Owned by Michael Smith, perhaps best known for his James Beard award, Extra Virgin has a great tapas list for you to savor. The Mediterranean style menu has dishes like beef heart and gizzard skewers, crispy trotter cakes and duck tongue tacos that you can relish. The French onion soup and grilled oyster mushrooms are also delicious. The patio, which seats 50, is perfect for enjoying a meal and cocktail with friends.
What used to be a hotel frequented by railroad workers and salesmen in the 20th Century has now been transformed into a restaurant famed for its American cuisine, in the form of The Reiger Hotel Grill & Exchange. In the elegant atmosphere of this restaurant, you can enjoy some delicious salads, appetizers and entrées, not to mention the fabulous cocktails available at the bar. Happy Hour is between 2p and 6p, Monday through Friday.
Steak and wine lovers will feel right at home at this Plaza eatery. The location, fine steaks and award-winning wine list rank this restaurant as one of Kansas City's favorites. This rustic restaurant is a great place for meetings and intimate gatherings. Menu items include sandwiches, steaks, pork ribs and more. A full bar and relaxed, casual atmosphere make the entire dining experience a delightful one.
The Art of Pizza, appropriately named, sits in the heart of the Crossroads Art District serving up masterpieces of New York style pizza. Some of their unique toppings include feta, goat cheese, and anchovies. This place is laid back, yet hip, with a classy selection of wines and an open-air patio. They have more than pizza, as well. Everyday there are different specials like lasagna, gyros, calzones, stromboli, and pane stuffata. The Art of Pizza is a great place to spend a night on the town. Take advantage of their free delivery if you feel like staying in. -Robin Sontheimer
It is as hard to describe the ambiance of YJ’s Snack Bar as it is to pin down exactly what type of restaurant to call it. Mismatched chairs and coffee cups fill this tiny place that only seats about 15, and colorful trinkets are crammed between the counter and the piano in the corner. The menu changes everyday ranging among comfort food from the American South and exotic South American and Mexican dishes. Occasional live music can be heard Thursdays through Saturdays when they are open all night. What is constant about YJ’s is that the food and coffee are always delicious, and it is always a fun and interesting experience to eat here. -Robin Sontheimer
Diners seeking an authentic Mexican meal will enjoy this popular spot. Reasonable prices, flavorful food, an expansive dining room and great service all contribute to the success of this casual favorite. The decor is southwestern, resulting in a comfortable and relaxing atmosphere. Diners especially like the two types of salsa that accompany chips prior to the meal. Mexican-food lovers will devour the various entrees, including fajitas, enchiladas and tacos, all served in generous portions. Personal checks are not accepted.
Those who like authentic Italian food savor every bite at this upscale restaurant. Diners would never guess this restaurant is housed in a former freight depot. Many diners come just to see how New York restaurateur Lidia Bastianich has transformed the place. The service is excellent and the Northern Italian entrees, including Lidia's Pasta Tasting, a sample of three seasonal pasta dishes, are mouthwatering. Its charm and elegant atmosphere are only negated by the lack of spacing between tables. Otherwise, this restaurant is top-notch.
Located in the historic Freight House that also houses restaurants like Lidia's and Fiorella's Jack Stack Barbecue, Grünauer serves authentic Austrian cuisine. The casual atmosphere of this eatery is perfect for enjoying traditional Austrian fare with friends and family. There are various sausage varieties, ranging from bratwurst to currywurst, along with eternal favorites like weiner schnitzel. You can end the meal on a sweet note with Austrian confections like Sachertorte and strudels. There are also many cocktails, wines and beers to choose from.
Located just a few minutes away from the Sprint Center and restaurants like Bristol Seafood Grill, Nara offers its own take on traditional Japanese cuisine. This Crossroads Arts District restaurant, with its trendy vibe, is a good place to catch up with friends over sushi and cocktails. Apart from sushi, the restaurant has many delicacies for you to relish. Starting with appetizers like shrimp sumai with dynamite sauce, you can enjoy a meal comprising spicy coconut curry, chicken stir fry and more. The robata section of the menu features Korean style short ribs, orange-ginger spiced chicken and more grilled delights. Every Wednesday is ladies' night, and there are many Happy Hour specials to be enjoyed throughout the week.
The Brick is one place in Kansas you surely don't want to miss out on. From delicious food to live performances and music shows, it has it all. The Brick boasts of a diverse menu with everything from burgers and salads to chicken soups on it. From Tuesdays to Thursdays the bar comes up with some great live original music shows, including a variety of Karaoke shows too. A variety of catering services are also on offer.
The Crossroads is an arts district located in Kansas City, containing boutique shops, restaurants, creative businesses, art galleries and studios.
For all the entertainment that you needed after a boring day at work, the Crossroads KC at the Grinders provides it all. Friends get together at this intimate setting to enjoy a diverse range of music from reggae to rock, and blues to hip hop. And as the zesty live music sets the ball rolling, the very famous Grinders pizza and chilled beer are an added spice to the delightful experience. A music lovers haven, this hip place definitely turns out to the best entertainer in downtown.