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Farm-to-Table Dining in KC

Step up to the plate at 7 Kansas City eateries featuring local, sustainable menus

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Blue Bird Bistro is located in the Westside, just west of Downtown KC

From downtown Kansas City to nearby Lawrence, seven metro restaurants—some new, some established—serve up neighborhood zest and farm-fresh ingredients from a sustainable point of view.This season, restaurant-goers stuck in a dining rut can now experience some locally grown flavor while partaking in a growing trend.


Justus Drugstore

For an all-natural meal, head to Smithville, Mo., near Kansas City International Airport, where you’ll find the “If you can’t make it from scratch, we won’t serve it” mentality. Justus believes that real food comes from small family farms. The restaurant’s skilled artisans serve lovingly prepared meals that are sure to satisfy any taste bud in this fine dining experience. If the natural flavors weren’t enticing enough, the restaurant’s frank, farm-to-plate attitude also caught the eye of The New York Times, Travel + Leisure and Food & Wine magazine.  


Blue Bird Bistro

Housed inside a historic 1880s building, this Westside bistro turns alternative ingredients into a wide range of specialty pairings. Eat right with Blue Bird Bistro’s entirely all-natural, all-organic menu. Simple yet innovative beef, seafood and vegetarian entrees are served with unusual vegetables, herbs, sauces and sides.

For a real treat, check out the restaurant’s recurring Farmers’ Table series—a five-course meal where you dine side-by-side with the farmers who produced your meal.


Julian

At this new Brookside eatery, indulge in the menu’s chic spin on comfort foods—such as macaroni and cheese, sweetbreads, pot roast and shepherd’s pie. Celina Tio, the restaurant’s James Beard Award-winning chef, cooks up these soul-satisfying dishes with homemade, seasonal ingredients. Organic squash and chicken, smoked salmon and pretzels with mustard are just a few of Julian’s tried and true flavors. While you dine, enjoy your surroundings in a comfortably sophisticated atmosphere.


The Farmhouse

Found in Kansas City’s River Market neighborhood, this one-year-old restaurant cooks up naturally creative comfort foods for all tastes. One of its core missions is to reduce food transportation demand by buying local produce and meats. The Farmhouse’s list of distinguishing ingredients and tastes include watermelon radish, house-pickled vegetables, roasted pumpkin, brandied sultanas, red onion gastrique and a wide range of locally prepared cheeses.


Blanc Burgers
Blanc Burger + Bottles located on the Plaza, features fresh local ingredients

Blanc Burger + Bottles

Since debuting a few years ago, Blanc’s gourmet patties have certainly left their mark on the national burger scene. Just last March, Internet voters crowned Blanc the champion of the National Burger Bracket, beating out several national chains and other long-standing favorites. What its fan base may not realize is how painstakingly cautious Blanc is with its ingredients—touting fresh produce, locally purchased cheeses, artificial-free products plus homemade ketchup and pickles. With ever-changing ingredient fixes and tweaks, this thoughtfully designed menu justifies several return trips—both for the freshness and the flavors.


Westside Local

At an unbelievable price point, this casual, downtown eatery emphasizes neighborhood-grown produce in an urban location. It may be difficult to focus on the menu with all the vibrant, eclectic artwork covering the walls, but do your best. While deciding on a plate, keep in mind these ingredients are all locally grown—deviled eggs, premium cheeses, sausage and ham, Castelvetrano olives, pears, beets, arugula and roasted elephant garlic, just to name a few. And to wash it all down, sample one of the 40-plus specialty beers inside the restaurant’s one-of-a-kind beer garden.


715

Located in downtown Lawrence, Kan., this newly opened European-style eatery values unique, in-house preparation for all its meats. Chefs at 715 hire local Kansas farmers to produce some of the finest quality meats in the region. And others are taking notice; The Kansas City Star praised the restaurant’s savory fare as “peasant food fit for a king.” With a mission of making simple, great food accessible and fun, the restaurant also boasts homemade pasta and grains from a Kansas mill, as well as local produce and greens.

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