The 10 BEST Restaurants to Visit During Kansas City Restaurant Week

Visit the best 10 restaurants for Kansas City Restaurant Week, including Q39, Novel, and Le Fou Frog!

Some people think Christmas or Thanksgiving is a foodie’s favorite time of the year. With the amount of good food, the wonderful memories, and the excuse to eat a lot, those two holidays are safe bets if you had to hazard a guess.

Unfortunately, there’s Kansas City Restaurant Week, and that really puts a screw into thinking that Christmas or Thanksgiving is a favorite foodie holiday.

Let’s be real: Kansas City Restaurant Week is the true winner.

The only difficulty with Kansas City Restaurant Week is that there are 180+ restaurants participating this year and only twenty chances to eat lunch or dinner between January 13 and 22. And that’s only if you’re really crazy and don’t mind gaining 20 pounds. So, if you are having a hard time deciding where to eat (like the rest of Kansas City) and want to get the best bang for your buck during KCRW, here are the 10 BEST restaurants to visit during KCRW.



Novel is always a safe choice. Described as a new American type restaurant, Novel was named for the “novel” choices Chef Ryan Brazeal decided to make with his new dining experiment. Novel is one of the most popular fine dining options in Kansas City and is located in Westside. Be sure to try the Seared Diver Scallop … it’s divine!

Restaurant Week Menu

First Course:

Crispy Egg (nut free)

tripe, chipotle, bacon hushpuppies

Duck Neck Dumplings

foie gras, gala apple, black vinegar

Beet Salad (vegan, gluten free)

raspberry, wasabi, yuzu

Second Course:

Seared Diver Scallop (nut free)

bone marrow, mushroom, sweet potato, chili

Duroc Pork Chop (nut free)

pork belly ragu, rice späetzle, baby bok choy

Goat Cheese Gnocchi (can be vegetarian)

butternut squash, braised goat, pumpkin seed mole

Third Course:

Chocolate (gluten free)

bourbon caramel, peanut

Parsnip Cake (nut free)

honey custard, winter pear, black sesame

Coconut Semifreddo (nut free)

passionfruit, espresso, mango, apricot



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Grunauer made QUITE the impression on me last Restaurant Week. On their KCRW dessert menu, they created a new treat, a caramel pot de creme, just for restaurant week diners and it was the most delicious thing I’ve ever tasted. This year, they have their traditional Mohr im Hemd, a flourless chocolate cake topped with hazelnuts and whipped cream, sure to be a winner for most Restaurant Week diners.

Restaurant Week Menu

First Course

Amuse Bouche

Second Course

Krumpirnsuppe (GF,NF) Potato soup with spinach

Blumenkohlsalat (GF,NF,VEGAN) Roasted cauliflower, arugula, hazelnuts and a red wine shallot vinaigrette

Third Course:

Kaiserschnitzel (NF) Escalope of Pork finished in cream sauce with papardelle and vegetable pasta

Rindsbraten (NF,GF) Slow roasted beef shoulder with mashed potatoes carmelized brussel sprouts and horseradish

Spätzlepfanne (VEGETARIAN, NF) Spinach spätzle hash with mushrooms, green asparagus & peas

Gegrillter Lachs mit Bohnenpaprikash Grilled Norwegian Salmon with cannellini white bean ragout (GF)

Fourth Course:

Wiener Apfelschmarrn Viennese-style pancakes with apples

Mohr im Hemd (GF) Flourless chocolate cake with hazelnuts and house made whipping cream

Le Fou Frog

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As a four-star restaurant located in River Market, Le Fou Frog is a unique French restaurant with an ever-changing menu. Well-known as the best in French food in the Kansas City area, it’s worth seeing what Executive Chef Mano Rafael has whipped up for his Restaurant Week guests.

No Menu Provided.



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Piropos is a unique restaurant in the Briarcliff Village that focuses on the taste of Argentina with a strong background in Kansas City. With a touch of Spanish, Italian, and French influences, Argentinean dining includes grilled meats, seafood, salads and lots of fresh vegetables.

Restaurant Week Menu

First Course:

Sopa Del Dia
(Soup of the Day)

Chopped Salad
(Chopped Romaine Lettuce, Crispy Pancetta, Carrots & Onions with Stilton Blue Cheese Dressing)

Second Course:

8-oz Pan Seared Pepper-Corn Encrusted Pork Chop
(Chiffonier Basil Mashed Potatoes and Julianne Vegetables & Brandy Cream Sauce)
Scottish Salmon
(Saffron & Crab Meat Risotto, Grilled Asparagus with Caper Butter Sauce)

12 oz Grilled Ribeye
(Roasted Garlic Mashed Potatoes, Mushrooms, Red Onions with Blue Cheese Compound Butter)

Third Course:

Crème Brulee
(Camus Cognac Creme Brulee)

Strawberry Chocolate Cake with Dulce de Leche & Crème Inglesa
(Argentine Inspired Cake with Traditional Topping Sauces)


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Story is born out of a love of literature–ask Chef Carl Thorne-Thomsen and his two degrees in English literature and creative writing! After teaching himself enough to land a kitchen job and then successfully moving up to be chef de cuisine for the Michael Smith restaurant, Thorne-Thomsen eventually held the position of chef de cuisine for both Extra Virgin and Michael Smith simultaneously. Curious about how Story got its name? Be sure to read more on their website, or go in and visit for yourself!

Restaurant Week Menu

First Course:


parmesan, olives, croutons, tonnato dressing


shrimp bisque

cilantro, pine nuts, coconut milk

Second Course:

mahi mahi

pomegranate seeds, brussels sprouts, cauliflower, fingerling potatoes


pork tenderloin

parsnips, celery root, sage spaetzle

Third Course:

walnut cake

maple glaze, bananas, whipped cream


chocolate panna cotta

toasted meringue, orange segments



Q39 is one of my personal favorite restaurants and there’s not much else you need to know. With Rob Magee’s background in competition barbecue and his determination to create the perfect barbecue restaurant, Q39’s menu includes some of the best meat you’ll ever taste. Be sure to try the cheesecake–it’s my favorite!

Restaurant Week Menu

Includes your choice of Boulevard Wheat, Boulevard Pale Ale, soft drink, tea or coffee.

First Course:

Bacon wrapped shrimp: Jalapeno cilantro slaw

Smoked and Grilled pork belly: White bean cassoulet, onion straws

Spinach Salad: Warm goat cheese, pickled onions, pecans, granny smith apples

Second Course: All entrees include corn bread, apple slaw and your choice of baked beans or potato salad. (pick 1)

Half Rack Q39 Spare Ribs with honey BBQ Glaze

Judge’s Plate (pick 3 meats): Spare Ribs, Chipotle Sausage, Sliced Brisket, Pulled Pork or Smoked Chicken

USDA Certified Angus Beef Brisket: Sliced smoked brisket, cubed burnt ends

Third Course:

Champion Cheesecake: Chocolate Ganache, Dulce de Leche, Pecans

Warm Chocolate Brownie: Chocolate sauce, caramel, nuts and vanilla ice cream.


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Since 1954, Cascone’s has operated as the premier Italian restaurant in the Northland, owned by the Cascone family for four generations. With classic Italian dishes and two different locations, it’s definitely worth a visit–and just for the fresh bread alone! Be sure to get anything with pasta–it’s made fresh!

Restaurant Week Menu

Second Course:

Chicken Spedini Soto with Fettuccine Alfredo

Siciliano Combo

Frank’s Rainbow Trout with Pasta



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Lidia’s is yet another fantastic Italian restaurant located just north of Union Station, but it’s a little more fabulous because it’s owned and founded by Lidia Bastianich, one of the best-loved chefs on television and a best-selling cookbook author. She even had the opportunity to cook for Pope Benedict XVI during his travels to New York. And if that doesn’t speak volumes about the cuisine, perhaps the option of unlimited pasta will!

Restaurant Week Menu

First Course:

Caesar Salad

Jota-Sauerkraut and Bean Soup with Smoked Pork

Red Wine Risotto Arancini with Carrot Puree

Housemade Cotechino over Lentils and Root Vegetables with Mustard Sauce

Bruschetta with Salt Cod Puree and Roasted Tomato

Salad of Red Cabbage, Endive and Poached Rock Shrimp

Second Course:

Pasta Trio

Pork Back Ribs Braised with Cherry Peppers and Tomato over Rigatoni

Duck Leg in Vinegar Sauce, Brussels Sprouts with Walnuts

Spinach Stuffed Sole Involtini with Lemon and Caper

Lamb Shank Braised in Beer with Tangy Turnips

Butternut Squash and Mushroom Pasticciata with Goat Cheese and Balsamico

Third Course:

Chocolate Almond Torta with Amaretti Crunch and Maple Cream


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Affare is described as a modern German restaurant, focused on bringing locally-sourced food and fresh dishes to every meal. Owned by Martin and Katrin Heuser, Martin discovered his love for cooking while working for his family’s restaurant, Im Steinhaus, which is located in a 15th century stone building and has been owned by his family for almost 200 years (?!). After moving from Germany to Kansas City, they decided to open Affare. I’m absolutely dying to try the Chantily cream!

Restaurant Week Menu

First Course:

Garden Greens

Peppers, cucumbers, eggs

Herb vinaigrette


Clam chowder

Celery, onions, potatoes

Carrots, cream


Second Course:

East coast cod

Vegetable rice

Mustard cream sauce


Pork roast

Horseradish mashed potatoes


Dark beer sauce


Third Course:

Apple Strudel

Chantilly cream


If you are still looking for a great place to try, be sure to check out Michael Smith or Pierpont’s at Union Station, both of which are amazing options for Restaurant Week!

Let me know which restaurants you end up visiting and which ones you like the most in the comments! And don’t forget to follow me on Instagram at @eatingkc for more suggestions, recommendations, and #KCRW2017 pictures.

Author: Hannah Rushton

I'm happiest when eating an ice cream cone, pasta, or anything with a French name (brie, crème brûlée, brioche, etc.).

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