KC Restaurant Week gems to eat up while you still can

As local foodies might already know, Kansas City Restaurant Week ends Sunday. This year's event features more than 150 KC-area restaurants, where customers can enjoy multi-course meals for $15 per lunch and $33 per dinner.

Growing up, I split my childhood between Wichita and its larger, more cosmopolitan neighbor to the northeast. So, in scouring the list of participating restaurants, I was happy to see quite a few of the places I enjoyed as a kid and still like to visit when I'm back in my old stomping grounds.

Check them out while you still have time, or if these don't sound good, there are plenty more options to peruse at kcrestaurantweek.com.

Either way, reservations are recommended, and can be made at OpenTable.com.

Blue Bird Bistro, 1700 Summit St., Kansas City, Mo.

This charming eatery, housed in a historic 1880s-era building, focuses on "upscale organic" food. Standouts from the lunch menu include a grass-fed meatloaf served on house-made bread with horseradish aioli, arugula and gravy. As for dinner, the "warm winter pie filled with Wakarusa Farm mushrooms" has my tummy growling, despite my distaste for fungi.

Classic Cup Cafe, 301 W. 47th St., Kansas City, Mo.

The Classic Cup touts itself as an "icon" of the Country Club Plaza, and I'm sure many Kansas City natives would agree, based on the restaurant's reputation as a breakfast hotspot. Restaurant Week offerings include shrimp and grits, mushroom ravioli and creme brulee.

Genghis Khan Mongolian Grill, 3906 Bell St., Kansas City, Mo.

In a town famous for its barbecue, Genghis Khan stands out as Kansas City's original Mongolian 'cue joint, at least according to its website. Stop by its flagship location in Midtown and enjoy comforting Asian favorites like the "house crispy beef wrap," seafood noodle soup and General Tso's Chicken.

Lulu's Thai Noodle Shop, 2030 Central St., Kansas City, Mo.

Located in the heart of KC's Crossroads Arts District, Lulu's serves up tasty Thai dishes (think fiery curries, noodles, satays and rice dishes) in a cozy, eclectic atmosphere. This weekend, the dinner menu (Lulu's isn't offering lunch for Restaurant Week) includes "heartbreak soup," a rich chicken broth with pork, cabbage, tofu, cellophane noodles and "lots of love." Dessert sounds particularly intriguing: a Thai spin on creme brulee flavored with lemon grass and lime.

Manny's Mexican Restaurant, 207 Southwest Boulevard, Kansas City, Mo.

If you're looking for unpretentious, affordable Mexican food, this family-owned Kansas City favorite is the place to go. During Restaurant Week, diners can enjoy a two-person dinner for $33, complete with drinks (mini margarita pitcher, anyone?) and dessert. I'm not sure about its Mexican authenticity, but that maple cheesecake sure sounds good.

Tips welcome!

Try something unusual or know of something interesting going on at a Lawrence restaurant? Send me an email at jhlavacek@ljworld.com or contact me on Twitter @hlavacekjoanna. For more local food and restaurant news, click here.

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