Kansas Citians, particularly those on the east side of the city, have quite a few new options to visit this month. Those looking to support Black-owned businesses (or just eat good food) should stop in for Jamaican cuisine at 1VP Restaurant, soul food at KC Southern Comfort Café on East 35th Street, or even fresh fish, shrimp and pasta dishes at District Fish and Pasta (operating out of Lutfi’s Fried Fish).
Also new to Kansas City is Clay & Fire, which is serving Turkish and Armenian fare out of the Westside house that was the former home of Novel and Lill’s. Nearby in the Crossroads, Big Mood Natural Wines has opened its doors, offering customers a wide selection of natural wines and wild cider.
Out in Leavenworth, chef Jason Wiggin, who recently relocated to the area after working with world-renowned chef Todd English at one of his restaurants in Florida, has opened The Suburban, which offers steaks, chops and burgers with some perhaps unexpected flair – the fried mushrooms here, for example, are forest mushrooms breaded with cornmeal tempura, and served with horseradish cream. Finally, The Chive Café and Market serves seasonally-inspired sandwiches, salads, pasta and pizza with the also-new Transparent Brewing Co. right next door.
This month Kansas City had to say goodbye to Tapcade and Songbird Cafe in the Crossroads, the downtown location of Ruby Jean’s Juicery and the Leawood location of BRGR.
1VP Restaurant, 6200 Troost Ave., Kansas City, Missouri, 816.442.7878, 1VP-Restaurant-113857957071540
Banksia Bakehouse, 4800 Main St., Kansas City, Missouri, 816.569.2186, banksiabakehouse.com
Big Mood Natural Wines, 2020 Baltimore Ave., Suite 102, Crossroads Arts District, Kansas City, Missouri, bigmoodnaturalwines.com
Clay & Fire, 815 W. 17th St., Westside, Kansas City, Missouri, 816.569.5533, facebook.com/claynfire
District Fish & Pasta, 1664 E. 63rd St., Kansas City, Missouri, 816.921.0152, facebook.com/Districtfishandpasta
KC Southern Comfort Café, 4200 E. 35th St., Kansas City, Missouri, kc-southern-comfort-café.business.site
The Suburban, 402 S. 20th St., Leavenworth, Kansas, facebook.com/pg/thesuburbanrestaurant
BRGR, 5031 W. 135th St., Leawood, Kansas
Ruby Jean’s Juicery, 1111 Main St., Downtown, Kansas City, Missouri
Songbird Cafe, 1529 Grand Blvd., Kansas City, Missouri
Tapcade, 1701 McGee St., Kansas City, Missouri
The Big Biscuit, 4039 Mill Street, Kansas City, Missouri
Brookside Beef Company, 751 East 63rd Street, Kansas City, Missouri
Füd, 10 Main Street, Parkville, Missouri, eatfud.com
Goat and Rabbit, 1804 West 39th Street, Kansas City, Missouri
Imo’s Pizza, 4200 Rainbow Boulevard, Kansas City, Missouri
Jovito’s Italian Cafe, 7408 Wornall Road, Kansas City, Missouri
Mattie’s Foods, 633 East 63rd Street, Suite 110, Kansas City, Missouri
Ravenous, 1830 Walnut Street, Kansas City, Missouri, ravenouskc.com
West Bottoms Whiskey Co., 1321 West 13th Street, Kansas City, Missouri