Lee’s Summit has become one of the busiest areas in the Kansas City metropolitan region in recent years. The city still retains its small town charm however, with an emphasis on community and local restaurants. We list 10 of the best dining spots to drop in on.
Restaurant, American, Vegetarian, Vegan, Fast Food
Ginger Sue’s has gained a reputation as one of the best breakfast and brunch spots in Lee’s Summit. The restaurant is located in a large, airy room filled with natural light, making it the perfect spot for an early morning start and customers can choose between the long communal tables that stretch out across the room, or the more private tables for small groups. What makes Ginger Sue’s truly stand out however, is its quirky and varied menu. A larger number of omelets are available with fillings ranging from the classic to the unusual; the Aloha Awakea Omelette includes pineapple, ham and cheddar topped with shredded coconut. The restaurant also offers a delicious variety of smoothies, perfect for kickstarting the day.
Restaurant, Mexican, $
Ever since it first opened in 1996, Habanero’s mission statement has been to provide Lee’s Summit with authentic, high-quality Mexican food in a relaxed, casual atmosphere. Each dish is freshly prepared on location, with delicious ingredients, generous portion sizes and just the required amount of spice. What sets Habanero’s apart from other dining experiences however, is not only the quality of the food, but the restaurant’s dramatic décor, which includes a real Piper Tomahawk airplane mounted on the exterior’s roof, an aeronautical theme which extends throughout the restaurant to the menus, drinks and decorations. This unexpected, eye-catching introduction to Habanero’s is certain to set the tone for a fun and memorable evening out.
Konrad’s Kitchen and Tap House
Located in downtown Lee’s Summit, Konrad’s Kitchen and Tap House is the perfect place to unwind on a Friday evening. The restaurant focuses on extravagant variants on traditional American cuisine, such as their Bacon Cheeseburger Pizza, a crisp thin crust loaded with beef, bacon pickles and melted cheese. Their drinks menu is the ideal accompaniment to their dishes, with a wide range of cold beers and unique cocktails to suit everyone’s taste; highlights include their signature rum punch and a chocolate martini made with vanilla vodka, Bailey’s and cream. Konrad’s Kitchen also holds live music events every Thursday to Saturday, making it an excellent spot to experience and soak up the local culture.
Mint Asian Café and Sushi
Cafe, Restaurant, Asian, Sushi, Coffee, Tea , Fast Food, $
A modest little restaurant from the outside, Mint Asian Café and Sushi makes up in food and culinary style what it lacks in loud décor. Serving authentic, high-quality sushi and sashimi, as well as a range of East Asian appetizers and rolls, all of their dishes are freshly prepared on the spot and extraordinarily presented, with great attention paid to creating beautiful shapes, patterns and explosions of color on each plate. The interior of the restaurant complements the dainty dishes, with bright walls, contemporary furnishings and sleek lines.
Cafe, Diner, American, Coffee, Tea
One of Lee’s Summit’s most popular local diners, the Neighborhood Café lives up to its name with a cozy dining area decorated with historic newspapers and offering delicious, homey fare. Each visit begins with a complimentary cinnamon roll fresh from the oven, an event sure to get any meal off to a good start. The café specialises in traditional diner comfort food, although the menu does include several creative twists on old classics: their various versions of eggs Benedict, in particular the eggs Benedict with BBQ pulled pork, are superb, while the Fire Burger with fresh jalapeño, pepperjack cheese and Sriracha mayonnaise is perfect for the daring spirit.
Summit Grill and Bar
Bar, Restaurant, American, Wine, Beer, Vegetarian, Fast Food, $
An ode to classic American cuisine, Summit Grill and Bar offers a wildly popular Happy Hour with a range of delicious appetizers, from Steak Street tacos to spicy wings with blue cheese dressing, to complement their large drinks menu featuring an extensive wine list, handcrafted martinis and craft beers. For those who want a fuller meal, Summit Grill and Bar’s Chicken Fried Chicken with creamy mashed potatoes and crisp green beans is another popular choice. The restaurant has an elegant yet cozy setting, making it perfect for both a casual night out or a more sophisticated affair
Restaurant, American, Vegan, Vegetarian, $
Unk’s Burgers take the art of the burger back to its roots. Eschewing new gourmet styles and contemporary twists on classics, the restaurant offers a menu of four burgers, topped with either cheese, pickles, baked beans, or another burger patty, as well as a turkey burger and fried chicken sandwich. The free range of toppings available, however, from BBQ sauce to jalapeños, as well as the number of different fries and onion ring options, means that each visitor can make their patty as unique as they wish, while still retaining the simple, satisfying feel of a classic burger.
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