Ink Food & Drink

Dining guide: 54 new restaurants in the KC area

Here’s a taste of some recent and coming additions to the Kansas City food scene.

Berbiglia’s Roost

8725 Metcalf Ave. in Overland Park

Coming soon: an Overland Park restaurant specializing in fried chicken and barbecue. Berbiglia’s Roost, set to open in July, will also serve catfish, steaks, veggie burgers and fried fruit pies. The restaurant will have a full bar.

Betty Rae’s Ice Cream

7140 Wornall Road

House-made ice cream is the specialty at this locally owned Waldo scoop shop, which churns up flavors such as cookies and cream, cantaloupe, jasmine green tea, brown butter and pineapple-Thai basil. Betty Rae’s also serves shakes, sundaes, floats and baked goods.

Bistro 913

7702 W. Shawnee Mission Parkway in Overland Park

Bistro 913 serves Vietnamese pho, bun, curry and banh mi sandwiches alongside Hawaiian pork belly sliders and teriyaki chicken.

Boulevard Brewing Visitor Center

2534 Madison

Coming soon to Boulevard Brewing Co.: A new visitor center with a tasting room and retail shop on the first floor, and a beer hall on the second floor. The beer hall will serve Boulevard brews and a limited selection of food. The visitor center is expected to open this summer.

Brewery Emperial

1829 Oak

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.

Bun Mee Phan

4244 N. Oak Trafficway

A family-owned Vietnamese deli that serves banh mi sandwiches (which can also be ordered as tacos) as well as noodle bowls, pandan waffles and boba tea. Bun Mee Phan offers several options for customers who follow vegetarian or gluten-free diets.

Cacao Restaurante

5200 W. 95th St. in Prairie Village

Fresh Mexican food — not Tex-Mex — is the focus at Cacao, a new restaurant from the owners of Frida’s Contemporary Mexican Cuisine in Overland Park and Ixtapa Mexican Cuisine in Kansas City. Executive chef Sonia Montero Villanueva’s menu features cactus salad, carnitas tacos, chiles relleno, mango ice cream and more.

Cafe Europa Union Hill

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 in September, will be located in the new McGee Building at 30th and Gillham Road.

Chip’s Candy Factory

18801 E. 39th St. in Independence

A bulk candy store in Independence Center that sells everything from chocolate M&Ms to jumbo gummy bears, wax mustaches and jelly beans in every flavor. Chip’s Candy Factory’s original location is in Crown Center.

Colony Espresso & Beer Co.

312 Armour Road in North Kansas City

A community-minded coffee shop and beer bar that serves craft beverages from across the country. Colony’s list of coffee suppliers includes local roasters such as Oddly Correct and Thou Mayest as well as Stumptown from Portland, Ore., and Four Barrel Coffee from San Francisco. And the craft beer list is just as diverse.

Crane Brewing Co.

6515 Railroad St. in Raytown

A 15-barrel production brewery specializing in Belgian-style saisons and sour styles. Try the hoppy and aromatic Farmhouse IPA or the refreshingly tart Grapefruit Gose. Crane recently added a taproom; follow @CraneBrewing on Twitter for updates on the beer list.

Decadent — A Coffee and Dessert Bar

5601 W. 135th St., Suite 2220, in Overland Park

This new fast-casual dessert shop from the owner of the Smallcakes Cupcakery chain serves beautifully plated chef-style desserts alongside grab-and-go options such as house-made ice cream, cookies, cupcakes, cinnamon rolls and croissants. Try the lattes, made with Parisi coffee, and the skillet chocolate chip cookie ($6), a warm cookie served in a hot skillet with a scoop of vanilla bean ice cream, hot fudge sauce and caramel.

Doughnut Lounge

4117 Pennsylvania Ave.

Westport’s new doughnut shop doubles as a bar that serves beer, wine and cocktails such as the Signet (whiskey, vermouth and bitters). Doughnut Lounge offers classic glazed doughnuts as well as signature flavors such as maple bacon, lemon ricotta and caramel apple. The shop also serves savory “noduts” entrees such as the Fried Chicken, a glazed doughnut topped with fried chicken and honey-garlic-chili hot sauce.

Empire Bar & Billiards

925 Iowa St. in Lawrence

A pool players’ hangout with 17 tables plus darts, Golden Tee and pinball. Empire, which is in the former Pool Room space, also has a food stand called Crepes & Taters that sells sweet and savory crepes, fries, burgers and wings. The bar serves cheap beer: PBR pitchers are $3.75 Friday through Sunday.

Enjoy Pure Food & Drink

10573 Mission Road in Leawood

This self-described “health-driven restaurant” serves nourishing, veggie-heavy bowls and salads as well as organic cold-pressed juice and locally brewed kombucha, a fizzy fermented tea drink. The menu also features wraps such as the Mexacali Cool — organic chicken, avocado, cheddar, cilantro-hemp seed pesto and Mexican coleslaw bundled in a tortilla.

Estrella Azul

A Mexican food truck that serves tacos al pastor, quesadillas, burritos and chilaquiles verdes. Estrella Azul often parks in the Hospital Hill area around lunchtime; follow the Facebook page for location and menu updates.

Fork to Fender

1447 W. 23rd St. in Lawrence

A chef-driven community food hub founded by the owners of Torched Goodness, a food truck that serves torched-to-order crème brûlée. Fork to Fender often hosts guest chefs who run other area food trucks. The regular menu features barbecue, meatballs, gourmet hot dogs, gin-spiked lemonade, locally roasted coffee and options for vegetarians and vegans.

Goodcents Deli Fresh Subs

2915 Trailhead Drive in Leavenworth

10450 S. Ridgeview Road in Olathe

De Soto-based Goodcents Deli Fresh Subs will debut its new design at locations in Leavenworth and Olathe this summer. The sandwich shops will feature butcher block walls, digital menu boards, self-ordering kiosks and expanded drink selections (bottled sodas, energy drinks and teas).

Grimaldi’s Pizzeria

5601 W. 135th St. in Overland Park

New to Overland Park’s Prairiefire development: The first Kansas City-area location for Grimaldi’s Coal Brick-Oven Pizzeria, which serves hand-tossed, New York-style pies as well as calzones, salads, cannoli and tiramisu.

Gus’s World Famous Fried Chicken

2816 W. 47th Ave. in Kansas City, Kan.

Gus’s World Famous Fried Chicken, a soul food chain that originated in Memphis, recently expanded to the metro with a location in KCK. The “famous” fried chicken is fried in peanut oil and gets its spicy kick from cayenne pepper.

JB’s Tacos

A Lawrence-based food truck specializing in tacos. The menu changes often, but the signature tacos cost $2 and are filled with ground beef, potato, tomatillo-guacamole salsa, tomatoes and cheese. Follow JB’s Tacos on Facebook for updates on location.


1540 Wakarusa Drive in Lawrence

Jefferson’s, a chain known for wings, burgers and oysters, has added a second location in Lawrence. The new Jefferson’s is on the west side in the former Legends space. The menu is all about over-the-top bar food: fried pickles, loaded nachos, cheese fries and wings with 20 different sauces, from sweet teriyaki to scorching-hot Afterburner.

Kansas City Kitchen & Pizzeria

3906 Waddell Ave.

The former Nichols Lunch space in midtown is now home to Kansas City Kitchen & Pizzeria, a restaurant that serves pizzas baked in a brick oven alongside wings, hoagies, salads and snacks such as sweet potato fries and jalapeno poppers. Try the KC Kitchen pizza, topped with barbecue sauce, pulled pork and red onion.


1513 Grand Blvd.

Thai and Lao cuisine is the specialty at Kokothai, located just south of the Sprint Center. The menu features red curry chicken, Thai crab rangoons, salmon spring rolls, fresh noodles and hot and sour soup. Many of the dishes are inspired by chef/owner Steve Srivisay’s family recipes and travels through southeast Asia.

Komatsu Ramen

3951 Broadway

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, scheduled to open in mid-July, occupies the former Open Fire Wood Burning Pizza space.

Krokstrom Klubb & Market

3601 Broadway

Chef Katee McLean shares food inspired by her Scandinavian heritage at Krokstrom Klubb & Market. The menu features charcuterie boards and small plates made with game meats, herring, smoked trout, pickled eggs and lingonberries. Drinks include glogg, ice wine and mead.

Leinenkugel’s Kansas City

1323 Walnut St.

Wisconsin’s Jacob Leinenkugel Brewing Co. recently opened a 6,000-square-foot flagship restaurant and bar in the Power & Light District. The bar boasts 16 beers on tap and 30 in bottles; the German- and Wisconsin-inspired menu includes Reuben bratwurst, barbecue brisket burgers and Berry Weiss beer floats.

Little Piggy

3014 Southwest Blvd.

A food truck hub anchored by Red Wattle, which serves nose-to-tail, charcoal pit-roasted meats from a 1953 aluminum RV. The truck lineup changes often, but regulars include El Tenedor, which serves Spanish tapas and paella; Pie Hole, specializing in Australian meat pies; and Wilma’s, known for experimental comfort food such as meatloaf sliders and fried grits.

Lucky Boys

1615 Genessee St.

A comfortable dive bar in the West Bottoms with wood paneling, a velvet Elvis painting on the wall, retro swivel chairs and a pool table. The bar serves four beers on tap and offers no drink menu — just tell the bartender what you want. There’s also a short food menu with a killer Louisville hot chicken sandwich.


3504 N. Belt Highway in St. Joseph

A futuristic McDonald’s is set to open this summer in St. Joseph. The 6,500-square-foot fast food restaurant will be one of the largest in the region, and one of the first of its kind in the country. Picture couches, arm chairs, kiosks where customers order customizeable burgers and desserts and a play area with tabletop video games. All-you-can-eat fries will also be available — but only for a limited time.

Meatball District Kitchen & Bar

1806  1/2 W. 39th St.

A bar and restaurant that serves all kinds of meatballs — beef, pork, chicken and veggie — with sides such as pizza fries and mac and cheese bites. During happy hour (4-6 p.m. Monday through Friday), Coors Light is $1, sangria is $2 and appetizers are $3.

Meshuggah Bagels

1208 W. 39th St.

New York-style bagels are the bread and butter of Meshuggah Bagels. Meshuggah, which means “crazy” in Yiddish, serves bagels that are boiled before baking. The process produces certified-kosher bagels that are crusty on the outside, soft and chewy inside.

Minsky’s Pizza Cafe & Bar

3063 Southwest Blvd.

12627 Metcalf Ave. in Overland Park

Minsky’s, which recently celebrated 40 years in business, has added pizzerias in Kansas City and in Overland Park’s Metcalf 127 shopping center. Try the baked cream cheese pesto dip, the meatball grinder or the Prime Cut pizza, topped with pepperoni, sausage, hamburger and bacon strips.

Moon Wok

12251 W. 87th St. in Lenexa

Chinese food made with healthy ingredients such as brown rice, fresh vegetables and white chicken meat is on the menu at Moon Wok. The restaurant offers several gluten-free options, such as steamed shrimp with mixed vegetables.

No Other Pub

1370 Grand Blvd.

New to the Power & Light District: Sporting Kansas City’s flagship restaurant and bar, No Other Pub. The sports mecca is in a 21,000-square-foot space and features a 10-by-15-foot video wall, a taco stand and lots of games, from pool and darts to pingpong, shuffleboard and bowling. The menu features Thai chili chicken wings, smashed avocado dip and barbecue chicken flatbread.

Ollie’s Local

3044 Gillham Road

Ollie’s Local, a classic neighborhood bar on Martini Corner, serves American food such as wings, chili cheese fries and BLTs alongside beer, wine and cocktails. The bar also serves house-made punch from big bowls and cocktails on tap. Try the Horsefeather, a batch cocktail that mixes spicy ginger with Kansas City’s own J. Rieger & Co. whiskey.

Pie Five Pizza Co.

2500 Iowa St. in Lawrence

Pie Five Pizza Co., which has several locations in the Kansas City area, recently expanded to Lawrence. The pizza chain is known for personal pies baked to order in about two minutes. Choose from four crusts (artisan thin, handcrafted pan, whole grain thin and gluten-free) and a wide range of toppings, cheeses and sauces. Pie Five also serves huge salads in bowls made of pizza crust.

Pizzeria Locale

11149 W. 95th St. in Overland Park

Colorado-based Pizzeria Locale expanded to Kansas City’s Waldo neighborhood in 2015. In 2016, the fast casual concept will add another Pizzeria Locale in Oak Park Mall. Try the Diavola, an 11-inch pie with a soft, chewy crust topped with smoked mozzarella, pepperoni, basil and chili flakes.

Plowboys Barbeque

1111 Main St.

Plowboys, a barbecue joint with locations in Blue Springs and Kansas City, is expanding its downtown location by taking over the former Ingredient space in the Town Pavilion. The new Plowboys is scheduled to open in early September. Try the BBQ nachos, house-made tortilla chips topped with cheese sauce, sour cream, jalapenos and your choice of meat (go for the pulled pork).

Port Fonda

900 New Hampshire St. in Lawrence

Port Fonda, a modern Mexican restaurant in Westport known for chimichangas, chilaquiles and mezcal-laced margaritas, added a second location in downtown Lawrence. Try the potent Port Fonda Colada ($12), a tequila-spiked play on the pina colada with a chili-brown sugar rim.

Qdoba Mexican Eats

515 Westport Road

New to Westport: A Qdoba Mexican Eats restaurant with a full bar that serves margaritas, mixed drinks, craft beer and wine. Qdoba, known for quick-serve tacos, burritos, bowls and nachos, also has locations at 9300 N.E. Barry Road and 6350 Johnson Drive in Mission.

Raising Cane’s Chicken Fingers

4040 Mill St. in Westport, 1000 N.E. Coronado Drive in Blue Springs and 2435 Iowa St. in Lawrence

Raising Cane’s, a Louisiana-based fried chicken chain, is expanding to the Kansas City area soon with locations in Westport and Blue Springs. A location in Lawrence already opened, and another is in the works at 135th and Riley Streets in Overland Park. In addition to fresh (never frozen) fried chicken strips, Raising Cane’s is known for crinkle-cut fries, coleslaw and Texas toast.

Red Door Woodfired Grill

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 is scheduled to open in November in the former Blue Grotto space.

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.

Ruins Pub

1715 Main St.

Modeled after popular “ruins pubs” in Budapest, Hungary — bars built in abandoned buildings — Kansas City’s Ruins Pub offers eclectic decor (check out the VW bus with Mickey Mouse graffiti) and an electronic self-serve beer bar with 40 taps. The menu features street tacos, sausages, soups, salads and Hungarian specialties such as goulash, hearty stew flavored with paprika.

Shio Ramen Shop

3605 Broadway

House-made noodles and broth are the specialty at Shio Ramen Shop, a chef-driven spot open for dinner Tuesday through Saturday. Try the Shio ramen ($12), chicken dashi broth with sea salt, pork belly, egg, scallions, black garlic oil, bamboo shoots and nori.


1000 W. 25th St.

Coming soon: The owners of Uncommon Stock, a carry-out soup business, are adding a deli that serves Jewish, German and Italian specialties. Pastrami and cold beer will be staples.

Stock Hill Kansas City Steakhouse

4800 Main

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 in November, will serve Midwestern beef as well as classic dishes from France, Italy and Argentina.

Stockyards Brewing Co.

1600 Genessee St. #100

New to the West Bottoms: Stockyards Brewing Co., a 15-barrel production brewery and taproom in the former Golden Ox steakhouse. Beers include Hefeweizen, Saison and Golden Alt, brewed with German Opal hops.

The Myers Hotel Bar

220 S. Main St. in Tonganoxie

The Myers Hotel Bar serves craft cocktails, beer, wine and RC Cola in a 137-year-old hotel that’s currently under renovation. The cocktails are made with fresh juices and shrubs. Try the Maple Rhubarb Manhattan or the Sweet Earth, which mixes fresh beet juice with gin and passion fruit juice. Tonganoxie is a half-hour drive west of Kansas City.

The Philly Express

Nebraska-based PepperJax Grill recently rolled out a food truck in Kansas City. The Philly Express serves Philly cheesesteak sandwiches, fries and drinks. Follow the truck’s whereabouts on Twitter (@PJaxExpress) or on Facebook.

Tom’s Town Distilling Co.

1701 Main St.

A distillery on the Kansas City streetcar line with an art deco-style tasting room that serves house-distilled bourbon, gin and vodka drinks. The tasting room also has a menu of small plates that includes roasted beet hummus, charcuterie and smoked trout cakes.

Unwind Bistro & Boutique

108 W. Cedar St. in Olathe

This locally owned cafe serves lunch and small plates in a homey space that also offers a boutique area and art classes. The menu features chicken salad sandwiches, quiche, salad and dips such as spinach-artichoke and hummus.


2035 N. 109th St. in Kansas City, Kan.

Zaxby’s, a Georgia-based fast-food chain that serves chicken fingers, wings and sandwiches alongside crinkle-cut fries, Texas toast, spicy fried mushrooms and a variety of dipping sauces, recently expanded to the metro with a location in KCK. More Zaxby’s locations are planned for Overland Park, Olathe and Lawrence.

Joyce Smith, Jill Silva and Lisa Gutierrez contributed to this report.