From Fine Dining to Barbecue, North Kansas City Restaurants Offer Variety

By Anne Gillem on April 28, 2011 at 2:47 pm EST
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In 1938‚ the Cascone brothers opened a small diner near downtown Kansas City‚ featuring a signature breaded-steak sandwich. Sixteen years later‚ two of the brothers‚ John and LeRoy‚ opened Cascone’s Italian Restaurant in the Northland with high-quality food and a tradition of personal attention that continues to this day.

“Our family history in the restaurant business goes back quite a ways‚” says George Cascone‚ one of John’s sons. “We’ve grown up with the community. We’ve seen a lot of our customers grow up.”

George Cascone and other family members run the business now. In addition to Cascone’s on North Oak Trafficway‚ the family has Tommy’s Bar & Grill in Gladstone and Johnny Cascone’s Italian Restaurant in Overland Park‚ Kan. The fare‚ including a trademark Cascone lasagna‚ is almost all from family recipes‚ Cascone says.

Cascone’s is one of many excellent restaurants that give Northlanders a smorgasbord of dining options. From blue-ribbon steaks to a taste of Argentina‚ Indian cuisine and barbecue‚ to name just a few of the numerous choices‚ there’s something for every palate.

Hereford House‚ noted for its aged‚ hand-cut‚ grilled steaks‚ also has a long history in the area. The first Hereford House opened in downtown Kansas City in 1957‚ and the newest is in the Northland’s Zona Rosa shopping complex.

“We focus on making our staff happy so they can make our guests happy‚” says Jack Meyers‚ general manager of the Zona Rosa Hereford House. “We’re Kansas City’s original steakhouse. We’re locally owned‚ with five locations‚ plus Pierpont’s in Union Station. The whole dining experience – the service and the food – is what sets us apart.”

Piropos Restaurant‚ with locations in Parkville and the new Briarcliff Village, serves Argentinean grilled meats‚ seafood‚ salads and vegetables.

“We’re an Argentinean steakhouse‚” says Jennifer Zupan‚ assistant to Piropos’ general manager. “Our food is very flavorful‚ but it is not spicy.”

Nick and Jake’s‚ in business since fall 2004 in Parkville‚ features hearty entrees including chicken‚ meat loaf‚ pork chops‚ seafood and pasta‚ and is renowned for its Sunday brunch. All menu items are served in Nick’s restaurant side or Jake’s sports-bar side of the establishment‚ says Bill Oliver‚ one of the owners.

Among the wide variety of other Northland restaurants are:

In Gladstone: Smokehouse Barbecue
In Liberty: Hardware Café (occupying an 1880s hardware store building)
With Kansas City addresses: Smokehouse BBQ‚ Stroud’s Restaurant (famous for pan-fried chicken) and Swagat Fine Indian Cuisine
In Riverside and Liberty: Corner Café (down-home food)
In Smithville: Brick House Café and Pub
In Weston: The Vineyards and Avalon Café (both fine dining)‚ and O’Malley’s America Bowman Restaurant and 1842 pub.

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