Ink Food & Drink

Dining guide: 50 new restaurants in the KC area

Here’s a taste of some recent and coming additions to Kansas City’s food scene.

Raising Cane’s Blue Springs update; new patios for Jax Fish House, Bier Station

Raising Cane’s opens in Blue Springs on Tuesday, and in Westport on June 7 Jax Fish House & Oyster Bar, in the West Plaza, has a new patio Bier Station, in the Waldo/Brookside area, has opened a new expanded patio

Cafe Europa expands with Union Hill restaurant

Cafe Europa’s longtime chef and general manager are buying the Crestwood restaurant They also will open a new location in Union Hill in September The Country Club Plaza’s Republica will close May 28 and reopen under a new concept in mid-June

Houlihan’s debuts new cocktail menu in Overland Park, Dallas

Leawood-based chain rolling out new cocktail menu at its Overland Park and Dallas restaurants All 10 cocktails will be available starting Tuesday, but the chain is rolling out two new cocktails a day

Bob Wasabi Kitchen's impeccably fresh fish, attention to detail elevate sushi standards

Bob Wasabi Kitchen offers impeccably fresh fish selections prepared by veteran sushi chef Bob Shin The streamlined menu elevates even standard rolls and pays particular attention to temperature The chirashi encapsulates the best ingredients of the sushi menu over a bowl of rice

Dish With Gish: Pigging out on Kansas City’s loaded pulled pork sandwiches

KC barbecue is all about brisket and burnt ends Some local pitmasters also smoke delicious Southern-style pulled pork Here are five pork sandwiches to try — and one “Pig Pie”

Country Club Plaza’s Republica is changing concepts

Locally owned Republica opened in August 2015 at 4807 Jefferson St. It will close at the end of business on May 28 It will reopen in mid-June as The Oliver, an American tavern

McCormick brings bourbon back to Weston

Tours of the distillery are increasingly popular, says Mick Harris, McCormick’s president and managing director Lewis and Clark are said to have discovered natural limestone springs when they passed through the area The limestone-filtered water is the primary ingredient in bourbon

Kansas City chefs will be cooking for a cause under a bridge

Cook for Courage takes place May 15 under the 12th Street Bridge Top KC chefs will compete in a barbecue cook-off The event benefits the Child Protection Center

American Royal barbecue contest moves to Kansas Speedway

The contest will be held at Kansas Speedway on Oct. 26-30 It moved from the West Bottoms to Arrowhead last year Officials are concerned about possible conflict if baseball’s World Series returns to Kansas City

Boulevard and Tallgrass are winners in the 2016 World Beer Cup

The local breweries won medals in “the Olympics of beer” Boulevard’s The Sixth Glass took gold in the Belgian-style dark strong ale category Tallgrass earned a bronze medal with its Vanilla Bean Buffalo Sweat

Komatsu Ramen slated to go forward without Kusshi’s Joe West

Komatsu Ramen is still slated open in mid-July, but owner Erik Borger will take over the kitchen Joe West of Kusshi pop-ups will honor his summer commitments while deciding what he wants to do next Both Borger and West cite creative differences for the split

Alton Brown’s Kansas City visit as seen in his tweets

Food Network’s Alton Brown was in KC Monday His tweets show his stops at Little Piggy, Oddly Correct

Burnt ends smackdown dominated by Kansas City

10 Best competition by USA Today has Kansas City in 19 of 20 spots Readers can vote once a day until June 6

Simple Science Juices opens in the Crossroads and is coming to Brookside

It has a new Crossroads location at 1914 Main St. A Brookside location is scheduled to open in July The owners, who also have an Overland Park shop, are looking at sites in Fairway and south Leawood

Leawood’s Tavern at Mission Farms broadens its brunch menu

Fresh offerings include breakfast nachos, Caprese Benedicts and spiked fruit smoothies Don’t miss the cinnamon doughnuts and crème brûlée French toast The brunch menu is also served at Prairie Village’s Tavern in the Village

New Overland Park restaurant will ‘marry’ BBQ and fried chicken

Berbiglia’s Roost plans a July opening at 8725 Metcalf Ave. It will specialize in fried chicken and barbecue, but also will offer slow-roasted pot roast, Salisbury steak and pie The De Soto-based Goodcents Deli Fresh Subs company will introduce a new design at restaurants in Leavenworth and Olathe

The Star’s Food Truck Friday offers adventurous eating

The Star’s Food Truck Friday will feature 11 trucks and Ollie’s Local (bar) on May 6 Join us from 5 to 8 p.m. at the corner of 18th and McGee streets One of the featured dishes will be Wilma’s popular Meat Pickle, Little Italy’s deconstructed cannoli and Boo Yah!’s lemongrass chicken

Raising Cane’s chicken opens in Lawrence; new Grandview restaurant’s specialty is wings

Raising Cane’s Chicken Fingers is now open in Lawrence, soon to open in Blue Springs, Westport Wingz & More has opened at 11902 S. Blue Ridge Blvd., Suite C, in Grandview

Kitchen Convo: Celebrate Cinco de Mayo with Ivan Macias

The server at a El Patrón Cocina & Bar loves his work.