Welcome to What You're Missing KC! The blog adventures of a KC Foodie.
I believe the Kansas City metro area has quite an eclectic mix of culinary delights. I am making it my full time mission to eat, drink, cook, shop and explore my way around KC. If I happen to stumble upon something other than food that I think you are missing, I will definitely share it on here as well!
If you have not been to blanc burgers + bottles lately it is
worth stopping in. The Plaza locations has added a new happy hour and late
night menu that includes their new blanc tacos (choose three) fried avocado,
carnitas, buffalo chicken, mahi-mahi for only $6.00.
There is also a selection of 2oz burgers (choose three)
traditional, pulled pork, cool slider and new school for only $6.00.
I had a chance to try these new items and they are great!
They have also added more beers to their already impressive list and offer
everything from traditional light favorites to the stout and heavy craft
With great drink special and a yummy selection of appetizers,
blanc burgers + bottles is the perfect place to meet.
Happy Hour runs Monday – Friday 3 p.m. – 6 p.m. and Late
Night is Monday – Saturday 9 p.m. – close.
blanc burgers + bottles has also made some adjustments to
their lunch menu with 9 options to
choose from. The quick fix lunch offers a burger with side, soup or salad
choice for $8.95. There is also a soup and salad option for only $7.95.
I cannot write this
post without including a couple of my favorite picks that I think are a must try.
The Inside Out Burger - Blue cheese stuffed burger,
applewood-smoked bacon, onion ring, house-made ketchup + mustard, butter
lettuce, onion brioche bun.
I know the chicken caprese is not technically a burger, but that is the great thing about blanc. They have a wide selection of burgers but offer plenty of other choices including vegetarian options. That along with the extensive beverage collection is sure to please any palate!
Country Club Plaza 4710 Jefferson St. Kansas City, MO 64112 816.931.6200
Here is an official press release regarding the newest opening of SPIN Pizza.
MO (May 23, 2012) – SPIN!
Neapolitan Pizza will begin serving award-winning artisan food without the
gourmet price at its new Lenexa
location beginning May 28. Locally owned and operated SPIN! Neapolitan Pizza’s fifth
location will open at 9474 Renner
Blvd. in the Prairie Center
shops. Known for its exceptional food made from fresh ingredients and its
eclectic, affordable premium wines, the restaurant will offer seating for 100,
a bar, and an outdoor patio that seats 48. On Tuesday evenings during the
summer, live family-friendly music will be played on the patio with no cover
is a growing area and a great match for SPIN!,” says co-owner Edwin
Brownell. “Our location is convenient to both residential areas and
businesses that employ approximately 11,000 people. We look forward to becoming
part of the neighborhood, serving those who have asked for a SPIN! in this area
and new patrons.”
Since opening its first location in
2005, SPIN!® has been awarded “best pizza” by many of Greater
Kansas City’s publications. SPIN! recently was named one of the
“Rest of the 101 Best Restaurants” in the nation by top foodie
website TheDailyMeal.com. Its Margherita Pizza was crowned one of the
nation’s best dishes of the year by a national restaurant magazine, and
its architecture won Best of Show at the Mid America Design Awards.
SPIN!’s menu is created in
collaboration with James Beard Award-winning chef Michael Smith. In addition to
a variety of hand-spun traditional thin-and-bubbly crust, rustic whole wheat,
and gluten-free stone fired pizzas, SPIN! serves an array of appetizers, soups,
salads, signature Panini and Italian deli sandwiches, and gelato ice creams.
All of SPIN!’s soups, salad dressings, pizza toppings and ingredients are
prepared daily from fresh produce and meats.
SPIN!’s pizza dough is made
fresh every day using several types of flour including one specially imported
All the toppings – such as mushrooms, caramelized onions, tomatoes,
artichokes, even chicken sausage and pancetta (Italian bacon) – are
roasted each morning in a stone hearth oven. A variety of cheeses are hand
grated. The menu features both traditional Pizza Rossa (red pizzas with crushed
roma tomato base) and Pizza Bianca (white pizzas with roasted olive oil glaze).
SPIN! serves a variety of affordable
premium wines priced well below traditional restaurant prices.
also is known for its unique community outreach programs including free weekly
bike rides during the summer. Open to all ages and skill levels, the rides will
be led by experienced cyclists who emphasize safety. Rides will be held at 6:15
p.m. Thursdays at the Lenexa SPIN! Bike ride participants and their dining
companions will enjoy a 10 percent discount on food after the rides.
SPIN! Neapolitan Pizza has locations
at 4950 Main in Kansas
City, Mo., 1808 N.W. Chipman Rd. in Lee’s
Summit, Mo., 6541 W. 119th St. in Overland
Park, Ks., and 14230
W. 119th St. in Olathe, Ks. A sixth location is scheduled to
open in the Corinth Square Shopping Center
in Prairie Village,
3,500 square foot Lenexa
location will be open from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. Sunday through Thursday and from
11 a.m. to 10 p.m. on Friday and Saturday.
SPIN! is owned and operated by Gail
and Richard Lozoff and Edwin Brownell, who are experienced in large multi-unit
expansion, franchising, and operations.
SPIN! Neapolitan Pizza is known for its exceptional, artisan food made from
fresh ingredients without the gourmet price and its eclectic, affordable
premium wines. SPIN! has been
best pizza by every major Greater Kansas City publication, one of the
“Rest of the 101 Best Restaurants” in the nation by top foodie
website TheDailyMeal.com, its Margherita Pizza was crowned one of the
nation’s best dishes of the year by Restaurant Business magazine, and its
architecture won Best of Show at the Mid America Design Awards. SPIN!’s
menu is created in
with James Beard Award-winning chef Michael Smith. Founded in 2005, SPIN! has
four locations with two more under construction in the Greater Kansas City area
and has announced its first franchise will be located in Southern
California. This is the second national concept created by SPIN!
co-owners Gail and Richard Lozoff and Edwin Brownell, who are experienced in
large multi-unit expansion, franchising, and operations. www.spinpizza.com.
If you have not been to EBT Restaurant lately, you are certainly
missing out! This iconic restaurant has been opened in Kansas City since 1979
and boasts the ever-talented Chef Tate Roberts, who has just created a
selection of new menu items. I recently had the chance to visit EBT with some other
Kansas City Foodies for a sampling of some of the dishes and we all agreed the
new menu items are delicious!
The new cocktail menu has taken many of the classics
everyone loves but has given them a twist that adds a unique flare, beautiful presentation and the delicious flavor you crave. Some of the new cocktails include:
Green-Eyed Monster (Gimlet)
Hendrick’s Gin, shaken with basil-infused lime syrup,
muddled with fresh peach and blackberries served on the
with a splash of soda and peach flag.
Pimm’s ‘New’ Cup (Pimm’s Cup)
Pimm’s No. 1, cucumber-infused lemonade
On the rocks with a lemon twist and cucumber slice.
Courvoisier VS, Grand Marnier, lemon-infused orange syrup,
Shaken and served up with a slice of fresh orange and a
New appetizers on the menu include many house favorites like
Bacon Wrapped Tiger Shrimp and Flatbread Pizza. The pizzas are available gluten
free if desired and Chef Tate house-makes the bacon the shrimp is wrapped in.
If you are a reader of this blog, you know that seafood is not one of my
favorites, but this was delicious!
All of these Pizzas were a hit with the group and the gluten
free option was amazing!
The combination of the new flatbread pizzas are flavorful and
include, Truffle-Dressed Spinach, Ricotta with Candied Shallots, Hummus,
Roasted Red Peppers and Mint Infused Goat Cheese and a Five Cheese with, Salami,
Capicola and Sun-Dried Tomato Pesto.
The salads at EBT offer something for everyone whether you
prefer a classic Caesar or iceberg wedge to a layered Caprese and more.
EBT House Salad
Mixed greens, Diced Carrots and Celery, Grape Tomatoes
Snow Pea Shoots, Pumpernickel Croutons, Feta and Chive
Grilled Belgian Endive Caprese
With Vine-Ripe Tomatoes, Fresh Basil, Mozzarella,
Parmesan Crisp, Balsamic Vinaigrette and White Truffle
I was torn between the Apple, Pear and Arugula and the
Grilled Endive Caprese. I chose the latter and was not disappointed. The basil is fresh, the mozzarella is creamy,
and the tomatoes are ripe. It is served in a crispy Parmesan shell with
balsamic vinaigrette. The portion is very large and would be a great starter to
The dinner menu at EBT offers both classic and contemporary cuisine
and a variety of dishes were ordered at the table. The Rosemary Studded Colorado Lamb T-Bone was
my entrée of choice and I also had a chance to try the Pork Chop as well. Both
were delicious and everyone was pleased with the dishes they chose. Some entree choices at the table included:
Rosemary Studded Colorado Lamb T-Bone
6 ounce Domestic Colorado Lamb T-Bone, Grilled to
Perfection, with Grilled Potato Salad and Baked White Bean Ragout finished with
Rosemary Yogurt Sauce.
Pan Roasted Alaskan Halibut a la Shanel
With Sautéed Leeks and Baby Spinach, Buttery Baby Yukon Gold
Potatoes in a Littleneck Clam Broth.
Parmesan Crusted Chicken
Boneless Chicken Breast, Lightly Breaded and Sautéed, Topped
with Marinated Artichoke Hearts, Capers
Tomatoes and a Light Garlicky Cream Sauce.
For dessert, I highly recommend the Bananas Foster. This
dish is prepared table-side and is not only fun to watch but is also quite
The warm caramel sauce against the cold ice cream creates a chewy
brittle and the bananas add a fresh and light element, while still being decadent.
The carrot cake was another favorite of mine with wonderful
hints of nutmeg and cinnamon and a great cake to icing ratio.
In addition to all of the amazing dishes available, EBT offers an atmosphere that is elegant while still being comfortable and inviting and the
contemporary lighting and original pieces from the Emery Bird Thayer department
store add character. The menu features lunch, a bar and happy hour menu and of
course dinner. Although EBT has been
around for many years, its approach to dining is current and fresh and you are “missing
out” if you have not been lately.
If you are looking for a great place to just have a drink
and appetizer, a delightful dinner or just want dessert, EBT Restaurant is the perfect
Be sure and check out EBT's website for more information on
menu items and coupons.
The Boot officially introduces Happy Hour on Friday, May 4, with a daily
menu that offers $1 fresh oysters and $1 housemade meatballs, along
with half-price Antipasti and pizza. Happy Hour drink specials include
imports, microbrews and Boulevard Brewing Company draft beers, in
addition to $5 wines. The rustic-style Italian bistro offers the Happy
Hour menu daily in the bar and dining area from 3:00 to 6:00 p.m. The
Boot is located next door to its sister concept the French-inspired
bistro, Westport Café & Bar, in the heart of Kansas City's Westport
Neighborhood. In addition to the new Happy Hour menu, The Boot’s full
menu is available until through 1:00 a.m. with drinks served until 1:30
Happy Hour Menu at The Boot: Meatballs….$1.00 each (Classico, Porco Piccante or Chicken) Daily Oysters….$1.00 each Cheese Plate….$5.00 (Grana Padano, Cow’s Milk Ricotta, Taleggio, Gorgonzola Dolce and Aged Provolone) Salumi Misi….$5.00 (La Quercia: Coppa Americana, Prosciutto Piccante and Lardo) P.E.I Mussels….$5.00
(with Pomodoro) Short Rib Ravioli….$5.00 Pizza….$7.00 (Quattro Fromaggi, Luigi, Porco or Spinachi)
Wine Sauvignon Blanc, Chateau Du Ragon….$5.00 (Bordeaux, France) Chardonnay, Morse Code….$5 (Padthaway, Australia) Tamas Double Decker Red….$5 (Cabernet Sauvignon, Petite Sirah, Barbera, Central Coast, California) Shiraz, Morse Code….$5 (Padthaway, Australia)
Anchor Steam California Common….$3
McSorley’s Black Lager….$3
Boulevard Tank 7….$5
Boulevard Dry Stout….$3
About The Boot
Officially open February 9, 2012, Kansas City now has an Italian café
and bistro, The Boot Ristorante. Based on the rustic Italian dining
experiences found in the cities of Italy. The Boot Ristorante is a
full-service, casual Italian eatery located in the heart of Old Westport
in Kansas City, Mo. Situated directly next to its older French-inspired
counterpart, Westport Café & Bar, The Boot offers a similar dining
experience with an Italian point-of-view. Developed by Chef Owners Aaron
Confessori and Richard Wiles, the menu features antipasti, house made
pasta, pizza, entrees and desserts. Bringing the true charm of Italy to
Westport, The Boot offers rustic Italian cuisine crafted with a blending
of fresh, simple ingredients and Italian tradition with a menu of
customizable dishes. The menu also includes handmade meatballs,
locally-made Krizman’s sausages and three sauces. Handcrafted cocktails
and a boutique wine and beer list are served in the intimate 1000
square-foot setting, reminiscent of a rustic Italian bistro. Located at
415 Westport Road in Kansas City, Mo., The Boot serves a full menu
daily, Monday through Saturday, 11:00 a.m. – 1:00 a.m. and Sunday 10:30
a.m. – midnight, with the bar open until 1:30 a.m. and midnight
respectively. For more information, call (816) 931-4868 or visit www.facebook.com/TheBootRistorante