The Grand Street Café dazzles diners with creative, tasty, contemporary American fare compiled from fresh, quality ingredients, all of which are pulled from overturned top hats by on-site magicians. Treat a deserving tongue to a wide array of options on the dinner menu. Prime the palate with the white-cheddar fondue, which arrives with Granny Smith apple quarters and Bavarian pretzels poised for dunking ($6). Scratch a gastronomically green itch with a tender family of baby greens, avocado, egg, tomato, cheese, artichoke hearts, hot mustard, and balsamic vinaigrette that nurtures an orphaned fried-coconut chicken in Bill's Chicken Salad ($11). One of the restaurant's signature entrees is the bone-in pork chop, which is brined and marinated and adorned with apple-pecan compote, green beans, herb-whipped potatoes, and ham-hock sauce ($13–$20). If brunch beseeches you, choose a main dish ($14.95) such as the eggy, cheesy, beany, and chorizo-ish huevos rancheros, and head to the included appetizer buffet to grab a snack while your stomach contemplates the pros and cons of being full.
When Joe Zwillenberg bought Westport Flea Market Bar & Grill, he preserved "an irreplaceable piece of the city's character," according to the Pitch, which dubbed him Kansas City's Best Local Hero in 2006. Thanks to Joe, the close to 30-year-old establishment—which had been marked for takeover by a national chain—is still churning out its famous 10-ounce burgers today. Made with ground Prime cuts of Kansas City strip steak and fillet from McGonigle's Market, the hearty handhelds earned CityVoter's Best Burger awards in 2008 and 2009 and were featured on Food Network's Meat & Potatoes in 2010. Diners can customize each time-honored patty with onions, pickles, or shredded historical documents from the condiments table.
The eatery—which is nestled within a bustling flea market—also offers 44 beers on tap, live music, and a game room with pool tables, foosball, and an arcade. It is also the home of the Tiger Club of Kansas City's weekly luncheons, which boast high-profile speakers from the world of sports.
Featured on Food Network’s Heat Seekers for its fiery pad thai chicken, Zagat-rated Thai Place Restaurant has been bathing traditional family recipes in spices ranging from mild to sweltering hot for more than two decades. A kaleidoscope of succulent seafood such as squid, scallops, and catfish spangle fried-rice and stir-fried dishes as ribbons of rice noodles interlace with traditional napa cabbage, chinese broccoli, and bok choy. Coconut-milk-infused curries come in red, yellow, and green varieties like a traffic light on a spice trade route, suffusing ample slices of chicken, beef, or tofu.
Owned and operated by the Quick family since 1964, Quick’s lays out a menu of hearty, hickory-smoked vessels sailing through a savory sea of barbecue sauce. Watch chefs in action as they cook up house specialties, including the half-pound pulled-pork sandwich ($6.19), in a diner-style kitchen. Deep-fried delights such as the bologna sandwich ($3.49) are hickory-smoked before swan-diving into a taste-enhancing oil bath. Sink omnivorous teeth into the Burnt Ends dinner, a half-pound of tender beef brisket taking center stage as a trio of fries, beans, and slaw provide able accompaniment ($10.49). Meanwhile, bellies as hollow as Captain Ahab's maniacal drive for revenge can fill up with the full slab of hickory-smoked spare ribs ($16.49).
Taste Catering boasts a history of serving gatherings large and small for more than two decades, working closely with each client to plan and host memorable events. Long before guests arrive at the door, Taste Catering and its clients convene over the evening’s every detail, selecting menu items, beverages, and the ideal humidity level to induce a dewy glow. Hosts can choose to have hors d'oeuvres such as prosciutto-wrapped scallops circulated by servers, displayed on tables, or fired into mouths from a repurposed T-shirt cannon. For evenings trimmed with a full dinner, guests can dine buffet style or have entrees such as slow-roasted beef brisket and twice-baked potatoes hand-delivered by wait staff. The option for an open bar lets clients outfit drink lists with choices of craft and domestic bottled beer, red and white wines, mixers, and truth elixir.
The chefs at Papa Lew's Restaurant sate Southern-style cravings with a menu of traditional soul food and Cajun delicacies. The restaurant's tantalizing Soul Delicious menu offers ample opportunities for dining duos to trade alligator-wrestling tips over kitchen-fresh bayou favorites including plates of oxtails or whole farm-raised catfish with a choice of two sides, including black-eyed peas, collard greens, and bowls of mac 'n' cheese good enough to inspire childhood flashbacks in a single bite. The appropriately monikered KC Swagger menu delivers palate-kicking tasties including a Cajun grilled catfish fillet teamed with shrimp étouffée and white rice, finished off by a choice of one side and oven-warm house-made cornbread. Genaro's spicy dipped hot wings give capsaicin-toughened mouths a run for their money with four Southern-fried wings fired up and paired with two sides and cornbread or a roll to absorb the roiling mouth warmth.