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Enjoy Mother’s Day Brunch @ Jax Fish House

Jax Fish House and Oyster Bar is serving its inaugural Mother’s Day brunch on Sunday, May 10 from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., a time that Jax is typically closed for business. The Mother’s Day brunch menu includes 13 custom creations intended to celebrate the mothers of Kansas City.

Immediately following the brunch, a special Mother’s Day happy hour will be offered from 3 – 6 p.m. with live music by Kim Sivils on the piano & Steve Rigazzi on the upright bass.

The Mother’s Day brunch menu includes:

Mother’s Day Brunch

Biscuits & Gravy

Chive biscuits, soft scrambled egg, black pepper gravy

Pernod Lox

Asparagus, chive flowers, cured egg yolks, meringue wafers, 4 minute egg mayo, preserved lemon vinaigrette

Fried Green Tomatoes

Pimento cheese, creamed spinach, tomato jam, sunny side egg

Shrimp & Grits

Heirloom grits, oyster mushrooms, peppers, red eye gravy

Fried Chicken on Johnny Cakes

Blackberry and bourbon glaze, lardo sausage, slaw, maple butter

Smoked Trout Benny

Caramelized fennel, grilled baguette, basil hollandaise, poached egg, capers 

Callah French Toast

Mascarpone scented with fenugreek, candy spiced pecans, berries, salted butter

Jumbo Lump Blue Crab Cake

Grilled lemon tartar, herb salad

     American Kobe Beef Burger

Old bay fries, add blue cheese, cheddar, bacon, fried eggs or fried oysters

Lobster Roll

Smoked bacon, celery aioli, house pickles

 Bakkafrost Salmon Salad

Goatsbeard goat cheese, petit seasonal vegetables, garlic croutons, white balsamic vinaigrette

Coquillo Olive Pappardelle

Pearl onion, charbroiled octopus, Spanish chorizo, chicories and citrus gremolata

Grilled Swordfish

Fregola sarda, herbs, braised kohlrabi, mission fig mostarda 

Reservations and Information

Reservations can be made by calling Jax at (816) 437-7940. Jax is located at 4814 Roanoke Parkway, Kansas City, Mo.

New SPIN! Opens In Overland Park

Local favorite SPIN! Neapolitan Pizza just opened its eighth metro location.

The new pizza hub is in south Overland Park, in the Corbin Park Retail Village, 6510 W. 135th St.

Expect the same award-winning fare that can be found at the other locations, including artisan food made from fresh ingredients and distinct, inviting atmosphere that appeals to all ages.

In 2005, when we opened our first location on 119th Street in Overland Park, SPIN! was one of the nation’s first Neapolitan-style pizzerias,” says Ed Brownell, a Partner in SPIN! Pizza. “We are excited to open a second location in Overland Park serving the booming residential and commercial development that’s taken place to the south of our original location. And it’s a special thrill that the General Manager has been with us since we opened the doors of our first location.”

The General Manager of the new location, Molly McClure, began as a server 10 years ago when the first SPIN! opened further north in Overland Park.

McClure was an 18-year-old senior at Blue Valley North High School, with an eye on a culinary career, when she began as a server/cashier at SPIN! Pizza. At 22, she was promoted to a salaried management position before being named a general manger two years ago. This is the first time she will open a new location. McClure says that she loves working at SPIN! because the employees are like family and the award-winning food is freshly made on site.

SPIN! is great because it’s a scratch kitchen,” she said. “It’s not like a big corporate where everything comes prepared for you and you just put things together. It’s neat to be somewhere you can actually cook.”

SPIN!’s recipes are developed in collaboration with James Beard Award-winning Chef Michael Smith, who also was just named national Chef Innovator of the Year.

SPIN! has locations under construction in the Northland’s Burlington Creek Shopping Center and Warrensburg’s University of Central Missouri. SPIN! currently has locations in Crown Center, midtown Kansas City and Lee’s Summit, Mo. and in Overland Park, Olathe, Prairie Village and Lenexa, Ks.

For more information, visit

Let Patio Season Begin With Tacos & Tequila

Patio season is just around the corner.

Zócalo Mexican Cuisine & Tequileria, located at 620 West 48th street in Kansas City, Mo., will officially kick off patio season on Saturday, April 4, with an all-day celebration.

Beginning at 11 a.m. and running through sundown, if you dine on the front or back patio, you can grab $3 a la carte street tacos, $4 Patrón shots and $6 Patrón margaritas. Live entertainment provided by local musician and acoustic guitarist, Brett Blakemore, will be filling the air from 2 – 5 p.m.

Zocolo, which opened in October 2011, features contemporary Mexican cuisine made from local and imported ingredients. You can sample over 85 tequila and mezcal offerings.

For more information about the patio celebration or the restaurant in general, call (816) 756-5555 or visit

Food and drink specials:

  • $3 a la carte street tacos (options include shrimp, pork, barbacoa, fish and mushroom)
  • $4 Patrón shots
  • $6 Patrón margaritas

When: Saturday, April 4

Time: 11 a.m. – sundown

Where: Zócalo Mexican Cuisine & Tequileria

** Specials are only available to guests dining on the front or back patios.

Winter Cocktails Arrive at Westport Cafe and Bar

Westport Cafe & Bar has launched their winter cocktail menu just in time for the holidays.

It features five new classic and house specialty creations joined by three favorites from previous years. Created by lead bartender Bronson Kistler, the five new winter cocktails utilize fresh ingredients combined with seasonal herbs and spices, as well as interesting craft spirits and house-made liqueurs.

The seasonal cocktail menu is now available through the winter season as follows:

New Classic Cocktails

Hot Buttered Rum – Gosling’s dark rum, Angostura 5-year rum, spiced vanilla butter, hot cider

Embury French 75 – Camus Cognac, lemon, sugar, sparkling wine

(Classic Cocktails remaining on the menu include: Bee’s Knees, Old Fashioned, Suffering Bastard, Champagne Cocktail and Pimm’s Cup)

New House Specialty Cocktails

Penrose – Maison Rouge Cognac, pear brandy, hibiscus, brown sugar, lemon, egg white

Bandolier – Cedar-infused Buffalo Trace Bourbon, Campari, Dolin Rouge

Amelia– Tito’s Vodka, Oloroso Sherry, Falernum, lime, strawberries

House Specialty Cocktails Back By Popular Demand

Little Red Rooster – Plymouth Gin, Aperol, cinnamon, grapefruit, lemon, bitters

Meredian – Bulleit Bourbon, chai-infused Carpano Antica, lemon, blueberries

Winter Smash – Four Roses Bourbon, lemon, cinnamon, peach, mint

(House Cocktails remaining on the menu include: Charlie Sour, Brother’s Keeper and Miracle on 43rd)

The Parisian-inspired bistro opens daily at 4 p.m., serving craft cocktails and a full bar with a craft beer and wine selection until 1:30 a.m. (midnight, Sunday).

A daily happy hour food menu with $5 select glasses of wine and $3 beers is offered from 4 – 6 p.m. with late night starting at 10 p.m.

The full dinner menu is served starting at 4 p.m. daily until 1 a.m. (11:30 p.m., Sunday). Additionally, Westport Café & Bar offers brunch every Saturday and Sunday from 10:30 a.m. – 4 p.m.

For more information on the new winter cocktail menu at Westport Café and Bar, please visit

KC Restaurant Week Gearing Up To Delight Diners

Kansas City Restaurant Week is getting ever closer.

The 10-day dining extravaganza which benefits local charities floods the KC metro with amazing food Jan. 16-25, 2015.

Participants in Restaurant Week offer multi-course meals for lunch and/or dinner from custom menus for $15 and $33, respectively. Participating restaurants’ culinary teams develop Restaurant Week menus from existing, specially created and “limited time only” dishes. More than 115 restaurants are already registered to participate in the event benefiting five local organizations.

Donations raised during the 2015 event benefit BoysGrow, an urban-farming initiative whose mission is to teach entrepreneurism to urban male youth; Children’s Center for the Visually Impaired, an organization offering training and educational programs to visually-impaired children and their families; and Cultivate Kansas City, an organization providing incentives for low-income families to shop at local farmers markets. The Kansas City Regional Destination Development Foundation and the Greater Kansas City Restaurant Association Education Foundation also receive a share of the 2015 donations.

In preparation for Restaurant, US Foods launched a redesigned New features join a host of other information available on the site, including participating restaurant listings and menus.

The revamped site’s new features include:

  • A visual layout optimized for mobile devices
  • A restaurant search function powered by Google to compensate for common misspellings.
  • Mapping features that clearly identify a restaurant’s location and region.
  • A “Make a Night of It” section highlighting deals and packages from partner hotels, as well as information on shopping experiences available from Kansas City’s Country Club Plaza, Zona Rosa, Crown Center, Town Center Plaza and Power & Light districts.

Visit the site today to start mapping out your dining adventures:

2015 Kansas City Restaurant Week Participating Restaurants (as of Nov. 12, 2014)

  1. 12 Baltimore
  2. 37 Steak
  3. 75th Street Brewery
  4. 801 Chophouse – Power & Light
  5. 801 Chophouse – Leawood
  6. 801 Fish
  7. Accurso’s Italian Restaurant
  8. Affäre
  9. Anna’s Oven
  10. Barley’s Brewhaus, Leawood
  11. Barley’s Brewhaus, Overland Park
  12. Barley’s Brewhaus, Shawnee
  13. Barrel 31
  14. Beer Kitchen
  15. Blue Moose Bar & Grill, Lenexa
  16. Blue Moose Bar & Grill, Overland Park
  17. Blue Moose Bar & Grill, Prairie Village
  18. bluestem
  19. BRGR Kitchen + Bar, Downtown Kansas City
  20. BRGR Kitchen + Bar, Prairie Village
  21. Brio Tuscan Grill
  22. Bristol Seafood Grill, Downtown Kansas City
  23. Bristol Seafood Grill, Leawood
  24. Broadway Jazz Club
  25. Burnt End BBQ
  26. Café Sebastienne
  27. Café Trio
  28. Char Bar Smoked Meats & Amusements
  29. Chaz on the Plaza
  30. Coach’s Bar & Grill, Kansas City
  31. Coaches Bar & Grill, Overland Park
  32. Coal Vines
  33. Cooper’s Hawk Winery & Restaurant
  34. Drunken Fish, Leawood
  35. Drunken Fish, Downtown Kansas City
  36. EBT Restaurant
  37. Fiorella’s Jack Stack, Country Club Plaza
  38. Fiorella’s Jack Stack, Freight House
  39. Fiorella’s Jack Stack, Martin City
  40. Fiorella’s Jack Stack, Overland Park
  41. Fogo De Chão
  42. Garozzo’s Ristorante, Kansas City
  43. Garozzo’s Ristorante, Lee’s Summit
  44. Garozzo’s Ristorante, Overland Park
  45. Gaslight Grill
  46. Genghis Khan Mongolian Grill
  47. Gram & Dun
  48. Grand Street Café, Kansas City
  49. Grand Street Café, Lenexa
  50. Hereford House – Independence
  51. Hereford House – Zona Rosa
  52. Hereford House – Leawood
  53. Hereford House – Shawnee
  54. J. Gilberts Wood-Fired Steaks and Seafood
  55. Jax Fish House & Oyster Bar
  56. Jazz, A Louisiana Kitchen, 39th Street
  57. Jazz, A Louisiana Kitchen, Legends Outlets
  58. Jess and Jim’s Steakhouse
  59. Johnny’s Italian Steakhouse
  60. Kona Grill
  61. La Bodega, Kansas City
  62. La Bodega, Leawood
  63. Le Fou Frog
  64. Lew’s Grill & Bar
  65. Lidia’s Kansas City
  66. LongHorn Steakhouse, Kansas Speedway
  67. LongHorn Steakhouse, Leawood
  68. LongHorn Steakhouse, Olathe
  69. Lulu’s Thai Noodle Shop
  70. Manny’s Mexican Restaurant
  71. McCormick & Schmick’s
  72. McCoy’s Public House
  73. Mestizo by Aarón Sánchez
  74. MetropolitanKC
  75. Michael Forbes Bar & Grille
  76. Milano Italian Dining
  77. Murray’s Tables & Tap
  78. Nara Restaurant
  79. Newport Grill
  80. Olive Garden, Blue Springs
  81. Olive Garden, Independence
  82. Olive Garden, Kansas City
  83. Olive Garden, Kansas Speedway Plaza
  84. Olive Garden, Lee’s Summit
  85. Olive Garden, Liberty
  86. Olive Garden, Olathe Point
  87. Olive Garden, Overland Park
  88. Osteria Il Centro
  89. Paradise Diner
  90. Pig & Finch
  91. Piropos
  92. Pizzabella, Kansas City (Crossroads)
  93. Pizzabella, Overland Park (Mission Farms)
  94. Plaza III Steakhouse
  95. Port Fonda
  96. Providence New American Kitchen
  97. Q39
  98. RC’s Restaurant & Lounge
  99. Red Door Woodfire Kitchen & Bar
  100. Renee Kelly’s Harvest
  101. Reserve at The Ambassador
  102. Rosso at Hotel Sorella
  103. Rye
  104. Seasons 52
  105. Spectators Gastro Pub
  106. SPIN! Pizza, Lee’s Summit
  107. SPIN! Pizza, Lenexa
  108. SPIN! Pizza, Overland Park
  109. SPIN! Pizza, Downtown Kansas City
  110. SPIN! Pizza, Olathe
  111. SPIN! Pizza, Kansas City
  112. SPIN! Pizza, Prairie Village
  113. Story
  114. Sullivan’s Steakhouse
  115. Summit Grill and Bar Kansas City
  116. Summit Grill and Bar Lee’s Summit
  117. Taco Republic
  118. Tannin Wine Bar & Kitchen
  119. Tavern at Mission Farms
  120. Tavern in the Village
  121. The Brasserie
  122. The Capital Grille
  123. The Drop Bistro
  124. The Golden Ox
  125. The Jacobson
  126. The Majestic Restaurant
  127. The Melting Pot
  128. The Well Bar, Grill & Rooftop
  129. Trezo Mare Restaurant & Lounge
  130. Urban Table
  131. V’s Italiano Ristorante
  132. Waldo Pizza
  133. Webster House
  134. Westport Café & Bar
  135. YaYa’s Euro Bistro
  136. Zócalo Mexican Cuisine and Tequileria