Hot Plate: Summer In the City

Check out hot new restaurant openings in Johnson County and help one open its doors in Brookside.

Story by Kimberly Stern

When it’s just too darned hot to turn on the Viking in the kitchen or grill kebabs on the patio, we surrender, flocking to cool dining rooms around the city for culinary refuge. From the Crossroads to the Crestwood Shops and Parkville to Prairiefire in Overland Park, chefs are inspired by Heartland seasonal bounty that, in the summer, flows as freely as the JC Nichols Memorial Fountain on the Country Club Plaza.

Really, can we ever get enough of thick-sliced heirloom tomatoes paired with fresh mozzarella and fragrant basil, drizzled with olive oil and balsamic vinegar? Or sweet corn, either on the cob or in a salsa?

Call this the summer of the restaurant sequel, with two favorites—one a rising star and the other well known—opening additional locations. And the Kickstarter craze, which helped Happy Gillis Café and Hangout proprietors Josh and Abbey-Jo Eans fund their highly anticipated Columbus Park Ramen Shop (set to open this summer), is being used to finance Season + Square owners Andrea and Christian Joseph’s concept, Plate, in east Brookside.

The Basha is now serving its signature Mediterranean dishes along with traditional items at a second location. Photo by Bethany Wolverton.

The Basha, Deer Creek Location

7060 W. 135th. St., Overland Park, Kan.

This Mediterranean restaurant, with its original location tucked into the corner of a nondescript shopping center at 103rd and Metcalf, has developed a robust following since opening in March 2013. Plates of the signature dish, shish tawook—marinated grilled chicken—sell briskly, along with other traditional items such as falafel, gyros, rice pudding and more. Proprietors Mohammed Mosley and Nader Eduard have opened a second Basha, this time at the bustling corner of 135th and Metcalf, serving Basha favorites, but with a fast-casual service. Don’t miss: the creamy, silky house-made hummus.

Try the restaurant out yourself at a discount by mentioning this special offer from The Basha for KC Magazine readers for two free drinks with any two plates or one extra side with any order. (Expires June 30, 2015; not good with any other coupon, offer or discount. Valid only at Deer Creek location.)

The Mixx, Hawthorne Plaza

11942 Roe Ave., Overland Park, Kan.

Known for its fresh, inventive salads, innovative sandwiches, delicious wraps, sautéed pastas and other from-scratch dishes, Jo Marie Scaglia’s The Mixx has two other locations comfortably under its tasty belt: the original Country Club Plaza store and one in the Power and Light District. For its first foray into the suburbs, Scaglia chose one of the most golden retail corners in Johnson County: 119th and Roe. Recently opened, the hip Hawthorne Plaza Mixx outpost serves up its trademark healthy, full-flavored food to an adoring new audience. Don’t miss: the Thai Salmon Salad or Knife & Fork grilled steak salad.

Inside the new Hawthorne Plaza snack and juice shop The Mixx. Photo by Jenny Wheat.

Plate, East Brookside

6201 Oak St., Kansas City, Mo.

Andrea and Christian Joseph own Season + Square, selling high-quality artisan products ranging from cocktail shrubs to salts and oils and eco-friendly soaps to its faithful following. Now the enterprising couple has its sights set on the iconic corner of 63rd and Oak, where they plan to launch Plate, a restaurant that will serve Italian-inspired, continental cuisine using local vendors and producers. Like many modern entrepreneurs, the Joseph’s are looking for creative methods to finance their dream—a Kickstarter campaign is helping them raise funds to overhaul the corner space in east Brookside.

A look inside the Season + Square space.