Whether diners are feeling like digging in to a pack of gourmet sliders at Parlor, luscious Southern seafood mac 'n' cheese at 18th and Vine or fresh cake donuts from Christopher Elbow, there are plenty of new spots in and around Kansas City to visit this month. Also ready to welcome guests are the reborn Plate in Brookside, as well as Fields & Ivy, Lawrence’s newest brewery.

April is a Kansas Citian by way of New Mexico, worker bee, freelance writer and photographer, food, music, animal and travel lover.