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The Dish With Gish: New restaurants flock to Leawood

The Cool Pop burger with a jar of homemade pickles at Rye, a new restaurant in Leawood's Mission Farms shopping center.

The new Parisi Cafe in Leawood sells artisan coffee drinks and fresh pastries.

Jimmy Lynch, owner of 810 Chophouse, has taken over the former Trezo Vino spot in Park Place and opened Pig & Finch at 11570 Ash St. in Leawood. One of the entrees is the Cast Iron Idaho Trout with brown butter, sage, almonds, sauteed French green beans and gnocchi.

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Lately, restaurant openings in Leawood have been about as common as co-workers with the flu.

Can’t keep track? Here’s a taste of some of the tony suburb’s new eateries.

Parisi Cafe

5245 W. 116th Place

Kansas City coffee roaster Parisi Artisan Coffee opened a second cafe earlier this month in the Park Place shopping center (the first is inside Union Station). Perky expert baristas at the small, stark-stylish cafe whip up espresso drinks and sodas flavored with homemade syrups. There’s also a wine and craft cocktail list developed by master sommelier Doug Frost and a glass case full of beautiful, locally baked croissants, rich muffins and rainbow-colored macarons. Try the salted caramel latte with a chocolate muffin, which gets its over-the-top rich flavor from stout beer and Nutella.

Pig & Finch

11570 Ash St.

Beer lovers and adventurous eaters will find something to love at this modern gastropub, where the bar serves a respectable selection of microbrews and imports, and the kitchen crafts everything from classic pub burgers to braised snails, frog legs spiced with Sriracha, and bacon-nut brittle. We dipped into the Pickled Up cocktail ($11) made with rye vodka and brine from homemade pickles.

Pizzabella

4000 Indian Creek Parkway

Pizzabella, a popular pizzeria in the Crossroads Arts District, recently added a second location in Mission Farms, across Mission Road from Rye. The new location is bigger, but it has the same reclaimed wood paneling, sleek furniture and wood-fired ovens as the original. The pizza crusts here come charred, bubbly and full of farm-fresh toppings and aromatic herbs.

Rye

10551 Mission Road

This stylish but comfortable farm-to-table restaurant takes Midwestern comfort food to another level. Fried chicken, pork tenderloin sandwiches and pecan pie get quality boosts from chef/owners Megan and Colby Garrelts, who also own the more expensive Bluestem in Westport. The bar serves craft cocktails made with intriguing ingredients like caramel-corn-infused whiskey and beers from breweries in Kansas and Missouri (fun fact: Colby Garrelts counts Boulevard Pale Ale and Miller High Life among his favorite beers). Rye opened in December but only recently started serving lunch.

Ink enterprise reporter Sarah Gish writes about dining news and trends every first and third week of the month. To contact her, email sarah@inkkc.com or tweet @sarah_gish.

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