Seven Swans Crêperie
Popular food truck Seven Swans Crêperie has found a permanent home in the former Sylvia’s Deli space in the Westside neighborhood. After two years operating in a kitchen with wheels, chef-owner Kate Bryan is taking the opportunity to spread her wings. Her menu features sweet and savory crepes that have been in rotation in her food truck, plus a few new creations. There’s also a robust vegan menu. Seven Swans Crêperie is open for breakfast and lunch.
1746 Washington St., KCMO. Open 7 am-3 pm Thursday-Friday and 8 am-4 pm Saturday-Sunday. sevenswanscreperie.com.
Brown Sugar Chicken & Donuts
“Sugar and spice and everything nice” — that’s the tagline for Brown Sugar Chicken and Donuts, the first restaurant from Jamaal Lites. And boy, does he deliver. The Nashville-born Lites has taken the age-old combination of chicken and waffles and kicked it up. See his chicken and donuts — six fried chicken bites and donut holes with warm maple syrup — or the chicken and donut sandwich with a fried egg and bacon. Tenders and wings are marinated in a brown sugar sauce and stand up to fluffy cinnamon rolls and rich carrot cake.
3708 State Ave., KCK. Open 7 am-6 pm Tuesday-Sunday.
Overland Park gets its own grown-up food court with Strang Hall, boasting six chef-driven restaurants — plus a coffee shop and bar — under one roof. Diners can choose the cuisine that appeals to them most. There’s Nida for tacos, Norcini for pizza, Solstice for health-focused meals and smoothies, Anousone for Southeast Asian dishes, Basabasa for Japanese and Korean-inspired chicken and Fond for pastas and American comfort food. It’s a fast-casual counter-service setup but with real silverware and servers who clean up after you.
7313 W. 80th St., Overland Park. Open 11 am-10 pm Monday-Thursday, 10 am-1 am Friday-Saturday and 10 am-9 pm Sunday. stranghall.com.
Mesob is giving new life to the former Krokstrom space in Midtown. The Caribbean and Ethiopian restaurant, helmed by Haiti-born chef Cherven Desauguste and Eritrea-born chef Mehret Tesfamariam, had to close after three years to make room for new construction. Desauguste refreshed his menu with a Bahamian conch, flash-fried and tossed in a spicy and sweet ginger glaze and served with rice noodles. Be on the lookout for Sunday brunch soon.
3601 Broadway Blvd., KCMO. Open 3-10 pm Tuesday-Thursday, 3-11 pm Friday-Saturday, and 3-9 pm Sunday. Closed Mondays.