"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
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.