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.
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!
This restaurant is the Kansas City edition based on the original one in Providence, R.I. The original still stands, yet now the conglomerate Darden Restaurants owns it along with many others across the U.S. Here they serve an array of classic steakhouse dishes accompanied with all the sides and of course, seafood. To begin, try the Steak Tartare with the Truffled Egg or the Lobster and Crab Cakes, followed by the North Atlantic Twin Lobster or Kona Crusted Dry Aged Sirloin with Caramelized Shallot Butter as your entree. For dessert, the divine Chocolate Hazelnut Cake and Creme Brulée are classics that never disappoint.
Easily accessible from the Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts, Sprint Center and downtown accommodations like the Hotel Phillips, Tannin Wine Bar & Kitchen provides you with an extensive wine list and menu of contemporary American cuisine. The restaurant offers dishes made from the best produce of the season, and you can savor meals like Truffled Wild Mushroom Cream Soup, Butternut Squash Risotto and the Tannin Wagyu Burger. There is a vast assortment of wines is at your disposal, which you can savor by the glass or bottle.
A colorful, hip establishment, Blue Koi is one of the best places for Asian fusion food in Kansas City. Especially good are their dumplings (pan fried or steamed), scallion biscuits with awesome sauce (a garlic-y dip that is indeed awesome), and a dish called Ants on a Stick (cellophane noodles tossed with your choice of meat or tofu). They also have many flavors of hot and bubble tea, along with a full bar. This is a great place to come with for a family event or a romantic date. A vibrate part of the 39th Street community, they have art openings every first Friday.
La Bodega invite patrons to enjoy zesty Spanish cuisine and toothsome tapas style meals in a beautiful setting. The interiors are a lively affair with bright, colorful accents, pleasant lighting, spaciously laid out tables, and quirky artwork on the walls. The menu is extensive and features a variety of classic Spanish dishes such as short ribs, meatballs, Spanish ham, paella abanda, and other entrees. There are ample options for vegetarians as well. To accompany your meals they serve delicious sangrias and other wines.
Located in the Westside district of the city, Fox and Pearl prides itself on hearty meals served at affordable prices. Boasting traditional American fare cooked to perfection, a farm-to-table approach and friendly service to boot, the establishment has garnered recognition and praise for its attention to detail. While the food certainly packs a punch, the restaurant is also hailed for its minimalistic décor and delightful interiors which complement the range of options on offer. From braised beef to grilled trout, and chocolate mousse to ice cream, a variety of finely crafted dishes regale all those who venture into Fox and Pearl.
One of the most colorful places in Kansas City for breakfast or lunch, Succotash, located near Hospital Hill, combines the mismatched ambiance of a thrift store with a menu from a high-end restaurant. A giant, hot pink chandelier hangs above the doorway, and a six-foot tall wooden statue of a wizard greets you as you enter. They serve delicious chicory Café du Monde coffee and have a wide selection of sandwiches and pancake, crepe, egg, and veggie dishes. They have many delicious vegetarian and vegan dishes, like the gooey smoked Gouda and artichoke heart on grilled sourdough sandwich and the veggie wrap. Catering is also available.