Kansas City Food Halls
Get your food hall fill with these local options.
The food hall trend is taking over the metro, which means it’s never been easier to stuff your face with some unique and often gourmet offerings. Oh, and you can shop at food halls, too. Make no mistake: Food halls are having a vogue moment right now. No, we’re not talking about a comeback of Sbarro and Subway at the local mall food court. Today’s food hall — the kind that’s popping up in cities across the country — is an expansive mini-market designed as a foodie paradise and boasting an amalgamation of restaurants, bars and food retail shops. Sound intriguing? Get your food hall fill with these local options.
1707 Locust St., Kansas City, MO | parlorkcmo.com
photos courtesy of parlor facebook
There’s something for everyone at Parlor, the foodie playground that opened in the heart of the Crossroads Arts District in September. This two-story building features seven independent, local restaurants that can cater to just about any flavor you’re feeling. Farm to Market Sandwich Co. offers — what else? — gourmet sandwiches (get the house-made pastrami on rye). Yaki-Ya serves savory Japanese pancakes and skewers. Providence Pizza dishes up Detroit-style slices. Vildhäst offers over-the-top Scandinavian street food. Karbon’s menu features delicious Yucatán and Turkish fusion dishes. Sura Eats gives diners a taste of Korean classics (you’ll love the kimchi fried rice bowl). And Mother Clucker delivers Nashville hot chicken.
Each floor of Parlor also features a full bar stocked with local spirits and craft beers, not to mention a dedicated cocktail list. This modern space has various seating areas and plenty of nooks and crannies for guests to huddle for meetings and share (or not share) their dishes. It also includes a four-season patio on the second floor, which looks out onto the Kansas City skyline.
Made in KC Marketplace
306 W. 47th St. Kansas City, MO | mikcmarket.com
photo courtesy of made in kc facebook
The Made in KC brand keeps growing, and the latest evidence of this local patriotism can be found at the MiKC Marketplace on the Country Club Plaza, which opened in August. While the other MiKC locations are largely gift shops offering goods from local artisans, the Marketplace merges that concept with the food hall concept.
There are several retail stations set up in the Marketplace, some permanent (such as SewKC, MADE Urban Apparel, Wonder Boy, Sandlot Goods and Christopher Elbow Chocolate) and some rotating. Shoppers can refuel with a treat from Ice Cream BAE or Aixois Creperie, get their coffee fix from the MiKC coffee bar or loosen up with something a little stiffer from the grown-up bar in the back of the Marketplace, where the cocktail menu features local spirits only and the beer list invites you to try the best seasonal taps from Kansas City breweries.
Lenexa Public Market
8750 Penrose Lane, Lenexa, KS | lenexapublicmarket.com
photo courtesy of lenexa public market facebook
Since it opened a little more than a year ago, the Lenexa Public Market has been a hit. The 11,000-square-foot food hall and market has, in that short amount of time, incubated foodie startups, held numerous cooking classes and launched local retail merchants. One of the Market’s success stories is Chewology, a restaurant that features Japanese gyoza (pan-fried dumplings — try the beef and kimchi ones) and salmon and tuna poke bowls that now have a cult following.
Another fan favorite is Red Kitchen Tamales. The restaurant prides itself on bringing authentic Mexican-style street food to Johnson County. For breakfast, you can’t lose by ordering the burrito stuffed (and we do mean stuffed) with eggs, potatoes, cheese, chorizo and tomatillo sauce. If you want a lunch you’ll remember the rest of the day, get a tortas (a sandwich made with a telera bread that’s pillow-soft on the inside and a has a thin, crunchy crust on the outside). The best part of the tortas, besides the bread, is the homemade jalapenos and pickled carrots that top the sandwich.
When you’re done feasting, check out locally-sourced honey and bee beauty products (from bees who call Fort Leavenworth home) from Next to Nature Farm, and sign up for a cooking or art class.
Upcoming Events: For holiday fun, put these two dates on your calendar: Gingerbread House cooking class for kids on Dec. 2 and the Lenexa Holiday Farmers Market on Dec. 8.
photo courtesy of Lenexa Public Market Facebook