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Your Kansas City Guide: The Locals Take on Restaurants, Shops, Hotels, and More

Your Kansas City Guide: The Locals Take on Restaurants, Shops, Hotels, and More

Whether you’ve come for The City of Fountains, Paris of the Plains or Cowtown, Kansas City is an innovative and inspired place, full of kinetic and potential splendor. People frequently ask us, What’s fun here? Where should we eat? drink? shop? We love talking about our city and thought it helpful to compile a list of our favorites. These are among the various places and reasons to make Kansas City your next Weekender

No longer the Midwest’s flyover town, KC is striding forward with newfound vigor and a burgeoning sense of self which has the world watching — as if to say, ooh, what’s all this? When juice bars replace steakhouses and the maker movement is now commonplace, you know something interesting is brewing. 

**disclaimer: this is a deep dive into locally owned and small businesses. Like us, these businesses are unique and non-mainstream. To us, that is what makes them the best places to patronize. 

Eat: It’s not all steak and potatoes

Port Fonda: Why we love it: Port Fonda is an absolute gem. Authentic, yet creative Mexican cuisine. Chicharrones and Salsa, Borrego, Jackfruit al Pastor. The brunch menu is one of the best in town. Their agave (tequila/mezcal) collection is monumental and arguably unmatched. {locale: Westport}

Rye: That rare quality of providing comfort food done right. A difficult task and executed masterfully. Upscale comfort food prepared beautifully. {locale: Plaza}

Extra-Virgin: Sure tapas are trendy, overblown, and often leave one feeling empty and cheated. Not the case at this lively eatery. A marriage of purposeful menu groups, meaningful bartending, and a rotation of fresh ingredients spearhead Chef Michael Smith’s bistro. He has a James Beard thingy so take note if your into that stuff. Regardless of accolades, Extra Virgin remains our favorite treat when the mood strikes — which is always. {locale: downtown/crossroads}

  • Room 39: Atmospheric ease. Room 39 is the kind of place you walk into and never leave. We love the small, intimate and all around low key vibe the space and staff provides. The farm to table menu never disappoints. {locale: midtown/39th St}                                                           

Worth noting: Novel, The Majestic.

The Campground rye rieger Novel

Drink: (Bars & Cafes) Early Mornings and Night Caps, something good is brewing about. 

The Campground: Why we love it: They do it all. We couldn’t decide which category to put this in. The drinks and the food are tops. And both are prepared with flawless execution. The cocktails are timeless yet full of nuance. Inspired, yet not highfalutin – and still not your fathers drink. Additionally, they offer a collection of naturally fermented Pétillant Naturel wines — also known as”PétNat” — which have become our drink of choice! {locale: West Bottoms}

Green Lady Lounge: A hallmark of the freshest Jazz Kansas City has to offer. That late night feeling. {locale: downtown}

Our Daily Nada: Boozy Bookstore – Enough said. Add to that an impeccable wine list, craft toasts (hello smoked salmon) AND a thoughtful selection must-read books: from the Greats to the hidden treasures. Our Daily Nada emerges ahead of the crowd in a movement to marry both liquor and literature, literary fancy and libated fun. Pouring coffee from one of our favorite roasters, the baristas-cum-bartenders never miss a beat. Lounge: this is the sort of place you can hang around all day.. {locale: River Market}

Ça Va: “Champagne for the People.” Ca Va features a list of bubbly from across the world specializing in Grower Champagne (wine produced in small batches by artisanal vintners). Those who like to indulge will love their menu with everything from duck fat kettle corn to caviar. P.S they offer the best absinthe service in town which I’ve indulged many a night!  (locale: Westport}

Worth Noting: Mildred’s. Nomad’s

Ca Va Champagne Bar Green Lady Lounge Ca Va Champagne Bar

Shops: Keeping it local 

River Market Antiques: Our go-to resource for past treasures and present whimsy. At 30,000 sq.ft. and boasting nearly 200 vendors, this remains one of the true resources for finding vintage gems. The Rivermarket stands its ground and we stand in solidarity. From vintage clothing to esoteric vinyl, Victorian ephemera, this is one of the funkiest, freshest collections of randomness through which to find some legitimately valuable and meaningful pieces. {locale: downtown/river market}

Foxtrot Supply Co: Owned & operated by two genuine and friendly guys, their leather goods are utilitarian and elevated (we happily represent their line here at Coveted Home). {locale: downtown/crossroads}

Shop Dear Society: Modern & Vintage. Thoughtfully curated pieces from centuries past and present. All things dear in fashion, accessories, and home. {locale: midtown/broadway}

Fine Folk: Shop high-end apparel and accessories as well as the beauty and wellness shop en shop, Within Apothecary {locale: downtown/crossroads}

George: A lifestyle shop after our hearts. George marries a beautifully curated arrangement of high-end accessories, apothecary, antiques and jewelry. {locale: south plaza/Crestwood shops}

Worth Noting: 45th & State Line Antique District houses many quirky and wonderful small shops filled with curiosities

George: A Lifestyle Shop

River Market Antiques Shop Dear Society

Do: Do/do not miss.

Nelson Atkins: Why we love it: Museum with a world-renowned collection. Everything from Monet to Lautrec. Reconstructed Hindi temples to regional exhibitionists. A brilliant Egyptian/Near East collection. If you visit during lunch hours, the Rozelle Court Cafeteria, located inside the museum is both beautiful and delicious and worth a visit in its own right. {locale: east plaza}

Country Club Plaza (home of the Coveted Home!): Why we love it. Touted as America’s, maybe the worlds, first modern shopping mall. Established in 1922, the Plaza boasts beautiful architecture and fountains. Don’t miss the last few standing locally owned shops (besides us), The Better Cheddar (with one of the biggest cheese selections in the country) and Made In Kansas City Marketplace, where you can get beer on tap, t-shirts, coffee and more that are all..you guessed it, made in KC. And if you’re in town for an event, Parlor, next door to us, does amazing blowouts/up do’s/braids and makeup. 

River Market: Shops, cafes, restaurants, mostly locally run businesses with a genuine spirit. Worth an entire day: Brunch, lunch or dinner at The Farmhouse, pick me up at Quay Coffee, Al Habashi Restaurant and Spice Market, Japanese Imports, and much more. Come Spring, Summer, and Fall Farmer’s Markets fill the square with produce grown everywhere from Kansas City to parts unknown, offering cheeses, flowers, produce, honey, and an abundance of repurposed goods (weekends only). If you have the chance we encourage you to check it out. {locale: downtown}

Union Station: Not that long ago KC was the end of the line, everything West belonging to the various tribes and nature herself. Schlepping itinerants since 1914, Union Station remains a KC icon. catch a train home or dine in the luxurious Pierponts Restaurant — an exquisite 1920’s steakhouse feat. an extraordinary wine list, oysters, the most detailed service. A number of shops, from chocolatiers to KC memorabilia, Science City  Imax, all great places to entertain kids. {locale: downtown}

Loose Park/Rose Garden: To “escape the city,” head just south of the plaza to discover 75-acres of rolling hills, expansive fountains, and secret gardens. A popular destination for weddings and picnics alike, you can truly lose yourself in the rose bushes or spend the day meandering the fields. Also, a great place to take kids, with a large playground and water splash park in the summer. (locale: South Plaza)

The Country Club Plaza The Union Station

Loose Park + Rose Gardens

Stay

The InterContinental: Legendary, swanky, conveniently South Plaza, the InterContinental plays host to celebrities and staycation-ers alike. Newly remodeled and we love the modern brasserie’s swanky new decor. (locale: Plaza)

The Crossroads Hotel: Downtown’s newest gathering place, for locals and out of towners alike, known equally for their hospitality, restaurant/bar, and accommodations. Enjoy a delicious upscale Italian meal at Lazia, located on premise. (locale: Crossroads)

The Bell Victorian: On a budget? Consider staying at our newly remodeled historic 100+ year old Victorian home, listed on Airbnb. We currently offer a guest room in a shared living space, suitable for 1-2 people. (locale: West 39th/Midtown)

Afterthoughts

Southwest Boulevard with its drag of authentic Mexican restaurants: menudo, lingua, and traditional dishes abound. A Kansas City past time and the best lineup in the Midwest. Try El Patron, La Bodega and Tropicana. 

The Majestic: Old World steakhouse meets 30’s Jazz club.  

A Note on BBQ: There is a dispute among local residents as to who remains the truest, most OG of all BBQ pits. These are among the most popular:

  1. Arthur Bryant’s: FRIED CHICKEN. Simply the best. 
  2. Q39 (a newcomer but immediate 1KO contender): Classic BBQ plates, from brisket to burnt ends.
  3. Gates. Known for their sauce and their friendly greeting. 
  4. Kansas City Joe’s (formerly Oklahoma Joe’s) Featured by every food critic on every food network covering KC BBQ. Charmingly located in a historic Shamrock Gas Station (still fueling the empty!) Try the Z-Man Sandwich or the pulled pork. Noteworthy vegetarian option: Portabella Sandwich 

Cheers, and welcome to Kansas City! We look forward to meeting you and know you’ll enjoy the beautiful people and businesses that make this a great city. 

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Vestige Home Pop-up Shop at Coveted Home

Vestige Home Pop-up Shop – August 16

We first learned about (and fell in love with) Vestige Home‘s handmade goods on Instagram. Vestige Home makes small-batch wooden kitchen tools and accessories. It’s owners, Nicole and Luck, are a brother and sister team from Philadelphia. We simply adore their handmade cutting boards and other wooden kitchen accessories. And we are thrilled to bring their beautifully crafted goods to Kansas City! Since they have family ties to KC, they’ve offered to visit with us and you on Tuesday, August 16, 2016. They’ll be talking about their products, how to create tablescapes, and dessert and drink pairing ideas. Local company, Ashleigh’s Bake Shop will also be joining us for the Vestige Home Pop-up Shop. She’ll be bringing delicious treats! It will be a fun and tasty evening… Don’t miss it! unspecified

Contact us with questions: hello@covetedhome.com

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Negronis on the Plaza

Celebrate Negroni Week (June 6-12) with negronis on the Plaza or whip some up on a vintage bar cart with barware and bar accessories from Coveted Home! The Negroni is a classic cocktail that contains equal parts Campari, gin, and sweet vermouth.  It’s served with an orange peel as a garnish. Campari is a bit of an acquired taste, and Negorni Week is your perfect opportunity to develop a taste for this classic aperitif. We’re celebrating Negroni Week by mixing up some of these delicious aperitifs Coveted Home style. And this month, we’re offering 25% off any new bar accessory from Coveted Home. BrassBarCart

DIY Negroni

1 ounce gin

1 ounce sweet vermouth

1 ounce Campari

Orange twist, for garnishing

Mix in a cocktail shaker with ice and/or serve in a chilled old fashioned glass over ice.

Negronis

We have a variety of fabulous new and vintage barware and accessories that will help you keep your bar cart game strong. AND all of our new barware is 25% off this month!

Barware at Coveted Home

Imbibe Magazine and Campari are teaming up with these venues on the Plaza and thousands of other venues across the world to celebrate the negroni and give back to their communities. $1 from every negroni that is sold during Negroni Week will be donated to each venue’s charity of choice. Also, Campari will donate $10,000 to the highest grossing venue’s charity. Woohoo. Drink negronis this week for a good cause!Visit a participating Negroni Week venue on the Country Club Plaza

Gram & Dun

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Journeyman Cafe

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Coveted Eats: Pine Nut + Feta Cheese Ball

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What says easy, breezy mid-summer entertaining more than a make-ahead appetizer? This cream cheese-based cheese ball melds varying flavors and textures for a fresh, satisfying snack with just a hint of crunch, and is sure to be a hit at your next get-together. It would be equally delicious served with pita chips or your favorite cracker. For best results, wait until cheese ball is firm before rolling in pine nuts, and for a picture-perfect presentation, garnish with a sprig of fresh oregano, rosemary or basil. Share your results with us on Instagram using the hashtag #CovetedEats!
Pine Nut And Feta Cheese Ball

Ingredients

SERVINGS: 8

  • 4 ounces cream cheese, room temperature
  • 4 ounces feta, crumbled, room temperature
  • 2 tablespoons unsalted butter, room temperature
  • 2 tablespoons capers
  • 2 tablespoons fresh oregano leaves
  • 2 teaspoons fennel seeds, toasted
  • 1 teaspoon finely grated lemon zest
  • Kosher salt
  • ¾ cup pine nuts, toasted, chopped
  • Crackers or pita chips, for serving
Preparation
  • Process cream cheese, feta, and butter in a food processor until smooth. Pulse in capers, oregano, fennel seeds, and lemon zest; season with salt. Scrape into a small plastic wrap–lined bowl; gather up plastic around cheese, shaping into a ball. Chill until firm, 3–12 hours.
  • Unwrap cheese ball and roll in pine nuts just before serving. Serve with crackers
    Courtesy bon appétit magazine