New Restaurants in Kansas City
The newest restaurants opened up in Kansas City you won't want to miss out on.
$$$ | 1927 McGee Street, Kansas City, MO | novelkc.com
Maybe Novel isn’t brand spanking new like some of the other restaurants in this section, but chef Ryan Brazeal’s new location in the Crossroads, which is spitting distance from its former home in the Westside neighborhood, certainly feels like a markedly different venture. No more split-level dining or rickety stairs; opened in April, the Novel at 1927 McGee St. is spacious and bold. A mosaic of a woodland scene (designed by Kansas City artist Peregrine Honig) serves as the backdrop for a grand white marble bar, and a customized kitchen gives Brazeal and Jessica Armstrong, Novel’s pastry chef and business partner, a blank canvas for their reinvented menus.
Brazeal has expanded his dinner to include a fresh pasta section — something he has been wanting to do for years — and the highly seasonal ingredients mean that Armstrong’s imagination is free to run wild. (Don’t even get us started on the banana bourbon cream cake.)
Best bet: Take advantage of the pasta. We can’t get enough of the agnolotti stuffed with braised duck neck and foie gras, but the Asian-inspired rice noodles dish with bok choy packs some great flavors, too.
$$$ | 4743 Pennsylvania Avenue, Kansas City, MO | hogsheadkc.com
Since opening Hogshead in December 2017, chef Clark Grant , formerly executive chef at the Capital Grille in Chicago and on the Country Club Plaza, is proving to guests that there is life after corporate restaurants. Hoghead’s rustic vibe includes an open kitchen and a chef’s counter, and the spotlight is on the food.
Clark’s menu is powered by local ingredients and imaginative, meat-focused dishes (see: poutine with smoked pork cheek or the foie gras Snickers bar).
Best bet: You’re going to want the cheeseburger, which features thick-cut bacon, a local farm-fresh egg and KC Canning Co. hops pickles piled on a brioche bun. Be sure to make it a double.
$$ | 3711 SW Trafficway, Kansas City, MO | freshwaterkc.com
Freshwater was open for three months in 2017 before a fatal drunk driving accident destroyed part of the restaurant and forced its closing. Fortunately, owner and chef Calvin Davis has managed to build his dream back up from the ruins, and in May, Freshwater reopened in the same location. Davis’ hyper-local approach to his menu means that his plates change frequently with available ingredients, so you’ll never get bored here.
Best bet: Davis is determined to make fine dining affordable, and he makes his case with a 10-course tasting menu for $55 (optional beverage pairing for $25). You won’t regret this experience.
$$-$$$ | 1672 NW Chipman Road, Lee's Summit, MO | pearltavernkc.com
Fresh seafood found its way to Lee’s Summit in July, and boy oh boy, is there a lot of it. The menu goes on forever at Pearl Tavern, the latest concept from Andy Lock and Domhnall Molloy (partners in Summit Group LLC and the guys behind Summit Grill, Third Street Social and Boru Ramen Bar). Fresh fish arrives daily, bringing in catches from far-flung locales. At Pearl Tavern, you’ll have the chance to sample barramundi, monkfish, Peruvian silk snapper and so much more.
Best bet: Grab the “tavern boil” — a low country feast with shrimp, crab legs, Yukon gold potatoes, andouille sausage, corn on the cob and fresh drawn butter. Pro tip: If you’re on a budget, pop in for lunch and sample the Pearl’s “10 for $10” menu, which features a list of entrees that won’t break the bank.
The Restaurant at 1900
$$$ | 1900 Shawnee Mission Parkway, Mission Woods, KS | therestaurantat1900.com
There are so many details to love about the Restaurant at 1900. The stylish Mission Woods spot opened in April, and it’s quickly become a neighborhood favorite for lunch and dinner. Chef Linda Duerr’s seasonal menu is anchored around updated classics, and pastry chef Elizabeth Paradise has perfected the art of subtlety in her desserts. If you snag a seat in the dining room, you’ll have a special look at a quirky collection of artsy salt and pepper shakers.
Best bet: The lobster pop-tart is pure whimsy, and the lemon chiffon layer cake will put all other desserts to shame.
$$$ | 1600 Genessee Street #110, Kansas City, MO | goldenoxkc.com
Hearts broke when the Golden Ox shuttered in 2014 after 65 years in business, but thankfully, two local heroes — Jill Myers and Wes Gartner (of Voltaire and Moxie Catering) — resurrected this landmark West Bottoms steakhouse this year, and we’ve never been more in love. The kitsch and classic chophouse vibe has been given a gentle facelift by Myers and Gartner, and you can indulge your nostalgia for Kansas City’s cow-town legacy with a variety of cuts, plus classic steakhouse items such as a shrimp cocktail, onion rings and a loaded baked potato.
Best bet: The Sunday special is a prime rib dinner.
Silo Modern Farmhouse
$$ | 18145 W 87th St Pkwy, Lenexa, KS | silocanyonfarms.com
The premise may seem a little confusing – a restaurant that’s inside a private country club (Canyon Farm) yet it’s open to the public. We suggest you don’t overthink it and hit up the brand-new Silo in Lenexa for some serious chow time that has no hint of being a golfers’ bro bar. The theme of Silo’s menu is upscale farmhouse with an emphasis on locally sourced ingredients and with entrees like the Berkshire pork ragu and oregano gnocchi it more than lives up to its billing of elevated comfort food.
Best Bet: The sublime 32-layer chocolate cake which resembles a silo and tastes like a dream.