Service industry workers give up their holidays to feed us celebratory meals, serve us heavy-poured glasses of wine after a long week, slide us free desserts on our special days and lift our spirits around the dinner table.
Now, more than ever, they need our support during the coronavirus.
“Things have been difficult and stressful, as you can imagine,” says Alex George, executive chef at Webster House, which is currently closed other than their retail shop. “I have worked at Webster House for seven years and have never seen anything quite like this. The walk-in is sparse of products and my kitchen empty of any employees. People say the heart of any house is the kitchen; it is where people come together to share how their day went and to enjoy the company of their family. The same holds true in any restaurant kitchen. We banter back and forth, we cook and we serve. We are a family!”
Kansas City families are looking for places to eat, but all Kansas City restaurant dining rooms are closed. We’re just beginning to see the impacts that the novel coronavirus is having on businesses of all kinds in Kansas City. The Kansas City metro government announced on Monday that all bars and restaurants must close, and Mayor Quinton Lucas also suspended all gatherings of more than 10 people in Kansas City. Restaurants are now limited to carryout, drive-thru, pickup, and delivery services. You have probably looked at the list we reported on of over a thousand restaurants in the Kansas City metro that are now offering to-go options.
We all need to support local restaurants to preserve the wonderful restaurant community that has been created in Kansas City. However, ordering a to-go meal for a family a la carte style can be overwhelming and expensive. Of the restaurants that are still open, many of them are offering their dine-in options, but some have curated special family-friendly menus to make the ordering (and eating!) process easier.
Here is a list of some of the Family-Style Menu options available in Kansas City:
The Restaurant at 1900
The Restaurant at 1900 is offering frozen meals and family meals. Thaw and reheat their almond and cornflake-crusted buttermilk fried chicken or indulge in their infamous lobster pop-tarts made by James Beard-nominated chef Linda Duerr in the comfort of your home. Find the full carryout menu here.
Affare is offering four different carryout dinner options, each of which is $25 per person. Families can choose between a brats dinner, schnitzel dinner, seafood dinner, or vegetarian dinner. Each carryout dinner package comes with a side of veggies and mac and cheese. The menu options can be ordered here.
Fox and Pearl
Fox and Pearl has reheat or freezer-ready family-style options that must be ordered by noon that day for a pickup between 4 and 8 pm that night. All of the family-style meals available come with a house salad and spring vegetables. The family meal options can serve 4 people or 8 people, and include entrees such as Smoked Adobo Braised Chicken Quarters or Lasagna. The full menu can be found here.
Can’t decide which restaurant to order from? Char Bar Smoked Meats has teamed up with Beer Kitchen and Mickey’s Hideaway to create a simple and convenient curbside “gloved” pick-up spot, located in front of Char Bar at 4050 Pennsylvania in Westport. They have large BBQ trays, meats by the pound, and family-style sides. See the full menu here.
The Family style menus available at Bristol serve anywhere from 4-8 people and come with complimentary baked biscuits. You can order their cheesy and fresh Lobster Mac & Cheese for $120 or their Bourbon Maple Salmons for $110, which both serve 8 people. They also have half-priced wine to go. The full food menu can be found here.
Michael Corvino’s fast-casual concept “Ravenous” has been a takeout and delivery option for lunch for some months now, but he has just started offering carryout dinner from Corvino’s fine-dining menu, including family meals. Corvino has a Chicken Dinner for $65, a Steak Dinner for $85, and Vegetarian Dinner for $45. These meals all feed up to four people and come with delicious sides and desserts. Both the Ravenous menu and the Corvino menu can be found here. If you choose carryout instead of delivery, they also have beer, wine, and bottled cocktails available.
La Bodega has a Family Package for $29 per person, which includes Ensalada de Casa (Salad), Pintxos de Higo, Pincho de Pollo y Chorizo (chicken & chorizo skewers), Albondigas (meatballs), Short Ribs Paella de Carne (meat paella), and Churros with a raspberry sauce. Order the family package here.
Mother Clucker, located inside Parlor KC, is offering “Squad Size” packages, including a bucket of tenders, a wing pack, and cluck fries. You can order all of their food mild (their “weak sauce”) or super hot (their “what the cluck!) online here.
Q39 is offering a carryout BBQ Package that includes your choice of two meats with baked beans, cole slaw, potato salad, slider buns, sauces, pickles, utensils and plateware. The Package can be $59.80 for 4 people and up to $358.80 for 24 people. You can check out the full menu and order online here.
Social Suppers, in Prairie Village, Kansas, is offering a 10-Meal-Deal that you can order online or over the phone that they will get ready for pick up within 24 hours or less. Each meal can either serve 3 or 6 people. They also have individual family-style dinners if you aren’t looking for ten full meals. You can look at the menu and order online here.
Story. is offering custom family style meals prepared by Chef Carl Thorne-Thomsen. It is a minimum of 4 servings of the same meal per order and pricing varies based on ingredients. This is available for limited local non-contact delivery only. Fill out the instructions/requests form here, call them at 816.260.7283, or email Story. at Carl@storykc.com.
Farmhouse is offering family-style options on some of their a la carte menu items. You can call them at 816-569-6032 for family style pricing and to place your order. Family style menu items include dinner options such as the Farmhouse Meatloaf or Chicken Carbonara and breakfast options such as their Biscuits and Gravy or Country Fried Steak and Eggs. You can look at the full curbside menu available here.
Savoy is serving a family meal for curbside pickup for $45, which satisfies 3-5 people. The meal includes a farmer salad, prime rib pot roast with vegetables, mac n cheese, and brownies. To order, call 816-443-4260.
By ordering a family-style meal, not only will you be satisfying your family, but the Kansas City industry family. Don’t sacrifice quality during this quarantine. Support the food industry family while feeding your own.