Only a few days of 2015 Kansas City Restaurant Week remain! Guest blogger Adam Schaumburg of Yelp Kansas City returns with his list of still-can’t-miss spots before #KCRW2015 comes to a close.
We are well into KC Restaurant Week and the buzz has cranked up to 11 for some spots around town. Once again, a big thank you to the 160 restaurants participating for providing us with a fun, explorative week in mid-January. It’s wonderful to constantly explore our city and support our own.
Now that we’re getting into the heart of Restaurant Week, reviews, conversations and opinions are starting to pile up. Are you a traditionalist who wants to go to the places you frequent, or are you branching out there to try those newbies in town? Whichever way that you prefer, you’re going to keep eating well this week.
I wanted to check back in with a few updates and to share the pulse on some of KC Restaurant Week’s can’t miss spots so far, just in case you need to make another reservation or two:
Jax Fish House & Oyster Bar (Plaza) Fresh oysters, fresh fish, fresh lobster. Those are all things you think of when you think of Kansas City, right? Maybe I should start thinking that way based off of what I’m hearing about this hip new spot on the west side of the Plaza. If you’ve already made your Restaurant Week plans and Jax Fish didn’t make the cut, I hear their happy hour is a fantastic alternative.
Q39 BBQ (39th Street West) If you haven’t heard the buzz building behind Rob Magee’s Q39, you might want to claim residence beneath a rock when you file your taxes. The new kid on the block continues to establish quite a name for themselves. I’ve always wondered if KC could support another big BBQ spot in town, and judging by the rave reviews of Q39, I have my answer.
Char Bar Smoked Meats & Amusements (Westport) For those of you who are attached to your New Year’s Resolutions, please skip over this section. You’ve been warned! There’s simply no willpower when it comes to taking lighter side Char Bar, another great new BBQ concept from James Westphal. The endless, tasty offerings help take the pressure off of choosing because you simply can’t go wrong. The early favorites are cheesy hushpuppies and a smoked burnt end sandwich topped with sausage.
Lidia’s (Crossroads) To the surprise of no one, Lidia’s is channeling Lorenzo Cain and absolutely knocking KC Restaurant Week out of the park. This Italian gem in the Freight House area of the Crossroads epitomizes reliability. Delicious reliability. Try the ravioli of wild boar, the signature tableside pasta and the coconut blondie.
Blue Moose (Prairie Village) I see you, Blue Moose. Blue Moose is the restaurant that is sporting the perfect tux, got the best haircut and is dropping witty one-liners during Restaurant Week. Their expansive menu is full of sophisticated pairings, ambitious offerings and choices for everyone. Plus, they’ve got a few locations so it makes it more likely that you’re going to be able to snag a reservation before KCRW is over.
As the Community Manager for Yelp Kansas City, Adam Schaumburg knows a thing or two about good food. Follow him on Twitter at @yelpkc, where he and some select KC social media superstars will live-tweet their lunch experience throughout Kansas City Restaurant Week 2015.