Starters or full meal, sometimes shellfish speak to you in ways that other seafood may not. Not to worry: a handful of Kansas City restaurants specialize in oysters, crabs, caviar and more. Like Jax Fish House, a Plaza staple with a menu that touts several samplers with variety as wide as the ocean is vast. Not only that, but the restaurant is certified by the Monterey Bay Seafood Watch as an eco-friendly establishment—and named one of the best seafood restaurants in the country.
If you’re dreaming of a different coast, head to West 39th Street for Jazz, A Louisiana Kitchen, a Big Easy-style restaurant with Cajun and creole shrimp, crawfish and oysters (Rockefeller, Lafayette or Bienville). Switch things up with brunch at Westport Café & Bar, a cozy French bistro featuring mussels and oysters grilled or otherwise before you dig into your Croque Madame or shrimp and polenta.