The owner of this restaurant has spent most of his life outside of KC, in other parts of the world where ingredients are used and fused in innumerable ways. Longboards focuses on the wrap and noodle bowl culture in places like San Diego, Hawaii and the Philippines. Some of the items include salad bowls like the Lumpia Roll Salad, noodle bowls like the Carne Asada and massive grilled wraps. The grilled wraps have names like 'Super-A-Bomb', 'Bad Mofo', 'Samoan', 'Country Boy' and '619'. Each one has myriad items and is absolutely delicious, in fact, the '619' pays homage to San Diego and is filled with steak, shrimp, guacamole, Pepperjack cheese, olives, bacon, a hard-boiled egg, Chipotle ranch and rice, it's definitely one of the best on the menu.
This kitchen at this popular French restaurant has the ability to transform a typical French meal into a long, lasting memory. The atmosphere in the cozy dining room and outside on the bright terrace transports diners to the South of France, where outstanding food, an awesome wine list and stellar service are just as good in the Côte d'Azur. On those cold Midwest winter days, they have a private, heated tent available to comfortably accommodate diners. The dinner menu changes nightly, but some permanent examples of what you may find include Escargot in butter and garlic, the classic Steak au Poivre, Filet Mignon stuffed with Lobster and a vibrant Bouillabaisse.
This boutique restaurant located in nearby Smithville is dedicated to fresh, farm-to-table ingredients. In fact, if an item cannot be found locally, then the kitchen eschews the dish from the menu until the product comes into season. Dinner service is presented in three courses every night of the week and since the menu changes so often, some the following menu selections only serve as an example. The first course could be something like charcuterie, Pork Sweetbreads or Smoked Trout on Brioche, then a Smoked Ribeye served with Mushrooms au Jus followed by heavenly carrot cake beignets. To pair, the various varietals they have in stock are indispensable to the menu, don't forget to ask for recommendations.
Bier Station is a craft beer drinkers paradise, not only because it serves some of the finest craft beers in town, but it also has some insanely good food. The bar has 28 different rotating taps and a few are dedicated to 'session' beers (those with ABV lower than 5%). The menu features innovative twists on traditional classics like the bratwurst topped with Ponzu infused red cabbage and Wasabi mayo or the homemade pretzels served with jalapeno cheddar cheese. One other cool attribute to the bar is their website, they have a real-time tap menu to let drinkers know when their favorite beer is in or out!
Kansas City is famous for its barbecue, and this restaurant is one of the reasons why. Arthur Bryant's has been serving up slabs of slow cooked pork and beef since the 1930's. The small building is nothing fancy and resides in a somewhat disreputable part of town, but diners do not necessarily come for the ambiance. Nevertheless, Mr. Bryant has a couple of other locations around town. Casual dining is an understatement here, where guests line up, sometimes waiting up to 30 minutes just to order at the counter. Be sure to order a plate of greasy, delicious fries, and be prepared for huge portions.
When most diners think about dining in Kansas City and its environs, they conjure up images of succulent pulled pork, brisket and some of the best BBQ in the country. You would hardly think there was enough room for a fine French establishment. However, Cafe Provence is one such place outside of the city in nearby Prairie Village. The kitchen focuses on a steady repertoire of favorites from Provence like Moules Marinières, Canard au Poivre and their amazing Coquille St. Jacques. Every Tuesday the establishment also offers a wonderful four course prix fixe menu that features southern France at its finest along with some of the regions best wines.
Owned by Michael Smith, perhaps best known for his James Beard award, Extra Virgin has a great tapas list for you to savor. The Mediterranean style menu has dishes like beef heart and gizzard skewers, crispy trotter cakes and duck tongue tacos that you can relish. The French onion soup and grilled oyster mushrooms are also delicious. The patio, which seats 50, is perfect for enjoying a meal and cocktail with friends.
What used to be a hotel frequented by railroad workers and salesmen in the 20th Century has now been transformed into a restaurant. Aptly known as "Classic American Grill", The Reiger Hotel Grill & Exchange is famed for its American cuisine created by Chef Howard Hanna. In the elegant atmosphere of this restaurant, you can enjoy some delicious salads, appetizers and entrées, not to mention the fabulous cocktails available at the bar.
The Art of Pizza, appropriately named, sits in the heart of the Crossroads Art District serving up masterpieces of New York style pizza. Some of their unique toppings include feta, goat cheese, and anchovies. This place is laid back, yet hip, with a classy selection of wines and an open-air patio. They have more than pizza, as well. Everyday there are different specials like lasagna, gyros, calzones, stromboli, and pane stuffata. The Art of Pizza is a great place to spend a night on the town. Take advantage of their free delivery if you feel like staying in. -Robin Sontheimer
It seems that every kitchen today is using farm-fresh organic ingredients and from the looks of it at this restaurant, it seems this effort has paid off. Pizzabella follows this ethos with its many of its ingredients like fresh sausage, prosciutto and chorizo made from family-run farms. In addition to varied pizzas, guests will find other antipasti selections such as cheese, Charcuterie, calamari salad and wood-fired mussels. There is another location in Overland Park, KS, check website for details and complete menu.
It is as hard to describe the ambiance of YJ’s Snack Bar as it is to pin down exactly what type of restaurant to call it. Mismatched chairs and coffee cups fill this tiny place that only seats about 15, and colorful trinkets are crammed between the counter and the piano in the corner. The menu changes everyday ranging among comfort food from the American South and exotic South American and Mexican dishes. Occasional live music can be heard Thursdays through Saturdays when they are open all night. What is constant about YJ’s is that the food and coffee are always delicious, and it is always a fun and interesting experience to eat here. -Robin Sontheimer