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34 more eateries that opened this year

Erika Koike recently opened Sama Zama in Westport. The Japanese restaurant serves Okonomi Yaki, a savory pancake commonly called a "Japanese Pizza."


The 9th Inning Sports Bar & Grill

1512 E. 18th St., 18th & Vine District

A sports bar with a mini Negro Leagues Baseball Museum (the full-size one is nearby) and a baseball-themed menu that includes sweet potato tater tots, buffalo wings, KC strip steaks and grilled salmon. The 9th Inning is in the former Peachtree Restaurant space.


1911 Main St., Crossroads Arts District

A modern German restaurant in an elegant space that doubles as an art gallery. German-born chef Martin Heuser’s menu includes beet salad with flower blossoms and goat cheese, bison short rib, seared scallops and (of course) an artistic take on apple strudel.

Bar Louie

8600 N.W. Prairie View Road, Zona Rosa

This Texas-based chain now has two locations in Kansas City: one in the Power & Light District and this one up north. Bar Louie serves lunch, dinner and late-night snacks. It’s known for its fresh fruit shots and wings, pot stickers, Bavarian pretzel sticks with a trio of dipping sauces and loaded tater tots. The bar menu boasts a wide variety of cocktails (martinis are Bar Louie’s specialty), beer and wine.

The Beacon: A Kansas City Tavern

5031 Main St., South Plaza

A locally owned neighborhood bar and grill with a menu that’s loaded with decadent comfort food. Pot pie, fish and chips, fried chicken, BLTs and (for the vegetarians) black bean veggie burgers. Check out The Beacon’s Sunday brunch (10 a.m. to 2 p.m.), when you can order banana pecan French toast, huevos rancheros and build-your-own omelets.

The Blue Line

529 Walnut St., River Market

There’s almost always a game on at this hockey-themed bar, where you can nosh on fried Wisconsin cheese curds and Zamboni Dip (hummus served with hot, garlicky naan bread) while sipping craft beer and challenging your friends to a game of air hockey.

Bo Ling’s

4701 Jefferson St., Plaza

The locally owned chain of Chinese restaurants is poised to open a new location in the Skelly Building. The restaurant will offer the dim sum menu that the previous Plaza location was known for, served from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. Also on the menu: mango mai tais, pork buns, crispy eggplant, spicy Mongolian beef and the ever-popular General Tso’s Chicken.

Bread for All Tandoori Naan Cafe

536 Westport Road

This new bakery known for fresh-baked pita and naan bread also serves falafel, hummus, lentil soup and a savory vegetarian sandwich layered with cauliflower and eggplant.

Chiusano’s Brick Oven Pizzeria

1713 Village West Parkway, Kansas City, Kan.

A locally owned pizzeria at The Legends specializing in handcrafted pies topped with exotic ingredients such as elk sausage and brie cheese. Don’t worry if you’re picky: They have pepperoni, too. The menu also includes cheesesteak sandwiches and zeppoles, hot Italian doughnuts made to order. If you’re looking for a deal, go on Wednesdays, when wine by the glass is half price.

Dips & Sips

5735 Johnson Drive, Mission

An old-school ice cream shop that serves Blue Bell ice cream, soft serve, root beer floats, malts, shakes and more. The prices are nice: A banana split, $3.50, is one of the more expensive items on the menu.

The Dubliner

170 E. 14th St., Power & Light District

K.C. Hopps’ Irish pub in the former Raglan Road spot serves beer, whiskey and a variety of other libations in a handsome space that transports you across the Atlantic and back in time a century or two. The menu features all the pub classics you’d expect: Reuben sandwiches, shepherd’s pie, and bangers and mash. For dessert, there’s warm bread pudding drizzled with whiskey butter sauce.


801 Massachusetts St., Lawrence

This locally owned eatery at the heart of downtown Lawrence recently changed its concept from a fast-casual taqueria to a full-service restaurant with Spanish flair. The bar still serves handcrafted cocktails (margaritas, mojitos, negronis), but now there’s more wine to choose from, and the food menu has been entirely revamped. Slow-roasted lamb, cheese plates, olives, paella, oysters and top-quality serrano ham now define the chef-driven menu. If you go, grab a seat on the patio, which is one of the most scenic in town.

Frida’s Taqueria

6537 W. 119th St., Overland Park

A new fast-casual concept from Ivan Marquez, the owner of Frida’s Contemporary Mexican Cuisine, opens soon in The Fountains shopping center. The Taqueria’s portable offerings include tacos, tamales and burritos made with fresh ingredients.

Fuzzy’s Taco Shop

10157 Wornall Road, south Kansas City

This new outpost for the Texas-based chain of beachy taco shops serves traditional Mexican dishes (tacos, enchiladas, burritos) with nontraditional toppings such as cilantro, feta and garlic sauce. Nearly everything on the menu is customizable.

Green Room Burgers & Beer

4010 Pennsylvania Ave., Westport

A laid-back burger joint that sells everything from basic burgers (the $4.50 Brownfield comes with mustard, ketchup, onion and pickles) to creative sandwiches such as the Crunchy Apple BLT ($6), stacked with smoked bacon and sliced Fuji apples on marble rye. Green Room also serves lots of beer, including several locally brewed varieties from Boulevard in Kansas City, Free State in Lawrence and Tallgrass Brewing Co. in Manhattan, Kan.


3044 Gillham Road, Martini Corner

A new bar, restaurant and beer garden that pairs beer with gourmet sausages made by Alex Pope of Local Pig, a new butcher shop in the East Bottoms. Sausage choices include duck and ginger, smoked chicken and apple, pork tequila serrano and roasted eggplant and feta. Beer nerds will dig the extensive list of craft beers, which are served in glasses that complement each beer’s body, aroma and taste.

La Parrilla

11977 S. Strang Line Road, Olathe

This popular Lawrence cafe known for Latin American cuisine recently expanded to Olathe. Specialties include green pork chili enchiladas, homemade tamales, margaritas and Bloody Marys made with pepper-infused tequila. Try the Brazilian lemonade, a nonalcoholic drink made with coconut milk and lime that’s endlessly refreshing on a hot summer day.

Longbranch Ale House

9095 Metcalf Ave., Overland Park

The new owners of this Overland Park institution, open since 1980, have freshened up the menu with fish tacos and hand-cut steaks and fries. They’ve also divided the Ale House into two sections: A grown-up bar and a more family-style side called The Branch Pizza.

Martin City Brewing Company

500 E. 135th St., Martin City

This neighborhood bar stocks beers from local craft breweries (Boulevard, Free State, Schlafly) as well as rarer beers from West Coast breweries, such as Rogue, Green Flash and Stone. The menu is full of decadent comfort food that pairs perfectly with beer. Think crab crakes, mac and cheese and Reubens.


5270 W. 116th St., Leawood

Celebrity chef Aaron Sanchez’s contemporary Mexican restaurant recently unveiled its two-story patio, which overlooks the lawn of Leawood’s Park Place shopping center. Try the margaritas, made with agave syrup, real lime and top-shelf tequila, and the Arroz con Crema, a recipe Sanchez says was inspired by his childhood.


712 Massachusetts St., Lawrence

A fresh Mexican concept from the owners of Tortas Jalisco in Lawrence. At Mexquisito, the focus is on thoughtful plating and fresh ingredients. The menu includes many seafood choices and vegetarian-friendly dishes made with cactus and black beans. Try the green tomatillo salsa and the premium margarita, which comes with your choice of top-shelf tequila.

Michael Forbes Bar & Grille

128 W. 63rd St., Brookside

This new neighborhood restaurant took over the former Sharp’s Grill space. The menu and wine list are extensive, and there’s a different dinner special every night of the week (Tuesday’s catfish night, for example, and Thursday’s meatloaf night). Michael Forbes serves omelets, biscuits and gravy, and pancakes for breakfast Monday through Friday, and the brunch buffet is from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday and Sunday.

Oliver’s Pizzeria

4800 W. 135th St., Leawood

A new pizzeria in the former Pizza Fusion spot sells three styles of pizza crust: cracker-thin St. Louis, deep dish Chicago and classic, thin New York. But pizza isn’t the only thing on the menu: Oliver’s offers meatball grinders, gelato and craft beer.

Opera House

500 Walnut St., River Market

The former River Market Brewery space is now an eclectic urban market called Opera House. Opera House is five businesses in one. Classic Rock Coffee Co. sells coffee, espresso, tea and smoothies. The Paleo Grill serves biscuits and gravy, omelets, salads, sandwiches and fried pickles for breakfast and lunch. Bake Haus makes cookies, cinnamon rolls and an assortment of other pastries. Opera House Catering handles corporate breakfasts and lunches. And at Wrap It, you can purchase pitas and wraps.

The Peanut

7938 Santa Fe Drive, Overland Park

The newest location for The Peanut, a Kansas City institution that’s known for making some of the best hot wings in the metro, recently opened in downtown Overland Park. Those famous hot wings are on the menu, as are BLTs, chili and a variety of burgers, soups and salads.

Sama Zama

425 Westport Road

This colorful cafe has tangerine-colored walls, uber-modern tables and chairs, and a menu full of Japanese small plates. You won’t find sushi or hibachi dishes on this menu. Instead, there are okonomi yaki (savory pancakes), gyoza (pan-fried dumplings) and other dishes that you won’t find on most Japanese menus in the Midwest. For dessert, there’s mango and green tea ice cream. The brains behind this unique concept is Erika Koike, who previously ran One Bite Japanese Grill in Overland Park.

Sammy’s Pizza and Pub

13164 State Line Road, Leawood

Sammy’s (located in the former Zepi’s Pizza & Pub spot) serves meatball subs, baked pasta, chicken parmesan and Neapolitan-style pizza with a wide variety of toppings, from garden pesto (pesto, garlic, spinach, peppers, mushrooms) to bacon cheeseburger. If you want, you can order your pizza with a gluten-free crust.

Seva Cuisine of India

8674 N.E. Flintlock Road, Northland

A new, locally owned restaurant that serves Indian dishes such as chicken tikka masala, coconut soup, naan and food cooked in a tandoor, or clay oven. Good news for picky eaters: You can customize the heat and the ingredients in each dish.

Shahrazad Cafe & Market

12605 Metcalf Ave., Overland Park

An international food store and cafe that sells spices and other ingredients from the Mediterranean, the Middle East and South Asia. The cafe serves Mediterranean food for lunch and dinner. On the menu: hummus, stuffed grape leaves, falafel, baklava, Turkish coffee and several varieties of tea.


1008 Massachusetts St., Lawrence

Don’t let the name fool you: This new bar in downtown Lawrence serves more than just booze. Shots also serves up gourmet bar food. Calamari, green bean fries and ahi tuna burgers are some of the more popular menu items. On Thursday, Friday and Saturday nights, the bar has a DJ and more of a club feel.

The Stack BBQ

8920 Wornall Road, Waldo

A family-style barbecue joint with big portions and affordable prices. Lunch for two costs $16.99 and comes with three meats, St. Louis-style ribs, baked beans, cole slaw, fries, pickles and toast. The specialties here are ribs, burnt ends and baked beans.

Suzie Q’s Smokehouse

6221 N. Chestnut Ave., Gladstone

Dine in or carry out barbecue from this new, popular neighborhood restaurant in Gladstone, which specializes in baby back ribs, smoked chicken, brisket, pulled pork and cheese fries. If it’s nice out, grab a seat on the roomy patio.

Swagger Fine Spirits and Food

13401 Holmes Road, Martin City

Swagger, a popular bar in Waldo that was featured on Food Network’s “Diners, Drive-ins and Dives,” recently opened a second location in the south Kansas City neighborhood known as Martin City. The new Swagger has the same last meal-worthy menu (try the Dead Texan, a burger sandwiched between two grilled cheese sandwiches) and insanely extensive drink selection. Check out the 79 beer taps and second bar, which is devoted entirely to whiskey.

Sweet Siam Thai Bistro

7809 Quivira Road, Lenexa

This colorful, cozy eatery makes traditional Thai dishes such as pad Thai, green curry and coconut soup. The chefs here also like to put American twists on Southeast Asian cuisine. The Thai BBQ Chicken ($11) is a half chicken roasted with barbecue sauce and served with sweet and sour sauce alongside shrimp fried rice. Dine in or carry out.

Tapas Mexican Food

724 Massachusetts St., Lawrence

Nosh on fajitas, burritos, chile relleno and a wide variety of vegetarian and vegan dishes at this new Mexican joint, where margaritas cost 99 cents on Tuesdays, Thursdays and KU game days.

Joyce Smith contributed to this report.


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