Food & Drink

7 Menus To Sample During Restaurant Week

Kansas City Restaurant Week is upon us.

With more than 150 metro area restaurants participating this year, narrowing down which restaurants you want to hit can be a challenging (not to mention hunger-inducing) task. To make your life a little easier, we’re sharing the restaurants on our list.

Port Fonda 

Patrick Ryan’s Westport spot is one of our go-tos, so it only makes sense that we’d be eager to take advantage of the Restaurant Week menu filled with favorites like enchiladas de pollo, tamales and esquite asado (grilled corn). Bonus—prices include a drink, which can be substituted for a happy hour sized margarita.

Enchiladas de pollo. Photo by Landon Vonderschmidt Photography.

The Jacobson

Diners with dietary restrictions, reserve a spot at The Jacobson. The menus feature vegan, vegetarian and gluten-free dishes, such as roasted tomato Caprese and crispy sesame-crusted oyster mushrooms. If you’re carnivorous, we recommend the Lemon Brick-grilled Yard Bird, served over fresh arugula with roasted Yukon Gold potatoes. And hey, it’s gluten free!

Lemon Brick-grilled Yard Bird. Photo by Landon Vonderschmidt Photography.

Pig & Finch

Meat is definitely on the menu at Pig & Finch, where you can choose from espresso rubbed pork shoulder, oven roasted farm hen and grilled Scottish salmon pot au feu for your dinner entree. We’re also more than ready to warm up with the Park Place restaurant’s selection of hearty lunch options—baked short rib mac & cheese, anyone?

Espresso rubbed pork shoulder. Photo by Landon Vonderschmidt Photography.

Summit Bar & Grill

Summit Bar & Grill’s new Waldo location quickly won us over with its flavorful, unfussy dishes. We fully expect to appreciate it even more after a plate of grilled shrimp with butternut squash risotto and lardon and a chocolate gooey butter cake. Other offerings include a classic Kansas City strip and cider brined duroc pork tenderloin.

Grilled shrimp with butternut squash risotto and lardon. Photo by Landon Vonderschmidt Photography.

Nara

Sushi, while delicious, isn’t always the most filling food. That makes Nara’s sushi bento box special with a starter and dessert a perfect Restaurant Week combination—you can enjoy favorites and try something new for just $33. Not a raw fish fan? Shrimp balls, seafood salad, sweet and spicy garlic beef with fried rice and udon noodles round out the dinner menu.

Sushi bento box. Photo via kcrestaurantweek.com.

Trezo Mare

Variety is the spice of life—and one of our favorite things to see on a menu. After all, half the fun of going to a restaurant is deciding what to order. That’s why we’re glad to find plenty of options from Trezo Mare. Now you just have to decide whether to get the En Fuego—fish, shrimp, mussels, sausage and basmati rice in a lobster saffron broth—or chicken fettuccini with bacon and spinach tossed in a smoked tomato cream.

En Feugo. Photo by Landon Vonderschmidt Photography.

Q39

We’d be remiss if we didn’t include at least one barbecue joint, and at the top of our list is award-winner Q39. You can build your own lunch, choosing from apple-brined pulled pork, sliced beef brisket, smoked pulled chicken or house-made chipotle sausage sandwiches, selecting your sauce, then picking a side and a dessert. But dinner is what has us drooling: Tall Grass cheese fondue to start, a half-rack of ribs or a Judge’s Plate with three meats and sides (the white bean cassoulet just got a shout out from the Huffington Post), plus dessert.

Judge’s Plate. Photo by Landon Vonderschmidt Photography.