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.
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.
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.
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 email@example.com or tweet @sarah_gish.