Blvd Tavern, the newly opened Crossroads gastropub at 320 Southwest Blvd., doesn’t rest on mimosas, the bloody mary and French toast for brunch. It pushes beyond the staples and gives brunch a heartier pub attitude.
The Northland favorite was heavily damaged in a June fire. The owner also plans to open The Daily Donut & Pastry Shop in the building. A restaurant called Black Dirt is being proposed for the 51 Main project at 5070 Main St.
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Olathe has four excellent barbecue restaurants, with more on the way. The Rub Bar-B-Que, newest of Olathe’s stellar lineup, features traditional and gourmet barbecue delights, thanks to the creative talents of chef/pitmaster Dan Janssen.
Area food establishments with 7 or more priority or critical health code violations: Green Duck Grill, Carniceria El Torito, Frontier Steak House, Hen House in Prairie Village, Urban Table, Italian Delight, Las Gorditas, Pine & Bamboo Garden, Marita’s Place, Sushi Mido, China Dragon, Hen House in Merriam, Jun’s Japanese Restaurant, Salty Iguana, All Star Pizza & Pub, Marsh’s Sunfresh Market, the Salvation Army on 10th Street.
The bar in the new AC Hotel at 560 Westport Road is the neighborhood’s newest hangout. The AC Lounge packs in lots of style and taste into its small space. It might be a mini bar, but it’s big on good times.
Saints Pub + Patio has opened a second Lenexa location and rolled out a new menu for all of the area locations. Gigi’s Cupcakes new prototype rolled out recently in Blue Springs with another opening in Mission in April.
Subway Cafes feature the full Subway menu as well as a variety of coffee drinks and pastries. The first area location is scheduled to open in mid-April just north of Hayward’s Pit Bar B Que. Traditional Subway shops also are opening at 47th and Troost, 39th and Rainbow in Kansas City, Kan. and in Lenexa City Center at 87th Street Parkway and Renner Boulevard.
Shaun Brady is executive chef at the Reserve in the Ambassador Hotel, 1111 Grand Blvd., which is open for breakfast, lunch and dinner 365 days a year and where dishes range from Irish whiskey-cured salmon to a steak-and-Guinness pie.
Area restaurants with 7 or more priority or critical health code violations: Marble Top Cafe, Carniceria La Siete, Club Paraiso Restaurant & Bar, Fast N Friendly, McDonald’s on Holmes, Paddy O’Quigley’s, Ross’s Catering, Wal-Mart Neighborhood Market in Shawnee, Winstead’s in Merriam, Bluestem, Carma, China Star, Cracker Barrel, Johnny Carino’s, Lone Star Steakhouse & Saloon, Moonlight Japanese Steak House & Sushi on Boardwalk, Sake Lounge, Zio’s Italian Kitchen, Crayola Cafe, and Mr. Gyro’s Greek Food & Pastry.
Between its buffet of fine charcuterie, dozens of craft cocktails and hundreds of bottles of beer, the Local Pig, at 510 Westport Road, the space formerly known as Bridger’s Bottle Shop, takes pigging out in Westport to the next level.