The Festival of Food! The Culinary Carnival! The Entrée Olympics! No matter what you call it, KC Restaurant Week is sure to be the highlight of the year for foodies from near and far. Prepare your palates for prix-fixe, multi-course menus at all your favorite eateries with donations benefitting three local charities.
New Year’s Resolutions can wait ‘til February—treat yourself for seven more days and dig into the diverse menus of 2018’s KC Restaurant Week.
If steak-and-potatoes is your jam, your cup runneth over with countless reservation options. Cut into a juicy wood-fired steak at J. Gilbert’s or Firebirds in Corbin Park (both spots are also known to serve killer martinis, so we suggest an Uber for maximum indulgence). Both Q39 and Fiorella’s Jack Stack are serving up fan-favorite barbecue sampler plates that include everything from pork spare ribs to smoked chicken to burnt ends. *Bonus: Both the lunch and dinner prix fixe menus at Fiorella’s Jack Stack include their famously gigantic onion rings.
A Little Bit of Everything
For the indecisive crew, check out one of these jack-of-all-trades restaurants offering menus with diverse entrée options. Savor the creamy Cajun chicken pasta with andouille sausage and peppers at Red Door Woodfired Grill. Norwegian salmon with crispy potatoes, brussels and lemon aioli is featured at Yaya’s Euro Bistro and Chipotle braised short ribs with mashed potatoes and onion strings is calling your name at Blue Moose. *Bonus: Order any item on Red Door Grill’s Restaurant Week menu and get 20% off ANY bottle of wine.
Break outside your cuisine comfort zone with these international menus. Have a taste of Tuscany at North Italia – we (highly) recommend the Bolognese over tagliatelle pasta. All the Italian standards await at Garozzo’s Ristorante, a family-owned hotspot known for its outrageous chicken spiedini. Or take your taste buds south of the border with Mexican fare at Ted’s Café Escondido. Caution: the combo steak and shrimp fajitas are known to induce a food coma, but be sure to save room for the cinnamon and sugar-covered sopapillas for dessert! *Bonus: Dessert enthusiasts won’t want to miss the tiramisu or salted caramel budino at North Italia.
Mouthwatering Midday Menus
Scrap the sub sandwich and treat yourself to pulled pork, balsamic barbecue sauce, cabbage and calabrese on a pretzel bun at Pinstripes. Or, if you prefer comfort food over the lunch hour, reserve a table at Nick & Jake’s and order the famous “Mama’s Meatloaf” with whipped potatoes and rich, brown gravy. In a mashup for the ages, Louie’s Wine Dive is serving up champagne fish and chips to its lunch-goers – YUM! *Bonus: Every single item on Pinstripes’ menu is made from scratch, even the gelato!
Try a modern take on comfort food at Beer Kitchen in Westport where the Restaurant Week menu includes bone-in root beer braised short rib with sweet potato puree and rainbow swiss chard. Or head over to the Country Club Plaza and sample Gram & Dun’s drool-worthy shrimp & grits served with blackened, jalapeno avocado gravy. Our third KC can’t-miss restaurant is Michael Smith where a homemade torchio pasta with shrimp, calamari, lemon and white wine-garlic sauce awaits. *Bonus: The first courses are a treat in themselves at Beer Kitchen; start off with crab bisque or buttermilk fried oysters, both included on the Restaurant Week prix-fixe menu.