The gourmet taco truck Port Fonda finally opened a brick-and-mortar location late last month.
The new Mexican restaurant at 4141 Pennsylvania Ave. in Westport serves pork shoulder and pineapple tacos, pork and ricotta meatballs and braised goat. Port Fonda also will offer its legendary chilaquiles, made with chips, salsa, fried egg, crema, cilantro, onion and lime.
The drink menu includes lots of cocktails, Boulevard beer and micheladas — made with beer, lime juice, tomato juice and spices. Port Fonda serves lunch and dinner daily and brunch on weekends. The restaurant had a soft opening the weekend of June 23.
And if you’re a fan of Port Fonda’s mobile emporium in its restored Airstream trailer, fear not: Co-owner Patrick Ryan has no plans to retire it. For more info, go to portfondakc.com or “like” Port Fonda on Facebook.
The Star’s Joyce Smith contributed to this item
Paint the night at Leawood’s Park Place
Leawood’s Park Place development is closing down its main drag, Ash Street, for a free block party from 6 to 10 p.m. July 13. Paint the Night will feature live music and entertainment by Quixotic, an ensemble of dancers, aerialists and musicians; plus food and drink tents by Park Place restaurants Gordon Biersch, Carmen’s Cafe, Mestizo by Aaron Sanchez and RA Sushi. For more details, visit destinationparkplace.com.
New hotel (and restaurant) opens downtown this month
Ambassador Hotel Kansas City, in the 1920 Gate City National Bank Building at 1111 Grand Blvd., is set to open later this month. The hotel has 43 four-star rooms and a restaurant called Reserve. The restaurant Reserve will serve daily breakfast, lunch and dinner, plus brunch on weekends. Executive chef Geoffrey van Glabbeek is focusing on contemporary cuisine.
Marriott Downtown unveils Barcentral
In other downtown hotel news, the Kansas City Marriott Downtown has opened Barcentral, a new bar and restaurant on the first floor. Barcentral is open from 6 p.m. to 1:30 a.m. daily except Sundays, when closing time is midnight. In the morning it’s a coffee bar, and in the evening it’s more of a cocktail bar.
On the menu: An heirloom tomato salad served in a martini glass, barbecue beef sliders, potato skins topped with pulled pork, and a watermelon martini made with vodka, watermelon juice and Chambord topped with homemade peach sorbet. Barcentral caters to customers who are in a rush: The menu is divided into dishes that take five, 10 or 20 minutes to prepare.
The K cooks up an All-Star menu
Aramark, Kauffman Stadium’s concessions provider, will kick up its food offerings for All-Star weekend. Among executive chef Erin Wishon’s brand-new recipes:
A monster sandwich stacked with seasoned rib-eye steak, cheddar, bacon, sautéed mushrooms, onion rings, barbecue sauce, lettuce, tomato and pickle.
Hot dogs topped with shredded pulled pork.
Nachos loaded with cheesy corn, baked beans, smoked brisket, cole slaw and barbecue sauce.
City Market gets a sushi spot
Sushi By Me is now slinging fresh nigiri, maki rolls and specialty rolls at 307 Main St. in the City Market. The casual restaurant, which offers takeout, is all about affordable, made-to-order sushi.