Holidays have their rules. On Christmas, you tell the truth. During the Fourth of July, you anxiously watch your children play with sparklers. And for Kansas City Restaurant Week, one eats until one’s waistline has expanded one full belt hole.
The fifth annual KC Restaurant Week returns on Friday, January 17, and runs through Sunday, January 26. Fixed price lunches ($15) and dinners ($33) are being offered by 132 area restaurants with 10 percent of the proceeds going to Harvesters, the Kansas City Convention & Visitor’s Association’s (KCCVA) Kansas City Regional Destination Development Foundation and The Greater Kansas City Restaurant Association (GKCRA) Educational Foundation. The GKCRA and KCCVA are the organizers of Restaurant Week. Rather than have you try and wade through the menus from 12 Baltimore to Zocalo, The Recommended Daily has put together a list of five reservations you should make. You can do that either on the website or via the week’s free app.
Trezo Mare (4105 N Mulberry Drive). DINNER. The Briarcliff Village restaurant is hoping to draw some heat with its En Fuego. The seafood stew starts with a lobster and saffron broth that is then loaded with clams, mussels, salmon, Scimeca’s Italian sausage and saffron rice. “It’s our version of paella,” executive chef Robert Padilla says. “It’s a nice winter warmer.” For those who are not seafood lovers, Trezo Mare also has a double bone-in pork chop served with a Bordelaise sauce and orange marmalade.
The Corner Restaurant (4059 Broadway). LUNCH. This is the first restaurant week for the Westport eatery, which opened last April. Their three-course lunch menu features a house salad with apple honey mustard vinaigrette, a red bean cassoulet with country ham and pork belly, and a vanilla bean flan with black cherry bourbon sauce. “We wanted something flavorful and comforting that fits with our idea of farm to table,” executive chef Mickey Priolo says.
Bristol Seafood Grill (51 E 14th Street or 5400 W 119th Street, Leawood). LUNCH. Pay homage to a classic and compete the rare double mariner. What’s the double mariner, you ask? Well, it’s a two-course lobster lunch. Get the signature lobster bisque (regularly $9 by itself) and then ask for the lobster mac n’ cheese with white truffles. Landlubbers can find solid ground with the Caesar salad and petit filet.
Nara (1617 Main Street). LUNCH. Your meal in the Crossroads can start with either a crab crunch salad made with imitation crab, cucumber, seaweed, fried tempura bits and dynamite sauce (a mayo-srirachi dressing with a pinch of jalapeno) or three pieces of temari sushi (think sushi in the shape of a cake pop sans the stick). “In Japan, temari is really for special occasions. We wanted to do something special,” sushi chef Fumi Nagase says. You can follow that up with either their Mongolian beef or crispy cashew chicken.
Le Fou Frog (400 E 5th Street). DINNER. Get ready to eat the whole farmstead. Start your dinner with the duck prosciutto served with fig balsamic. Then don’t hesitate to order the boeuf au poivre — beef shoulder sauteed with Madagascar green peppercorns and then flambeed in Cognac. You can then dredge a forkful of beef through the peppercorn veal demi-glace. Dessert is from the orchard — chaussons aux pomes (a French apple turnover).
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