Looking for a New Dining Experience this Restaurant Week?

By | January 13, 2014 at 9:14 am | No comments | Restaurant Events, Restaurants + Bars | Tags: , ,

We all have our favorite local hangouts and eateries that we frequent to the point the wait-staff know your anniversary and kid’s birthday maybe even better than you do.  These places are great, they are the neighborhood establishments that make dining out comfortable and enjoyable.  However, for the 10 days that are Restaurant Week, we encourage you get outside that comfort zone and try somewhere new, somewhere that you possibly have not even heard of.  This is your opportunity to see what is beyond your neighborhood eatery with the amazing Panini’s, juicy burgers, or the pizza place you go when you can’t think of an alternative.

In the spirit of broadening our horizons, here are a few of the restaurants participating in this year’s Restaurant Week that you may never have heard of or been to, but should strongly consider trying out.

Affare – Downtown / Crossroads

Winner of the Pitch’s 2012 “Best New Restaurant” and a James Beard nominee, Affare serves contemporary German cuisine including small plates and appetizers.  Their focus is on using all natural, farm fresh, seasonal food from local producers.

The Corner Restaurant – Westport

After decades as a Westport breakfast hotspot, the old Corner Restaurant closed in 2010 to be reopened by new owners in early 2013 and is serving classic Americana home-style cooking while offering a diverse cocktail, wine, and craft beer menu.

The Jacobson – Downtown / Crossroads

The Jacobson, or simply “The J” as it’s known to many downtowners is an intimate and yet modern eatery located in the Crossroads district.  Focusing on flavors of the Midwest, the Jacobson offers a unique combination of eating, drinking, and socializing.

Louie’s Wine Dive – Waldo

With tremendous food and an extensive wine selection, Louie’s has thrived since it’s opening in Waldo last year.  This neighborhood hotspot features live music on the weekend’s and a quirky yet comfortable atmosphere.

Marv’s Delicatessen – Leawood / Park Place

Most people will say a sandwich is a sandwich and a deli is a deli.  Those people are the type who have never had a truly amazing sandwich or been to a deli where the meats have you dreaming about them during your 3pm staff meeting.

Milano Italian Dining – Crown Center

Located in Crown Center you may have seen the large glass façade of Milano driving past the landmark shopping center, but if you didn’t know what you were looking for you may have never noticed this Italian eatery overlooking the Crown Center plaza and fountains.

Osteria Il Centro – South Plaza Area

Tucked away in an unassuming building just south of the Plaza, Osteria Il Centro has been voted one of the best restaurant values and great date night destinations in the area.  This upscale yet casual Italian bistro has also had a Wine Spectator Best of Award of Excellence for their 1,100 bottle wine list.

Providence New American Kitchen – Downtown

Remodeled and reenergized in the last few years, Providence is located adjacent to the Drum Room in the President Hotel.  Serving contemporary American cuisine, this is a good spot to grab a drink or bite of food before or after a downtown event if you want to avoid the masses immediately surrounding the Sprint Center.

Remedy Food & Drink – Waldo

Located in the spot previously occupied by long-standing Waldo favorite Kennedy’s, Remedy has brought the American Gastropub to Waldo.  Chef Max Watson shows off his twist on contemporary American cuisine at this lively and hip Waldo hotspot.

Taco Republic – Roeland Park

The 4th location in the ever expanding Bread & Butter Concepts empire, Taco Republic opened last fall across the street from Oklahoma Joes at 47th and Mission.  Joining its fellow eateries Gram & Dun, BRGR, and Urban Table in offering Kansas City diners another place to enjoy good food and great company. Serving Mexican-style street food with a focus on quality found in few other places, Taco Republic is quickly making a name for itself around town.

The Westside Local – Westside of Downtown

Wowing customers with terrific food focusing on locally sourced products since their opening, The Westside Local has become a destination on the west side of Downtown.  Their passion for the farm to table experience and support of local businesses has garnered this establishment the loyalty rarely seen from a customer base.


To see a full list of restaurants participating in the 2014 KC Restaurant Week, click here. 


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