2022 KC Restaurant Week Plant-Based Guide

Updated: Jan 19

As more and more people globally embrace the health, environmental, and animal welfare benefits of Plant Based Nutrition, our local Kansas City Restaurants are recognizing an opportunity. KC Restaurant Week is 1/14/22 - 1/23/22!

January is the most popular month for people to try vegan food, for various reasons. Many even try vegan for the whole month, now known as Veganuary.

This year, out of 200 restaurants participating, 14 restaurants appear when you filter for vegan under the "Specialty Diets" dropdown.

Of those 14 that appear, they do not all have a clearly indicated vegan option on their Restaurant Week Menu, so we spent hours diving into each menu and calling restaurants. See the results below:

After all this time and effort, there are still some "?'s" remaining, indicating that we are unsure of the vegan (V) or gluten-free (GF) status of the dish. If you have information about any of the dishes, or if there are off-menu vegan or gluten-free options, please comment on the social posts, and we will edit this blog.


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The Savoy at 21C Museum Hotel:

DINNER ($45):

  1. Endive & Spinach Salad?

  2. Garlic & Chickpea Panisse (no cheese please)?

  3. none listed?

NOTES: The menu does not have clear indicators for V or GF.


Bluebird Bistro:

LUNCH ($15):

  1. Soup Surprise (V, GF)

  2. House Black Bean Burger (V)

  3. By request (V, GF)

DINNER ($45):

  1. Soup (V, GF)

  2. Tofu Raviloi (V), Mushroom Fried Rice (V, GF), & Quinoa Cake (V, GF)

  3. Chestnut cake (V), Chocolate ginger cake (V, GF).

NOTES: The menu items are clearly marked with V and GF options. The offerings are not just vegan, they seem to be wholesome and plant based (made from recognizable plant ingredients).


Blue Sushi Sake Grill:

LUNCH ($15):

  1. Miso Soup (V upon request) contains gluten (confirmed by phone)

  2. Vegan Sushi Sampler (V, anything fried contains gluten)

  3. Mochi Ice Cream (all are GF), V options: Chocolate Hazelnut, Lychee

DINNER ($35):

  1. Miso Soup (V upon request) contains gluten (confirmed by phone)

  2. Brussels Sprouts (V), Charred Edamame (V), Seaweed Salad (V), Shishito Peppers (GF, Vegan upon request)

  3. Vegan Sushi Sampler (V, anything fried (with crunchy in the name, or tempura in the description contains gluten)

  4. Chocolate Torte (V), Ice Cream (V)

NOTES: All menus on their website are clearly marked indicating vegan (V) or gluten-free (GF). They even have a separate "Gluten Sensitive" menu online.


Brown and Loe:

BRUNCH ($15):

  1. B&L Salad (V besides dressing?), Roasted Tomato Beet Soup (GF, V)

  2. Biscuits & Gravy with Mushroom Gravy?

LUNCH ($15):

  1. Salads (V upon request), Roasted Tomato Beet Soup (V, GF)

  2. None listed.

DINNER ($35):

  1. Hummus (V), Roasted Tomato Beet Soup (V, GF)

  2. None listed.

  3. Coconut Sorbet (GF, DF)

NOTES: Menus are clearly marked to indicate vegan (V) or gluten-free (GF).


Corvino Supper Club & Tasting Room:

DINNER ($35):

  1. (Pick 2) Five Spice Cauliflower?, Potato Focaccia?, sourdough (hold butter)?

  2. None Listed

NOTES: Menu items are not clearly indicated (V, GF). "Upgraded Additions" option for course 1 that includes the following likely option: Maitake Mushroom?


Enjoy Pure Food + Drink:

LUNCH & DINNER ($15):

  1. Daily vegan soup

  2. None listed

  3. Chocolate Chip Cookie (V, GF)

NOTES: Menus are clearly marked to indicate (V, GF). Year-round V & GF options.


Homesteader Cafe:

BRUNCH ($15):

  1. Chocolate Filled Beignet?

  2. None listed

BRUNCH ($35):

  1. Cinnamon Roll? Chocolate Filled Beignet?

LUNCH ($15):

  1. Daily Soup?

  2. Warm Winter Salad (V, GF)

LUNCH ($35):

  1. Daily Soup?, Salad?

  2. Warm Winter Salad (V, GF)

  3. None listed

  4. Cinnamon Pecan Bread Pudding?, Chocolate Torte?

NOTES: Menu is clearly marked indicating V or GF on some options, but does not state if others can be V or GF upon request..


Mesob Restaurant:

DINNER ($35):

  1. Caribbean Fritters? Smokey Butternut Bisque (hold ayab cheese)?

  2. Vegetarian Platter?

  3. Oreo Bread Pudding (hold whipped cream)?, Bananas Foster Sundaes?

NOTES: Menu is not clearly marked indicating V or GF. For and extra $9.50, you can add Fried Cauliflower (hold caesar?)? or Crispy Potatoes?


Novel:

DINNER ($45):

  1. Butternut Squash Soup? Brussels Sprout Salad?

  2. None listed

NOTES: Menu is not clearly marked indicating V or GF. For and extra $9.50, you can add Fried Cauliflower (hold caesar?)? or Crispy Potatoes?


Room 39:

LUNCH: Menus coming soon.

DINNER: Menus coming soon.


NOTES: Menus coming soon, check the site linked to the name above.


Story:

DINNER ($45):

  1. Green Salad?, Brussels sprouts?, Fries (hold aioli?)?

  2. Roasted Vegetables?

  3. Doughnuts? Spice Cake?

NOTES: Menu is not clearly marked indicating V & GF options.

Summit Pizza:

LUNCH ($15):

  1. GF / V mini pizza upon request

  2. GF / V cookies upon request

DINNER ($45):

  1. Garden Salads?

  2. GF / V Cheese bread & breadsticks upon request

  3. GF / V pizza on request

  4. GF / V cookies upon request

NOTES: Menu is clearly marked indicating V & GF.


Torn Label Public House:

LUNCH ($15): Includes a beer & side of fries.

  1. Celeriac Root Sandwich?

DINNER ($35): includes a beer

  1. Citrus Salad (V) GF?, Roasted Celeriac Carpaccio (V) GF?

  2. Marinated Shiitake Mushroom (V) GF?

  3. Apple Crumble (V)

NOTES: Menu is clearly marked indicating V & GF.


Waldo Pizza - Waldo:

DINNER ($35):

  1. Vegan option upon request?

  2. Any Large Specialty Pizza (GF on request): Vegan Ratatouille, Vegan Veggie+, Vegan Tex Mex+, Vegan Cheeseburger.

  3. Cakes? Cookies?

  4. Drinks: choose 2

NOTES: Menus are clearly marked indicating V & GF. A separate Vegan menu is found on their website.


Of the 14, only 5 have a vegan option for all courses of their Restaurant Week offerings:


Bluebird Bistro:

LUNCH ($15):

  1. Soup Surprise (V, GF)

  2. House Black Bean Burger (V)

  3. By request (V, GF)

DINNER ($45):

  1. Soup (V, GF)

  2. Tofu Raviloi (V), Mushroom Fried Rice (V, GF), & Quinoa Cake (V, GF)

  3. Chestnut cake (V), Chocolate ginger cake (V, GF).

NOTES: The menu items are clearly marked with V & GF options. The offerings are not just vegan, they seem to be wholesome and plant based (made from recognizable plant ingredients).


Blue Sushi Sake Grill:

LUNCH ($15):

  1. Miso Soup (V upon request)

  2. Vegan Sushi Sampler (V, anything fried contains gluten)

  3. Mochi Ice Cream (GF), V options: Chocolate hazelnut, Lychee

DINNER ($35):

  1. Miso Soup (V upon request)

  2. Brussels Sprouts (V), Charred Edamame (V), Seaweed Salad (V), Shishito Peppers?

  3. Vegan Sushi Sampler (V, anything fried (with crunchy in the name, or tempura in the description contains gluten)

  4. Chocolate Torte (V), Ice Cream (V)

NOTES: All menus on their website are clearly marked (V and GF). They even have a separate "Gluten Sensitive" Menu online


Summit Pizza:

LUNCH ($15):

  1. GF / V mini pizza upon request

  2. GF / V cookies upon request

DINNER ($45):

  1. Garden Salads?

  2. GF / V Cheese bread & breadsticks upon request

  3. GF / V pizza on request

  4. GF / V cookies upon request


Torn Label Public House:

LUNCH ($15): Includes a beer & side of fries.

  1. Celeriac Root Sandwich?