At Freshwater in Midtown Kansas City, chef-owner Calvin Davis will have you eating with your eyes first as artful plates come out of his kitchen. Whether sharing small plates with friends or enjoying an evening out for two, expect everything from your salad to your dessert to elevate fresh local ingredients into something magical.

The dining room at the 48-seat restaurant is minimal and intimate, and the menu delivers a variety of plate sizes – including a special chef’s tasting menu – that highlight freshwater fish and vegetables, as well as locally raised beef, chicken and rabbit. Order the smoked-trout small plate, which features a smoked-trout mousse topped with pickled celery ribbons and lavosh, dusted with cured egg yolk. Be sure to peruse the wine list and enjoy a nice glass or bottle to complement your meal.

Freshwater, 3711 Summit St., Midtown, Kansas City, Missouri, freshwaterkc.com

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