Restaurant Week: four more nights, lots of choices

Restaurant Week, the popular fundraising event presented by US Foods, has been filling 150 local restaurants over the last seven days and continues through Sunday, January 25. There’s an impressive list of participating restaurants offering prix fixe menus for lunch or dinner, or both.

This year’s Restaurant Week has three charitable beneficiaries: BoysGrow, the Children’s Center for the Visually Impaired, and Cultivate Kansas City. The Kansas City Regional Destination Development Foundation and the Greater Kansas City Restaurant Association Education Foundation will receive a portion of the proceeds as well.

Each participating restaurant offers a special, multicourse lunch menu (priced at $15) and/or a $33 dinner menu. Reservations are highly recommended.

Last week, when Restaurant Week started, we posted this list of enticing possibilities. Some of our other favorite local restaurants serving up special dishes for the next four nights include the following.

Beer Kitchen (435 Westport Road, 816-389-4180) is offering a two-course lunch menu (a choice of Boulevard Tank 7 cheese soup, cheesy ancho corn dip or zucchini-potato latkes and, for the entree course, a choice of 8-hour corned beef hash, an eggplant muffuletta or a Smokestack burger). There are three choices on the dinner menu, with a first-course starter (choice of house-made ricotta with tomato jam and sourdough toast points, cheesy ancho corn dip or zucchini-potato latkes), second-course entree (choice of Kobe burger, lobster risotto, jackfruit tamales or BBQ Creekstone short rib). The dessert choices are pie of the day and brioche bread pudding.

Char Bar Smoked Meats & Amusements (4050 Pennsylvania, 816-389-8600) is offering a two-course lunch menu starting with a choice of cheesy hush puppies, charred eggplant and toast or a small wedge salad. The entree course selections are the “Pickled Pig, ” “Burnt Heaven” and the grilled pimento cheese. The featured dinner menu has three courses with a choice of starter (the smoked duck gumbo, smoked trout dip or “Roots & Fruits” salad). The entree choices are smoked half chicken, “the Whole Hog,” a half slab or the “Jack Knife.” For dessert? A choice between Burnt Puddin’ and the Velvet Elvis.

Julian (6227 Brookside Plaza, 816-214-8454) is offering, for the lunch menu, two courses with many choices. For the first course, a choice of romaine salad, “yesterday’s soup” or an arugula salad. The entree choices are open-faced lentil and tuna salad sandwich, Boulevard Pale Ale mac and cheese with house-smoked bacon, chicken “pot pie” or cheeseburger with house-made pickles and fries. The dinner option is a three-course meal with a choice of starter (chicken liver pate, “yesterday’s soup” or beet salad with bitter greens) and a choice of entree (garganelli pasta with short ribs, sauteed trout or crispy pork shoulder). The dessert options are chocolate ganache with Boulevard Dark Truth Stout caramel and olive-oil cake with goat-cheese pastry creme.

For the full list of restaurants participating in Restaurant Week 2015, click here

Categories: Dining, Food & Drink