Food Critics: A sneak peek at new spots coming to the Kansas City food scene | KCUR 89.3

Restaurants are still struggling with supply chain and staffing issues but food writer Jenny Vergara believes owners are “hopeful that, going forward, people will return to restaurants and that there will be some sort of sense of normality as we continue to figure out how to deal with this moving forward.”

Vergara notes that “this is the time of year that’s pretty sleepy,” so while waiting for spring to arrive, she offers this rundown of food and drink establishments set to open in the metro in 2022.

If you can’t wait that long to dine out, Jenny also offers a few places you can enjoy now.

Acre: Opening this spring

This spring, chef Andrew Longres will open his first restaurant, Acre, up north in the Parkville Commons shopping center in the spot where the former New London Café once operated. Named after his grandfather’s farm in Liberty, Missouri, Longres’ restaurant will serve modern Midwestern cuisine with all ingredients strictly sourced from this region and prepared on a live-fire, Argentinian brasero-style hearth that can be seen from the dining room. Having worked both locally as the executive chef at the now-shuttered Bluestem and The American Restaurant and nationally at the acclaimed French Laundry in California, Longres will focus on hearty entrées featuring locally sourced beef, pork, chicken, duck and game, when in season. His dishes will use live-fire cooking to add flavor to each dish, with a fresh focus on sides that include handmade pastas and a rotating mix of seasonal vegetables. The bar program will have locally made beers and spirits with a thoughtful list of wines from around the world. Although his roots may be in fine dining, Acre will be a much more casual affair, as Longres wants his place to be a neighborhood spot where families can come and dine together. Acre, 6325 Lewis St., Parkville, Missouri

Brady & Fox: Opening this March

Chefs Shaun Brady and Graham Fox have been cooking together for many years – but always working for someone else. From their time at The Ambassador Hotel to Brady’s Tavern, these two friends

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Thattu South Indian cafe coming to Avondale

A everlasting property for Thattu, a James Beard Award- and Jean Banchet Award-nominated Indian cafe that started as a pop-up meal series and a stall at a West Loop food stuff corridor, is under design in Avondale, ways absent from Metropolitan Brewing Organization and social club and foodstuff incubator Guild Row.

The opening, projected for fall 2022, will be one particular of the most anticipated of the yr thanks to Thattu’s unique spin on South Indian foods. Admirers have been waiting for it due to the fact the stall pulled out in of Politan Row meals corridor in 2020 and switched to a pop-up design. The aim of entrepreneurs Vinod Kalathil and Margaret Pak was to split the mildew of formulaic Indian-American eating places that concentration on churning out butter hen and naan, pandering to mainstream American diners with an harmful fixation on spice and heat.

Thattu serves the cuisine of Kerala, a coastal condition in southwestern India exactly where spices like cardamom and black pepper were initial harvested, an vital culinary cash of the earth that only recently has received mass attention in America. Regional specialties incorporate griddled appams (fermented rice cakes with coconut milk), beef curries, and masala biscuits. Chef Pak, who is Korean American, tailored recipes from Kalathil’s mother. Thattu will deliver all of those recipes to Avondale, alongside with a whole bar and home for a retail place, considering the fact that Pak has found that Chicago doesn’t have quite a few South Asian grocers in between the cluster together Devon in West Ridge and Metro Spice Mart in West Loop. She want to provide Indian pantry merchandise, such as a spice blend for rasam, a tamarind broth, to a broader viewers: “Patel Brothers can be intimidating,” states Pak, referring to the iconic South Asian grocer chain started in Chicago.

Kalathil and Pak know Indian food in The usa — like quite a few global cuisines — can normally be subjected to unfair anticipations from the two the shoppers unfamiliar with the food’s origins and from users of communities from which the foods emerges.

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