KC Mayors Honor the Flea

Mayor Wheeler at the Flea

The Flea has hosted many visitors over the years but it’s always been an exceptional honor for The Flea to host “his Honor” the Mayor of Kansas City. Or we should we say, “His Honors” – as the Westport Flea Market seems to be a favorite of multiple past Kansas City Mayors!

It all began with Charles Wheeler, who was Kansas City’s 49th Mayor and served two terms from 1971-1979. Mayor Wheeler earned his medical degree from the University of Kansas, his law degree from UMKC, served in both the Navy and Air Force and was elected as Missouri State Senator in 2002. During his two consecutive terms as Mayor of Kansas City, Dr. Wheeler was responsible for so many great achievements that Kansas City business magazine Ingram’s noted that “many regard this as the last golden age of Kansas City.” Wheeler has been coming to The Flea for over 20 years – and not only has an airport named after him (Charles Wheeler Downtown Airport), he even has a table (with a plaque) named after him at The Flea! Born and raised here in KC, maybe it’sonly natural for Kansas City’s best burger to be his Honor’s favorite!

Photo autographed by Mayor Berkley at the Flea

Another fan of The Flea is past Mayor Dick Berkley, who served as Kansas City’s mayor from 1979 to1991, making him the longest serving mayor in Kansas City history! During his time as mayor, he was responsible for over 700 capital improvement projects – including the expansion of Bartle Hall Convention Center and the revitalization of the Quality Hill neighborhood. On a signed photo of he and his wife Sandy hanging on a wall at The Flea, Mayor Berkley exclaims: “Great burgers – great friends – great for Kansas City!” We couldn’t agree more, Mr. Mayor!

Letter from Mayor Funkhouser

Mark Funkhouser was Kansas City’s 53rd Mayor, serving from 2007-2011. Prior to being elected, Mr. Funkhouser received multiple degrees, including his PhD from UMKC, and was also Kansas City’s auditor for 18 years. His motto was, “A city that works for regular folks.” In 2008, Mayor Funkhouser attended the Grand Opening of The Flea’s Buffalo Room – we even have photos and a personal letter from his Honor in that room to this day!


Mayor Sly at The Flea

Kansas City’s current mayor, Sylvester James, has also been a visitor to The Flea! Mayor Sly grew up on the East side of Kansas City, received a Bachelor of Arts Degree in English from Kansas City’s own Rockhurst College, then earned his Juris Doctor degree from Minnesota Law School.

Since his election in 2011, Mayor James has focused his efforts on making Kansas City best in 4 areas: education, employment, efficiency and enforcement. Mayor Sly has even made an appearance at the Kansas City Tiger Club – a weekly luncheon for Mizzou alumni hosted at the Flea each and every Tuesday at 11:30.

The Westport Flea Market is Kansas City’s quirky, funky, 30+ year old local-dining institution – and there is a lot of nostalgia and local history that comes along with that. Next time you’re having Kansas City’s best burger at The Flea, be sure to stop by to say hi to Mayor Wheeler – he visits most every day – and check out the photos on the wall of other past mayors and dignitaries we’ve been honored to serve. You just never know who you’ll see at The Flea!

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Feast Magazine Names Westport Flea Market “Best Burger” 2017!

Feast Magazine’s Readers’ Choice Awards have been announced and Westport Flea Market was voted the “Best Burger” for 2017! That’s right, for the 3rd year in a row, Feast Magazine has honored the Flea Market as having the Best Burger in Kansas City!

Feast Magazine says, “Westport Flea Market is a sentimental favorite that’s been dishing up burgers, patty melts, and other pub grub for more than 30 years. In addition to it’s signature McGonigle’s Market beef burgers, the restaurant and bar also continues to win over generations of Kansas Citians with its relaxed counter-service atmosphere and ridiculously cheap drink specials.”

They aren’t the only ones that have rated our burger the best in KC. The Flea’s list of accolades includes recognition from The Pitch, The Food Network, Urban Spoon, Food and Wine Magazine and several others. Many publications, many burgers and many years of Best Burger Awards tend to add up after a while – in fact, this makes it over 30 years the Flea has been recognized as the Best Burger in town!

Never tried Kansas City’s Best Burger? Do your tastebuds a favor and stop by the Flea to try one for yourself! We’ll cook one up for you just the way you like any day of the week!

Kansas City's Best Burger

Join the Flea for National Hamburger Day!

Here at Westport Flea Market, we’d like to celebrate National Hamburger Day every day, but the nationally recognized celebration of burgers is on May 28th, and we’re always looking for a reason to eat more beef! In case National Hamburger Day isn’t enough reason to stop by the Flea, Thrillist has recently named Westport Flea Market as the 37th best burger in the nation!

Thrillist’s very own burger critic, Kevin Alexander said Westport Flea Markert was “The only burger place I ate at that also featured a car decorated to look exactly like a burger, and an arcade featuring the game Zoofari. And yet, somehow, the best part of this place is still the actual burger.”

Along with a burger that’s nationally recognized, long time Flea-fans know that we’ve been named Kansas City’s best burger time and time again! Including honors by Feast Magazine, The Pitch, Urban Spoon and many, many more esteemed publications. Yep, for almost 30 years we’ve had KC’s best burger.

Visit the Westport Flea Market and see why we’re Kansas City’s Best Burger while enjoying one of over 44 ice cold on-tap beers. And check our entertainment page for live music, trivia, or karaoke!


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Celebrate Mom at the Flea!

Mom deserves nothing but the best on this Mother’s Day, so bring her on down to the Westport Flea Market on Sunday, May 14th for the best burger in KC!

We’ve been serving the best burger in Kansas City for over 30 years! Let Mom sink her teeth into one of our savory burgers, cooked with McGonigle’s finest beef and seasoned just how you like ‘em! Is a juicy burger not what Mom is craving this Mother’s Day? With options like the Veggie Panini or the Cajun Chicken Salad, we’ve got something sure to make her feel special – no matter what her taste buds call for!

Don’t forget to try one of our dozens of ice cold beers on tap – help Mom find a new favorite! After lunch, challenge Mom to a pool or shuffleboard match or lounge on the patio in the perfect spring weather!

Visit the Westport Flea Market and show Mom why we’re Kansas City’s favorite neighborhood burger joint!

Join the Flea for Middle of the Map Fest!

Ink Magazine’s 7th annual Middle of the Map Fest is back and Westport is the prime spot to make sure you don’t miss any of the excitement! The Middle of the Map Fest is a combo of local music and film – and it’s all happening in the heart of Westport May 4th-May 6th! “MOTM” is a great way to support local Kansas City artists and businesses while celebrating Kansas City community!

And what better way to celebrate your local community than to grab a bite to eat – at KC’s best burger joint of course! For over 30 years, the Westport Flea Market is proud to have served the best burgers in Kansas City, made with beef from hometown legend McGonigle’s Market! We season them perfectly then top them just how you like ‘em! And don’t forget a heaping of hot, crispy curly fries!

While you’re chowing down on the best burger you’ve ever tasted, quench your thirst with one of our 44 ice cold beers on tap! Let us fuel you up before you head out to see the best local film and music talent Kansas City has to offer! Join us at the Flea for some unforgettable pre-concert grub!

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Hit a home run with Kansas City’s best burger!

Spring weather has arrived, and the Boys in Blue have returned! With huge flat screen TVs and dozens of ice cold beers on tap, the Westport Flea Market is the perfect place to spend your evening watching the Royals!

Cheer on the Royals as you sink your teeth into the best burger in KC, fresh from McGonigle’s beef. Not hungry for a burger? We’ve got plenty of other delicious game-day grub options like Fritz’s Smoked Hot Dogs, Cajun Chicken, and Potato Skins!

With something for everyone at the Flea, there’s no better way to spend that perfect spring afternoon than lounging on our patio with one of our 44 ice cold beers on tap! Come on down to the Flea in the heart of Westport – where you can cheer on your favorite hometown team while chowing down on the best burger in Kansas City!