Foodie News

Just a Bite: December 2012

Spaces KC Magazine

Eat Local

For all you fans of eating and supporting local products, farms and businesses—and you should be fans of all things local—The Kansas City Store is promoting a new buy-one-get-one Dining Club Card in conjunction with The Kansas City Originals. The Kansas City Originals exists to promote dining in local, independent area restaurants, to provide diners with a unique local flavor and to raise awareness of independent restaurants both locally and nationally. The philosophy behind The Originals is simple: Passionate individuals develop local restaurants. These individuals are driven by a desire to offer something unique and exciting both to our local patrons and to the guests who visit our city. The dollars spent in local restaurants stay in Kansas City, and local restaurants support our residents and vital local charities. A vibrant, independent restaurant community makes our city a better place to live and increases our city’s culinary and cultural strength. Kansas City is a city with a unique flavor, a flavor we can all be proud of. Local restaurants ensure that this local flavor continues to be delivered.

There are more than 20 locations where the card can be used including some of my favorites, such as Blanc Burgers + Bottles, La Bodega, Michael Smith Restaurant, Harry’s Country Club, Tannin Wine Bar and Kitchen, and The American. Support all those things that make Kansas City unique, a source of pride and, above all, a great city to live in. For more information, visit or call 816-234-4599.

Cool Beans

If you’re in the mood for a local latte, check out the new Parisi Café at Park Place in Leawood. At the time of writing, the café was scheduled to open in late November. The new café will feature hand-brewed coffee by the cup, barista-prepared espresso drinks and iced coffees, artisan teas, Italian sodas and more. It features Parisi’s locally roasted coffee, sourced from great beans from around the world. The new 2,000-square-foot cafe is located at 5245 W. 116th Place near the Park Place development’s south parking garage and breezeway. It also offers an array of pastries and baked items, plus grab-and-go sandwiches and salads.

“We knew we wanted to open a second location in the future because our Union Station Café has received such an amazing reception in Kansas City. So, when we were approached by Park Place we decided it would be a smart move to go ahead with plans for another café sooner rather than later,” said Scott Presnell, director of marketing for Parisi Coffee.

“With the larger size of our space at Park Place, we are able to focus on a wider variety of culinary selections that we’ve wanted to do, including an expanded dessert menu, as well as cocktail and wine options.” In addition, the new Parisi Café Leawood will feature a limited offering of hand-crafted, cordial-style mixed drinks and a selection of wines that pair with coffee and the dessert menu. The café will be open to service customers later in the evenings. Store hours are expected to be from 7 a.m. to 9 p.m. Monday through Saturday and 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. Sundays. Don’t live in Leawood? Parisi Artisan Coffee is available at many area grocery stores and is served at many Kansas City restaurants. Visit for more information.

Mama Mio!

If you’re local to Leawood, check out Mio—an Italian Trattoria at 4800 W. 135th Street (135th and Roe). Based on dishes from his grandmother, this new venue, the brainchild of Julian Viso, promises to be “not a red-sauce Italian restaurant.” Let’s all hope he’s right. Good, simple, authentic Italian fare is as hard to beat as it is hard to find. Carl Brandt, a veteran local restaurateur, is managing the new enterprise. The industrious team Specialty Cuisine Concept has several other ideas in the works for our locale including an Argentine steakhouse, tapas, French bistro and Mio Pizzeria. Power to the locals!

A Cut Above

Anton’s, a new restaurant/taproom/butcher shop, recently opened in the Crossroads at 1610 Main St. Featuring Missouri pork and a choice of local grain-fed and grass-fed beef, and potentially down the road, house-grown tilapia and greens, locavores should rejoice. For those without the time or desire to cook, you can still pick the cut of meat of your dreams, move south into the taproom, have a seat and a chef will prepare the food to your liking.

Anton Kotar, formerly a partner in Grinders, is no stranger to the business. He is passionate about local sourcing and high-quality ingredients. It’s an inviting space with at least 50 brews on tap, comfortable seating in the restaurant/taproom and an upper-level dining area as well. Next spring, the outdoor deck in back should prove popular. It has the bones of a classic butcher shop. The beef is butchered, dry-aged in-house and cut to order. The menu has a predilection for freshly ground hamburgers, dry-aged steaks, and house-smoked meats.

Gather 'round the Table

Jessica James, executive chef of Applebee’s, relishes her weekends creating simple, seasonal, memorable meals her family loves.


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