Here’s a taste of 72 restaurants new to the KC area, from doughnut shops and beer bars to ramen restaurants, burger joints and pizza pubs.
2876 W. 47th Ave., Kansas City, Kan.
Neapolitan-style pies with blistered crusts are the specialty at 1889 Pizza Napoletana. In addition to signature pizzas such as the Honey Bee (fresh pear, Gorgonzola, local honey, arugula) the restaurant serves bruschetta, meatballs and salads.
Inside Argosy Casino, 777 N.W. Argosy Parkway, Riverside
A craft beer house experience inside Argosy Casino with a bar that serves 99 different beers. The menu features Crispy Pub Wings, burgers, flatbreads and breakfast-for-dinner options such as a Tropical Waffle topped with brown butter caramel and coconut cardamom whipped cream.
8725 Metcalf Ave., Overland Park
Overland Park restaurant specializing in fried chicken and barbecue. Berbiglia’s Roost also serves catfish, steaks, veggie burgers and fried fruit pies. The restaurant has a full bar.
4705 Rainbow Blvd., Westwood
The first Kansas location for Omaha-based Blue Sushi Sake Grill. In addition to maki, sashimi and nigiri, the sleek sushi restaurant serves specialties such as mango crab Rangoon, shishito peppers and River Rock Beef Tenderloin — steak served on a sizzling bed of hot stones.
804 Pennsylvania St., Lawrence
The owners of the Burger Stand at the Casbah have opened an east Lawrence bar and cafe called Bon Bon. The eclectic menu features steamed egg buns, pork schnitzel, butternut squash korma, hearty salads and shareable snacks such as Thai marinated sweet and spicy wings.
500 W. 75th St.
Coming soon to Waldo: A ramen restaurant from the owners of Summit Grill & Bar Waldo, which is moving next door to 520 W. 75th St., the former home of 75th Street Brewery. Culinary director Po Wang is creating the menu at Bōru, which is scheduled to open in December.
2534 Madison Ave.
A new visitor center at Boulevard Brewing Co. with a tasting room and retail shop on the first floor, and a beer hall on the second floor. The beer hall serves Boulevard brews and a limited selection of food. It also boasts a patio with views of downtown Kansas City, a photo booth in a vintage trailer and long tables that accommodate large groups.
1829 Oak St.
Coming soon to the East Crossroads: a brewery, restaurant and beer garden called Brewery Emperial. When it opens this summer, Brewery Emperial will join other East Crossroads breweries such as Double Shift, Torn Label and Border Brewing Co.
5031 W. 135th St., Leawood
Gourmet burgers are the star of the menu at BRGR, a locally owned chain that recently added a location in the former Barley’s Brewhaus space in Leawood. Also on the menu: portobello mushroom burgers, fried chicken sandwiches, salads, bowls and snacks such as chili fondue and fried pickles.
2000 Main St.
Crossroads artisan pastry shop known for flaky cinnamon rolls, pecan sticky buns, croissants, cookies and coffee from Columbia’s Shortwave Coffee.
429 Walnut St.
Brown & Loe serves American favorites such as cheeseburgers, shrimp and grits, steaks and, for brunch, sweet potato waffles. The River Market restaurant has a full bar and is in a former Merchants Bank that was built in 1920.
3935 W. 69th Terrace, Prairie Village
Formerly known as Chocolate Frog Cafe, C. Frogs serves classic American comfort food for lunch and dinner. Specialties are barbecue, steak and whiskey. There’s a full bar including cocktails, beer and wine.
Coming soon: a second location for Cafe Europa, a restaurant in the Crestwood Shops known for chef-driven, seasonal cuisine, cocktails and bakery items such as lemon cake. Cafe Europa Union Hill, scheduled to open soon, will be in the new McGee Building at 30th Street and Gillham Road.
119 Armour Road, North Kansas City
A seven-barrel brewery with a bar, restaurant, patio and event space. Beer selections have included All Day All Night Coconut Brown Ale, Beast in Me Brown Ale and I Scare Myself IPA. The food menu features a Chicago-style hot dog, black bean hummus, a grilled chicken salad and an open-faced avocado sandwich.
1828 Walnut St.
Coming soon to the Crossroads: Chewology, an East Asian restaurant in the Corrigan Station building with an open kitchen where customers can watch the dumpling rolling and folding process.
1761 Burlington Ave., North Kansas City
Chicken N Pickle is a chef-driven, casual eatery and bar with pickleball courts, shaded beer gardens and backyard games. Wood-fired rotisserie chicken is the specialty.
1828 Walnut St.
Coming soon to the Crossroads: a new restaurant from Michael Corvino, the celebrated chef who formerly worked at the American Restaurant. Corvino Supper Club and Tasting Room, scheduled to open in early 2017 in the Corrigan Station building, will serve “approachable contemporary American food” in a space with soaring ceilings and concrete columns.
2631 N.E. Vivion Road
“Eat like a king” is the motto at Crown Point Tavern, a Northland gastropub that serves more than 30 craft beers alongside made-from-scratch menu items such as pork belly Cubano sandwiches, chicken and red velvet waffles and Long John chocolate doughnut sundaes.
3615 W. 95th St., Overland Park
Ohio-based Dewey’s Pizza recently expanded to the KC area by opening a location in Ranch Mart South. The full-service restaurant specializes in fresh, gourmet pies such as the Bronx Bomber, with red sauce, mozzarella cheese, pepperoni, sausage, mushrooms, onions, green peppers and black olives.
1009 Westport Road
Made-to-order doughnuts topped with a variety of icings and toppings are the specialty at Donutology, a new Westport cafe in the former Tower Dry Cleaners and Laundry space. The local drink menu features Roasterie coffee and Shatto milk.
4945 W. 119th St., Overland Park
4165 Somerset Drive, Prairie Village
Omaha-based Eat Fit Go, which offers healthy meals for people on the go, is expanding to the Kansas City area. An Overland Park location is expected to open this month, and a Prairie Village location should open by the end of the year. Eat Fit Go’s meals are high-protein, low-sodium and preservative-free. About 95 percent of the menu is gluten-free.
700 W. 47th St.
An upscale seafood restaurant specializing in fresh fish and premium aged steaks. Menu items include crab fried rice, jumbo lump crab cakes, miso marinated tofu and Chilean sea bass steamed Hong Kong-style. The bar, called the V Lounge, offers live jazz and an extensive wine selection.
10573 Mission Road, Leawood
Health food cafe in Mission Farms with a bar that serves raw, cold-pressed juice and smoothies, plus local coffee, kombucha, wine and beer.
322 Southwest Blvd., Suite 100
Evolve, a cold-pressed juice shop and cafe in the Crossroads, sells meals to go made with ingredients such as grass-fed beef, all-natural chicken, organic produce and cage-free eggs. Snacks include trail mix and Paleo protein balls.
811 W. 17th St.
Coffee and soda are served at Goat Hill, a tiny shop in the former Little Freshie space on the West Side. The menu features pour-overs, chai, cider and Little Freshie sodas in flavors such as Blackberry Lavender and Spicy Ginger Fizz.
3834 Main St.
Pizza by the slice is the specialty at Haha’s, a midtown ‘za shop that also serves wings and gyros.
22 N. Main St., Liberty
Hammerhand, a new coffee shop in historic downtown Liberty, serves specialty coffee by small-batch roasters and pastries from Sasha’s Baking Co. Try the spiced caramel latte, a sweet and spicy drink made with caramel, cinnamon, ginger, cardamom and cloves.
13657 Washington St.
South Kansas City’s Lukas Wine & Spirits Superstore recently opened an adjoining tavern that serves cold beer alongside hot dogs, burgers, brats and pub chips.
1501 Grand Blvd.
Coming soon: a wood-fired pizzeria and bar just south of the Sprint Center. HomeSlice Pizza & Pints, in the former Dukes on Grand/Downtown Pizza space, is under construction and scheduled to open next month. The owners also plan to build a rooftop deck by springtime.
401 Westport Road
Coming soon to Westport: a craft beer bar and restaurant that serves Missouri- and Kansas-brewed beers. HopCat, a national chain, will have 130 beer taps, a rooftop deck and a comfort food-focused menu with burgers, pulled pork sandwiches and fish and chips. HopCat aims to be open by the end of 2016.
54 E. 14th St.
Fresh baked cookie chain Insomnia Cookies has added a second location in Kansas City. The new shop in the Power & Light District sells a variety of flavors, including chocolate chunk, Snickerdoodles, chocolate peanut butter cup, and S’mores Deluxe. It also offers delivery in the area from 10 a.m. to 3 a.m. daily.
4821 W. Sixth St., Lawrence
New American cuisine is the specialty at J. Wilson’s, formerly known as Mariscos Restaurant. J. Wilson’s serves hearty comfort food fare such as brisket grilled cheese sandwiches, shrimp and grits, steaks and beignets served with brûléed bananas.
1540 Wakarusa Drive, Lawrence
The west Lawrence location of this chain serves burgers, wings and oysters. There’s a different drink and food special every day. Want to leave your mark on the place? Write your name on a dollar and tack it to the wall.
1008 Massachusetts St., Lawrence
Westport’s Jerusalem Cafe recently expanded to downtown Lawrence. The Greek and Mediterranean menu features hummus, falafel, Greek salad, gyros and kabobs.
Just Juice Baby
1607 W. 39th St.
Midtown juice shop that serves fresh cold-press juices, smoothies and protein shakes. Just Juice Baby also sells house-made sweets such as chocolate bars and gummy bears.
520 Walnut St.
Kansas City Taco Co. is moving from Gambal’s Social Club in Westport to the River Market in mid- to late November. The Mexican-inspired menu features a variety of tacos, from Thai chili shrimp to Mojo chicken to avocado and bean.
3906 Waddell Ave.
Pizzeria that serves brick oven pies alongside pasta, hoagies and ribs. The menu has many vegan and gluten-free options, and the full bar boasts a large selection of locally brewed craft beers.
5932 Prospect Ave.
Soul food is served for breakfast, lunch and dinner at King’s Table, which opened over the summer. Menu items include smoked burgers, country fried steak, catfish fillet dinners, lasagna, meatloaf and mac and cheese.
Coming soon to midtown: a ramen restaurant from Erik Borger, owner of the Il Lazzarone authentic Neapolitan pizzerias in River Market and St. Joseph. Komatsu Ramen occupies the former Open Fire Wood Burning Pizza space.
301 S.E. Douglas St., Lee’s Summit
Celtic restaurant and pub that serves beer and whiskey alongside pub pretzels, burgers, fish & chips, pot roast and shepherd’s pie.
506M S.E. Missouri 291, Suite A, Lee’s Summit
Longboards now has a location in Lee’s Summit. The locally owned chain is known for burrito-style grilled wraps served with house-made sauces, noodle bowls and Hawaiian sliders.
18201 Bass Pro Drive, Independence
This Mexican restaurant with “coastal hacienda architecture” aims for a vacation vibe. The menu features fajita chicken enchiladas, mahi mahi tacos, brisket tacos, cheeseburger burritos, tequila lime chicken salad, tortilla soup and sweet corn tamale cakes. On Fridays and Saturdays, there’s a roving mariachi band.
1016 Massachusetts St., Lawrence
Caribbean-themed casual cafe and beer bar with a beachy patio and occasional live reggae. The menu features jerk chicken, curry goat, and fried plantain cups overflowing with black beans, mango and avocado.
4800 E. Bannister Road
Grain Valley’s popular Valley Broasters restaurant recently relocated to south Kansas City and changed its name to Manila Bay Ihaw-Ihaw to reflect the Filipino specialties on the menu, which features broasted chicken as well as noodle dishes and egg rolls.
10695 Roe Ave., Overland Park
Waldo’s McLain’s Bakery recently added a location just north of Interstate 435. McLain’s Market serves the sticky buns, croissants and blueberry muffins that the bakery is known for. Its expanded menu also features quiche, wraps, sandwiches, coffee and beer.
3600 Broadway, Suite 105
Ethiopian and Caribbean cuisines are the specialties at Mesob, which offers several options for vegans. The full bar serves wine, beer and specialty cocktails such as the Stormy Baron, which mixes spiced rum with ginger beer and lime juice.
12627 Metcalf Ave., Overland Park
Minsky’s, a locally owned gourmet pizza chain, recently added a location in Overland Park. In addition to customizable pies, the pizzeria serves jumbo wings, cheese breadsticks, salads and sandwiches such as a turkey Reuben topped with sauerkraut, Thousand Island dressing and melted Swiss.
1912 Star Drive, Suite A&B, Liberty
Washington-based MOD Pizza now has a location in the Shoppes at Liberty Triangle. MOD offers made-to-order artisan pies baked fast (as in, three minutes) with the customer’s choice of more than 30 toppings. Try the Caspian, a specialty pizza topped with mozzarella cheese, barbecue chicken, Gorgonzola cheese and sliced red onions.
14967 W. 119th St., Olathe
Healthy versions of mainstream favorites (think turkey tacos, sweet potato fries and Tex Mex fajita wraps) are the specialty at Muscle Maker Grill, a chain for fitness enthusiasts that recently added an Olathe outpost. Many options are vegetarian, gluten-free or low-carb.
7531 Wornall Road
Lee’s Summit’s popular Neighborhood Cafe recently added a second location in Waldo. The cafe serves breakfast all day and is famous for cinnamon rolls. The menu also features dinner skillets, biscuits and gravy, hoagies, burgers and a BLT topped with a fried egg.
4661 S. Cochise Court, Independence
Old Chicago, a chain known for made-from-scratch pizza and a wide selection of craft beer, recently added a location in Independence. Try the Italian nachos, deep-dish pizza and the hot artichoke dip.
221 Southwest Blvd.
A board game cafe where customers indulge their competitive sides with games — everything from chess to Risk and Dungeons & Dragons. Pawn & Pint, which opened late last month, serves snacks and nonalcoholic drinks. The owners are working on a kitchen and a liquor license.
11875 W. 95th St. and 6455 W. 135th St., Overland Park
Pizzeria Locale, a Colorado-based pizza chain in partnership with Chipotle, recently added two locations in Overland Park: one near Oak Park Mall and one in Corbin Park. The menu features Neapolitan-style pies, salads, local beers and Italian wine on tap. Try the Crudo pizza, topped with tomato sauce, mozzarella, prosciutto, Parmesan and arugula.
1111 Main St., Suite 120
Plowboys Barbeque has relocated and expanded in downtown Kansas City’s Town Pavilion. The larger kitchen means an expanded menu: In addition to its popular pulled pork nachos, Plowboys now serves ribs and burnt ends daily. The restaurant also has a full bar that serves craft beer.
1345 Main St.
Coming soon to the Power & Light District: Las Vegas-based Protein House, which serves nutrient-dense “fit food” such as salads, smoothies, protein pancakes and bowls, has a new location under construction in the former Genghis Grill space.
7501 W. 135th St., Overland Park
Raising Cane’s, a chain of fast-food restaurants known for chicken fingers, Texas toast, coleslaw and crinkle-cut fries, recently added a fourth KC-area location in south Overland Park. It’s also open in Westport, Lawrence and Blue Springs.
6324 Brookside Plaza
Coming soon to Brookside: a second location for Leawood’s Red Door Woodfired Grill, an upscale casual restaurant known for wood-fired burgers, salmon, fried chicken and creative twists on the Moscow Mule cocktail. The new Red Door occupies the former Blue Grotto space.
13505 Metcalf Ave., Overland Park
Oklahoma-based Hal Smith Restaurants recently added a Redrock Canyon Grill in Corbin Park. The restaurant boasts a large bar and serves wood-fired rotisserie chicken, rib-eye steaks, pork chops, enchiladas, Key Lime pie and iron skillet cornbread.
Roma Italian Restaurant
211 N.W. Barry Road
Located in a former Pizza Hut, Roma Italian Restaurant serves saucy specialties with amore. The menu features lobster ravioli, lasagna, manicotti and pizza.
1521 Grand Blvd.
Cozy Crossroads tavern with “gritty glamour” that serves handcrafted cocktails, small plates such as lamb meatballs and marinated olives, beer, wine and champagne. SoT stands for south of Truman Road.
7355 Leavenworth Road, Kansas City, Kan.
Sandwich Pimp, which Gee Black started as a bright purple food truck in 2013, moved to a new brick-and-mortar location over the summer. The building is bright yellow, orange and red. Breakfast is served from 6 to 11 a.m. daily and includes breakfast wraps, chicken and waffles, pancakes and French toast.
1000 W. 25th St.
The owners of Uncommon Stock, a carry-out soup business, recently added a deli that serves Jewish, German and Italian specialties. Pastrami and cold beer are staples.
Coming soon to the former Board of Trade building: a 14,000-square-foot steakhouse from Bread & Butter Concepts, the company that owns Gram & Dun and BRGR Kitchen + Bar. Stock Hill Kansas City Steakhouse, scheduled to open this fall, will serve Midwestern beef as well as classic dishes from France, Italy and Argentina.
1110 E. Santa Fe St., Olathe
Locally owned fast-food joint specializing in chicken strips, pork burgers, crinkle-cut fries, sweet potato tots and hot cake doughnuts with toppings such as lemon zest, Snickers pieces and bacon.
4130 Pennsylvania Ave.
Coming soon to Westport: A new location for Sweet Siam, a Thai restaurant that previously operated in Lenexa. Sweet Siam is located in the former Thai Place spot. When it opens, it will serve spicy coconut soup, Pad Thai, pineapple fried rice, curries, spicy eggplant stir-fry and barbecue chicken.
7206 W. 119th St., Overland Park
Szechuan Dynasty, a family-owned Chinese restaurant that serves spicy specialties from China’s Sichuan province, has moved from Olathe to Overland Park. Heat seekers should try the Chung King spicy beef, fish in Sichuan chili sauce or the Mao-Cai Fire Pot.
4872 W. 119th St., Leawood
Shawnee’s The Dessertery has added a pop-up sweets shop in Town Center Plaza. Offerings include champagne cake, chess cake, coffee drinks, sipping chocolate and gluten-free desserts.
239 Elm St., Lawrence
Quaint cafe in north Lawrence that serves breakfast, brunch and lunch. For breakfast, try the apple crisp French toast ($8), stuffed with baked apples and topped with streusel. Lunch is all about sandwiches — Reubens, Cubans, clubs — but the Levee also serves Salvadoran pupusas, handmade corn tortillas stuffed with beans, vegan cheese and veggies.
2000 Grand Blvd.
Classic American grill and bar that serves gourmet burgers, salads and entrees such as cedar plank salmon in a comfortable yet elegant dining room with sweeping views of downtown Kansas City. Upstairs, there’s a lounge with a full bar, wood paneling and comfy seating.
123 S.E. Third St., Lee’s Summit
A new bar in a historic building in downtown Lee’s Summit that serves upscale comfort food such as fried chicken, pot pie, barbecue shrimp and grits and a 42-ounce bone-in rib-eye steak. The bar serves cocktails and wine and boasts 24 craft beers on tap and 50 more in bottles.
6027A Metcalf Ave., Mission
Wisconsin-based Toppers Pizza added a location in Mission Crossing in June. The pies there are made with fresh, hand-stretched dough and served with the customer’s choice of 16 dipping sauces. Try the best-selling Loaded Tot-zza, with ranch sauce, mozzarella cheese, tater tots, bacon and green onions with drizzles of nacho cheese.
Joyce Smith, Jill Silva and Scott Canon contributed to this report.