The new year brings with it an opportunity to expand your horizons. It is the time of year that people make all sorts of resolutions, so why not make one to try a new restaurant. We enjoy trying new places, but there is always the concern that we will not have an enjoyable experience. With the price of eating out always on the rise, people are looking for ways to maximize their enjoyment without breaking the bank.
One way to try a new venue, without the full price commitment, is to visit during their happy hour. Many bars and restaurants offer a special menu of small plates and special libations that are at a reduced price for two or three hours in the early evening. These specials are sometimes repeated again later in the evening to draw in the after dinner and late evening crowd. It is a great opportunity to try a new place, because you can sample multiple menu items. Quite often these will include the house specialties. This can help you decide whether it is a place you want to add to your regular rotation of eating establishments.
It is also an excellent way to get a bigger bang for your buck on date nights. If you are willing to eat earlier in the evening you will find good bargains at many local eateries. This can be followed up with a date activity (we enjoy shopping), and later you can drop by a place that offers a late night happy hour for a nightcap. All of this can be accomplished for the same or even less than a regular restaurant visit where you order from their full priced menu.
Sometimes there is a restaurant you may want to try, but it doesn’t offer a happy hour. Don’t worry there are other ways to try them for a reduced cost. During the middle of January there is a local event called Kansas City Restaurant Week. This year it falls from January 13th through the 22nd. During this event you can sample various KC eateries for a $15 at lunch or $33 for dinner. These prices are per person and do not include drinks or tips.
This year there are 143 restaurants participating, so there should be something for almost everyone. They cover the entire Kansas City metro area. There are a wide variety of cuisines and atmospheres. Be aware that not all establishments will serve both lunches and dinners, so do a little research before venturing out by visiting the highlighted link above. On their website you will find links to many of the sample menus for each of the locations. They have also included a search feature which allows you to find just the right dining experience for your taste. A mobile app will help you pinpoint just the right spot while on the go.
We hope you get a chance to enjoy some of Kansas City’s restaurants, and welcome you sharing your experience. Tell us what you liked, or didn’t like in the comment section below. We’re always looking for new places to try, and your tips will help all of our readers. Don’t forget those happy hour specials, and be sure to tip your wait staff. Bon Appetit!