2019 Winter Drinks and Dishes in Kansas City
When winter rolls around, comforting dishes and bracing drinks become hot commodities, showcasing the flavors best experienced during cooler months. So, cozy up to the bar or settle in at your table, because these winter cocktails and culinary creations bring the heat.
Painted Table Experience at Affäre
Gather your group for an unforgettable dining experience at Affäre in the Crossroads Arts District. Order the painted table experience and, once dinner is finished, the German restaurant’s pastry chef arrives, where a custom piece of art is created on your table using desserts, cakes and other edible ingredients. Also don’t miss Affäre’s locally sourced Thanksgiving menu, either for lunch or dinner on Turkey day.
Mac + Cheese at Mickey’s Hideaway
Fans of the now-retired McCoy’s Public House will love its replacement concept, which takes a new approach to the modern taproom right in the heart of Westport. You can’t go wrong with the Mickey’s Hideaway macaroni and cheese—especially when you build your own with add-ins like roasted garlic, burnt ends and fried chicken.
Ramen at BŌRU Ramen Bar
Is there any meal more fitting during the winter months than ramen? An easy pick to get your fix is BŌRU Ramen Bar, a Waldo mainstay that serves up six different styles of the noodle soup, including non-meat and Korean-inspired options.
Pasta at Lazia
Crossroads Hotel is more than just a place to rest your head at night. Among the litany of unique experiences worth exploring is Lazia, a dinner-only pasta spot touting a low-lit atmosphere that encourages you to stash your phone and savor the moment. Choose between classic and modern noodle dishes (such as caccio e pepe and short rib cannelloni) for a winter meal you won’t soon forget.
The Mugshot at Tom’s Town
Pair Tom’s Town’s Double Oaked Bourbon with maple, coffee and crème de cacao and you’ve got The Mugshot, an unbeatable late-year cocktail that’s as cozy and cool as the Crossroads distillery’s hip tasting room atmosphere.
Rotating Taps at Servaes Brewing Company
Well-known for her commitment to fresh flavors, head brewer Courtney Servaes keeps customers guessing at her namesake Shawnee brewery, Servaes Brewing Company. Taps change regularly, so swing by during winter to sample from a wide selection of seasonal brews.
Spiced Cocoa at Thou Mayest
The official return of notable coffee purveyor Thou Mayest marks a new seasonal menu featuring perfectly snuggleable brewed drinks. The cleverly named Spiced Cocoa doesn’t come with caffeine, but does feature hot chocolate, cayenne and allspice, making for an excellent hot and sweet combo.
Onsen Toddy at The Monarch Bar & Cocktail Lounge
Served warm and filled to the brim with full-bodied flavors, toddies are essential during winter in Kansas City. It’s hard to find a better version than the one at The Monarch Bar & Cocktail Lounge, which blends three whiskeys with roasted cacao hot tea and arrives topped off with frozen butterscotch foam made in-house.
Apple Jack Latte at Goat Hill Coffee & Soda
Make your way to this Westside caffeination destination for a morning or afternoon pick-me-up. When the weather outside is a little less than delightful—think cooler temps and surprise snowfall—Goat Hill’s apple jack latte has just what you need to get through the day.
Hand Warmer at Chaz on the Plaza
End your night with a drink at Chaz on the Plaza, the resident bar and restaurant in The Raphael on the Country Club Plaza. Served warm, this satisfying cocktail combines Four Roses Bourbon, demerara, Lustau East India Solera Sherry, lemon juice and pimento dram.