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5 Trendy Places to Dine in Kansas City

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Date: Sep 29, 2020
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Our local guides have curated a list of the Most trendy Place to Dine in Kansas City. Whether you’re looking for a best food for fast Time or a taste with integrity in Crossroads, Country Club Plaza, Midtown, Westport, West Bottoms or North KC our local experts have been living, working, and passionately seeking and sharing their favorite experiences here for your inspiration and enjoyment!

NOVEL

Novel

Our new location is open at 1927 McGee Street in the East Crossroads Arts District of Kansas City, Missouri. The new dining destination is vibrant, spacious and lives up to its name. 

The dining room features a fifty foot long tile mosaic across from an open kitchen. The inviting full service granite bar  seats up to eighteen guests with views of the outdoor patio planted with native trees and grasses.

Chef Ryan Brazeal and Pastry Chef Jessica Armstrong continue to create a unique culinary experience with locally sourced ingredients and contemporary techniques. The restaurant features rich wood accents and original color palate and architecture to create a comfortable and hospitable dining experience.

Novel
1927 McGee Street
Kansas City, MO 64108

bluestem Restaurant

Bluestem Restaurant

Their dream became a reality when chefs Colby and Megan Garrelts opened bluestem in March of 2004. With Chef Colby’s Progressive American Cuisine and Chef Megan’s new varieties of American desserts, bluestem is dedicated to providing not only a meal, but a truly memorable experience. The restaurant’s unadorned elegance, staff dedication and attention to detail allow you to simply settle in and enjoy your stay.

bluestem has received local and national accolades including being named as a James Beard Foundation “Best Chef Midwest” 2013 and a Semifinalist for “Outstanding Restaurant” 2015-2018, “Outstanding Pastry Chef” 2017-2019, and “Outstanding Chef” 2019. Chefs Colby and Megan invite you to experience an invigorating marriage of cuisine and hospitality with all that bluestem has to offer, from cocktails and snacks in the bar, to a tasting menu in the dining room, or even late night drinks and dessert.

Bluestem Restaurant
900 Westport Road
Kansas City, MO 64111

Gram & Dun

Gram & Run

Gram & Dun brings culinarily-driven fare, while paying special attention to pairing food with libations. It’s a place “for the people” where we can relax and enjoy the neighborhood vibe while we test theories of food, drink and the evolution of good times. Our local owners and staff bring a unique, modern environment to this ideal Plaza location where we have revived the best patio in town, making Gram & Dun an enticing landmark for locals and visitors alike. In addition, Gram & Dun honors the traditional by bringing revered dishes to the forefront and adding our own special touch, and welcomes seasonality by adjusting to the natural changes our tastes succumb to as the year progresses, all in an effort to provide the best to patrons with exquisite taste. Gram & Dun: sophisticated, soulful and crafted

Country Club Plaza
600 Ward Parkway,
Kansas City No 64112

The Rieger

The Rieger

The Rieger Hotel opened in 1915 and was home to many traveling salesmen, railroad workers and passersby during Kansas City’s formative years. The building has a long, rich history and much of the décor, including the tile floor and bathroom fixtures, remain original.

The hotel was owned by Alexander Rieger, whose father Jacob founded J. Rieger & Co. Whiskey in 1887. The company operated out of Kansas City’s West Bottoms neighborhood, also known as “The Wettest Block in the World,” until Prohibition shut them down in 1919.

Today, The Rieger continues the tradition of hospitality with classic dishes and hand-crafted cocktails. We’re proud to showcase the region’s bounty in the heart of a revitalized downtown. It’s our goal to honor the history of the neighborhood by adding a lasting landmark restaurant to Kansas City’s landscape. Most importantly, we approach our work with the singular motto, “Beautiful Food for the People.”

The Rieger
1924 Main Street, 
Kansas City, MO 64108

Reserve Restaurant & Lounge

Reserve Restaurant & Lounge

Forget what you know about hotel food. Under the leadership of Executive Chef Jeremiah Lyman, the Reserve has become one of the city’s premier eateries and one of the hottest Power & Light restaurants in downtown Kansas City.

Located downtown in the spectacular Ambassador Hotel Kansas City,  locals and travelers alike enjoy the urban style and sophistication of Reserve’s superb dining experience.

The cozy dining room offers a relaxed and inviting atmosphere by day and a subdued, romantic ambiance in the evening.

Open for breakfast, lunch, and dinner, our all-day dining provides the ideal downtown Kansas City restaurant for some great, contemporary American-style cuisine.

If you’re looking for Happy Hour in downtown Kansas City, Reserve has you covered with a rotating menu of specials and a Happy Hour that runs from 4:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. Monday through Friday.

On the weekends, Reserve becomes a focal point of downtown entertainment in Kansas City’s Power & Light district. Fridays are reserved for the spectacular Ron Gutierrez Trio and his Feel Good Fridays playing the best in soul, R&B, and romantic ballads. Saturday nights are filled with a rotating mix of local jazz musicians who bring the best in Kansas City Jazz to Reserve.

Whenever you decide to try a meal at Reserve, you’ll be treated to delicious flavors, a stunningly swank ambiance, and the world-class service of our team.

Reserve Restaurant & Lounge
1111 Grand Blvd.
Kansas City, MO 64106

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