Ink Bar Guide

The definitive guide to your favorite watering holes, from packed pubs to under-the-radar dives.

The Star's Restaurant Guide

Search The Star's restaurant dining guide by type of cuisine, location, vegetarian options and more, then link with the restaurant's website to check out complete menus.

Your $5 Lunch Guide

Browse more than 50 local spots that dish up delicious fare for $5 or less.

Food Trucks in Kansas City

2013 Food Truck Guide

Browse through The Star's annual guide to what's new on the KC food truck scene. The 29 trucks listed here are usually on the move, so they rely heavily on social media to get the word out to customers about location, hours and specials. Links to Facebook and Twitter are included in our guide.

Restaurants

Chow Town

Come Into My Kitchen

Fear and love paved their way to feeling better

David Kuhn and his wife of 24 years, Kelly, enjoy connecting in the kitchen and to Kansas City’s artistic community through their Kansas City Crossroads Arts District gallery. The Kuhns modified their diet a decade ago to include only unprocessed foods, starting with fresh, organic and locally grown ingredients. Kelly Kuhn says they’ve never felt better.

Easter feast honors Polish heritage

Teresa Kamler’s Easter basket comes filled with breakfast and blessings. With a heritage steeped in Polish traditions and food, Teresa and her husband, Fred, wo live in Lenexa, are observing Holy Week, which culminates with an Easter celebration on Sunday.

Eating for Life

Medley of veggies and zesty spread kick open-faced sandwich up a notch

The French “tartine” is a savvy sandwich standby: a slice of buttered bread topped with whatever you have on hand. That could be jams, meats or cheeses. Even better: grilled veggies. The Star’s Grilled Vegetable Tartine takes inspiration from the open-faced tartine once served on the lunch menu at the Genessee Royale Bistro in the West Bottoms.

Miso glaze puts a new twist on fish

The reported health benefits of miso are numerous: Miso is fermented, so it is a probiotic that aids in digestion, and it is high in compounds linked to lower rates of breast cancer, heart disease and menopausal symptoms. The Star’s Miso-Glazed Pan Seared Fish and Vegetables is a delicious way to try miso and start integrating it into your diet.

Cooking 101

Italian appetizer Beef Carpaccio is a rare treat

Heather Popper was in middle school, dining at an Italian restaurant, the first time she tasted carpaccio. It was love at first bite. Now Popper, a student chef at Johnson County Community College, mostly makes it for her foodie friends or doesn’t mention that the meat is raw and covers it heavily with sauce. “This is a simple yet very elegant dish,” she said.

Cityscape

Skechers opening first Kansas City-area outlet store in Overland Park

The metro’s first Skechers Factory Outlet Store is scheduled to open June 13 in Overland Park. In other news, Freddy’s Frozen Custard & Steakburgers plans to open another restaurant in Olathe, and Kiss co-founders Gene Simmons and Paul Stanley have set an April 29 opening for Rock & Brews in Overland Park and a May 29 fundraiser.