Fetch Kansas City is one of our favorite events to attend! Not only do we get to spend a few days learning from industry professionals, but we get to experience the sights, the sounds, and the delicious food (especially the BBQ!).

As most know, CVC is now Fetch, a dvm 360 conference. Aimed to help veterinarians and those within the vet space with an innovative way to gain their continuing educational credits, the goal is ultimately to help veterinary professionals with the tools and strategies they need to provide the best care for animals. Whether that’s finding new software that can help your staff efficiently or learn about specialty procedures, Fetch will have that for you. And let’s not forget all the free swag you can get – PetDesk will have a free gift waiting for you at booth #1511 if you sign up here.

While all of this is great, sometimes it’s good to take a step outside and explore a bit, which is why we’ve compiled this guide for you.

What are you looking for?

Eat + Drink

Source: Oddly Correct Coffee

Breakfast and Coffee

Messenger Coffee Company and Ibis Bakery
1624 Grand Blvd | Wednesday thru Sunday 7 AM – 6 PM

Focusing on finding farmer-centric beans, Messenger Coffee company is dedicated to creating the perfect cup of coffee. The roasters at Messenger focus on sampling specific crops and roasting techniques that bring the most out of each unique bean.

Oddly Correct Coffee Bar
3940 Main Street | Monday thru Friday 7 AM – 5 PM (Closes at 3 PM on Saturdays)

This small batch roaster is known for their robust and unique flavors. If you’re looking for a not-your-average cup of joe, the roasters at Oddly Correct will help you find a cup that you will love.

Chez Elle Creperie and Coffeehouse
1713 Summit Street | Hours Vary

Inspired by the warm crêpes of France, Chez Elle brings a little slice of French cuisine to KC. This cafe practices eco-conscious business practices by recycling old coffee grounds to help create compost for local farms in the area.

Lunch and Dinner

Source: Jack’s Stack BBQ

LC’s Bar-B-Q
5800 Blue Parkway | Monday – Saturday 11:00 AM – 9:00 PM

A favorite location for the PetDesk team, LC’s is an affordable option for amazing quality barbecue. Our recommendations? A full slab of ribs with french fries. Best thing to share with friends (or not – if you’re REALLY hungry).

Jack Stack BBQ
Multiple Locations | Weeknights 11 AM – 10 PM

This popular KC chain restaurant decided to verge from the traditional barbecue norms in the 1970’s and began cooking high-quality meats over hickory wood to go on to create one of the most extensive barbecue menus in the country. With delivery options available, you can have some quality KC barbecue in your pajamas.

2618 Guinotte Avenue | Everyday from 10:30 AM – 7:30 PM

This small deli is a little more than a hop and skip away from the convention center, but is well worth the trip. Located in a small trailer in the East Bottoms neighborhood, Pigwich specializes in creating the finest cuts of meats but provides unique sandwiches as well. Head over for lunch or a fast dinner.

Beer Kitchen
435 Westport Road | Weekdays from 11 AM – 11 PM (Open at 9 on weekends)

With specialty beers and homestyle comfort food, the Beer Kitchen is sure to satisfy everyone in your party. With gluten-free and vegan options, in addition to mouthwatering burgers, there’s a little bit of something for everyone.

The Rieger
1924 Main Street | Monday thru Saturday from 5 PM – 10 PM

Based in the historic Rieger Hotel, this restaurant has a rich history and a classic take on American dining. This historical landmark was once owned by the J. Rieger & Co. distillery before Prohibition shut them down in 1919. With classic dishes and an emphasis on the region’s unique bounty, the Rieger Hotel is still offering guests a great place to stay and dine today.


Photo of Swordfish Tom's - Kansas City, MO, United States. Branded ice made with Clinebell ice block makers, and hand-cut in house.

Source: Jill C. of Yelp for Swordfish Tom’s

Swordfish Tom’s
210 W. 19 Terrace | Tuesday thru Saturday from 4 PM – 1:30 AM

This small speakeasy holds a large reputation for being one of the most innovative bars in Kansas City. With unique cocktails and a hospitality-centric staff, this location is not one to miss.

Tom’s Town Distilling Co.
1701 Main Street | Tuesday thru Thursday from 4 PM – 11:30 PM, Friday & Saturday from 2 PM – 12 AM

Named after political boss Thomas Joseph “T.J.” Pendergast, this distillery focuses on creating high-quality spirits through time-honored traditions.


Wet polar bear coming out of a pool.

Source: Wikipedia – Kansas City Zoo

Kansas City Zoo

Originally opened in 1909 with only a few mammals and several birds, the Kansas City Zoo is now a 202-acre nature sanctuary for animals in Kansas City. With numerous exhibits and encounters available, it’s hard NOT to want to visit to see the animals that you don’t get to see on a day-to-day basis as a veterinarian.

The National WWI Museum and Memorial

To preserve the history of the first World War, the National WWI Museum and Memorial is dedicated to understanding the impact it made on the global community. With discounted tickets on Wednesdays, this might make for a fun and educational trip before the convention begins.

Country Club Plaza

If you’re looking to take a break from the convention, Country Club Plaza is an amazing place to wander around and shop. Spanning 15 blocks with over 100 stores, this plaza is known for its romantic Spanish architecture and European inspired art installations.

American Jazz Museum

Dedicated to celebrating Jazz as an American art form, the American Jazz museum drives you through interactive films and exhibits all regarding the legacy that brought us to modern day jazz. With occasional live performances, this museum attracts everyone from jazz fans to budding music enthusiasts every day.


Fetch will be held at the Kansas City Convention and Entertainment center. Located in the heart of Downtown Kansas City, this gives you a good opportunity to venture away from the convention center and explore the city.

If you’re not a fan of staying in hotels, Airbnb and Vrbo are good options to consider. These short-term rentals give you the opportunity to have the comforts of home, such as a full kitchen and separated living and common areas, without having to break the bank. With these amenities, you may be able to save a few bucks and make a few meals on your own.

Conferences are things we look forward to every year, and we have so much fun attending, like at WVC 2018 and VMX 2018. Will we be seeing you in Kansas City? If you are attending, stop by and say hello! The PetDesk team will be available at Booth 1511. Interested in grabbing some free swag? Sign up below to grab your FREE PetDesk mousepad!

Sign Up Now!