Dining and Drinking

Missouri Eats: Awaze

Awaze offers expertly spiced Ethiopian and Caribbean cuisine in Kansas City’s Midtown neighborhood. Owner Pablo Brown prepares specialties like jerk chicken, curried goat, fried plantains and blackened jerk tilapia. The restaurant takes its name from an Ethiopian hot sauce that adds flavor to its sambusas, fried dough shells stuffed with spiced ground beef, chiles and herbs. A vegetarian version uses …

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Missouri Mead Mania

What’s all the buzz about meads? Mead (aka, “Nectar of the Gods”) is an alcoholic beverage made from fermented honey and water. Bees are a very integral part of our ecosystem, and mead has been made from honey since around 2000 BC, before beer or wine. It is thought to be the oldest form of alcoholic beverage on earth. It …

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Missouri Eats: Dining Experience at the Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts

You can now coordinate the logistics of “dinner and a show” with ease at the Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts in Kansas City by reserving a table at its newly opened Dining Experience. Located inside the Kauffman Center’s south entrance in the sleek Founders’ Lounge, the full-service, 65-seat restaurant keeps the same hours as the Kauffman Center, but guests …

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Missouri Eats: Sycamore

In mid-February, the bar at Sycamore in Columbia, Missouri, debuted a fresh rotation of cocktails in the restaurant’s newly renovated cocktail lounge. Made with from-scratch infusions, syrups and bitters and only the freshest ingredients, bartender Aaron Rostad drew inspiration for the menu from cultures around the world. There is the Asian-influenced Green Plum, featuring green tea-infused gin with plum water …

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Niche Restaurant: Finding Limitless Creativity within a 300-mile Radius

Underneath a powder-blue sky filled with majestic clouds, the soft, low light of early morning casts dramatic shapes across a verdant landscape. A farmer, fishing pole in hand, walks past rows of tall cornstalks on his way to a nearby river. In the distance, a mule stands outside of a barn. From this vantage point, some trees seem tall enough …

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Missouri Eats: Juniper

In January, 2015, Cassy Vires was named head chef at Juniper, the St. Louis Southern comfort restaurant owned by chef John Perkins. Since taking the helm, Vires, formerly owner and head chef at Home Wine Kitchen in Maplewood, Missouri, has made the menu her own, pulling inspiration from her childhood spent in Tennessee and Alabama. Some of her new menu …

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Missouri Eats: Público

Público, the long-awaited, much-anticipated Mexican- and Latin American-inspired gastropub from St. Louis restaurateur Mike Randolph, opened March 3, 2015, in the Delmar Loop. Located near Randolph’s Neapolitan pizzeria The Good Pie, the menu at Público is concentrated on five categories: crudo; platos pequenos, aka small plates; tacos; arepas, or leavened corn cakes; and a la parrilla, or grilled entrées, with …

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Missouri Eats: Cafe Poland

Nestled in a tiny building on Locust Street in Columbia, Missouri, Café Poland focuses on no-fuss presentation and traditional recipes from the owners’ native Poland. Mother-and-son duo Iwona Galijska and Robert Burlinski opened the café in January 2013; Galijska is the head chef and Burlinski assists on the business side, taking care of the small 20-person dining room. The tidy …

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Missouri Eats: Char Bar Smoked Meats & Amusements

Char Bar Smoked Meats & Amusements is what you get when you cross the experience of Kansas City beer-loving restaurateurs James Westphal and Mark Kelpe, founders of McCoy’s Public House, The Foundry and Beer Kitchen, with the delicious smoked meats and barbecue sauces of award-winning pitmaster Mitch Benjamin – or as his friends call him, “Meat Mitch.” Char Bar opened …

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Missouri Eats: The Eagle Drive-In

When it comes to raising greasy diner grub to the level of haute cuisine, few do so better than Jason Miller at The Eagle Drive-In in Joplin, Missouri. Standing outside of this small old-school drive-in, you wouldn’t think it anything special, but inside, the menu is sure to impress. Instead of floppy griddle burgers, Miller dishes out calamari, Boulevard Brewing …

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