Restaurateurs Andy Lock and Domhnall Molloy have managed to open six restaurants in six years: Now, with help from culinary director and chef Po Wang and executive chef Kent Long, they’ve opened their seventh and perhaps most personal restaurant, Pearl Tavern. (Lock and Molloy met working at McCormick and Schmick’s, after all.) The seafood spot in Lee’s Summit, Missouri, features a menu full of coastal fare. Start with blue-crab dip, calamari, ahi tuna poke tacos, ceviche or fresh oysters on the half shell. Order the day’s incredibly fresh fish grilled or blackened with mashed potatoes and asparagus; other standouts include scallops atop creamed-corn grits with bacon jam and chayote squash, and cioppino. To drink, try a “crush,” colorful cocktails made with fresh-squeezed fruit juice and liquor in flavors like strawberry-basil or cherry limeade.
Pearl Tavern, 1672 NW Chipman Road, Lee's Summit, Missouri, 816.347.1986, pearltavernkc.com