Local Pig says goodbye to the East Bottoms, where to eat on Thanksgiving, and more: KC’s food and drink events for November 19-25
Monday, November 19
Get the week started on a high note with a four-course Riesling-themed wine dinner at Waldo Thai Place (8433 Wornall Road). Chef Pam Liberda will be pairing multiple dishes with the light white wine, including a northern beef curry, chicken with coconut milk and galangal, lump crab, house-roasted brisket, and much more. The meal is $55 a person (not including tax and tip); get your tickets via Eventbrite.
Wednesday, November 21
Chef Vaughn Good is bringing back his much-loved Hank burger from Hank Charcuterie to his new restaurant, Fox & Pearl (815 West 17th Street). The burger will be available only on Wednesdays, beginning at 5 p.m. What makes the burger special, you ask? Two tender, flavorful patties are each topped with Alma cheddar and served with caramelized onions and tart bread-and-butter pickles on a brioche bun.
Thursday, November 22
Thanksgiving! We’ve assembled a relatively evergreen list of options for dining out here. A few of the highlights, with updates:
Eddie V’s (4749 Pennsylvania) is offering its regular menu or a special turkey dinner with hand-whipped potatoes, baby French green beans with sun-dried tomatoes, cranberry chutney and brioche-sage stuffing for $42 (children 12 and younger eat for $15), or you can choose from the regular menu. Eddie V’s is open from 4 to 10 p.m.; call 816-531-2537 for a reservation.
Leeway Franks (935 Iowa Street, Lawrence) is hosting its fourth-annual Franksgiving party, serving a delightfully nontraditional menu of Indian tacos, posole, tamales, rice and beans. Franksgiving runs from 3 to 7 p.m., and food is available for takeout, too.
Lidia’s (101 West 22nd Street) is open from noon to 6 p.m. today and is serving a four-course Thanksgiving-themed menu. Guests choose from four proteins — turkey, cobia, porchetta or short ribs — and the meal comes with butternut squash ravioli, family-style sides and a range of desserts. The dinner is $55 per person ($18 for children ages 2-12), and wine pairings are available for $35 a person. Walk in or make a reservation via opentable.com or by calling 816-221-3722.
Stroud’s (4200 Shawnee Mission Parkway, Fairway; 8301 West 135th Street, Overland Park; 19700 Valley View Parkway, Independence) is open from 10:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., serving a Thanksgiving buffet that includes its famous fried chicken and cinnamon rolls, in addition to traditional holiday fare. Walk-ins are welcome.
Friday, November 23
Say goodbye to the original East Bottoms location of Local Pig (2618 Guinotte) before it and Pigwich head to their new home at the City Market. In addition to regular offerings at Pigwich, Local Pig will be selling charcuterie plates. We understand the reasons behind this move, but will legitimately miss this original spot.
Keep your money local with the first annual Holiday Market at City Market (20 East 5th Street), which will run from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. both Friday and Saturday. Dozens of local artisans and farmers (Saturday) will be selling their wares under the awnings. Clothing, decor, kitchware, food and much more will be up for sale.
Cinder Block Brewery (110 East 18th Avenue) is continuing its Black Friday tradition with the release of its bourbon barrel-Aged Russian Imperial Stout, Black Squirrel. Get a fresh pour of the stuff alongside a serving of pancakes with Black Squirrel syrup, or take home 22-ounce bombers (limit two per person). Cinder Block opens at 11 a.m.
Saturday, November 24
Visit the Roasterie Factory Cafe (1204 West 27th Street) today from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. for the first of four holiday markets to pop up at the Factory Space ahead of the holidays. Six to seven artisans will be on hand each weekend, selling wares from clothing to crafts and food. The cafe will also be open, with tours of the roasting operation also available.
While you’re in the mood to shop local, visit Downtown Overland Park (West 79th Street) for “Sip Hot & Shop Small.” Businesses including the Culinary Center of Kansas City, CommuniTea and the Ambosia Cafe (in addition to dozens of shops selling non food-related wares) will all be offering hot drinks from hot chocolate to coffee and tea, as well as discounts on a wide variety of items.