Hey all! It’s hard to believe we’re sliding into April on Monday – mostly for those of us who witnessed snow this morning. People are always looking for new spots to try out in Kansas City, whether you’re a local or visiting. Our little city is growing up and getting cooler by the month. I still can’t believe how much has happened across the city, since moving here 17 years ago. Here are a few places that have opened in the last year or so. (I posted some other picks 14 months ago, it was a two-parter so here’s the other link.)

If you know me personally, you know I work from home (thoughts on that are in my Medium post). When I am not traveling for work, I get a little squirrelly in my basement office and need to get out. Parlor to the rescue! Parlor is a food hall in the Crossroads of Kansas City. It hosts six fast casual restaurants and two bars. They have plenty of seating, fast and reliable wifi, and two bars for drinks.

The Savoy was built in 1888 and has had a long history as a hotel and a restaurant. After suffering a major fire in 2014, it was sold to the 21c Museum Hotels and reopened in 2018. Kansas City has a wonderful, renovated hotel, restaurant, and (best of all) a bar lined with art that you can explore at 21c Kansas City

If you’re looking for a killer brunch spot, or a cozy dinner locale, look no further than The Campground. In the former home of Genessee Royale, this new restaurant is a treat – from the food to the drinks. I love the decor the most – which you have probably already seen on my personal IG feed.

For those of you still mourning the loss of Justus Drugstore this year (I KNOW!), you can still enjoy Chef Justus’ cooking at Black Dirt. You will find great food and drinks just south of the Country Club Plaza.

If you are looking for the coziest spot to sip a glass a wine and read a book, you have to check out Afterword Tavern & Shelves. (The photo is theirs.) This adorable bar meets bookshop is right at the corner of 18th & Grand is not to be missed. I went for the first time to a bookclub meeting but we didn’t know that there was sort of a quiet rule there). Also, just a note that you need to order at the bar.

The Made in Kansas City Marketplace is up to six locations now. I am obsessed with the Country Club Plaza location. If you are looking for gifts, this is the best destination for all things Kansas City – from books to food to clothing. I love that the Plaza location also has ice cream and crepes and beer and coffee – yum!

Along with the growth and the changes in Kansas City, we’re also getting more kinds of cuisine. I am sure I am not the first excited Kansas Citian to hear of the opening of Freestyle Poké in the River Market (also their photo). This make-your-own poké spot is perfect for lunch, although it gets busy, so leave yourself some extra time on a weekday.

So, that’s what I’ve been enjoying that’s shown up in Kansas City over the past 14 months or so. Where have I missed? I know I need to check out kobi-Q soon. Happy traveling!

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