Seafood Restaurants in East Independence

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"A computer can't understand a handshake," says Jack Schwindler, explaining why he retired after 32 years as a food broker. He missed the face-to-face aspect of the business, which diminished as technology swiftly advanced. So when he and his wife found a defunct marina on Lake Lotawana, where Jack spent his childhood, he found his calling. In 1993, Jack and his wife opened Marina Grog & Galley, and now, Jack says, "I'm shaking hands again."

Marina Grog and Galley is run by a tight-knit crew of longtime employees, including servers who have worked there since 1996. Their menu boasts dry-aged steaks from a local purveyor and fresh fish flown in from Hawaii three times a week. The smell of steaks searing over mesquite charcoal drifts out to the front driveway, creating an aroma that attracts passersby and envious traveling steak peddlers. Other specialties include baby-back ribs crafted from a recipe Jack penned when he was 21 years old, and a range of fried, boiled, and stuffed shrimp.

Every night, Jack visits with guests at the tables arranged around the dining room, which look out at the lake or a 1,500-gallon saltwater tank that houses a 48-foot living reef. Leather seats in cobalt blue comfort backs, and stone fireplaces warm the stone walls and light wood around the restaurant. Outdoor tables along the water seat up to 150 people, and on-deck fireplaces keep diners comfortable. "Something happens every night in the restaurant business," says Jack, and he doesn't want to miss a minute of it.

22 A St
Lake Lotawana,
MO
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Add some sepia tone and photo grain, and a snapshot of Hereford House could make it pass for an old Western saloon. But the photo would actually be of a modern steak house that churns out aged steaks, seafood, and ribs—the same fare that put Kansas City meat markets on the map at the turn of the century. In the dinner menu, most everything walks across the grill before being served. The steak oscar entree eschews the barriers that separate land from sea by teaming up a 6-ounce filet mignon with jumbo lump crab pilfered from crustacean birthday parties and pan-seared to perfection. Juicy tenderloin medallions come smothered in red-wine demi glace, and oven-roasted cuts of salmon arrive in pools of garlic herb butter.

30 West Pershing Road
Kansas City,
MO
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“Laissez les bon temps rouler” is a favorite saying at Jazz, a Louisiana Kitchen; translated from French, it means, “let the good times roll.” With a blend of Cajun cuisine, cold drinks, and live music, the restaurant recreates the rollicking atmosphere of New Orleans' French Quarter. In the kitchen, chefs orchestrate multiple Gulf Coast flavors in classic louisiana catfish po'boys and blackened-shrimp platters, or let simple, properly prepared oysters and broiled crawfish stand on their own. Servers draw frothy mugs of beer from local breweries CIB and Keg Creek or mix specialty cocktails and frozen daiquiris. The lively atmosphere has drawn musicians such as two-time Grammy nominee Gerald Clayton and Mr. Tambourine Man.

1823 W 39th St
Kansas City,
MO
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Start your delicious tumble down JJ's dinner menu staircase with an order of JJ's famous Paco shrimp ($13), large, meaty crustaceans bacon-twirled and deep-fried, then served with a Dijon mustard and white-wine sauce for dipping. Other enticing appetizers include seared ahi tuna ($13), wild-mushroom brioche toast ($12), and warm goat cheese with toasty crostinis ($10). Standout main courses include JJ's Pride, a 12 oz. center-cut filet rubbed with porcini mushrooms and sided with roasted garlic mashed potatoes, asparagus, and a veal demi-glace ($38), and wild boar ragu served with fettuccine ($24). When your belt is on the last hole you added with a screwdriver, ask your server to wheel the dessert tray under your nose. JJ's is also open for lunch, giving office drones a faster and easier midday escape than the tunnel they're digging beneath Accounts Payable with a plastic coffee spoon.

910 W 48th St
Kansas City,
MO
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Kato Japanese is the premier sushi and Japanese cuisine restaurant in Kansas City. Serving hibachi meals and sushi entrees, the variety of menu options is almost endless. Quality and fresh ingredients are key at Kato. Try the Shrimp Tempura or the Vegetable Bento Box for a filling, yet healthy meal. Enjoy deals on drinks, sushi and appetizers during happy hour Monday through Thursday. A full bar is available with sake, beer and wine for the enjoyment of guests. Gluten free and vegetarian meal options are available. Reservations for in-house dining are accepted, and delivery and takeout are possible with just one call. Guests can also cater their next party with Katy’s delectable sushi and other dishes. Kato Japanese is open every day for lunch and dinner, so stop by today.

6340 NW Barry Rd
Kansas City,
MO
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Take advantage of the miles of Missouri coastline and get yourself some of the freshest seafood around. Huh? The Missouri Ocean doesn’t ring a bell? No matter! If you feel like treating your taste buds to some premium seafood you won’t be disappointed by this selection. With crab cakes reminiscent of New England and delicious George’s Bank scallops always on the menu deciding on a single plate can be a struggle. Don’t forget to check out Happy Hour when $1 oysters flow in a seemingly endless supply from multiple locales around the continent. If you’ve got a sweet tooth finish off your meal with an indulgent vanilla bean crème brûlée and transport yourself to a tasty paradise.

51 E 14th St
Kansas City,
MO
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