Food & Drink

See What’s New on KC Menus

KC restaurants are updating their menus for spring with new dishes we can’t wait to try.

Just in time for its upcoming one-year anniversary, Barrel 31 has unveiled a menu created by executive chef Eric Carter featuring subtle changes to existing favorites along with brand new dishes that play on the flavors of bourbon and whiskey, the restaurant’s cornerstone. Items at the top of our to-try list? Smoked duck poutine, Sazerac-cured salmon salad with a blood orange vinaigrette, 12-hour braised pork belly with ramen and a slow poached egg, and a mint julep brownie.

12-hour braised pork belly. Stylist and photography work by Briana Bosworth and Casey Holden.

Taco Republic pays homage to traditional Mexican dishes with new seasoned chicken or diablo shrimp fajitas, served with sautéed onions, poblano peppers, jalapeños, pico, guacamole, Jack and cheddar cheeses and white corn tortillas. Also joining the menu are chicken enchiladas, made with Taco Republic’s wood-fired chicken, and chicken tamales, both served with cilantro lime rice and ranchero beans. Wash them down with the restaurant’s latest libations, like a Mexican mule or Cherry Cabrito.

Executive chef Joe West has introduced fresh items to 801 Fish. Stop by for the restaurant’s $1 oysters during happy hour and stick around to sample the new dishes, which include Maryland jumbo lump crab cakes with sauce grebiche, quail egg and pickled onion as well as New Bedford day boat scallops with chickpea socca, fresh garbanzo beans, linguica sausage and roasted pepper.

The new crab cakes at 801 Fish. Photo via Facebook.

Michael Smith’s menu also recently received a makeover. Don’t worry, many beloved plates are still offered, plus you can now try delectable additions such as South African salt prawn served with olive-caper relish and smoked Kurlbaum Tomato sauce and an Italian truffle and Saint André cheese soufflé. See the full menu here.

We’re pretty crazy about brunch if you haven’t noticed, so it should come as no shock we’re itching to make a trip to Tavern at Mission Farms or Tavern in the Village to sample the updated brunch offerings, available Saturday 11 a.m. – 2 p.m. and Sunday 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. Whether you opt for the steak and eggs—filet mignon topped with béarnaise sauce, two eggs prepared your favorite way, cheddar andouille hash and a buttermilk biscuit—or cinnamon and sugar quinoa with toasted almonds, dried apricot, vanilla yogurt, fresh berries and a drizzle of rosemary honey, make sure to order a cocktail because the drinks are new too.

Speaking of beverages, Parisi has just released its spring creations. Sip the London fog tea latte on rainy spring days, celebrate the blooms with a lavender mocha or get a dose of citrus with the grapefruit caraway Italian soda.

A million dollar burger for just $36? Sounds like a steal to us. Now through April 12, Morton’s Grille is offering its “Million Dollar Burger,” a prime burger topped with foie gras, black truffle butter and braised short ribs on a brioche bun, with a glass of wine for just two figures.

Photo via Facebook.