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Dining guide: 34 new restaurants

Here’s a taste of some additions to Kansas City’s food scene

The pan-seared ruby trout with almondine sauce, fingerling potatoes and vegetables, available at Aixois Brasserie, 1006 Walnut in Kansas City, Mo.

Allison and Brian Bloch own Driftwood BBQ truck.

Twisted Doughnut in Overland Park has teamed up with Jason Day, the mastermind behind the Bacon Explosion, to create the Bang Bang Bacon Surprise doughnut, featuring the famed bacon-stuffed, bacon-wrapped smoked barbecue sausage.

Citris Shrimp Ceviche with crouton and blood orange caviar at Kill Devil Club, a restaurant, jazz club and event space in the Power & Light District.

Chilaquiles at Port Fonda, which opened a brick and mortar operation in Westport this year.


810 Zone

1672 Northwest Chipman Road, Lee’s Summit

The new location for the locally owned chain of sports bars always has a drink special and a game on. The menu is full of food that tastes great with beer: fried pickles, nachos, sliders, pork tenderloin sandwiches and barbecue. Oh, and there’s a fried Twinkie on the dessert menu.

Aixois Brasserie

1006 Walnut St., downtown

This spinoff of the French restaurant Aixois serves classic French bistro food, champagne and cocktails such as the French 75 (made with champagne, Beefeater gin, simple syrup and lemon juice) in a chic space with huge windows and a marble bar. Happy hour is 2 to 6 p.m. Monday through Friday.

Anton’s Taproom

1610 Main St., Crossroads Arts District

Aged steaks will be the specialty at this bar and restaurant, which is working on adding an in-house butcher shop. The fat drink menu features more than 50 wines and 64 beers on tap.

Barbosa’s Express

1124 Oak St., downtown

A fast, casual version of Barbosa’s Mexican Restaurant, which has two locations in St. Joseph. Menu items include nachos, quesadillas, burritos, salads, wraps and traditional dinners.


200 W. 12th St., downtown

A bar and lounge serving cocktails and light dinner fare in a casual environment off the lobby at the Downtown Marriott. The menu is divided into dishes that take five, 10 or 20 minutes to prepare.

Bo Ling’s

4701 Jefferson St., Plaza

The locally owned chain of Chinese restaurants recently opened a new location in the Skelly Building. The restaurant offers the dim sum menu that the previous Plaza location was known for, served from 10 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.

Driftwood BBQ

This mobile barbecue truck sells homemade hickory-smoked baby back ribs, brisket sandwiches and honey-chipotle slaw. Find it in the parking lot next to the Office Max at 10111 State Line Road between 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. Thursday through Saturday. Follow the truck on Twitter (@DriftwoodKC) for updates.

The Drum Room Lounge

Hilton President Hotel, 1329 Baltimore Ave., downtown

The Drum Room was recently remodeled and divided into two spaces: The Drum Room Lounge and Providence New American Kitchen. The Drum Room Lounge toasts Kansas City history with classic cocktails and a happy hour menu full of $4 appetizers (BBQ glazed pork belly, meatloaf sliders, ahi tuna tacos and gourmet hush puppies).

First Watch

7301 W. 151st St., Overland Park

The 11th Kansas City area location for First Watch, a popular national chain of breakfast, brunch and lunch restaurants. Open daily from 7 a.m. until 2:30 p.m. Free newspapers and Wi-Fi.


520 Southwest Blvd., Crossroads Arts District

This hot dog joint, which also serves hamburgers, hand-cut french fries and homemade kettle chips, recently moved from the West Bottoms to a busier spot on Southwest Boulevard. The new Franks has a drive-through and an expanded menu that includes homemade grilled tamales. Try the Kansas City dog, which comes topped with dill pickles and barbecue sauce, or the Chihuahua, with frijoles rancheros, diced onion and cheese sauce.

Freebirds World Burrito

6029 Metcalf Ave., Mission

554 Westport Road, Westport

This California-based chain serves customizable burritos made with fresh ingredients and is working its way into the Kansas City area. On the menu: made-from-scratch salsas, rice and beans, grass-fed beef, all-natural chicken, Boulevard beer and $4 margaritas with chipotle salt rims. For dessert, there are Pot Brownies, legally made in a black pot.

Frida’s Taqueria

6537 W. 119th St., Overland Park

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

The Jacobson

2050 Central St., Crossroads Arts District

Sharing is encouraged at this stylish bar and restaurant tucked behind Lulu’s Thai Noodles Shop. Craft cocktails can be ordered in flasks (8 or 17 ounces) and are served over ice. The food menu features grilled meatball grinders, grilled Scottish salmon BLTs, herb-grilled chicken and the decadent Jacobson Burger, ground beef pan-seared with bone marrow butter and then topped with short rib marmalade and crispy onion straws on a butter-toasted brioche bun. For dessert, there’s a house-made Fig Newton served with Shatto banana milk.

Johnny’s Italian Steakhouse

12080 South Strang Line Road, Olathe

This regional chain of pasta-and-steak restaurants recently opened its first Kansas City area location. Hearty Italian fare such as toasted ravioli, calamari and sausage bread start the menu, which finishes with fresh seafood, aged steaks and chicken parm.

Kill Devil Club

61 E. 14th St, Power & Light District

Ryan Maybee, co-owner of Manifesto and the Rieger Hotel Grill & Exchange, consulted on this cocktail and jazz lounge in the former Peachtree restaurant space. On the menu: small plates and rum drinks such as the Tempest, made with ginger syrup, lime and pepper-infused tequila.

Louie’s Wine Dive

7100 Wornall Road, Waldo

A laid-back wine bar that serves gourmet comfort food in a fun, casual environment. Every wine on the menu is available to try by the glass.

Messy’s Birds & Brews

1230 Woodswether Road, West Bottoms

Made-from-scratch hot wings and Philly Cheesesteak sandwiches are the specialty at Messy’s, originally located at 3605 Broadway.


934 Massachusetts St., Lawrence

One of Kansas City’s most popular pizza chains has opened its first restaurant in Lawrence in a former Pizza Hut on Massachusetts Street. The Lawrence Minsky’s has a full bar, free Wi-Fi and a gluten-free menu.

Oklahoma Joe’s

11723 Roe Ave., Leawood

The legendary barbecue joint inside a Kansas City, Kan., gas station opened a Leawood location in July. Specialties include ribs, smoked chicken and the Z-Man sandwich, a stack of brisket, smoked provolone cheese and crispy onion rings on a toasted Kaiser roll.

Original Wing Busters & More

1128 Oak St., downtown

This second location for a hot wings restaurant in Grandview serves breakfast (breakfast sandwiches, burritos, omelets, waffles, bagels) and a variety of wings, hamburgers, cheesesteaks, sandwiches and wraps for lunch and dinner. Wing sauces include Cajun, spicy lemon pepper, garlic Parmesan, jalapeno barbecue and honey mustard barbecue.

Parisi Cafe

5245 116th Place, Leawood

The second cafe for Parisi, a small batch coffee roaster with headquarters at 710 W. 24th St., sells Parisi’s locally roasted coffee, espresso drinks, tea, Italian soda and pastries. Unlike the first cafe in Union Station, the Leawood Parisi Cafe has a dessert menu and a wine list.

Peanches Food & Wine

900 W. 39th St., midtown

Local comfort food is the star of the menu at Peanches, where owner/chef Pete Peterman focuses on Missouri and Midwestern fare, putting a fresh spin on classic dishes such as catfish, pot roast and apple pie. The food menu changes often, but the bar menu is always about locally produced beer, wine and spirits.

Pig & Finch

11570 Ash St., Leawood

Gastropub-style restaurant opening soon in Park Place with a menu overflowing with craft beer and hearty fare such as pork belly chicharrones, baked mussels, sweet potato dumplings and hanger steak marinated in stout beer.

Port Fonda

4141 Pennsylvania Ave., Westport

Port Fonda, a taco truck in a restored Airstream trailer, opened a permanent location this summer. The restaurant serves the same pork shoulder and pineapple tacos and chilaquiles (made with tortillas, salsa, fried egg, crema, cilantro, onion and lime) that made the food truck so popular. But it also delivers Mexican beer, Boulevard beer and some of the most creative tequila and mezcal cocktails in town.

Providence New American Kitchen

1329 Baltimore Ave., downtown

A contemporary American restaurant serving lunch and dinner inside the Hilton President Hotel. Menu items include starters such as buffalo carpaccio, barbecue glazed pork belly and loaded potato pierogi. Entrees include KC ribeye steak sandwiches, Bully Porter beer-braised short ribs, seared Maine scallops and applewood-smoked meatloaf.

Quay Coffee

412 Delaware St., River Market

A cute shop with a simple menu full of Oddly Correct coffee, roasted locally in small batches.


1111 Grand Blvd., downtown

A glamorous restaurant inside the new Ambassador Hotel downtown where executive chef Geoffrey van Glabbeek focuses on contemporary American cuisine. The Reserve serves daily breakfast, lunch and dinner, plus brunch on weekends. The dinner menu is all about gourmet takes on simple food. Think truffled deviled eggs, lobster corn dogs and braised short ribs with thyme-cabernet sauce.


10551 Mission Road, Leawood

A Mission Farms restaurant from Megan and Colby Garrelts, owners of Bluestem in Westport. Rye, set to open later this month, specializes in Midwestern food made from local ingredients. The celebrated chefs put their own spin on fried chicken, baby back ribs, pies and fruit cobblers. The bar will serve locally produced spirits, wine, beer and moonshine cocktails.

Spin! Neopolitan Pizza

9474 Renner Blvd., Lenexa

The newest location for a locally owned chain that cooks thin-crust pizza in stone ovens. Kansas City chef Michael Smith consults on recipes for everything on the menu, which also includes salads, sandwiches, gelato and affordable wine. The Lenexa Spin! features a bar and a patio with seating for 48. Look for a new Spin! in Prairie Village in 2013.

Tavern at Mission Farms

10681 Mission Road, Leawood

This sister restaurant to Tavern in the Village serves salads, seafood, steaks, pastas and handcrafted cocktails in a contemporary atmosphere. Two stone fireplaces warm the interior in winter. Happy hour (4-6 p.m. daily) includes select wines, martinis and appetizers for $5 and select bottled beers for $2.50.

Twisted Doughnut

14383 Metcalf Ave., Overland Park

This new doughnut shop goes way beyond glazed. Unique doughnuts include the Train Wreck, topped with maple frosting and bacon, and Southern Red Velvet, a red velvet doughnut topped with cream cheese and pecans.

Uncommon Stock

549 Gillis St., Columbus Park

A to-go soup store from Todd Schulte, who owns Happy Gillis Cafe & Hangout and Genessee Royale Bistro. The menu changes daily. Past soups have included black bean with chorizo and pumpkin spiced roasted butternut squash. Most of the soups sell for $10 to $12 a quart. Open from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays and 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Sundays.


10815 E. Winner Road, Independence

This unique business combines a modern American restaurant, art gallery, antique shop, event space and catering operation under one roof. The restaurant is open for lunch and dinner Tuesday through Saturday. The menu changes seasonally and includes lobster rolls, Mediterranean chicken salad, and entrees like New Mexican Pork Porterhouse (with bourbon ancho chili sauce and roasted root vegetable mash), and grilled chicken breast with corn pudding and feta salsa verde. Appetizers include avocado bruschetta and barbecue oysters with blue cheese sauce and pickled onions.

Woodsweather II

2510 N.E. Vivion Road, Northland

Like the original West Bottoms location, this Woodsweather cafe serves breakfast, lunch and dinner — French toast, biscuits and gravy, omelets, pork tenderloins, burgers, Italian steak sandwiches and more, as well as a few new items like grilled pork chops, grilled rib-eye steaks and grilled beef filets. Daily specials include Wednesday’s meatloaf, Friday’s cornmeal-crusted catfish filet or hot boiled spiced shrimp, and Saturday’s bow tie pasta or Fanny Jo’s Fried Chicken.


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