Friday, December 30, 2011

New Year's Day: Wake up, eat up, sober up!

Start 2012 off fresh or at least with a lot of coffee.

Posted By on Fri, Dec 30, 2011 at 8:00 AM

Theres nothing like a hot blueberry pancake -- and a Ninja Sunrise -- to start the New Year at Succotash.
  • Angela Bond
  • There's nothing like a hot blueberry pancake — and a Ninja Sunrise — to start the New Year at Succotash.

New Year's Day doesn't have the crazy expectations that cling to the previous night: Excitement! Romance! Drunken brawls! Regrets! The only real requirement of New Year's Day is to eventually crawl out of bed and welcome 2012 with coffee and a piece of Nicorette gum (that is, if you want to try that resolution again). For most people, the day requires at least one solid meal. If you're still mildly intoxicated, the greasier the meal, the better. Here's some good news: The original Town Topic diner, the one at 2021 Broadway, will be open 24 hours on New Year's Eve and New Year's Day.

For more sophisticated tastes, theWestport Café (431 Westport Road, 816-756-2770) will serve New Year’s Day brunch from 10:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Aaron Confessori’s bistro recently introduced two new dishes to the brunch menu: crispy fried chicken served with French toast and a “Crepe Madame,” described as a sweet crepe topped with an egg, sunny side up, Gruyere cheese, creamy béchamel sauce and ham. The latter dish can also be served meatless. Traditional brunch cocktails like mimosas and bloody marys are served, but bar manager Joel Carron’s hangover remedy is spiced rum and orange juice.

Chef Justin Voldan will once again turn the 12 Baltimore lounge and dining room in the historic Hotel Phillips (106 East 12th Street, 816-221-7000) into a well-laden brunch extravaganza featuring a seafood station (scallops, shrimp, mussels, smoked salmon); a grill station offering beef bourguignon, lemon caper chicken, and grilled mahi mahi; a fondue station with assorted breads; an omelette station; salad station; and a table featuring this restaurant’s signature dishes, like whiskey-glazed ham, lobster macaroni and cheese, and banana bread French toast. The brunch is priced at $29, not including tax and gratuity.

If it’s a pretty morning, why not drive out to Platte City on New Year’s Day where charming restaurateur DeDe Shields can hand you either an aspirin or a cocktail at the door of Shields Manor Bistro (121 Main, Platte City, 816-858-5557). DeDe and her husband, Max, will serve New Year’s Day dinner from noon to 3 p.m. For $15, diners will have a choice of one of four entrees (including soup or salad): smoked beef brisket with baked potato, salmon croquette with wild rice, Italian sausage with farfalle pasta, or parmesan filet of fish with bistro potatoes. The price does not include tax or gratuity. Desserts are extra.

Chef Beth Barden, owner of Succotash bruncheonette (2601 Holmes, 816-421-2807), is introducing a new menu this weekend and will be open on New Year’s Day from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. “We have a new lighter-fare section,” Barden says, “plus all of our old favorites for soaking up any residual liquor from the night before.” Barden’s favorite hangover cure is the nonalcoholic freshly juiced beverage called the Ninja Sunrise. “It’s a blend of the best detox ingredients: grapefruit, orange, beet, ginger and carrot juices.”

The Brasserie restaurant off the lobby of the Westin Crown Center Hotel (1 East Pershing Road, 816-474-4400) begins serving breakfast at 6:30 a.m.

The Bluebird Bistro (1700 Summit, 816-221-7559) will offer a champagne brunch from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. You have to buy your own damn champagne, but the brunch menu is filled with tasty and healthy choices. One server told me that she recommends the pork-and-polenta Benedict as the best hangover cure. “But the champagne helps, too,” she says.

What’s New Year’s Day without those good-luck dishes, greens and black-eyed peas, baby? You can get those and more at the family-operated DelHi's Southern Cuisine in Kansas City, Kansas. The buffet will be serving up fried chicken, yams, mashed potatoes, cornbread, catfish, spaghetti and chocolate cake, too, from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Another popular soul-food buffet, Lew's Soul Delicious (2128 East 12th Street, 816-421-3378) will be serving from noon to 5 p.m.

And although Chinese New Year isn't until January 23 this year, Bo Lings on the Country Club Plaza (4800 Main, 816-753-1718) will celebrate its last American New Year's Day in the Board of Trade location— it moves to its new venue across Brush Creek in mid-March — by serving dim sum from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. The Bo Lings at 9055 Metcalf will also be serving dim sum during the same hours.

But wait, there's more! Stay tuned for the second installment of this heartwarming story later this morning. In the meantime, feel free to share your own favorite New Year's Day dining spot in the comments section.

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