Kansas City's food-and-drink landscape has seen a lot of activity over the past several months.
Central Standard’s food critics Mary Bloch, Jenny Vergara and Carlton Logan have this seasonal update of 18 new and noteworthy restaurants:
- Black Sheep + Market. Part market, part restaurant, Black Sheep is casual, with daily specials and a menu that depends on what the farmers bring in.
- Percheron Rooftop Bar in the Crossroads Hotel. Remy Ayesh, chef of Lazia and XR Cafe (also in the hotel) has a separate snacks and drinks menu for enjoying the amazing view from the roof.
- Farina. Michael Smith’s Finding Guido Italian menu has found a new home.
- Baramee Thai Bistro. This new restaurant features an all-female staff of cooks and servers. Love seeing the symphony of women at the woks.
- The Campground. Check out this place for creative cocktails and lunch, brunch and dinner by Craig Howard.
- Ragazza Food & Wine. It's reopened in a new location, with more seating, a larger bar and an expanded menu. Fortunately, lasagna is still one of the offerings.
- Pigwich. Happily ensconced now across from the City Market, Alex Pope is making delicious sandwiches using meat from Local Pig. There’s indoor and outdoor seating, beer and wine.
- Thou Mayest purchased Quay Coffee and plans to open Thee Outpost a block from the original Crossroads location in Collective EX space at 517 East 18th St.
- Benihana and RA Sushi are now open inside of the Sprint Center.
- Brick + Mortar plans to open in early June in the former Tanner’s location in Waldo. It’s owned by a new restaurant group from California that also purchased Chappell’s in North Kansas City.
- Strang Hall, a new food hall, plans to open in November in downtown Overland Park.
- Engineered Edibles Catering Co. A catering company has opened in downtown Overland Park with a fabulous Saturday morning breakfast buffet in its retail space, called The Table.
- The Wooden Spoon, at College and Quivira, plans to open a second, bigger breakfast and lunch spot on Indian Creek Parkway across from Brubeck’s Barbeque.
- Soiree New Orleans Bistro is in Smithville, Missouri, but Chef Anita Moore opened Soiree Steak & Oyster House in the Jazz District just this month, with a menu featuring steak as well as seafood.
- The Littlest Bake Shop is opening at 59and and Holmes, in the spot where Pirate’s Bone was located. Meanwhile Pirate's Bone, serving fresh-baked gluten-free and vegan goodies, will reappear at 2000 Main Street, the former location of Brioche.
- Silo Modern Farmhouse, is a favorite of Kansas City Eats, especially chef Laura Favela's whipped goat cheese spread, a buttermilk fried chicken salad and a 32-layer chocolate cake.
- Hayward’s Pit Bar B Que is closing its Lenexa location and will open at 10901 West 75th Street in Shawnee.
- McGonigle’s is opening McGonigle’s Café sometime this summer in the old Eden Alley spot below Unity Temple on the Plaza.
Editor's note: This post has been updated to include the name and address of Thou Mayest's next location.
Celisa Calacal is an intern with KCUR 89.3. You can reach her at @celisa_mia.