Here’s a taste of some recent additions to the Kansas City food scene, plus our recommendations on what to order.
706 Westport Road
Breakfast, lunch and dinner are served at this bakery in Westport, which offers French macarons alongside some of the best mac and cheese in town. You have to try the salmon BLT ($10), served on herb-coated focaccia bread baked in-house.
400 E. 31st St. on Martini Corner
Whiskey is the word at this Martini Corner bar. If you’re feeling bold, order the Old Fashioned Ass Kickin’ ($9) and prepare yourself. The drink mixes Jack Daniel’s Tennessee whiskey with cherry moonshine, Peychaud’s bitters and a zesty-hot orange-habanero shrub.
Bridger’s Bottle Shop
510 Westport Road
This Westport beer bar doubles as a liquor store with one of the best selections of craft brews in the city. Inside the coolers, you’ll find everything from PBR to seasonal Boulevard beers and rare sour styles from Europe. Bridger’s hosts regular beer tastings and dinners with food prepared by chef Andrew Heimburger.
11635 Ash St. in Leawood
Burgers made with all-natural, free-range beef are on the menu at this Florida-based chain, which recently opened a location in Leawood. Also on the menu: quinoa veggie burgers and Kobe beef hot dogs. A BurgerFi is also in the works for Lawrence, at 918 Massachusetts St.
Cascone’s Grill North
6427 N. Cosby Ave.
Like Cascone’s Grill in the City Market, this breakfast and lunch diner serves biscuits and gravy, pancakes, Italian steak sandwiches and fried chicken (on Thursdays). The signature breakfast sandwich is the appropriately named “Big Sam” — Italian sausage, egg, hash browns and cheese on Italian toast.
4149 Pennsylvania Ave. in Westport
Champagne and fizzy cocktails are the specialties at this Westport bar, which has a dessert menu designed by pastry chef Jessica Armstrong. Our picks: The Valencia cava cocktail ($8), with orange juice, apricot brandy and bitters, and the profiteroles (cream puffs).
325 Main St. in Platte City
Recent daily specials at this Platte City restaurant have included everything from chicken penne pasta to taco salad and prime rib. Looking for something simple? Chaz 325 also servers burgers and beer brats topped with sauerkraut.
Chicken Macaroni & Cheese
7025 Prospect Ave.
The owners of Chicken Macaroni & Cheese recently moved the restaurant south on Prospect Avenue and expanded the menu. Bring a big appetite and order the Chick-A-Roni & Cheese (a chicken sandwich topped with macaroni and cheese) or the Chicken Wafflewich (two boneless chicken breasts and two eggs stuffed between two waffles).
Cocoa Dolce Artisan Chocolates
5601 W. 135th St. in Overland Park
Cocoa Dolce, which also has a store in Wichita, Kan., sells artisan chocolates in unique flavors. Try the Bake Sale box ($15), filled with pie-flavored chocolates (lemon cheesecake, blueberry pie, pecan pie …).
Coco Bolos Wood Fired Grill & Cantina
5621 W. 135th St. in Overland Park
James Beard award-winning chef Michael Smith consulted on the Latin American-influenced menu at Coco Bolos in the Prairiefire development.
920 Delaware St. in Lawrence
This cozy-cool coffee shop serves locally baked croissants and cinnamon rolls alongside coffee brewed with beans from Fourbarrel in San Francisco. Grab a seat on the patio to soak in the eclectic East Lawrence neighborhood.
1405 W. 39th St.
Tequila is the specialty at this bar and Mexican restaurant, which is decked out in Day of the Dead decor and Lucha Libre masks. The menu boasts tamales, tacos and nachos.
El Burrito Loco Mexican Cafe
900 Swift Ave.
Located in the former Kansas City SmokeShack BBQ space, El Burrito Loco melds Mexican with barbecue in dishes such as brisket tacos. Other menu items include tamales, chiles rellenos, guacamole and fried plantains.
Freddy’s Frozen Custard & Steakburgers
194 N.W. Oldham Parkway in Lee’s Summit
Freddy’s, a Wichita-based chain, recently added a location in Lee’s Summit. Aside from burgers, concretes and sundaes, Freddy’s sells Chicago-style hot dogs, patty melts and chicken ranch BLT sandwiches.
Grand Street Cafe
8815 Renner Blvd., Lenexa
Grand Street Cafe, a Plaza-area restaurant that serves small plates (prime rib tacos, crabcakes) and hearty steak, seafood and pasta entrees, recently opened a second location in Lenexa. Try Bill’s Chicken Salad ($13), a healthier and more grown-up take on chicken fingers with honey mustard.
iPho Tower Vietnamese-French Bistro
iPho Tower, a Vietnamese restaurant and lounge with a French twist, features pho noodle soups, spring rolls, Vietnamese sandwiches, and French fusion dishes such as beef stew and crepes.
Jax Fish House & Oyster Bar
4814 Roanoke Parkway on the Country Club Plaza
This Colorado-based seafood restaurant company picked the Plaza for its first location outside the Centennial State. When it opens, the menu will feature fresh-shucked oysters, charbroiled mahi-mahi, Maine lobster and pineapple upside down crepes.
4141 Pennsylvania Ave. in Westport
Whiskey is the specialty at this Westport bar, but it’s not the only spirit on the cocktail menu. Try the KC Caucasian ($9), a play on the White Russian made with Sobieski vodka, Shatto heavy cream, Broadway Cafe coffee cordial and Fernet Branca. The food menu features a shrimp po’ boy, deviled eggs and pimento cheese served with Farm to Market sourdough.
Kansas City Bier Co.
310 W. 79th St. in Waldo
German-style beers are the specialty at this brewery’s taphouse, which serves brats, cheeses and bread with brews such as Helles, a bright and easy-drinking lager, and Hopfen Doof, a dry-hopped ale that’s as aromatic as an American IPA.
1403 W. 39th St.
Don’t let the beautifully plated food fool you — Kansas Town is known for reasonable prices (as in, entrees are often under $20). A recent menu featured roast beef with grits and papaya, a gourmet take on a Vietnamese banh mi and dark chocolate cheesecake spiked with cayenne pepper.
Limestone Pizza + Kitchen + Bar
814 Massachusetts St. in Lawrence
Neapolitan-style pizza baked in a wood-fired oven is the centerpiece of the locavore-friendly menu at Limestone. Trythe Farmer pizza ($10), topped with house-cured bacon, Gruyere cheese, local spinach and an egg that spills its yolk when you slice the pie.
Luigi’s Italian Restaurant
8 E. Franklin St. in Liberty
Luigi’s serves classic Italian food made from family recipes — think lasagna, spaghetti with meat sauce and chicken parmigiana — in historic downtown Liberty.
Mass Street Soda
1103 Massachusetts St. in Lawrence
More than 1,000 varieties of soda are for sale at this shop in downtown Lawrence. Look for Peach Nehi, orange Fanta made with cane sugar, and NuGrape grape soda.
MeMa’s Old Fashioned Bakery
7720 State Ave. in Kansas City, Kan.
MeMa’s recently closed its shop in the Legends Outlets and reopened in the Wyandotte Plaza Shopping Center. The bakery case boasts povitica, strudel, apple turnovers, cookies and enormous cinnamon rolls.
Mo’s Italian Spot
5932 Prospect Ave.
This small restaurant painted like an Italian flag serves hot Italian beef sandwiches, Scimeca’s Italian sausage and spaghetti and meatballs.
Myriad House Coffeehouse & Vintage Shop
4448 Bell St.
The big green Victorian house now houses a coffee shop and vintage decor store. The menu features coffee drinks, Italian sodas and pastries from Scratch Bakery & Cafe.
5501 W. 135th St. in Overland Park
A brand-new diner with retro style that serves milkshakes, burgers and blueberry pancakes in the Prairiefire development.
2128 E. 12th St. in Gates Plaza
Peachtree Cafeteria serves brunch, lunch and dinner in the former Papa Lew’s Soul Delicious spot in Gates Plaza. Peachtree is known for its soul food, traditional Southern cuisine and comfort food.
Pezzettino Italian Deli & Market
Located in a former grocery warehouse, Pezzettino Italian Deli & Market sells sandwiches, salads, pasta and gelato. You can also stop in for a bite of bruschetta at the bar, which serves a nice selection of wine and classic cocktails such us the Negroni Navona ($10), made with gin, vermouth and Campari.
13500 Nall Ave. in Overland Park
Located in the new Prairiefire development, Pinstripes boasts bowling, bocce and an outdoor patio and fire pit. Italian-American food is on the menu.
505 W. 75th St. in Waldo
A fast-casual pizzeria that serves Neapolitan-style pies.
510 Westport Road
Located inside Bridger’s Bottle Shop, Preservation Market serves cheese, pickles and charcuterie that’s either made or selected by the Local Pig butcher shop in the East Bottoms. Try the fresh mozzarella salad ($9) or the lamb meatball sandwich ($9), topped with marinated feta, bread and butter pickles, orange preserves and cilantro.
PT’s Coffee at the Crossroads
310 Southwest Blvd.
Topeka-based PT’s Coffee Roasting Co. serves its own coffees at this shop, which occupies the former Crossroads Coffeehouse space. Try the John Brown blend, a bold brew with notes of sweet pipe tobacco and dark chocolate.
1000 W. 39th St.
Rob Magee is smoking competition-level barbecue at this buzzworthy restaurant and bar on 39th Street. After trying Q39’s so-called “best wings on the planet” ($9), we are officially addicted to Magee’s chipotle barbecue sauce.
Rock & Brews
5701 W. 135th St. in Overland Park
Gene Simmons and Paul Stanley of Kiss are the masterminds behind this rock-themed bar and restaurant, which serves chipotle chili cheese fries alongside Tuscan kale salads, pulled pork sandwiches, sesame seed-crusted seared ahi and beer floats. Other Rock & Brews locations are in California, Hawaii and Los Cabos, Mexico.
901 W. 48th Place
Rosso overlooks the Country Club Plaza from the rooftop of Hotel Sorella. The swanky restaurant serves upscale Italian fare (linguine, citrus-braised veal short ribs) as well as wine and craft cocktails from its bar, Bar Rosso.
Second Best Coffee
328 W. 85th St. in Waldo
Sip espresso brewed with single origin beans at this Waldo coffee shop, which also serves breakfast burritos and Jiffy Mix muffins.
Smallcakes: A Cupcakery
1710 W. 39th St.
Smallcakes, a locally based chain of cupcake shops, recently opened on 39th Street. Signature flavors include lemon drop, choco-holic and caramel crunch, chocolate cake topped with caramel frosting, crushed pretzels and a sprinkle of sea salt.
8301 W. 135th St. in Overland Park
Coming soon to south Overland Park: Stroud’s, which is synonymous with pan-fried chicken in Kansas City.
1829 Village West Parkway, Suite T131, in Kansas City, Kan.
Coming soon to the Legends Outlets: SweetFrog, a premium frozen yogurt shop with flavors such as French toast, angel food cake and blueberry burst. Toppings include fresh fruit, hot caramel sauce and gummy frogs.
946 Massachusetts St. in Lawrence
Taco Zone, a taco stand inside the Replay Lounge, serves gourmet tacos filled with slow-cooked meats (braised beef, braised beef, green chile chicken) for $2.50 each. There’s usually a vegetarian option, too. Open after 5 p.m. Thursday through Sunday.
Tengo Sed Cantina
1323 Walnut St. in the Power & Light District
Port Fonda owner and chef Patrick Ryan recently consulted on a makeover of this downtown Mexican restaurant. The revamped menu features fried plantain nachos, house-fried hot-ranch pork skins, and grilled rib eye fajitas. The bar serves a Mexican take on the Moscow Mule called the Tijuana Mule made with Patron Silver tequila, ginger and soda.
1532 Grand Blvd.
Craft beer geeks will appreciate the deep bench of brews at this hidden bar by James Beard award-winning chef Celina Tio. The Belfry also serves bourbon, bourbon cocktails and Tio’s twist on bar food, like fries smothered with short rib gravy, pickled onions and an egg.
23 E. Third St. in the City Market
Savory sandwiches, build-your-own tamales and ice cream sandwiches are on the menu at this City Market cafe. Try the Ko-Fu ($8.95), a vegetarian Korean barbecue sandwich made with smoked tofu, barbecue sauce, cilantro, cucumber, carrots, radish and pickled onions.
The Newport Grill
5501 W. 135th St. in Overland Park
Super-fresh seafood is the specialty at the Newport Grill in Overland Park’s Prairiefire development.
Thou Mayest Coffee Shop
419 E. 18th St. in the Crossroads Arts District
Coming soon to the Crossroads: A new coffee shop from Thou Mayest Coffee Roasters located next to Grinders.
Tiger Tail Saloon
813 Walnut St. downtown
This bar and nightclub took over the Stables Bar and Grill space on Walnut. The menu features gourmet pizza and patty melts.
Vinotopia Restaurant & Wine Bar
5725 W. 135th St. in Overland Park
Located in the upscale Cinetopia Theaters complex in the new Prairiefire development, Vinotopia pours wine from an award-winning list and serves gourmet burgers, pasta dishes, grilled fish, salads and supremely decadent desserts.
Wasabi Sushi Bar
5621 W. 135th St. in Overland Park
This Japanese restaurant in the Prairiefire development serves hot tempura, teriyaki and sake alongside cool nigiri, sashimi and maki.
Westport Ale House
4128 Broadway in Westport
The Streetside Records building in Westport now houses a sports bar with a wide selection of beer and beer cocktails. Try the Tank 7 doughnuts ($7), which get their kick from Boulevard Tank 7 farmhouse ale.
Joyce Smith contributed to this report. For regular updates on restaurant openings, follow @joycekc on Twitter.