Rye – The Plaza, Kansas City, Missouri


How long has it been since you’ve had a slice of pie? A slice of pie with perfectly crisp crust? Rye has it. They always have an abundant selection (and at happy hour you can get a slice for $4!) but their warm apple pie is my favorite thing in the whole world. It’s comforting, it’s crisp, it’s sweet, it’s cinnamony, it’s wholesome and delicious and honestly good cold, too. I prefer a slice of Apple pie 10/10 over Birthday Cake. I don’t really like cake but that’s a whole other rant.

What Rye is known for though, is their Fried Chicken and honestly, for a reason. It’s crispy, delicious, tender, #juicy and everything you want in one bite. I can’t stress that enough. You can get three pieces, half a chicken or a whole-ass chicken – all white meat is an option, too. Like, I usually have to fight for that during the holidays. I’ll admit though, I originally came for the aesthetic. It’s a gorgeous restaurant to start. From the bright blue subway tiled bar, the wooden floors and white brick columns- stunning, honey. A record player, shiny Bourbon bottles and bright white plates with a blue rim for the cherry on top. Romantic with a rustic, homey vibe. Joanna Gaines meets Tim Gunn?

And how about their WHIPPED GOAT CHEESE ($11.25) with the honey and salt and herbs. It should be illegal. ILLEGAL so order it before Rye gets a citation for being damn delicious in the kitchen. Caesar salad ($9.00) is basic? Mmmkay, Becky, it might be but when you get garlic croutons and fresh parmesan, who cares enough? Not me, dude. They serve down-home cooking. Biscuits and Gravy ($12), Buttermilk Pancakes ($9.75) and Steak and Eggs ($20) to tempt anybody’s tastebuds. I recently ordered their Fried Green Tomatoes with Pimiento Cheese ($11.25) with BBQ Spice and Herb & Lemon Breadcrumbs, they are pure perfection. Love the movie and I love this dish. During COVID, I frequent their patio for their Happy Hour. It’s tucked away on the corner, overlooking the park and there’s minimal street traffic. It’s quiet, quaint and comfortable. Sipping on an 8oz pour of rose for the 6oz price just makes it taste better. Happy Hour is 3-6 so plenty of time to indulge on a warm summer afternoon when you’re feeling in need of a little hometown hospitality.

The owners, Megan and Colby Garrelts are the creative genius’ behind Rye Leawood and Rye Plaza as well as Bluestem, another favorite, in KC. Chef Colby has won the Best Chef Midwest from the James Beard Foundation and the 2005 Food & Wine Top 10 Best New Chefs. Chef Megan is is a James Beard Semifinalist for Outstanding Pastry Chef 2017-2019 and her recipes have been featured in numerous national publications including Bon Appétit, Food & Wine, Wall Street Journal and Saveur. Can we say scrumptious power couple?

Join them for brunch, their midday Happy Hour menu, dinner or lunch – they will welcome you warmly like Paula Deen welcomes butter.

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