Around the BLOCK

First Taste: 801 Fish

801 Fish in Park Place is the newest addition to the 801 Restaurant Group.  Rather than the heavy and more traditional steakhouse feel of 801 Chophouse, 801 Fish is decked out in a light and contemporary nautical theme. Very expensive, but with a dock to door  in 24 hours motto so everything is as fresh as can […]

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Pig & Finch

Pig & Finch is the area’s latest gastropub, a term defined broadly to encompass a restaurant that has a pub-like atmosphere serving high-end beer and wine, paired with upscale comfort food. Pig & Finch is owned by the 801 Chophouse folks and is located next door to the 801 Chophouse in Park Place. Relatively sedate […]

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Rye

Colby and Megan Garrelts have another hit on their hands. Most Kansas Citians know of Bluestem in Westport, but the Garrelts have branched out…going south to Leawood and changing up the style and cuisine with their new restaurant, Rye. They have taken over a space that had been thrice doomed, but it would appear that […]

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Restaurant Week Part 2: Gaslight Grill

I had never been to Gaslight Grill before, so when offered a complimentary preview of its Restaurant Week menu, I was pleased to have the opportunity to visit. It’s located in Leawood, in the space that at one time occupied the south location of Plaza III. The restaurant is quite large, and consists of a […]

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Fo Thai

Walking into Fo Thai for the first time, I was briefly disoriented. In addition to the very dark setting, I wondered if I was in Las Vegas or at Epcot Center in Florida’s Disney World complex. When I asked the hostess where the bathroom was, she told me to go “past the Buddha and over […]

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Mestizo

Aaron Sanchez of the Food Network recently chose Leawood as the site of his first restaurant outside the New York City environs.  In keeping with his roots  (he grew up at the knee of NY acclaimed restaurateur Zarela Martinez),Mestizo features upscale Mexican fare with a flair. The contemporary interior comes alive with bright colors, red light […]

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Yia Yia’s Euro Bistro

I’m always on a hunt for the latest and greatest new restaurant, so I often forget about older spots that are still playing to large crowds. Yia’s Yia’s is a case in point. It is the last of the full service PB&J restaurants still standing, after Grand Street Cafe, Coyote Grill, Paulo and Bill’s and […]

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Trezo Vino Wine Bistro

Trezo Vino in Park Place has a new menu that I recently had the opportunity to sample. We were treated to a five course dinner, which we enjoyed from start to finish, though some dishes definitely stood out. We started with grilled muskmelon with fennel, arugula, feta, mint and balsamic vinaigrette. I’ve grilled watermelon and […]

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La Bodega Leawood–Lunch

Many Kansas Citians are familiar with the La Bodega on Southwest Blvd., a longtime Spanish tapas restaurant in midtown. Its owners recently took over the vacated JP Wine Bar space in the 119 Center at 119th and Roe in Leawood, and they have certainly made it their own. The walls are now brightly colored, there’s […]

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Carmen’s Cafe–Park Place

If you like the Carmen’s Cafe in Brookside, you’ll enjoy its second location in Leawood’s Park Place.  Same great food with just a few additions to the original menu. The decor is fairly dark, but with a big window in the front, a mirrored wall that runs the length of the room, and a separate […]

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