Over 160 restaurants are preparing special menus as locals and visitors alike prepare their palates for Kansas City Restaurant Week! Celebrating its 6th year of showcasing the wildly diverse and delicious food scene here in KC, #KCRW2015 is shaping up to be the best event yet. Guest blogger Adam Schaumburg of Yelp Kansas City takes a moment to share 5 spots that have made his most delicious, must-hit restaurant list. Kansas City is dishing out bonuses lately. Instead of an abrupt ending to baseball season, we were treated to a bonus month of highlight reel baseball from our boys in blue. That led us into the holiday season full of lights, festivities and a handful of bonus days off of work. Perhaps best of all, right when it feels we might be in for a humdrum stretch of winter, we are in for the bonus of over 160 awesome Kansas City restaurants rolling out top-notch $15 lunches and $33 dinners during Restaurant Week. And getting out and enjoying these spots benefits local charities along the way? Double bonus! Kansas City Restaurant Week is a time, no, it’s THE time to get out and try some of those spots you’ve bookmarked but have yet to venture out to. For me, it’s a chance to layer up and set out past the comfy confines of my neighborhood for a culinary tour of Kansas City. Our local food scene is no doubt one of our crown jewels, so here is a select list of places, both newcomers and veterans, that I’m counting down the days to try or revisit during Kansas City Restaurant Week 2015:
Trezo Mare

Trezo Mare (Briarcliff Village) An Italian restaurant that supports local farmers and feels like an adventure to go to? Count me in. I’ve yet to make the short drive up to Trezo Mare, and my mind and stomach are already battling it out over the Boulevard Chicken Salad or the Lobster Mac and Cheese.  

Story (Prairie Village) The awards keep pouring in for local chef Carl Thorne-Thomson for this sophisticated, popular neighborhood restaurant. I don’t need to wait for them to make another “best of” list to try them out, it’s time for me to get in there and and try beef short ribs with potato gnocchi or the mahi mahi.    
Port Fonda

Port Fonda (Westport) Ever since my first experience here, I’ve been a Port Fonda fan. Their eclectic menu is always evolving and makes each visit feel like a new experience. Whether it’s carnitas tacos, warming sopas or one of many artfully crafted margaritas, this spot is a surefire winner during Restaurant Week.
Summit Grill & Bar

  Summit Grill and Bar (Waldo) I could probably live off of the starter menu alone at the new Summit Grill and Bar. Poutine and pot roast nachos? Yes please. I’m excited to correct my snacking ways and go all in with a full multi-course lunch in this cool, new spot.     JJ's Paco Shrimp JJ's Restaurant

JJ’s Restaurant (Plaza) A Kansas City classic is back with the support of the entire community. Owner Jimmy Frantze has done an amazing job of getting back up and running in the new, nearby spot. While some people around the country can only dream of a medium-rare, local Kansas City steak, we have that opportunity at our fingertips. I’m ready to take advantage of it and raise a glass of wine to this Kansas City institution. Check out KCrestaurantweek.com for all the tasty details of other participating restaurants throughout the Kansas City-metro area.
As the Community Manager for
Yelp Kansas City, Adam Schaumburg knows a thing or two about good food. Follow him on Twitter at @yelpkc, where he and a some select KC social media superstars will live-tweet their lunch experience throughout Kansas City Restaurant Week 2015.  
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