Have you ever gone on a first date and something just wasn't right, but you liked the guy anyway? That sums up Jeneé Osterheldts first impression of Ça Va, the new champagne bar at 4149 Pennsylvania Ave. in Westport, which had its soft opening last Friday.
The new City Market restaurant plans to open at 10:30 a.m. Friday at 23 E. Third St. It will have about a dozen signature toasted sandwiches, build-your-own tamales, and gourmet ice cream sandwiches.
In case you missed it: Last week, Town Topic made Food & Wines list of Americas best diners.
Blanc Burgers + Bottles plans to reopen in Westport next week. Aaron Mulder, corporate executive chef for Circle Restaurant Group, parent company of Blanc, said the new restaurant is scheduled to open at 11 a.m. Monday.
Rosso, the Hotel Sorellas swank, white-tablecloth restaurant, has a lot going for it. The leather, semicircular booths, the red-and-white decor, the glassed-in fireplace and the wide wall of glass add up to a nicely romantic spot high above the west side of the Country Club Plaza.
The American Restaurants Nick Wesemann is up for Outstanding Pastry Chef; Room 39s Ted Habiger and The Riegers Howard Hanna are in the running for Best Chef: Midwest.
Snow & Co., artful frozen cocktails, will get $15,000 in design services and $25,000 in equipment for its new Gladstone location. Tundra Restaurant Supply, Boulder, Colo., held the 2nd Annual Dreamstaurant Contest. A panel of in-house judges selected seven companies from hundreds of entries across the country and then asked for online votes.
Kevin Wong had planned to open Lemongrass Thai Cuisine a year ago at 7316 W. 80th St. in downtown Overland Park. When the first remodel didnt meet his standards, he remodeled again and was much more hands-on the second time around.
North Kansas Citys barbecue showdown may be over. Less than a year after opening at 900 Swift Ave., SmokeShack BBQ has closed. A sign on the door read, Good Folks. We are closed indefinitely. Thank you for a great 10 months! The reasons for closing had nothing to do with you you were the BEST!
A good pastrami sandwich is hard to find and worth searching for. Werners Specialty Foods on Johnson Drive, an old-world style German deli (formerly the Swedish Swansons), makes the best one Ive sampled in town, and its only $3.89.
A little winter warmer always helps me ease into the cold. Im talking about hot chocolate and coffee of the spiked variety. Happy hour doesnt have to be all martinis and cold cocktails; put a little heat in your system. You have options. (And call a cab, or a friend, if you have too many.)
From the get-go, the idea of street tacos sold from a former gas station re-imagined as a hip, roadside taqueria has a certain quirky appeal. Of course, one street taco does not make a meal: Plan on a minimum of three.
Barrel 31 is renovating the former Velvet Dog space at 400 E. 31st St. for a spring opening. It will feature “creative cuisine” and a wide selection of bourbon and whiskey.
Eric Sweeney will take over the barbecue restaurant on Saturday. He plans to return it to its “glory days” by using the highest-quality ingredients and local vendors.
Ed Gieselman and Ed Brownell, longtime area restaurateurs, are teaming up on a new concept in Overland Park. Tortilla Ranch Mexican Grill is scheduled to open in April in Executive Hills Shops at 8617 College Blvd.
Chappell's Restaurant & Sports Museum, a Kansas City staple, was named one of the 10 best sports bars in America by USA Today. "It's the closest thing to 'Cheers,' " Darren Rovell, ESPN sports business reporter, told USA Today. "You feel like you're back in time."
The Stack BBQ at 8920 Wornall Road went dark recently with little notice. Now George Bukaty of Greg Patterson & Associates said he is looking for a new restaurant owner to lease the space. They just kind of walked away. So everything is still there, Bukaty said.
New owners took over a former KFC/A&W restaurant on Parvin Road to convert it into a better burger fast-food operation. But customers missed their KFC and asked that fried chicken be added to the menu. So the new Burgers & Chicks sells both.
I had to wait about eight minutes for my order a good sign. Instead of a limp heat-lamped lump, I got a generous-sized golden-crusted fillet, fried to order. Inside, the fish was flaky, moist and hot all the way through.
Last Saturday Alan Gaylin received the award for Restaurateur of the Year from the Greater Kansas City Restaurant Association high praise for a man whos restaurant group, Bread and Butter Concepts, is a mere five years old.
Winter Sundays in Kansas City are football, church and food. And that makes the Westport Saloons Backsliders Brunch brilliant. Every Sunday afternoon, theres an all-you-can eat buffet, a bloody mary bar and live gospel music.
Three years after opening Chicken Macaroni & Cheese as a carry-out business, owners Dyamund Shields and Dyamund Shields Jr. have moved several blocks south on Prospect Avenue, added sit-down dining and expanded the menu.
Draft Magazine has named Waldo’s Bier Station as one of the top beer bars in the nation. The craft beer tasting bar/bottle shop, at 120 E. Gregory Blvd., is the only local venue to make “America’s 100 Best Beer Bars 2014.” Bier Station, which opened in late 2012, also is now open on Sundays and it has expanded its menu.
801 Fish, the new seafood palace opened by Iowas 801 Chophouse people, has set the bar very high. With its good-looking new location and a careful approach to fresh fish, its off to a great start.
When I ate at Sullivans over the holidays, I (like a good Midwesterner) went for the steak. The bestselling filet mignon was a solid choice: The 8-oz. steak was perfectly charred on the outside, tender and succulent on the inside. A side of horseradish mashed potatoes helped soak up all of the steaks flavor-packed juices.