Kansas City’s most anticipated dining event of the year is finally here.
With more than 175 restaurants participating this year, it’s easy to feel overwhelmed, which is why we’re sharing our shortlist.
Photos by Landon Vonderschmidt Photography
Savor an array of seafood at 801 Fish, plus a few irresistible dishes for those who prefer land over sea. The restaurant’s entrees include seared Skuna Bay salmon with a root vegetable hash; seared New Bedford sea scallops served alongside a meyer lemon risotto; or Maryland jumbo lump crabcake (not mention a 6-ounce USDA prime filet). Throw in first course offerings such as the restaurant’s New England clam chowder and desserts such as the blackberry crumble, and you’re sure to go home happy.
Why settle for three courses for $33 when you could have four? Jack Stack’s locations are exceeding expectations with a choice of onion rings or fried mushrooms to start; second course salads; a barbecue sampler, hickory grilled Atlantic salmon or 12-ounce prime rib entree; and warm carrot cake or a triple chocolate brownie for dessert. Featured wines are also available exclusively with the purchase of a Restaurant Week meal.
One of our favorite bites from KC Restaurant Week’s media kickoff came from a surprising place: H Bar, Halls’ in-store café. We loved the rich pumpkin squash bisque with pepita brittle, which pops up several times on H Bar’s Restaurant Week lunch menu, featuring diffenret combinations each day. Try it Jan. 15 or Jan. 20 with a bacon, pear and Brie panini, or sample the autumn duck salad featuring sweet potatoes and cranberries with a salted caramel torte for dessert Jan. 16 and Jan. 21. See the full menu online here.
Spice things up with a visit to Coco Bolos, where the lunch and dinner menus are full of variety. Case in point: choose from two salads, chile verde or chili con carne to start your lunch, then munch one of five entrees offered, from Bolos Street Tacos (a gluten free choice) to a Jamaican jerk chicken wrap, followed by a soda float. Dinner offerings include Coco’s “Q” and Trio Salsa Sampler, crab-stuffed mushrooms and nachos to start; seafood mac ‘n’ cheese and fan favorite Tijuana Trainwreck along with three other entrée options; and your choice of pecan fudge cheesecake or Coco Bananas (fresh bananas sautéed with brown sugar, butter, cinnamon and roasted pecans and hit with Myer’s Dark Rum).
Cleaver & Cork
Sample favorites (hello, cheese curds and Local Pig Sausage Soup) and fresh dishes, including a chipotle brine pork chop at this Power & Light eatery. The curds and soup are starter options for both lunch and dinner along with smoked pork ribs and spring greens. Lunch entrees include the chicken salad sandwich, beef steak burger and slow roasted pork sandwich. Dinner entrée offerings such as the pork chop, roasted chicken and 8-ounce KC Strip with caramelized onion and bleu cheese butter are sure to delight carnivores. Penne pasta and Faroe Island salmon are also available. Finish the evening with a slice of pecan butter cake or an indulgent fried brownie—after all, this is not the time to count calories.
Providence New American Kitchen
There’s a little something for everyone at Providence New American Kitchen. Get out of the office for a satisfying lunch with your choice of brown sugar butternut squash soup or a Providence salad, then dig into the restaurant’s pan-seared rainbow trout, applewood-smoked meatloaf or cobb salad with grilled chicken. While the first course options remain the same for dinner, entrees include creamy risotto with butternut squash and grana padano; Scottish salmon chowder; a pecan-smoked pork chop served alongside maple and bourbon Brussels sprouts (also known as our new favorite vegetable); and a Creekstone Farms filet. End the meal on a sweet note with apple & pear cobbler or chocolate cake.
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