Table Hopping – August 2013
“Cool new spots, too hot to handle”
815 W 17th Street
Kansas City, MO 64108
Chef Ryan Brazeal, a native, returned to KC to open his own restaurant after cooking in some big name New York kitchens, like Chef David Chang’s Momofuku. The menu at Novel is simple, fresh American cuisine with a complexity that comes from borrowing from all ethnic influences spices and preparations. Chef refers to this as a “novel” way of cooking, which was the inspiration for the name of the restaurant. Located on the Westside in the house that was Lil’s on 17th, Novel has a new kitchen and a fantastic bar that serves up craft cocktails, wine and beer. Killer patios on all levels will be a hit. START: with the Tomato Salad with pickled strawberry, yuzu-ginger and vinaigrette for $11, then get Diver Scallop with bone marrow, mushroom, leek, and chili for $23.
1617 Genessee Street
Kansas City, MO 64102
Owner Jill Myers and Chef Wes Gartner operated their successful catering company, Moxie, for several years in the Crossroads District before taking over the old R Bar location in the West Bottoms as their new catering kitchen. The plan was to eventually open the dining room back up for events, dinner and drinks, which they finally did. Doing plates with picture perfect portions and prices to match, with creative ingredient combinations that are funky fresh and fabulous. Get the Tri Tip beef with fingerling potatoes, roasted poblano rajas, cebolla, chimichurri and cotijia for $14 for a heavenly piece of meat cooked your way. GET: down to the restaurant by going the “back way,” around the back side of Kemper Arena due to the construction on the Twelfth Street bridge.
Kansas City, MO 64111
(816) 931- 4401
Co-owners Michael Pfeifer and Dawn Slaughter with help from Executive Chef Natasha Sears worked hard to get this iconic breakfast spot in Westport ready to open after a 3 year hiatus. The restaurant, literally on the corner, reopens with a fabulous industrial country fried makeover on the interior and a menu that dials up brunch and lunch favorites with fun and playful touches. Recently open for dinner, they offer a nice variety of serious, hearty dishes. A new cocktail menu and bar has been added to the space, which also makes it a great Happy Hour spot. Go for breakfast and get the Loaded Grits with a sunny side-up egg, pepper bacon lardoons, portabella mushrooms and caramelized onions for $12 and a blood orange mimosa for $6.50. SIT: outside when the weather is nice, as there is nothing like watching Westport come to life, the morning after.
1532 Grand Boulevard
Kansas City, MO 64108
(816) 471- 7111
Chef Celina Tio opened her second restaurant downtown so quietly that you could have missed it, but you shouldn’t. Named after her boarding school cafeteria, Collection is striving for a “cafeteria chic” vibe. A teacher’s podium serves as the hostess stand. Colorful classroom chairs dot the dining room, and the bathrooms boast chalkboard painted bathroom stall walls that you can write on. This restaurant plays on our nostalgia with a menu full of dolled up comfy cafeteria favorites, like Mac n’ Cheese and Shepherd’s Pie. Open for both lunch and dinner, try the Baked Rigatoni with hearty meat sauce and house made ricotta, $13 at lunch or $18 for a dinner portion. PARK: in the private lot just north of the building, no need to hassle with parking on the street.