pOST Author: Rachel
Tribe Street Kitchen opened earlier this year as a new addition to the River Market area near downtown Kansas City. It is a trendy spot with a small corner bar feel that features a variety of unique foods and flavors. It hosts an incredible outdoor patio shaded by trees and filled with twinkling string lights. Often you'll find a live band that creates an upbeat and relaxing ambiance. This place has quickly become one of our favorite stops for brunch!
Each item has a unique twist; common food put together in an uncommon way creating distinguishing flavors. It's an extremely varied menu, so be prepared to try something new. Here are a few of our top choices from their brunch menu.
Biscuits and Gravy with chipotle sausage...mmm mmm mmm! Two fluffy, warm buttermilk biscuits covered in a chipotle gravy with chunks of sausage and served with a side of potatoes. We always ask for their unique version of ketchup because it's more like a sweet and spicy salsa. So good!
Another winning pick is the Fried Chicken Pancake Tacos. It is the perfect combination of flavors and we order it almost every time we visit. Initially, I was hesitant about trying it, but it is mouthwatering delicious! The menu describes it as "Hat Yai chicken, crispy shallot, tamarind syrup, mango on a basil pancake." The syrup is lightly drizzled over the top and combined with the chicken, it marries the perfect amount of sweet with salty and you won't be disappointed. However, I will say that I expected the chicken to have a spicy heat to it and was surprised when it didn't. Don't get me wrong, it was delicious, but I love HOT fried chicken.
A few of their other taco options are A la Mexicana, Chorizo and the Huevo Frito tacos. We had the Huevo Frito tacos recently (pictured below), which is "fried egg, feijoada, queso cotija, avocado and cilantro hollandaise." It was savory and tasty and the avocados were incredibly fresh.
Of course, we also enjoy their pitchers of refreshing mimosas. Cost is $14 and pours about four or five servings per pitcher. Or, if you're a Bloody Mary lover like myself, they have plenty of choices.
There's a Backyard Bloody, Wanderlust Bloody, or a Bird's Eye Bloody.
The last one is my favorite and has changed the way I make and order this drink anywhere else! The Bird's Eye Bloody is, "Thai chili vodka, lime and house-made pickles" and wow, it is phenomenal! Now, I always use a Thai chili Sriracha or request that kind of vodka to add a wonderful spice and twist to the typical ingredients.
We love taking friends to this spot, because their made from scratch menu items are unique, flavorful and diverse. The unique space is really warm and inviting as well. We've only been to Tribe for brunch and I can say we've enjoyed it every single time.
We've never had to wait for a table, but they have a $4 "Wait Drink" on the menu that changes daily and is only available to guests waiting for seats. Cool idea, don't you think? Wish every place had this deal.
If you give Tribe a try, let me know what you ordered and how you like it!
Would you turn down a chance to try some mouthwatering Italian food? Me neither! I recently had the chance to visit Tavernonna Italian Kitchen, a farm to table restaurant, located inside Hotel Phillips in downtown KC. This place has great ambiance, an elegantly modern atmosphere with a cozy vibe, exceptional staff and amazing Italian cuisine. They recently invited local media members and social influencers to test out some of the new specialty items on their spring menu.
As you can see from the menu above, we had the chance to try some exquisite dishes. We also taste tested a number of drinks and we were wowed; all wonderfully flavorful and refreshing. Also, I must say, everything was beautifully and creatively served, but the taste was even better!
These pasta dishes were out of this world! At Tavernonna's, Executive Chef Bryant Wigger creates these true Italian meals from fresh and locally sourced ingredients. I savored every incredibly flavorful bite.
In the photo above, the dish on the left is the Nettle Casarecce and on the right is the Spaghetti with wild ramps, focaccia bread crumbs and black pepper pecorino. Two fan favs, for sure!
The top photo is the Thyme Basted Scallops with caramelized cipollini, faro risotto, celery leaf gremolata, and bully porter sumo. It was scrumptious!
The photo above is the Alaskan Halibut with fregola, pancetta, sweet peas, tendril pesto and it was sitting in a beet sauce. For me, it was a surprisingly delicious combination - who would have thought beet sauce would make such a great base.
Dessert, oh my goodness, was equally wonderful! The perfect ending - gelato and espresso.
Everything was soooooo good, it was hard to pick a favorite, but if I had to chose, I'd say the Bruschetta - goat cheese always gets my love - and the Nettle Casarecce. YUM!
A fantastic experience, for sure, and the food and drinks were exceptional. Also, parking is validated at Hotel Phillips for all Tavernonna customers.
I'd highly recommend giving the spring menu a try for yourself. You'll be glad you did!
Birthdays are special! They’re our chance to celebrate the people in our lives that we love so dearly and to show them just how much they mean to us.
I am also a big fan of celebrating your OWN life and today is my 27th birthday! Woohoo! I enjoy looking back on the year and seeing the hand of God in my life — where He's taken me, how He's grown me, provided for me, and the list goes ON. We serve a good God y'all.
This year I am feeling extra thankful because God has done so much in my life this past year. I grew in my faith, challenged myself, took on a new and exciting job, grew in my marriage, deepened my friendships and more. This is worth celebrating!
My husband asked me what I wanted to do to celebrate my birthday this year, and after last year’s big celebration, I really just wanted something small and intimate. So I told him to plan it, invite our two closest friends and just tell me when to get dolled up.
When I woke up this past Sunday, Blake told me I needed to get ready to celebrate. I made a quick little shopping trip and picked up a new lightweight sweater (it was freezing in Tennessee this past weekend!) and we headed to our first destination: Arrington Vineyards.
You guys, I love Arrington..all of it! I love the wine, the atmosphere, the country feel, everything. We got an incredible bottle of wine, sat by the fire and spent a little time walking around exploring the grounds.
They had live jazz music at the main building and then a folk band in the barn area. It was awesome to listen to live music while enjoying great wine and even better company.
After we finished up at Arrington, we headed to our next destination: Josephine. I have been wanting to go here since we moved to Nashville. This restaurant has amazing reviews and I was so excited when Blake surprised me with a dinner reservation here.
For starters, we ordered the brussels sprouts and Nashville hot scrapple. Scrapple is a sausage and, oh my goodness, it was to die for. For the main course, I ordered the scallops, the guys ordered the roasted chicken, and my bestie, Rachel, ordered a pasta dish. We all cleaned our plates and even splurged on some after dinner hot apple pie. I cannot say enough about the truly wonderful dining experience this place provides — the service was incredible, the atmosphere was just perfect and the food was amazing.
Needless to say, it was a very special early birthday celebration.
We ended the night with a time of affirmation. We've made this a tradition to do on birthdays and it is so special. Everyone takes a turn to verbally affirm the person whose birthday we are celebrating. I always shed a few tears, laugh a lot and felt incredibly loved.
If you've never done this, try it. It’s a beautiful way for the guest of honor to start a new year.
Bring it on 27! The best is yet to come!
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