Saturday, March 30, 2019

What's New In Kansas City - 2018/19 Edition

Hey all! It's hard to believe we're sliding into April on Monday - mostly for those of us in Kansas City who witnessed snow this morning, will it ever end? Anyway, I know people are always looking for new spots to try out in Kansas City, whether you're a local or someone coming in for a visit. No matter if you're going out to dinner for the first time in forever (date night!) or you come in for business once a month, you know that our little city is growing up and getting cooler by the month. I still can't believe how much has happened not only downtown, but in all the 'burbs around it, since moving here 17 years ago. Without further ado, here are a few places that have opened in the last year or so (it's been 14 months since my last KC-themed post, okay, it was a two-parter, here's the other link):

For those of you who know me personally, you know I work from home (for more on that, you can read my Medium post). From time to time, when I am not traveling for work, I get a little squirrelly in my basement office and need to get out. Parlor to the rescue! This was my little spot working from there recently, which I realize doesn't give you an idea of what it really is, so I will tell you more. Parlor is a food hall in the Crossroads of Kansas City. It hosts six fast casual restaurants and two bars. There is a ton of seating and it's a great place to work for the afternoon (the wifi is fast) or meet up for drinks after work.
The Savoy was built in 1888 and has had a long history as a hotel and a restaurant (click here for more info). After suffering a major fire in 2014, it was sold to the 21c Museum Hotels and reopened in 2018. Downtown Kansas City now has a wonderful, renovated hotel, restaurant, and (best of all) bar all lined with art that you can explore at 21c Kansas City
If you're looking for a killer brunch spot, or a cozy dinner locale, look no further than The Campground. In the former home of Genessee Royale (I know, sad), this new restaurant is a treat - from the food to the drinks. I love the decor the most - which you have probably already seen on my IG feed - all retro and dark.
For those of you still mourning the loss of Justus Drugstore this year (I KNOW!), you can still enjoy Chef Justus at Black Dirt. You will find great food, as you might expect, just south of the Country Club Plaza.
If you are looking for the coziest spot to sip a glass a wine and read a book, you have to check out Afterword Tavern & Shelves (also, this is their photo). This adorable bar meets bookshop is right at the corner of 18th & Grand is not to be missed. I went for the first time to a bookclub meeting (we didn't know that there was sort of a quiet rule there) and it was great. One thing to note is that you need to order at the bar - I have been seated and served once and another time I waited until I figured out the deal.
Made in Kansas City Marketplace is up to six locations now, but I am obsessed with the Country Club Plaza location. If you are looking for gifts for yourself or others, this is the best destination for all things Kansas City - from books to food to clothing. I love that the Plaza location also has ice cream and crepes and beer and coffee - yum!
Along with the growth and the changes in Kansas City, we're also getting more kinds of cuisine. I am sure I am not the first excited Kansas Citian to hear of the opening of Freestyle Poké in the River Market (also their photo). This make-your-own poké spot is perfect for lunch, although it gets busy, so leave yourself some extra time on a weekday.
So, that's what I've been enjoying that's shown up in Kansas City over the past 14 months or so. Where have I missed? I know I need to check out kobi-Q soon, anywhere else? Happy traveling!

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