Where you can still get great reservations during KC’s 10th annual Restaurant Week
Now in its tenth year, and with over 200 restaurants participating, KC Restaurant Week — January 11-20 — becomes more of a monster every year. If you’re not familiar with the drill, here’s how it goes: for lunch and dinner, diners choose from coursed options at many of the city’s best restaurants ($15 for a two-course lunch and $33 for a three-course dinner), with 10 percent of the proceeds from each meal going to charity. This year’s chosen beneficiary is the Boys and Girls Clubs of Greater Kansas City, along with the Kansas City Regional Destination Development Foundation and the Greater Kansas City Restaurant Association Educational Foundation. (By the way, this all really adds up: last year, the event raised over $400,000 for Kansas City Community Gardens.)
There are some diners out there who scope out reservations months in advance. We know you, and we might be a little jealous of your 7 p.m. Friday night tables. But while some restaurants fill up well ahead of time, there are still countless good options, even for procrastinators. Here we present a selection of our favorite menus out there at restaurants that still have open seats — bonus points for unique dishes or extra value. You should probably also have a look for yourself.
Affäre, 1911 Main Street
Baked cod with creamy polenta, or braised pork cheeks with winter veg and creamed potatoes, are available as options for the entree course at this consistently underrated Crossroads spot. Wine pairings are available for an additional $15. Make reservations here.
Fox and Pearl, 815 West 17th Street
Fresh pasta is on the menu at Fox and Pearl: for the entree course, try either the ricotta agnolotti (garlic scape beurre blanc, grilled carrots and turnips, Grand River mushrooms, and fresh sheep’s milk cheese) or the heritage pork Bolognese (papparedelle pasta, parmesan and Green Dirt Farm Prairie Tomme cheese). Check for available tables here.
Corvino Supper Club & Tasting Room, 1830 Walnut Street
Chef Michael Corvino’s much-loved burger and fried chicken are on Corvino’s restaurant week menu, along with lots of other goodies. Several late-night reservations (10 p.m. and later) are available every night — perfect if you are planning to go to a concert or show earlier in the evening. Check open slots here.
Jarocho South, 13145 State Line Road
Chef Carlos Falcon’s south KC location of his Jarocho Pescados y Mariscos restaurant is not skimpy on the, well, pescados or mariscos. Choose from ceviche Jarocho, a ceviche tostada, lobster bisque, two whole fish filets (one stuffed with blue crab, octopus and shrimp), or a heaping serving of creamy chipotle shrimp. Call 816-492-7118 for reservations.
Black Dirt, 5070 Main Street
For restaurant week, James Beard Award nominee Jonathan Justus is offering his herb-breaded fried chicken with mashed potatoes and sage gravy at his newest (and currently only) location. Start it off with a pecan-apple salad and wrap it up with a blondie and homemade ice cream. Make reservations here.
Brewery Emperial, 1829 Oak Street
Flank steak with huitlacoche mole, pork ribs, and crispy cauliflower in saffron cream are among the many options on BE’s Restaurant Week menu. Call 816-945-9625 for reservations.
Lazia, 2101 Central Street
At Lazia, diners have several good options to choose from, including mussels with Calabrian chile, fresh pasta Amatriciana with fennell sausage and peppers, chicken “porchetta,” flat-iron steak, and seared ruby trout with marscapone polenta. Weekday spots are left next week; reserve your seats online.
Michael Smith, 1900 Main Street
Wild mushroom risotto, an eight-hour pork roast served with saffron risotto and tempura zucchini, handmade rigatoni pomodoro and a Campo Lindo farms chicken in Marsala mushroom sauce are available this week at Michael Smith (this is also one of the last weeks Michael Smith will be open to the public before chef Smith’s new Italian concept, Farina, opens in the Crossroads. Make reservations here.
Westport Cafe and Bar, 419 Westport Road
Stuffed grilled trout, Prince Edward Island Mussels, braised beef in a shallot sauce, and a tartiflette with bacon and raclette cheese are among the options at the French-tilted Westport Cafe. Reservations are available online.
O’Dowd’s Gastrobar, 4742 Pennsylvania Avenue
Opt for sea scallops served over angel hair pasta, braised beef tenderloin with asparagus risotto, or crispy pan-fried chicken fries with cilantro-lime rice, followed by bread pudding or honey and lavender creme brulee at O’Dowd’s. Make your reservation here.