Bars in South Hyde Park

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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.

4740 Grand Ave
Kansas City,
MO
US

"Sleek and shiny and glamorous" is how The Pitch's Charles Ferruzza described Cafe Trio in a 2009 article reviewing the eatery's at-the-time new location, although his praises didn't stop there. He also doled out compliments about Executive Chef Adam Yoder's European-inspired food, which earns a rating of very good to excellent from Zagat.

In the glow of paper lanterns, colorful paintings crafted by local artists hover over plates of Faroe Islands salmon roulade and hand-cut tenderloin fillets, which diners can enjoy while gazing out at the fountain and trees of Mill Creek Park. Outside, an expansive deck?open year-round?offers alfresco dining through the warm summer months, as well as unobstructed views of the resident snowmen of Country Club Plaza throughout the winter.

4558 Main St
Kansas City,
MO
US

Shane Hampton knows that grandmothers always know best. So when he felt a little nervous about going to cosmetology school, he only needed to look back on and remember the passion his grandmother, a lifelong hairstylist, had for the job to remember that beauty is in his blood. More than eight years later, he is still sharing his family’s desire to help others feel good about themselves. As a color specialist and master stylist for men and women, he cuts, colors, and styles hair, helping create a confident being below the strands. And, to ensure that newfound confidence comes without sacrificing hair health, he favors products from Unite, Davines, and Ref, which are all free of sulfates and margarine.

315 Westport Road
Kansas City,
MO
US

Burgers reign supreme at Ott's. Peruse the extensive menu for specialty selections such as a hickory burger or a Texas burger (topped with chili, cheddar, and onion bud), both of which are available in 1/3- and 1/2-pound sizes ($7.99 for 1/3 pound, $9.69 for 1/2 pound). "Ott" dogs, prepared with Black Angus beef, offer an upscale take on the ballpark classic. Try the original Ott with lettuce, tomato, and pepper relish ($6.29) or the Spanish Flyer with chili, nacho cheese, and scallions ($7.29). If you'd like to keep your meal as light at a globetrotting eccentric's hot air balloon, opt for a garden salad with eggs, onions, tomatoes, cucumbers, cheddar, scallions, and bacon ($6.59). Sandwiches and barbecue bites round out the menu.

4770 J C Nichols Pkwy
Kansas City,
MO
US

Behind its Parisian-style storefront, Westport Café & Bar serves an eclectic menu of elegantly prepared French and American dishes alongside an extensive collection of flavorful libations. Scrumptious hors d’oeuvres such as baked ricotta with goat cheese and truffled honey ($9) prep palates for further culinary exploration. For the main course, Westport’s grilled chicken sandwich comes on a croissant and garnished with gruyere cheese, bacon, and roasted tomatoes ($11), much like an already soft quilt adorned with a bacon-patterned cross-stitch. Noodle purveyors can shovel in the creamy pasta champignons with a smattering of a spring peas ($12). Wash it all down with potent potables such as an Old Tom Collins ($7) or the house’s specialty Westside cocktail, an amalgamation of vodka, lemon, simple syrup, soda, and mint ($8). Barley pop buffs can guzzle down a Boulevard Tank 7 Ale ($5) from Westport’s tap, and drowsy diners can perk up with French-pressed coffee ($4).

419 Westport Rd
Kansas City,
MO
US

A rainbow of men's and women's apparel and accessories populates the forest of racks inside Arizona Trading Company, where staffers buy, sell, and trade a thoughtfully curated, ever-revolving stash of gently used threads. They take in modern and vintage attire alike, scrutinizing each item to ensure that no evidence remains of the superhero who previously owned it. Handbags, shoes, and Pendleton flannels neighbor household gear, jackets, and seasonal inventory throughout the fully stocked shop. A smattering of brand-new accouterments, such as sunglasses and jewelry, interrupts the vast spread of lightly worn attire.

501 Westport Rd
Kansas City,
MO
US