Aixois Brasserie (1006 Walnut, 816-474-0000) opened in the downtown loop in June. The second restaurant from husband—and-wife team Emmanuel and Megan Langlade features a number of the dishes made popular at their Brookside Aixois.
Port Fonda (4141 Pennsylvania, 816-216-6462) is now open in Westport. Chef Patrick Ryan’s Nuevo Latino cuisine, which first drew fans when the business was in an Airstream trailer, is now being dished up in a brick-and-mortar restaurant with a serious mescal and tequila list. It’s closed on Mondays; details at portfondakc.com.Sushi By Me (307 Main, 816-474-5088) has arrived in the former Pieroguys Café space in the City Market. Chef David Nguyen’s inventive sushi includes the Crunchy Roll (eight pieces of crawfish salad and cucumbers topped with shrimp, imitation crab, spicy mayo and panko breadcrumbs) and a build-your-own option. Sushi By Me is open 11 a.m.—2 p.m. Sunday and Monday, and 11 a.m.—8 p.m. Tuesday—Saturday.
Oklahoma Joe’s (11723 Roe, 913-338-5151) has them queuing up in Leawood. The third location of the local barbecue juggernaut has a patio and the same Southern Pride smokers as the Kansas City, Kansas, and Olathe spots. Hours at oklahomajoesbbq.com.
Remedy Food + Drink (500 West 75th Street, 816-361-9788) is the concept that has replaced Kennedy’s Bar & Grill in Waldo. Chef Max Watson, formerly of the Rieger Hotel Grill & Exchange and Port Fonda, is kicking out a farm-to-table menu with cauliflower steaks, creamed corn made with corn milk, and free-range fried-chicken dinners. It’s open 11 a.m.—10 p.m. Sunday—Thursday, and 11 a.m.—11 p.m. Friday and Saturday.
Murray’s Tables & Taps (12921 State Line, 816-943-3333) is a pub with a serious food menu. The Reuben, made with house-smoked corned beef, is as thoughtfully made as the fresh-cucumber margaritas. A 50-seat patio awaits a day when the weather cooperates again. The bar is open until 1 a.m. every night, and the kitchen serves food 11 a.m.—10 p.m. Sunday—Thursday, and 11 a.m.—11 p.m. Friday and Saturday.
El Rancho (534 Westport Road) has picked up stakes and moved back to Columbia. The place for many a late-night nacho craver in Westport closed last month. The original location is still open in Columbia (1014 East Broadway) for those with a serious hankering.
Waid’s (6920 Mission, Prairie Village) has closed its JoCo staple. The once-popular neighborhood diner was a touchstone for those who grew up in this suburb. The last remaining Waid’s is still open at 1130 West 103rd Street.