5 Restaurants Where You’ll Find Garlic Grub

Get a head start on celebrating National Garlic Day, happening Sunday, April 19.

There’s a right and wrong time to enjoy garlic. A first date? Consider opting out. When you’re at one of these KC restaurants? Always, especially if it’s National Garlic Day.

Gordon Biersch’s garlic fries are so popular that the restaurant has a page on its website dedicated to the history of the flavorful favorite. Co-founder Dan Gordon came up with the idea while studying abroad, and the dish—made with a slurry of chopped garlic and olive oil, sprinkled with kosher salt and pepper and tossed with fresh parsley—has become a best-seller. Stop by the Park Place location for a free order with any purchase on National Garlic Day.


Goat cheese and garlic marry in a rich spread so flavorful that you’ll have to remind yourself to save room for dinner at Osteria Il Centro. Garlic plays a supporting role in many of the restaurant’s other dishes—we’re partial to the shrimp carciofi, served over artichoke bottoms with garlic butter.


Garlic and cheese also prove to be the perfect pair in Blue Moose’s mac and cheese. Cavatappi pasta is tossed in a creamy six-cheese sauce with garlic. The dish is topped with buttered breadcrumbs and diners can add items such as grilled shrimp skewers and roasted garlic (if you want to take the flavor up a notch).

There’s no shortage of garlic at La Bodega, where you can enjoy it in any number of ways. A few dishes to prioritize: the caldo gallego, garlic broth with white beans, chorizo, chicken and spinach; albóndigas caseras, meatballs in a spicy (and heavenly) garlic cream sauce; and papas fritas con ajo, delicious refried roasted potatoes with garlic, parsley and garlic cumin-aioli.

It’s a welcome addition to a slice of pie, but garlic is the main attraction in Spin! Neapolitan Pizza’s white pizza with a roasted garlic olive oil glaze, topped with Italian cheeses, spinach, pine nuts and hearty chunks of garlic. The restaurants also offer gluten-free crust and dairy free cheese and just opened a new location in Crown Center.

Of course you can also celebrate National Garlic Day at home. Try out this recipe from Bluestem and Rye owners Megan and Colby Garrelts’ new cookbook “Made in America” for pork chops with tomato-horseradish sauce. Garlic is a key ingredient in both components.

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