1901 Massachusetts St., Lawrence
Pour-over coffee is the specialty at this friendly neighborhood shop, which also serves iced toddies made with local chocolate milk, and cookies, biscotti and granola bars from Chelsea’s Bakehaus in Kansas City.
1610 Main St.
Juicy dry-aged steaks, a killer beer selection and wine on tap are popular at this brick-walled restaurant and bar. Go during happy hour (3 to 6 p.m. Monday through Friday) when tilapia, pastrami or pork belly tacos cost $1 each.
5041 W. 135th St., Leawood
The third location for this locally owned chain of taprooms is scheduled to open in mid-June. The menu features (of course) tons of craft beer, plus wood-fired steaks, burgers and $2 microplates, which offer a taste of house-made meatballs or (our pick) a citrus-y arugula salad with smoked trout.
7016 W. 105th St., Overland Park
The Basha serves Mediterranean cuisine — think chicken shawarma, lamb kabobs, falafel and stuffed grape leaves — with a heaping side of hospitality. Try the rice pudding for dessert.
120 E. Gregory Blvd.
This new craft beer bar lets you try a pint of beer, then take a six-pack to go. The menu features handmade sausages and gourmet, grilled cheese sandwiches. If it’s warm snag a seat in the upstairs beer garden, which has big windows that are open on nice days.
6332 N.W. Barry Road
A fifth location for Big Biscuit, a breakfast and lunch operation known for homestyle pancakes, biscuits and gravy, and hot beef sandwiches, recently opened in the former Chubby’s space.
9482 Renner Blvd., Lenexa
A hybrid between a sports bar and craft beer taproom that uses Boulevard beer as an ingredient in several dishes, including wheat beer-battered fried pickles ($7.49). Craft beer draws are $2 off on Wednesdays.
BRGR Kitchen + Bar
11 E. 14th St.
The popular gourmet burger joint in Prairie Village is adding a second location, this one in the former Fran’s Restaurant space in the Power & Light District, this summer. Also on the menu: veggie burgers, sweet potato tots, and Chili Fondue ($8.50) made with seven cheeses and served with stadium pretzels and blue corn chips.
The Burg & Barrel
7042 W. 76th St., Overland Park
This neighborhood pub serves enormous burgers piled with quality ingredients and has an extensive selection of whiskeys and craft beers. The salmon burger ($10), is a perfectly cooked fillet wedged into a buttery toasted bun with slices of avocado and smoked bacon. Order it with matchstick sweet potato fries.
Burgers American Grill
770 S.W. U.S. 40, Blue Springs
A burger joint that serves classics such as chili cheeseburgers and butterscotch malts alongside kettle chips and fried pickles. The Magic Mushroom ($6.45) comes stacked with thyme and roasted garlic aioli, smoked Gouda cheese, caramelized onions and sauteed portobello mushrooms.
Chutney’s Indian Diner
918 Massachusetts St., Lawrence
Lawrence’s new fast-casual Indian restaurant serves slightly healthier takes on Tandoori chicken wings, lamb kabobs and samosas. Chutney’s also has several vegetarian options, including Spinach Paneer ($7.99) and vegan dal ($5.99).
Clark’s American Caribbean Restaurant
A locally owned restaurant in midtown that serves fried chicken and jerk chicken.
1532 Grand Blvd.
Kansas City chef Celina Tio’s new restaurant serves up comfort food classics such as baked rigatoni with meat sauce and house-made ricotta cheese ($12, or $18 for a large portion), local chicken breast with roasted potatoes ($19) and pineapple cheesecake ($5). An assortment of sandwiches and salads are on the lunch menu.
Cooper’s Hawk Winery & Restaurant
Every dish on the menu at this upscale restaurant is designed with wine in mind. Seafood, pasta and steaks are the main entrees, but there’s also a gluten-free menu, a lighter menu and an appetizers menu kicked up with Asian and Mexican-inspired flavors. Try the Thai Lettuce Wraps ($11.99) or the Chicken al Pastor Stuffed Mushrooms ($9.99).
New owners remodeled Corner Restaurant with “industrial farmhouse” decor and revamped the menu, which features German chocolate pancakes, chicken and waffles, house-made grits, pork belly sandwiches, biscuits and gravy, and homestyle skillet dishes. The Corner Restaurant is known for breakfast, brunch and lunch, but it’s also open late, until 1 a.m. Tuesday-Saturday.
Freebirds World Burrito
7552 W. 119th St. in Overland Park and 741 Massachusetts St. in Lawrence
This chain of fast-casual burrito joints from California recently invaded the metro area with locations in Mission, Westport and Lee’s Summit. The newest locations are in Overland Park and Lawrence. Try the (completely legal) chocolate pot brownies, which are almost as big as a softball.
Futbol Club Eatery & Tap
12030 Blue Valley Parkway, Overland Park
Tucked in a strip mall, this soccer-themed sports bar serves appetizers, burgers and hearty entrees named for famous players. Examples include Pele’s Home Style Pot Roast ($12) and Mia’s Hamm & Cheese sandwich ($9).
Green Lady Lounge
1809 Grand Blvd.
A retro-style jazz lounge that serves classic cocktails such as the Negroni, Moscow Mule and Blood & Sand (all $10). The food menu features cheeseburgers, hummus platters, pasta and carrot cake. The bar is open from 4 p.m. to 3 a.m. Tuesday through Sunday.
1411 W. 39th St.
Hi-Dive, a new restaurant and bar in a former pizzeria on 39th Street’s restaurant row, serves grilled pork chops, tomato-glazed meatloaf, ravioli, soups, sandwiches and salads.
Atlanta-based Huddle House recently opened its first location in Kansas City. The restaurant — open 24 hours a day, seven days a week — serves biscuits and gravy, Philly cheesesteak omelets, French toast, triple cheeseburgers and chicken fried steak.
13366 Metcalf Ave., Overland Park
Pan-Asian cuisine — dumplings, pad Thai, curry and bubble tea — makes up the menu at this locally owned restaurant in a shopping center off the busy 135th Street corridor.
801 Massachusetts St. in Lawrence
At Intorno, Italian specialties such as manicotti, risotto and eggplant Parmesan are served in a beautiful dining room with big windows overlooking downtown Lawrence and tables made of rustic reclaimed wood. Don’t miss the crabcakes or the peanut butter pie.
Juicy’s Burgers and Spirits
8680 N.W. Prairie View Road
Live music, gourmet burgers and milkshakes are the mainstays at this Zona Rosa bar and restaurant, which makes its buffalo chicken nachos ($8.50) with your choice of Cool Ranch or Nacho Cheese Doritos. Seriously.
Kansas City SmokeShack BBQ
900 Swift Ave., North Kansas City
Brisket is the house specialty at one of Kansas City’s newest barbecue joints, Kansas City SmokeShack BBQ. Owner Glenn Yeager (aka Brisket Meister) smokes beef, pork, chicken, turkey and sausage daily and serves it with sides like smokey macaroni and cheese and campfire-style beans.
Konrad’s Kitchen and Tap House
302 S.W. Main St., Lee’s Summit
Located in the former Jerry’s Bait Shop space, Konrad’s offers an all-you-can-eat pizza buffet at lunch on weekdays, live music on the weekends and a happy hour (4 to 6 p.m. Monday through Friday) with $2 wells and domestic drafts.
Milbourn’s Food & Drink Co.
6409 N. Cosby Ave.
Milbourn’s serves up its idea of classic Midwestern comfort food (think tenderloins, country fried steak and pan-fried catfish). The restaurant is from the owners of Milbourn’s Family Restaurant in Faucett, Mo.
901 New Hampshire St., Lawrence
After this popular breakfast joint closed last year, the owner opened a new restaurant, Loopy’s, nearby. Now Loopy’s is transitioning back into Milton’s. Confusing, right? Recent offerings have included French toast, banana-pecan pancakes and Italian omelets.
4800 W. 135th St., Leawood
This Italian trattoria is known for its reasonably priced wine list and simple, fresh pasta dishes. If you like seafood, try the seared scallops appetizer ($12), served on a bed of sliced fennel that has been braised in orange juice. Mio’s owner and executive chef, Julian Viso, is working on opening a pizzeria four doors down this summer.
Moose on the Loose
KC Hopps Ltd., the company that owns and operates 75th Street Brewery, Barley’s Brewhaus and Blue Moose Bar & Grill, recently rolled out a food truck called Moose on the Loose. The truck — which serves several kinds of sausage, corn dogs and Bleu Balls (chicken croquettes filled with Canadian bacon and Swiss cheese) — is scheduled to be at about half of the Royals’ home games this season. Look for it in the parking area between Lot H and Lot J, near Gate B.
Mr. Good Chicken
This dine-in, carry-out and delivery operation sells all things chicken, from wings and chicken breast sandwiches to fried gizzards and livers. Meals are cooked to order so the wait time averages 15 to 20 minutes.
815 W. 17th St.
Coming soon to the West Side: Novel, a New American restaurant with local, seasonal dishes by chef Ryan Brazeal. The under-construction restaurant is taking over the former Lill’s on 17th Street. Watch Novel’s Facebook page for updates.
Old Shawnee Pizza & Italian Kitchen
19617 W. 101st St., Lenexa
A third Old Shawnee Pizza recently opened in Lenexa (the other two are in Shawnee and Kansas City, Kan.). Pizzas include the Capra Rustico, topped with goat cheese, artichoke hearts and sliced prosciutto, and the Smokehouse, with barbecue sauce, chicken, pineapple and bacon.
5245 W. 116th Place, Leawood
Parisi Artisan Coffee, a Kansas City roaster, recently opened in Leawood’s Park Place shopping center. The stylish cafe, Parisi’s second, serves pour-over coffee, lattes made with homemade syrup (try the salted caramel), coffee-infused cocktails and lots of decadent desserts.
Pickleman’s Gourmet Cafe
5050 Oak St. in Kansas City and 7224 W. 135th St. in Overland Park
Pickleman’s — already popular in college towns Lawrence and Columbia — has started pouring its soups, toasted sandwiches, fresh chopped salads and thin-crust pizza into the Kansas City area. Locations in Overland Park and Kansas City are already open, and another Pickleman’s is in the works at 7442 Wornall Road in Waldo.
Pig & Finch
11570 Ash St., Leawood
Hearty pub fare like stout-marinated steak and braised pork belly are among the entrees at this bar and restaurant in Leawood’s Park Place shopping center. During happy hour (3:30 to 6 p.m. Monday through Friday), pub snacks such as pretzel bites, Maytag blue cheese chips and fried pickles are $3.
4000 Indian Creek Parkway, Overland Park
The owners of the wood-fired pizzeria in the Crossroads Arts District — always a packed destination on First Fridays — recently added a location in Johnson County’s Mission Farms development, which straddles the Overland Park-Leawood line. The chic but casual restaurant serves up (mostly) the same menu. Don’t miss the melt-in-your-mouth Brussels sprouts ($8) or the ice cream floats ($5) made with local Little Freshie sodas.
Quick’s on Wheels
The mobile version of Quick’s Bar-B-Q & Catering Co, 1007 Merriam Lane in Kansas City, Kan., serves sandwiches made with barbecue beef, turkey and burnt ends alongside hickory-smoked beans, potato salad and chips. Quick’s also makes a popular Big Dog — a half-pound, spiral-cut, deep-fried hot dog loaded with chili, cheese and onion. The truck caters private events and parks in corporate parking lots during lunch on weekdays. For updates, follow @QuicksBBQ on Twitter.
Red Door Grill
11851 Roe Ave., Leawood
James Beard award-winning chef Debbie Gold is a partner in this new Leawood restaurant, which serves wood-fired burgers made with beef from McGonigle’s Market, flat breads and fresh salads. Desserts include sarsaparilla doughnut holes with Glace Artisan ice cream. Go during happy hour (3 to 6:30 p.m. Sunday through Thursday and 8:30-close Sunday-Wednesday), when draft beer flights are $7.50.
920 Massachusetts St., Lawrence
Coming soon to downtown Lawrence: A locally owned coffee shop and bakery that also serves breakfast, lunch and cocktails. Follow the Roost’s Facebook page for updates.
10551 Mission Road, Leawood
James Beard Award-winning chef Colby Garrelts owns and operates this Leawood restaurant, which plates up down-home recipes for fried chicken and barbecue. Weekend brunch (10:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.) features burnt end hash, cinnamon sugar doughnuts, and biscuits and gravy served with sunny-side up eggs.
11953 Strang Line Road, Olathe
Beautifully plated sushi is the specialty at the chicly decorated Sake Lounge. The restaurant doesn’t have a liquor license yet, but there’s no corkage fee, so for now you can bring your own bottle of wine or sake and drink it with your sushi.
Coming this summer to the Waldo neighborhood: Shot Stop, a bar that sells gourmet burgers and (you guessed it) specialty shots. The original Shot Stop is in Manhattan, Kan. Follow @ShotStopWaldo for updates.
Sosa’s 39th Street Diner
3906 Waddell Ave.
This locally owned diner serves breakfast, lunch and dinner. On the menu: Omelets, biscuits and gravy, huevos rancheros, chicken wings, nachos, hot beef sandwiches, tamales, enchiladas and fried bologna sandwiches.
500 County Line Road, Kansas City, Kan.
Bread & Butter Concepts, the company behind Gram & Dun, Urban Table, and BRGR Kitchen + Bar, is working to open a street taco restaurant across from the original Oklahoma Joe’s. But the company has already rolled out a Taco Republic truck, a mobile restaurant set up for street vending and private events. Check out tacorepublictruck.com for a menu (Tecate-braised beef brisket, anyone?) and updates on the truck’s location.
11977 S. Strang Line Road, Olathe
A family-owned Mexican restaurant — which has three locations in Kansas City — recently opened in Olathe, in the former La Parrilla space. The drink menu features a wide selection of tequila, Mexican beer and frozen margaritas.
4143 N. Mulberry Drive
Piropos recently expanded with Tango Pizza, which specializes in Argentine-styled pizzas. The 7-inch pies come with either a traditional or flatbread crust. Selections include the La Boca, with extra-virgin olive oil, goat cheese, spinach, mushrooms, onions and mozzarella, and the Buenos Aires, with robust tomato sauce, pancetta, prosciutto, caramelized onions and provolone.
8025 State Line Road
This new tea and juice bar is brewing 30 blends of tea, hot or cold, as well as fresh juice blends and a bakery case full of gluten-free goodies such as sweet potato brownies.
Traqueros Fresh Mexican Grill
11831 Metcalf Ave., Overland Park
A fast-casual Mexican restaurant that serves authentic dishes such as chili verde, chili con carne, chicken enchiladas, and steak burritos. Tacos come with a choice of steak, marinated chicken, machaca chicken, chicken and shrimp, pork adobo and mahi mahi.
14805 W. 119th St., Olathe
Twin Peaks, a chain of lodge-style sports bars with tons of TVs and bartenders dressed like scantily clad female lumberjacks, is proud of its 29-degree beer and hearty meals. Think venison chili, towering barbecue pulled pork nachos and a Hangover Burger with fried egg and bacon. The owners of the Olathe location are looking at expanding to Independence.
1617 Genessee St.
This new restaurant and bar from the owners of Moxie Catering recently opened in the former R Bar space in the West Bottoms. The opening menu included coriander-crusted lamb chops, charcuterie and cheese plates, Vietnamese chicken wings and house-brined and roasted ham.
Joyce Smith contributed to this report