Secret Menu Items at Kansas City Restaurants

If you want to feel really special and show off your insider knowledge, order these “highly classified” not-on-the-menu items.

Talkin’ ’Bout Tacos

  23 E. 3rd St., Kansas City, MO |

The Bite

photo courtesty of The Bite Facebook

The Bite in River Market is primarily a sandwich shop, but if you tell the kid working the counter you really want some tacos, chef-owner Carlos Mortera will make some up on the spot. Tacos are not on the menu at the Bite, but Mortera always has corn tortillas on hand for a gluten-free option. Convert one of his incredible sandwiches – the Boss Hog, perhaps, with roasted pork, Korean barbecue sauce and candied jalapeños – and you will feel a whole new world open up.

Shake it Up

Various locations |

Upper crust Bakery

photo courtesy of the upper crust facebook

Shakes that feature an entire slice of Upper Crust Bakery pies have been an open secret at Town Topic for a long time. Choose your favorite ice cream and your favorite pie and treat yourself to a truly decadent experience. We heartily recommend adding a slice of pecan pie to your chocolate shake.

Secret Sweets

Various locations |

La Bodega

photo courtesy of La Bodega Spanish tappas restaurant facebook

The best dessert at La Bodega (at both locations in Leawood and on Southwest Boulevard in Kansas City) is the one they don’t tell you about. The churros – a Mexican pastry deep-fried like a donut and rolled in cinnamon and sugar – are filled with a strawberry jam and served in a raspberry sauce with whipped cream.

Mì Oh My

522 Campbell St., Kansas City, MO |

Vietnam Cafe

photo courtesy of vietnam cafe facebook

The best bánh mì in town can be found at the Vietnam Café in Columbus Park, where a thick length of baguette is sliced in half and stuffed full of a savory marinated pork with cilantro and a special sauce. This off-the-menu special is only available during lunch hours.

Count Chocula

7421 Broadway St., Kansas City, MO |

Well Bar Cocktails

photo courtesy of the well facebook

Sometimes, we want to drink our dessert. When that happens, we go to the Well Bar in Waldo for a chocolate martini. This decadent cocktail – boasting chocolate liqueur, vodka and chocolate syrup – is a gorgeous way to end the night.

Plantain Power

Located inside Parlor: 1707 Locust St., Kansas City, MO |


photo courtesy of parlor facebook

What’s better than Karbon’s fried sweet plantains covered in spiced crema and cotija cheese? The secret fried sweet plantains drizzled with local honey, chile spices and fresh lime. Ask nicely for this alternate take on the classic side dish and you will be rewarded.

Categories: Food, Local Places, On the Menu