815 W 17th Street
Kansas City, MO 64108
Located in Kansas City's Historic Westside, less than 1 mile west of the Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts.
"Creativity is king at this Kansas City eatery, where the kitchen constantly seeks to update both its menu and its style (with a name like Novel, we'd expect nothing less). The restaurant operates out of an updated cozy old Victorian house, but with dishes like pig's-head pie and chilled corn soup with seaweed and trout roe, the menu couldn't feel more of the moment. Chef-owner Ryan Brazeal is so dedicated to breaking the mold on what it means to be a "New American" restaurant that he's advocating a complete abandonment of the term. His adjectival improvement? "Novel American," of course."
- Bon Appétit | America's Top 50 New Restaurants
"He's brought a refined sensibility to seasonal Midwestern ingredients in dishes like chilled corn soup with seaweed, fermented crab paste, marinated clams and jalapeño."
“New American is kind of a catchall, but this is Novel American cuisine,” Brazeal says of the food at Novel. “We focus on seasonal and local, Midwest and American. I never wanted to be fusion. Food is about memories. We take duck necks and foie gras and Chinese Five Spice [in the pork neck dumplings], and it evokes the memory of a pot sticker.”
"Inventive, multi-dimensional dishes made with first-rate ingredients and exceptional technique."
- Steve Paul, The Kansas City Star