Ink Food & Drink

The unexpected brunch: six KC spots you’d never think of for my favorite meal

Sushi? Barbecue? Oysters? Yup, it all works surprisingly well I found great weekend morning meals at places I’d been to only for dinner or happy hour Jax Fish House, RA Sushi, Top Golf and more are serving it up

Lawrence cook wins national culinary competition

After winning a national cooking competition, the 21-year-old lead cook at Limestone Pizza in Lawrence is heading to The Culinary Institute of America with a full-ride scholarship.

If you want to ‘get fat,’ you’ll have more fun in Missouri than Kansas, says Thrillist

Thrillist recently posted: “Ranking all 50 states by how fun they are to get fat in” Missouri was lauded for frozen custard; Kansas was dinged for lack of White Castles

Werner’s Fine Sausages rolls out food truck; Haha’s Pizza coming to midtown

Werner’s Fine Sausages in Mission has a new food truck Haha’s Pizza Hub plans to open next week at 3834 Main St.

Menu Debuts: poptails at Hotel Sorella, Egg White Grill at Chick-fil-A and more

Rosso at Hotel Sorella offers frozen cocktail flavours on sticks called poptails Chick-fil-A introduces Egg White Grill, its first new breakfast entree in a decade Freddy’s brings back its Funnel Cake Sundae and Cicis offers its first sharable dessert, the S’Mores Dessert Dip

First Mother Earth Coffee franchise will open in new International apartments on Armour

The coffee shop plans an October opening in the building at 301 E. Armour Blvd. Two more Mother Earth Coffee shops are scheduled to open in the next year The International, the former Gillham Plaza office building, will have its grand opening Thursday

Meatball District adds Sunday brunch; Crossroads to gain a restaurant, lose a building

Meatball District Kitchen + Bar will offer Sunday brunch from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Ryan Brazeal bought two Crossroads buildings a year ago. He’ll put a restaurant and office in one, but now has to demolish the other building

Nomadic chef Michael Corvino preps for his next adventure

Corvino, whose three-year stint at The American Restaurant comes to a close in August, will appear at the Chipotle Cultivate Festival on July 23.

Tom’s Town Distilling expands distribution in Kansas, Missouri

Tom’s Town currently has three premium spirits It is now in about 50 liquor stores and 20 restaurants in Johnson County, Lawrence and Wichita

Could Westport champagne bar Ça Va lose its liquor license?

The city’s Regulated Industries Division said Ça Va did not meet its minimum food sales requirement for a restaurant-bar license It could apply for a tavern license but Regulated Industries said Westport already has too many tavern licenses Ça Va opened in March 2014, specializing in champagne cocktails, along with boutique wines from France, Italy, Spain and the U.S.

Arthur Bryant’s, Gates, Jack Stack, Joe’s Kansas City & Q39 make national ‘must-try’ lists

The Daily Meal recognizes four area barbecue restaurants in its “America’s 35 Best Ribs 2016” list Joe’s Kansas City Bar-B-Que is on Thrillist’s “The Great American Bucket List: 50 restaurants to Try Before You Die” Business Insider puts Joe’s and Q39 on its “The 50 best barbecue joints in America, ranked”

First Watch, Tuesday Morning set for Village at Shoal Creek

First Watch hopes to open in the center, at Missouri 152 and Booth Avenue, in early 2017 Tuesday Morning also will relocate its Liberty Corners location to the Village at Shoal Creek in early October

Gotta quench ’em all: Roasterie offers new drink inspired by Pokémon Go

The Roasterie is selling a new drink in honor of the popular app Pokémon Go The Shiny Chaimander, named after the Pokémon Charmander, is a mix of chai concentrate and sparkling water The drink is popular with The Roasterie staff

Simple Science Juices opens in Brookside; two new Overland Park spots for Pizzeria Locale

Simple Science Juices — grab-and-go healthy juices, snacks and entrees — is now open at 112 W. 63rd St. Pizzeria Locale is now open in Corbin Park, 6455 W. 135th St. Another location is scheduled to open by Oak Park Mall in early August

Craving a big salad? Check out these five from local restaurants

Beat the heat with cool, crisp salads from area restaurants Pick your favorite from these fresh, green offerings

Zoës Kitchen expanding into Johnson County with two locations

A location is scheduled to open at 14802 W. 117th St., Olathe, on Thursday A location by Oak Park Mall, 11895 W. 95th St., Overland Park, is scheduled to open July 28 The fast-casual chain serves fresh Mediterranean-inspired dishes using recipes from founder Zoë Cassimus, all made-from-scratch daily

BRGR Kitchen + Bar opening in Leawood

The new restaurant will take the former Barley’s Brewhaus spot at 5031 W. 135th St. Bread & Butter Concepts also has BRGR Kitchen + Bar restaurants in Prairie Village and the Power & Light District Menu items include more than a dozen specialty burgers

Lenexa’s Sweet Siam Thai Bistro is moving to Westport

Sweet Siam plans a September opening in the 7,000-square-foot former Thai Place space at 4130 Pennsylvania Ave. Also, Sandwich Pimp is now in a brick-and-mortar location at 7355 Leavenworth Road in Kansas City, Kan. The business began life as a food truck in fall 2013

Bison is a leaner, richer alternative to beef

Kansas City restaurants are using bison to add rich flavor to biscuits and gravy, upscale steak-and-egg entrees and, of course, burgers.

The American Restaurant begins transition to a pop-up event space

Crown Center changes course to attract a younger demographic, with pop-up dining events starting in 2017 Executive chef Michael Corvino is heading to a new venture Pastry chef Nick Wesemann continues making the kind of desserts that made him a James Beard finalist