New Avenues

A Brookside staple hailed as one of the “10 Best Restaurants in Kansas City” by USA Today just got even better—and bigger.

Avenues Bistro recently underwent a facelift, which included updates to the main dining area and expansion into the space next door to create a new lounge area with a cozy and casually elegant vibe. The addition, L’Cove Lounge, incorporates a bar and small dining area, where guests can kick back with one of the restaurant’s signature cocktails and nibble on a selection of inspired small plates, such as au poivre meatballs, bacon-wrapped dates and various flatbreads.

With daily happy hour specials from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. and reverse happy hour starting at 8:30 p.m., it’s the perfect place to go for a light bite. More substantial appetites will be appeased by L’Cove’s Burger Night: The special Monday night menu includes about a dozen inventive burgers, not to mention gourmet milkshakes in flavors such as Strawberry Coconut Custard.

Avenues chef-owner Joe Birch and executive chef Mario Galan have also completely revamped the bistro’s main menus, adding new items for brunch, lunch and dinner. Regulars need not fear that their old go-to dishes are gone forever, though. Many favorites—including ours, the Duckaroni—will make regular comebacks on Avenues’ rotating “secret” menu. (Shhhh… check it out at

Photos by Zach Bauman