Kansas City diners have no shortage of new options to test out this summer. Two new fried chicken spots, Chicken Please! and Bond’s Chicken and Blues, both offer old-fashioned takes on one of KC’s favorite dishes. Also in the comfort-food world, The Wooden Spoon in Overland Park and Soirée Steak & Oyster House in the jazz district, as well as Vera Marie’s Comfort Food on 39th Street, are here to make customers feel cozy and at home. In the Crossroads, Chance’s Social, owned by local artist Stretch, has taken the place of Thou Mayest Coffee Roasters, while down in Waldo, Brick + Mortar has opened in the former Tanner’s Space, serving elevated American classics.
This month also saw the expansion of several local restaurants. Red Bridge Barrio follows on the success of Brookside Barrio, Hawaiian Bros Island Grill has opened its third location in Overland Park, Hayward’s Pit BBQ has expanded its into Shawnee, and Bay Boys Sandwiches has likewise opened its second location in the Made in KC Marketplace at the Plaza.
In June, KC also said goodbye to longtime Westport institution Californos, as well as Fred P. Ott’s in Overland Park (the Plaza location is the last remaining of the chain), MiDiCi Neapolitan Pizza at the Ward Parkway Pavilion, and Sweet and Simple in Brookside.
July openings include two of the most anticipated of the year, including Vaughn Good and Kristine Hull’s Fox and Pearl in the Westside, as well as the massive brand-new J. Rieger & Co. distillery (and its two bars) in the Electric Park Neighborhood of the East Bottoms. Both open July 12.
Bay Boy Sandwiches in the Made in KC Marketplace, 306 West 47th St., Kansas City, Missouri, bayboykc.com
Bond’s Chicken & Blues, 334 East 31st St., Kansas City, Missouri, 816.561.1391, facebook.com/bondschicken
Chance’s Social, 419 E. 18th St., Kansas City, Missouri, 816.666.8777, facebook.com/ChancesSocial
Chicken Please!, 21 E. Third St., City Market, Kansas City, Missouri, facebook.com/pages/category/Restaurant/Chicken-Please-548800122294900
Hawaiian Bros Island Grill, 12120 College Blvd., Overland Park, Kansas, 913.291.1004, hawaiianbros.com
Hayward’s Pit BBQ, 10901 West 75th St., Shawnee, Kansas, 913.451.8080, haywardspitbarbque.com
Vera Marie’s Comfort Food, 1806 West 39th Street, Kansas City, Missouri, 816.701.6227, veramariescomfortfood.business.site
The Wooden Spoon, 4671 Indian Creek Parkway, Overland Park, Kansas, 913.544.1125, woodenspoonkc.com
Californos, 4124 Pennsylvania Ave., Westport, Kansas City, Missouri
Fred P. Ott’s, 6700 College Blvd., Overland Park, Kansas
Midici, The Neapolitan Pizza Co., 8815 State Line Road, Kansas City, Missouri
Sweet and Simple, Brookside, 326 W. 63rd St., Kansas City, Missouri
Grad School, 1744 Broadway, Kansas City, Missouri
Sayachi Sushi and Oyster Bar, 6322 Brookside Plaza, Kansas City, Missouri
Strawberry Hill Brewing Co., 601 Central St., Kansas City, Kansas, facebook.com/strawberryhillbrewing
Urban Cafe, 5500 Troost Ave., Kansas City, Missouri, urbancafekc.com