JoyceKC Notebook: Updates on Kansas City Kitchen & Pizzeria, Estrella Azul food truck & Westport Qdoda

KC Kitchen & Pizzeria has softly opened at 3906 Waddell Ave.
KC Kitchen & Pizzeria has softly opened at 3906 Waddell Ave.

Kansas City Kitchen & Pizzeria softly opened this weekend in the former Nichols Lunch spot in midtown.

The owners — Danny Clarkson and his father, Dan Clarkson — are still tweaking the menu, but for now it includes starters such as wings, sweet potato fries and jalapeno poppers, as well as entree salads and hoagies.

The brick-oven pizzas include the KC Kitchen (with barbecue sauce, pulled pork and red onion), the Margarita (with fresh tomato, garlic, red onion, spinach and basil), and the Midtown Special (pepperoni, sausage, Canadian bacon, ground beef and bacon).

The father and son team have spent the last few weeks remodeling the restaurant at 3906 Waddell Ave., just west of Southwest Trafficway.

New food truck

Isael Herrera has introduced a new area food truck, Estrella Azul.

On the menu: Tacos al Pastor (achiote chicken or pork, marinated in a chili and pineapple sauce), carne asada taco (grilled beef), quesadillas, Burrito al Pastor, and Chilaquiles Verdes. He also has some daily specials like the Monte Cristo, which quickly sold out on Wednesday.

Herrera has mostly been setting up for weekday lunches on Hospital Hill, on Holmes just north of 25th street, but will list his locations on the food truck’s Facebook page. He also will book private events.

Westport Qdoba

The new Qdoba Mexican Eats in Westport is scheduled to open Monday at 515 Westport Road in a former parking lot that is now also home to Insomnia Cookies and Pickleman’s Gourmet Cafe.

Unlike the other two new area Qdoba locations — in Mission and the Northland near Liberty — the Westport location will have a full-service bar offering margaritas, mixed drinks, specialty cocktails, wine and craft beer. It will be the first full-service bar in a restaurant owned by the corporation. A franchisee put in a full-service bar in a Philadelphia location that opened in February.

“This is a test for Qdoba so we are seeing if it goes for that area,” said Megan Prejzner, brand manager for Qdoba.

Customers who come in on the opening day will get a free Knockout Taco. Qdoba also will celebrate Cinco de Mayo from 5 to 7 p.m. Thursday and feature a live band on its patio. The patio, overlooking Westport Road, will seat 34 people.

Joyce Smith: 816-234-4692, @JoyceKC