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Kansas City area restaurants honored in Wine Spectator’s 2014 Spectator’s Award

07/10/2014 2:30 AM

07/09/2014 5:05 PM

Restaurants in the Kansas City and Lawrence area are among those honored in Wine Spectator’s 2014 Spectator’s Award. The Spectator’s Award spotlights restaurants around the world with top tier wine selections. Out of the 3,748 restaurants named, 38 were in Missouri. Eight were in Kansas. Twenty-three were in the Kansas City area.

Popular KC eateries like Brazilian steakhouse Fogo de Chao, Minsky’s Pizza and Chaz on The Plaza were among the restaurants named. Other Missouri honorees include St. Louis’ 1904 Steakhouse, The Chateau Grille in Branson and The Wine & Cellar Bistro in Columbia.

Snagging a spot in this listing is no easy feat, as the entire dining experience is appraised. The wine program, cellar selection, service, restaurant ambiance and food are all considered.

Other listings in the area include:

Osteria II Centro — Kansas City

The American Restaurant — Kansas City

Accurso’s Italian Restaurant — Kansas City

Michael Smith — Kansas City

Plaza III, The Steakhouse — Kansas City

Room 39 — Kansas City

Ruth’s Chris Steakhouse — Kansas City

Seasons 52 — Kansas City

The Melting Pot — Kansas City

The Rieger Hotel Grille & Exchange — Kansas City

Sullivan’s Steakhouse — Leawood

Ten — Lawrence

801 Chophouse — Kansas Cityand Leawood

Gaslight Grill — Leawood

Five 21 Restaurant — Lawrence

Room 39 — Leawood

A Wine Flights Bar & Bistro — Leawood

Story — Prairie Village

Wine Spectator’s editor and publisher Marvin Shanken said there has never been a more exciting time for wine lovers.

The executive editor of Wine Spectator, Thomas Matthews, says as wine consumers’ knowledge and interest continue to expand, wine directors are taking advantage of new opportunities to develop inventive programs that put the world’s most interesting wines on the table.

“We’ve been delighted to see the emergence of a growing number of bold, diverse wine lists, both large and small. These excellent wine programs are easily accessible through our 2014 Dining Guide,” Matthews said in an email release from Wine Spectator.

You can find the complete list of award winners in the Aug. 31 issue of Wine Spectator, available on newsstands July 22. All of the restaurants can be found at

Contact Ink intern Ariel Crockett via email at or tweet @JemappelleArie.

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