Monday, January 16, 2012

KC Restaurant Week starts this Friday

This week, 127 restaurants offer prix fixe lunch and dinners.

Posted By on Mon, Jan 16, 2012 at 10:55 AM

Pepita crusted scallops from Aaron Sanchezs Mestizo are on the menu this week.
  • Kansas City Restaurant Week
  • Pepita-crusted scallops from Aaron Sanchez's Mestizo are on the menu this week.
The third annual Kansas City Restaurant Week starts this Friday and runs until the following Sunday (January 29). The only way to tackle the 139 restaurants (different locations from local chains are participating) and several thousand meal possibilities is to break this down into a who, what, when and where approach. This is a chance to get to restaurants you've always meant to try, help a good cause (10 percent of the meal purchase price goes directly to Harvesters) and support local eateries.

Click through for Fat City's guide to Kansas City Restaurant Week.

Achuete pork sliders from The Drop.
  • KC Restaurant Week.
  • Achuete pork sliders from the Drop.
What's on tap: Kansas City Restaurant Week begins on Friday, January 20, and runs through Sunday, January 29. Local restaurants (you can search via name or cuisine type) will be offering prix fixe lunches ($15) and dinners ($30). Restaurants design a multicourse meal (typically two courses for lunch, three for dinner) either from their existing menu or as a special for the week. You can make a reservation online via Open Table.

What's new? KC Restaurant Week has a new iPhone app — it has a list of participating restaurants in alphabetical order (there's also a search function) with links to the restaurant's website, a map of its location, phone number and a menu. In addition to the app, KC Restaurant Week's Facebook page is well populated with food photos and menu previews that will help you make your decision. Among the 127 different restaurants are also a host of new eateries that have opened in the past year — Story, Tavern in the Village, and Aaron Sanchez's Mestizo are three new spots.

Where you should eat in the city: J.J.'s for lunch. Scarf down its wild boar sausage with horseradish blinis, carmelized apples and whole grain mustard, and their smoked salmon salad. La Bodega is another strong choice with its Cubano sandwich and creme de Catalan (flan with an orange citrus flavor). Just offering dinner, the American Restaurant has a 63 degree egg (cream, cauliflower, black garlic and kale), braised Berkshire pork (root vegetables, polenta, sarsparilla) and apple cinnamon toast crunch (apple sorbet, cinnamon sorbet, caramel ice cream and spiced apple soda). Fogo de Chao for dinner. It's basically a steep discount off the traditional $42.50, all-you-can-meat Brazilian churrascaria on the Plaza.

Beet salad from Tannin Wine Bar
Where you should eat in the suburbs: Fo Thai has a Thai charred beef salad with long beans, Asian pear and mint and a braised lamb shank with mashed potato and seasonal vegetables, and a free daily dessert for lunch. Tavern in the Village has a three-course dinner — caesar salad, filet mignon in a veal reduction and salted caramel pot de creme — that sounds like a righteous meal.

Where you should eat if you're a vegetarian? Spin! Pizza has a solid lunch special (for meat eaters, as well) — a mini pizza, salad or soup, soda or iced tea and gelato. You'll also leave with a $5 SPIN! Buck to use on your next visit.

Most unlikely restaurant week participant: The 13 Popeyes locations that have lunch and dinner specials. And, yes, $30 buys you a lot of Popeyes — 13 tenders, three regular sides, six biscuits and three hot cinnamon apple pies.

Where are you making reservations this week?

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