Food and Drink

8 Wonderful Ways to Sample Strawberries

In honor of National Strawberry Month coming to a close, we’ve rounded up some of KC’s best dishes featuring the fruit, which are just as tasty any time of year.

Finding strawberries on the dessert menu is easy as pie. But that doesn’t mean it has to be boring. Opt for an unusual take on the fruit with Drunken Sushi’s strawberry cheesecake makimono, which features tempura battered cheesecake and strawberries topped with chocolate sauce, powdered sugar, nuts and whipped cream.

For a sweet treat you can share, order up a loaf (or three) of the strawberry cream cheese povitica from Strawberry Hill Povitica. The rich, sweet bread won’t leave you wanting—each handmade loaf weighs in at an impressive 2.5 pounds.

Photo via povitica.com.

More of a traditionalist? Best Regards Bakery & Café serves up a hearty strawberry shortcake that doesn’t skimp on the star ingredient.

Photo via Best Regards Bakery & Cafe’s Facebook page.

While strawberries are a natural fit for dessert, they can also steal the show in other courses. At Urban Table, you can start your meal off with bruschetta topped with Brie, strawberry purée and basil. The fruit add a sweet touch to Rock & Brews Strawberry Fields salad, which also features avocado, red onion, candied walnuts, feta and lemon pepper vinaigrette.

Adventurous strawberry lovers will want to make sure to stop by Little Freshie, not for a refreshing, frosty strawberry treat, but the PB&A sandwich, which puts almond nut butter, strawberry rhubarb preserves and almond slivers on a delectable Farm to Market Bread Co. pretzel bun.

Feeling a little thirsty? Wash any meal down with a strawberry cocktail. We’re partial to the offerings at Providence New American Kitchen and The Drum Room Lounge, especially 43 Roses, a combination of Four Roses Bourbon, Licor 43, muddled strawberries and a splash of fresh lemon juice, and Tanks for the Shandy, featuring Sapphire East Gin, strawberry thyme syrup, grapefruit bitters and Boulevard’s Tank 7.

Of course eating strawberries doesn’t require venturing to a restaurant. Load up on locally grown berries at one of the city’s farmers’ markets and try this recipe for grilled chicken with fruit salsa for a healthy, easy way to add fruit to your dinner.