Top 5 Favorite Summer Foods

Summertime and the grillin' is easy.

Yes, it's that wonderful time of year again. When the kids are out of school, the days are longer, and the waterfront is calling your name.

Summer is finally here!

Our Top Five Favorite Summer Foods

With summer comes the return of some of our favorite iconic summer foods. Keep reading to check out five of our favorites.

1. Watermelon

For our money, there isn't a more iconic summer food than watermelon. It's practically synonymous with summer, at this point.

Seriously, just try not to smile at the thought of warm summer days outside with friends and family accompanied by an ice-cold slice of watermelon.

As if that wasn't enough to make you want to grab a slice, how about this: Watermelon is good for you, too!

It's high in antioxidants that can ease pain and strengthen the brain. It's also rich in vitamins A and C which are great for your hair, nails, and skin, making watermelon the perfect snack to munch on while working on your tan.

2. Barbecue

ribs-on-the-grillWe understand the importance of healthy, clean eating. But we are located in Kansas City, after all, home to some of the world's best barbecue.

For that reason, we had to include one of our guilty summer pleasures: Kansas City BBQ!

Whether you love sweet, savor ribs or prefer the smoky flavor of a nice pulled pork tenderloin sandwich, firing up the grill is one of our favorite summer pastimes.

3. Grilled Shrimp

If you're firing up the grill, you may as well throw a few shrimp on the barbie. Shrimp is high in Omega-3 and low in calories, so it makes for a great guilt-free meal or salad topper.

Plus, grilling shrimp is one of the best ways to cook it.

Marinate them in a little bit of garlic butter or BBQ sauce, grill them for a few minutes each on each side, and you have yourself a quick and easy meal.

4. Hamburgers

Like barbecue, burgers aren't the best for you. But, hey, is it really a cookout with a fresh burger?

Plus, burgers don't necessarily have to be unhealthy.

Black bean burgers, for example, have a ton of protein and are every bit as flavorful as a beef patty. Black beans are also four times less expensive than beef, meaning you can enjoy fresh black bean patties all summer long without breaking the bank.

5. Grilled Corn

On the topic of grilled veggies, we'd like to finish off our list of the best summer foods with our favorite summertime staple, grilled corn.

It's affordable, easy to make, and nothing compares to that satisfying crunch when you bite into a crisp ear of corn.

Here's a quick tip: For some extra flavor, don't remove it from the husk. Instead, rinse it off, dry it, add a little salt and pepper and you're good to grill.

There you have it, our top five favorite summer foods. Did your cut make the list?

Be sure to stop in and let us know!

Whether you're looking for a classic meal or want to eat right, our restaurants have plenty of delicious breakfast and lunch options that are sure to please the whole family.