Mary Bloch, a Kansas City food blogger, joins us to give her thoughts on Leawood’s latest restaurant, Mestizo. For more about her other dining adventures, check out Mary’s blog, Around the Bloch.
Aaron Sanchez of the Food Network recently chose Leawood as the site of his first restaurant outside the New York City environs. In keeping with his roots (he grew up at the knee of NY acclaimed restaurateur Zarela Martinez), Mestizo features upscale Mexican fare with a flair. The contemporary interior comes alive with bright colors, red light fixtures and a funky wrought iron bar chandelier. Busy servers streak by in dark purple shirts that complement the orange chairs and booths. In the evenings, when the music is turned up and the bar is five deep with “youngsters” are on the prowl, it can be quite loud. By contrast, the lunch hour is tame and civilized. There’s also a cool looking deck on the roof, complete with fire pits and heaters. One can only imagine what it will be like on hot summer nights. Read more