While we might not have the abundance of fresh seafood that you’ll find on the coasts, Kansas City’s offerings are still plenty tasty.
Here we highlight a few of our favorites.
Emersum Oysters at Jax Fish House & Oyster Bar
Jax’s first KC location on the Country Club Plaza hasn’t been open for long, but we’re already smitten with its Emersum oysters. The proprietary and sustainable oysters are harvested off the Chesapeake Bay and served with lemon, cocktail sauce and mignonette sauce. If you’ve been avoiding the polarizing dish, it’s officially time to stop. Bonus: select East Coast oysters are only $1.25 at the restaurant during happy hour from 4 -6 p.m. every day and all night Monday.
Fish & Chips at Beer Kitchen
Much like pizza, fish and chips is a dietary staple that’s never quite bad, even when it technically isn’t good. But even the most discerning fish and chips fan will be impressed by Beer Kitchen’s tempura ale-battered whole Cape Capensis filet served with malt vinegar aioli, cider slaw and hand-cut fries.
Char Crusted Ahi Tuna at Bristol
Flavorful ahi tuna is always a favorite, especially the way Bristol prepares it: char crusted to perfection and served alongside Yukon gold potatoes and asparagus with a drizzle of Foyot sauce.
Lobster Souffle at Newport Grill
Romantics that we are, we can’t help but feel warm and fuzzy when two things we love marry together happily. So naturally we’re ready to toast to Newport Grill’s Lobster Souffle. The Prairiefire restaurant’s dish features butter poached lobster and a classic French Sauce Américaine. Seconds? Oui, oui.
Jumbo Lump Crab Cakes at Pierpont’s
Crafting the ideal crab cake is an art. Fortunately Pierpont’s jumbo lump crab cakes, served with grilled tomato-mustard sauce, are made just how we like them—bursting with chunks of crab under a crispy crust.
Saffron Tomato Cioppino at 801 Fish
When it comes to seafood soups, clam chowder and seafood bisque often hog the limelight. But for your consideration, we present 801 Fish’s Saffrom Tomato Cioppino, a stew made with grouper, scallops, sausage and jumbo prawns. If you insist on the standbys, the restaurant serves delicious versions of those too.
Photos via Bristol’s website and 801 Fish’s Facebook page.