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Dining Guide: 50 new restaurants

Tank 7 Donuts and Apple Pie desserts at Westport Ale House, 4128 Broadway in Westport.

Braised Pork Belly tacos with chipotle barbecue, arugula and grilled corn salsa at the Tengo Sed Cantina at the Power & Light District in Kansas City.

The Q White Cheddar Bacon Burger at barbecue restaurant Q39 at 1000 W. 39th St. in Kansas City. Owners Rob and Kelly Magee have won numerous awards through their competitive barbecue team, Munchin' Hogs, and are using that know-how in their restaurant.

The turkey, pancetta, avocado and tomato piadina at Pezzettino Italian Deli & Market, 2102 Broadway Blvd. in Kansas City.

Monica "Mo" Abato Malik and husband Raheem Malik recently opened Mo's Italian Spot at 5932 Prospect Avenue. Monica uses the recipes from her Italian grandparents.

Smallcakes, a local bakery with locations in Overland Park and Olathe, gained national fame when its red velvet cupcakes were featured on The View as one of Whoopi Goldberg's favorite desserts in 2010.

Pizza Manifesto, a Neapolitan-style pizza place, is opening soon in Waldo.

A Fujjisan Bratwurst with the marinated cucumber salad and paired with a Bell's Oarsman beer at the Bier Station, a bar and restaurant in Kansas City's Waldo neighborhood. Bier Station offers beer tastings and has a beer garden.

The Chick-a-roni and cheese sandwich at Chicken Macaroni & Cheese is a plate full.

Quesadillas at El Burrito Loco Mexican Cafe, 900 Swift Ave. in North Kansas City.

Denise Clark has purchased a Victorian style house in the 45th and State Line antique district. She has a coffee shop selling sandwiches from the Nutty Girl and pastries, such as these scones, from Scratch Kitchen. The Myriad House is at 4448 Bell Street.

Luigi's Italian Restaurant & Wine Bar has opened at 8 E. Franklin St., in Liberty. The owners are John Morino (left) and Ari Dreshaj.

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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.

Barrel 31

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.

Ca Va

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).

Chaz 325

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.

Drunken Worm

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

3623 Broadway

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.

Kansas Town

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.

Paradise Diner

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.

Peachtree Cafeteria

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

2101 Broadway

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.

Pizza Manifesto

505 W. 75th St. in Waldo

A fast-casual pizzeria that serves Neapolitan-style pies.

Preservation Market

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.

Taco Zone

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.

The Belfry

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.

The Bite

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.


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