Kansas City is losing a bit of comfort food. Anna’s Oven (1809 W. 39th St.) is closing Saturday, Dec. 29. Anna’s, which has been open for more than 7 years, is like a diner-meets-your grandma’s kitchen with lasagna (a square slab and architectural marvel of layered pasta, cheese and tomato sauce), meatloaf and fried chicken. The chicken pot pie is a bowl of warmth, as are the silky mashed potatoes.
Lazia, a modern Italian restaurant, is open in the Crossroads Hotel (2101 Central St.). The pasta, like a cuttlefish ink spaccatelli (tube-shaped pasta), is made in-house, while steaks and roasted chicken are served with a la carte sides like collard greens or fried brussels sprouts. Lazia is open from 5 to 11 p.m. Thursday through Sunday.
You might as well call in sick on Friday. Bier Station (120 E. Gregory Blvd.) is hosting Home For The Holidays, wherein Boulevard Brewing Company takes over every single tap in the joint. The taps start flowing at 11 a.m. Things go deep into the Boulevard catalogue: Rye on Rye on Rye on Rye, Saison Brett ‘16, the sour grisette made for Boulevardia, Foeder Project #2 and a Brett Pils. Good luck, and good night.
You don’t always need a hot drink to find inner warmth. KC Wine Co. (13875 Gardner Road, Olathe, Kansas) is throwing a Wine Slush Social with frozen sangria and peach bellini slushies from 3 to 8 p.m. Friday and noon to 6 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. The winery has a heated indoors where they press cider and folks can play yard games.
Holiday traditions look different around the globe. Father Frost (Santa) and the Snow Maiden, his fairy goddaughter, are traditional characters in Russia. Meet the heralds of the season from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday at Irina’s Gourmet Bakery (11902 W. 119th St., Overland Park, Kansas), buy Russian chocolate, and save some room for pirozhki (a classic Russian puff pastry stuffed with sweet or savory filling that is in the world of kolaches and bierocks).
The French Dip has been anchoring menus for decades, and now Gladstone has a new one to try at Summit Grill (501 NE 70th St.). The third location from restaurateurs Andy Lock, Domhnall Molloy, and culinary director Po Wang, revolves around classics: the wedge salad (a big slice of iceberg lettuce slathered in blue cheese dressing), French onion soup, pot roast and chicken fried chicken. Summit Grill is open from 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. Monday through Friday, 10 a.m to midnight Saturday, and 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. Sunday. Happy hour is from 3 to 6 p.m. daily at the bar.
Puffy jackets. Sweet shades. Go back in time to when there was killer snow to shred and beer wasn’t so complicated. Bar K Dog Bar (501 Berkeley Parkway) is throwing an ‘80s Ski Party from noon to 4 p.m. Sunday. Lean in to the decade with costumes for humans and canines alike.