The Westside Local
I was excited to try the newest addition to Kansas City’s restaurant scene, The Westside Local Restaurant at 16th and Summit. It’s next to a great Mexican joint, Los Alamos Market Y Cocina, and just a block from Fervere, my favorite bread bakery. The main dining room is long and somewhat narrow, and the bar is tiny but very attractive. The restaurant has an outdoor beer garden and an interesting selection of craft beers from around the world. I thought the beer was too expensive considering the size of the pour, but I did enjoy the Belgian Houblon Chouffe the bartender recommended. A quick peek at the wine list showed the wine prices more in line with what you’d expect to find here.
There’s an emphasis on locally sourced foods, with a list of “localities” to construct your own appetizer, as well as “snacks” of charcuterie and cheese plates. We started with a very simple plate of local beets. Sandwiches, salads and large plates round out the menu. I was tempted by the sheep’s cheese ravioli with greens, but decided on a grass-fed burger with garlic fries instead, while my husband couldn’t resist the grilled cheese sandwich with tomato soup. Though everything was nicely prepared, nothing was knock-your-socks-off good. Service is friendly, but also needs some work.
Though I didn’t love the food, I liked The Westside. I hope they introduce a Happy Hour, with beer prices that are a bit easier on the wallet. If they do, I suspect the outside patio will quickly become an urban hot spot.