Foodie February...dine around KC Destinations!
Don’t let the cold weather get you down this month. Warm up with any number of comforting food and drink options around the Kansas City area. Take a tour of the KC region, stopping at several locations or spread out your visits, either way you can’t go wrong.
Start things off in the Northland at The Fish Market in Liberty. Serving up "Bahamiana" Cuisine, they have a unique spin on inspiration from both the Bahamas and south Louisiana. The Fish Market is one of the only spots to find fried alligator, plus other favorites like gumbo, jambalaya, fish tacos and more. The Fish Market is located at 1120 E. Old MO 210, Liberty, MO, 64068.
Then make your way to downtown Kansas City (MO) and pick up some of the best chocolates in town at Christopher Elbow Artisanal Chocolate. Gourmet chocolate with touches of Spanish saffron, French lavender and fresh rosemary is only the start of what you’ll find here. His whimsical designs, use of color and creative flavors will surprise and delight even the most experienced of chocoholics. Just ask Food & Wine; the magazine named Elbow’s “No. 6 Dark Rocks” as its favorite chocolate bar in America. You’ll find Elbow’s artistic creations at the company’s retail store, as well as Halls Kansas City and fine-chocolate retailers nationwide. Christopher Elbow Chocolates is located at 1819 McGee St., Kansas City, MO 64108. www.elbowchocolates.com
From there it’s on to Kansas City, KS to embark on a culinary adventure with the relatively new KCK Taco Trail, which includes nearly 50 local taquerias featuring street tacos, Tex-Mex style tacos and more. The KCK Taco Trail pass is free and instantly delivered via email and text. No app to download and easily accessible! Participants have one year, until October 31, 2021, to eat tacos, check in, and redeem prizes. Learn more at www.KCKTacoTrail.com.
Zip back down to the heart of Johnson County for your next stop, or simply enjoy these locations on their own.
Start by grabbing tacos at Sancho’s Streetside, which isn’t just your typical taco joint. Their tacos are made over a wood fired grill and they offer a variety rivaled by few in the area. Located in downtown Shawnee this humble and intimate joint will surprise you with flavor packed options on their menu! One suggestion: GET THE NACHOS! They’re perfect to share with a taco or two as your meal. Sancho Streetside is located at 11101 Johnson Dr., Shawnee, KS 66203. https://www.sanchostreetside.com/
Your next stop is at the Lenexa Public Market where the newest member of Lenexa’s growing family of small business food vendors has popped up--Butterfield’s. Founded by Kate Smith of Kate Smith Soiree, you can still enjoy macarons and other delectable desserts, along with soups, sandwiches, a kids menu, weekend brunch and milkshakes. Kate still does catering as well and everything is out of the Butterfield’s location. Butterfield’s Bakery & Market is located in the Lenexa Public Market at 8750 Penrose Lane, Lenexa, KS 66219. https://www.butterfieldskc.com/
Our last location in the heart of Johnson County is in Merriam, KS. If food is love, then Strawberry Hill Povitica will melt your heart! Locally-made, this hand-baked dessert bread comes in over a dozen flavors and is shipped all over the country. In fact, it often sells out when featured on the popular home-shopping network QVC. From the ever-popular English Walnut to seasonal favorites like Lemon Cream or Pumpkin Spice Povitica, there’s also a new offering of coffee cakes, fresh from the oven. Located on the West Frontage Road just north of 75th Street in Merriam, you can learn more about this delicious bakery, place an order or visit the store at https://www.strawberryhill.com/
Just a little further south, down in the fast-growing community of Gardner, KS you’ll find some of the best burgers around at Blazers Restaurant. Hand-pattied, grilled fresh and ideally enjoyed with a hand-spun milkshake, this is the type of classic burger joint that everyone can enjoy. Don’t miss their daily specials. Ample seating is available. And who needs chain fast food when you can also call an order in and pick up thru the drive-thru window. Blazers Restaurant is located at 131 N. Center St., Gardner, KS 66030. http://www.blazers-restaurant.com/
Our final featured eatery this month is located just on the NW edge of the KC metro up in Leavenworth. Check out their new foodie restaurant, The Suburban. From its White Cheddar Grits to the Unicorn Burger and the delicious Horse Soldier Bourbon Pork Chop dinner, you'll be amazed at the warm and cozy atmosphere, and the superb food. There is a beautiful courtyard/patio area with a water fountain to enjoy the outside ambience while you dine in a relaxed environment. Warm and friendly staff are just waiting to serve you. The Suburban is located at 402 S. 20th St., Leavenworth. (913) 364-5003. https://www.thesuburbanrestaurant.com/