Lagniappe – Nica’s Cajun Kitchen
Lagniappe – Nica’s Cajun Kitchen
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  • Address:
    320 Southwest Boulevard
    Kansas City, MO 64108
    Neighborhood:
    Crossroads / Freight District / Boulevard
  • Cuisine:
    Cajun
    Price: $30 and under

Lagniappe – Nica’s Cajun Kitchen

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://cajunkc.com/
  • Phone: 8164712900
  • Hours of Operation:
    Dinner only Tuesday - Thursday 4pm - 10pm
    Friday and Saturday 3pm - 11pm

    Closed Sunday and Monday
  • Payment Options: AMEX,Discover,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Creole / Cajun / Southern, Fusion / Eclectic, Cajun
  • Executive Chef: Bryan Merker
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Entertainment, Farm to Table, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Happy Hour, High Tea, Late Night, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Personal wines welcome, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Private Room, Smoking Area, Smoking Area (patio only), Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine, Wine Bar
  • Private Party Facilities: Home of The Red Room
    Lagniappe’s back room (“Red Room”) is a Crossroads treasure, complete with state of the art sound and high def video projection on a 12 x 7 screen, and flat screen t.v.s. Lagniappe’s “Red Room” is soon to be the toast of the crossroads offering live entertainment and special events on a weekly basis.
  • Private Party Contact: Michael Thorne 8164712900
  • Entertainment: The back room is outfitted with a system state of the art sound and hi-def video projections. We will offer live music, First Friday events showcasing local artist, sporting events on the big screen, dinner and a movie, party rental, and private outdoor seating. The room is multifunction for corporate presentations, rehearsal dinners or just an excuse to have a good time with friends and family in a private setting. The room can accommodate parties of 50+ depending on the occasion.
  • Special Events:

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Broadway
  • Public Transit: the 123 and the JO Stop
  • Parking: Private Lot
  • Parking Details: We have 15 dedicated parking spaces on the South side of Southwest Blvd. There is plenty of street parking On Broadway, SW Blvd and behind the restaurant after 6 p.m. There a paid parking lot west of the restaurant that is a flat rate of $3 cash only.
A word from Lagniappe – Nica’s Cajun Kitchen
Lagniappe (pronounced lan-yap) is the latest restaurant created by Executive Chef/Proprietor Bryan Merker and his wife Monica (a.k.a. Nica). Lagniappe is the fulfillment of our vision of the complete cajun experience. We offer diners a one of a kind menu with endless options on how their meal is prepared.
Our mission at Lagniappe is to provide a unique dining experience of the highest quality with exceptional service in a fun, friendly and creative atmosphere.
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Lagniappe – Nica’s Cajun Kitchen reviews from OpenTable diners
  • sub-par
    amckc
    Dined on 11/1/2013
    The food was nothing to write home about. My family is Cajun and this food was definitely not. I would call it "comfort food" at best. Smothered in butter and salt, it just wasn't good. We won't be going here again, especially because it closed.
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Fantastic!
    Eric
    Dined on 10/26/2013
    This restaurant was simply the best I've been to in quite a while. My date and I had a couple of things from the small plates menu and shared them (the blue crab-stuffed beignets were wonderful) and then we each had a larger-plate entree. Wow! Emma, our waitress, was also first-class. She helped us through the menu, recommended several things that turned out very, very good, and monitored our time so that we didn't miss the show in the restaurant's red room. She even reserved our seats for the show, even though there was no assigned seating. I will be going back!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Always good
    TimA
    Dined on 10/25/2013
    Cajun cuisine done well. Eclectic and interesting entertainment. I miss the old menu but the new menu is still full of winners. Service was smart and responsive yet casual. A nice combination!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, vibrant bar scene, hot spot, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Found a new favorite
    TJR7
    Dined on 10/23/2013
    Food and service were perfect. Well rounded drink menu. Can't wait to go back!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • At last -- good Cajun in KC!
    N2Cajun
    Dined on 10/19/2013
    As a frequent traveler to New Orleans, I love Cajun and Creole cooking. Lagniappe is, hands down, the best in Kansas City. Another place (which will remain nameless) brags to have won the award for best Cajun in KC for several years, but that was before Lagniappe. The roux was nice and dark, the sauce outstanding, the gumbo delicious. The menu was deep with options, and we can't wait to get back to try other items.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Just being honest
    HonestDiner
    Dined on 10/17/2013
    I don't know where they get the idea their food is worthy of being called "Cajun". I ordered their red beans and rice ($15.95). The beans were not red beans, they resembled the standard refried beans and rice you get at any Mexican restaurant. My wife (a Cajun herself) had the blackened fish, which she said was "fair". When ordering, the waitress told her that she needed to select a side and a sauce as it was included. However, when we received the bill, they actually charged an additional $3.95 for the sauce. My advice: If you hate getting "ripped off", as we do....avoid this restaurant! Nothing "Cajun" about them.
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  • Fair
    Fair
    Dined on 10/15/2013
    Wonderful service. Creepy décor. Food authentic but entirely too spicey.
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Yay Nica's...
    Emmayjo
    Dined on 10/5/2013
    With a little late notice I made a reservation for 8! I was a little surprised that the menu had changed but was pleasently surprised and delighted! Yum! We'll be back!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, romantic, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Menu change was dissapointing
    hungrymom
    Dined on 10/4/2013
    Nica's was a new find about 6 months ago, with a large menu giving the diner many options from different types of cuisine. On my last visit, the menu had changed, giving far fewer options. I thought the meals were a little pricy for what you get. The food was tasty, and the atmosphere was great. I loved the make-up of the staff-making the dining experience feel more like New Orleans. I would still recommend if you are looking for a Cajun meal and a wonderful atmosphere to get together with friends.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, late-night find, neighborhood gem, hot spot
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Just Ok
    fanatic4food
    Dined on 10/4/2013
    I grew up on Cajun food, so I'm kind of Cajun food snob. I've had much better local Cajun restaurant food. I ordered the Marie LaVeau side salad and Ormand Polenta for dinner. The salad was good, but by the time I finished the salad, the polenta was cold. I guess that was my fault. The polenta was a bit on the salty side. I also shared beignets with my dining partner. We had the chocolate covered raspberry and the lemon berry cream. Both had great flavor. They were deliciously hot and crisp on the outside, but had some cold spots in the filing. I also had the Cajun Lemonade, which was the best part of the meal.
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  • Authentic Cajun Restaurant
    DotfromKS
    Dined on 9/27/2013
    Great food, great ambiance. Was there with a long time friend, and was able to linger over dinner and visit. Love the Ramos Gin Fizz.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Early Saturday evening reservation.
    Daisy
    Dined on 9/21/2013
    Early Saturday evening reservation. Reservation not needed. Nice service. Very good sweet potato fries with three dipping sauces. Fries were light and crunchy, but soft inside. We had jambalaya and mac and cheese with crawfish tails. Both very tasty. They served ample portions. We needed to go boxes. Companion had one of the signature cocktails Cajun Lemonade which was delicious. Atmosphere is casual. The bar is a prominent feature, but enhances the restaurant setting. It didn't have bar vibe, but it was very early and it wasn't crowded.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Best Cajun food in KC
    GUSTOandKIMCHEE
    Dined on 9/20/2013
    All the typical cajun dishes I tried were very good. The drinks were good. My guest thought the parmesan grits had too much parmesan. I tried them; I didn't think so. But I don't know grits. They're not my thing. The desserts were delictable; I think we tried most all of them. The atmosphere at the time was ideal for a nice romantic dinner date. The staff was personable, helpful, and enthusiastic. We'll go back just for the desserts. I'll return more for the entee's though. Give them a try, I don't think you'll be disappointed.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • good but pricey
    jessiejeanette
    Dined on 9/14/2013
    the food was all good but seemed very high for a "dive bar" scene. small portions made the large prices seem worse.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, vibrant bar scene, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • This is by far the best New
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 9/4/2013
    This is by far the best New Orleans type food around.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Loved It!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 8/17/2013
    Found this by accident. Best cajun food in KC. We can't wait to go back.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, romantic, hot spot, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Very nice Cajun menu
    JSatKC
    Dined on 8/10/2013
    It was hard to choose from a menu of delicious sounding Cajun/Creole dishes. Finally settled on the crab bisque and jambalaya, both of which were very good, although the latter was right at the edge of being too spicy. Companion's crawfish etouffe was great. Ate outside in a small courtyard, very pleasant. The bread pudding for dessert was wonderful. Recommended.
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    fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great food. Server made several
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 8/9/2013
    Great food. Server made several great recommendations that were excellent.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • best beniegh since Nola vist
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007VIP
    Dined on 8/8/2013
    best beniegh since Nola vist and still the best mac and cheese in KC hands down
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Nice Place, but
    BeckyVIP
    Dined on 8/3/2013
    Think this is a cool place, we may have hit a bad night. Waiter argued with us more than once. Ordered Blacken Salmon and got over cooked, not blackened. Coffee was cold and don't think my margarita had any tequila in it. I love new and interesting places, but this one didn't work out.
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  • Could be better
    Ladylucy
    Dined on 8/2/2013
    Service was extremely slow. The restaurant was busy but we shouldn't have to had to wait for over 30 minutes for drinks to be served. Then another 30+ minutes for small plates, then another 30+ minutes for entrees. Food had good flavors but was not served hot.
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene, late-night find
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Sad Change
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 8/1/2013
    Lagniappe is a nice place. The cajun food is really quite good, but after knowing what it was as Nica's 320, this culinary change is quite disappointing. Instead of a funky fusion spot, with an eclectic menu and unique cocktails, Lagniappe follows a smaller, predictable menu with standard cocktails. I don't plan on going back. :(
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Beat place in town
    KiltedOctopus
    Dined on 8/1/2013
    While still exploring the new menu, we have yet to be disappointed. The amazingly excellent food and drinks continue to be there as well as the most fun staff and owners we know!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, vibrant bar scene, great for outdoor dining, great for brunch, romantic, late-night find, great for lunch, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Try, try again
    winetast3r
    Dined on 7/31/2013
    The changeover to all Cajun food in the Lagniappe switch has JUST begun, so I will have to try this restaurant again to be fair. I enjoyed our server, but truly find the food on the new menu to be overpriced by at least 20 percent. The quality and portion size simply don't justify the prices. The redfish, at $20, had a tasty sauce and good grits, but was oily and fishy-tasting, and of very modest size. The cold, mealy cornmeal croutons in the $13 Marie LaVeau salad sabotaged an otherwise tasty dinner. The dessert beignets were very, very good and the crab bisque excellent - but $12.95 for a bowl??? I like red beans and rice, but wasn't about to spend $16 on it. I guess what I'm saying is that the food is good, but not great$.
    Special Features:
    good for groups
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Their beer inventory was deleted.
    Scott
    Dined on 7/25/2013
    Their beer inventory was deleted. We had to make numerous choices before we found something that was in stock. Place was very slow for the time of night. But food was good. I will give it another shot.
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  • Penny
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 7/24/2013
    Nica's provides outstanding food, unusual and fantastic drinks and the best and friendliest service in Kansas City. They also provide a wide variety of great entertainment. It is the "total experience" and should not be missed by anyone!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for brunch, late-night find, neighborhood gem, hot spot, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Atmosphere was wonderful;
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 7/24/2013
    Atmosphere was wonderful; service was excellent. Dinner menu now has all cajun dishes which we were not prepared for. Earlier menu had more variety and we did like that. Food was good though.
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    special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Not as impressed
    Ksgoddess
    Dined on 7/20/2013
    Overall, Nica's is a fun offbeat place and worth a visit. The service is always good, although expect delays during peak hours. They've made some disappointing changes to the menu and gotten rid of some great house dishes. Sometimes their produce is not peak which is inexcusable, particularly when it's something basic or in season like tomatoes. On my last visit, they were out of some entrees and 2 of the 3 basic side dishes. I'm sure I'll go back as they do a great brunch, but it will be a while before my next visit as kc has so many restaurants that consistently hit the mark every time.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for brunch, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Pirate Treasure
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 7/20/2013
    My group had visited a Pirate exhibit at Union Station prior to our dinner at Nica's. We had a fabulous experience at Nica's. Our waitress was wonderful, the food fantastic and the atmosphere great. There were six in our party and we all tried different entrees. Each of us loved what we chose and what was shared with us. I highly recommend this restaurant!!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, romantic, late-night find, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • not excited about new menu
    kcgirl
    Dined on 7/20/2013
    I was disappointed to find that the menu had entirely changed since my last visit to the resaurant. The eclectic menu they previously offered was the main reason I returned - I couldn't wait to try something new that I had passed up last time. Though the food we decided on was good, I was not excited about the all cajun menu and will likely not return.
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  • Saturday Brunch
    LLW51VIP
    Dined on 7/13/2013
    We went to Nica's for the first time on Saturday. We were seated quickly, but service went downhill. The server seemed impatient with our questions about the menu. We ordered begniets, but they came to the table without small plates. As the powdered sugar is messy, we asked a gentleman who we believe was the manager for two plates. He acted like it was a bothering and didn't acknowledge our thanks then or later when he refilled our coffee. The food was delicious, but it just seemed that anytime we asked for anything, it was an imposition. The cream curdled when put in the coffee, but due to the staff's attitude, we just let it go. Too bad the service was poor and impacted what was otherwise a great meal.
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    fit for foodies
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • New Menu!
    MericVIP
    Dined on 7/9/2013
    We went with a party of 10. They were out of a lot of the beer selections so ordering drinks was a challenge. The amazing sweet potato fries were ordered for the table and quickly devoured. Entrees were very good with the exception of the chicken. It was dry and tasted as though it has been reheated and for too long. They need to get the chicken right! Everything else was great. Especially the red potato mash, great! We ordered a variety of beignets, they were a hit. My favorites.. Peach Cobbler and the Lemon Berry Cream.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, vibrant bar scene, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Underwhelming experience
    Nick
    Dined on 7/5/2013
    We made a mistake by accepting a table in the bar area. It was difficult to carry on a conversation with the noise. Server was helpful, accommodating, prompt, and friendly. I had the scallops, side of cheese grits. Both were good, but not exceptional. Spouse had the mac & cheese which was very good, but it came with an unpalatable fried catfish. Seasoning is a matter of taste, but there was to much breading, the fish was very thin and the texture was mushy, not firm. Dining here after 9 p.m. on a Friday was another mistake. They had run out of a few menu items. Had the sauces and sides been sitting a while? I would consider stopping by for a drink while in the Crossroads district, but would definitely dine somewhere else.
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  • My 2nd Visit to Nica's 320
    cherylVIP
    Dined on 7/3/2013
    The restaurant underwent a complete revamping of its menu about a week before this visit. I enjoyed the scallops that I ordered, but was sad that the Daytripper Risotto was not still offered. Loved the bread pudding!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, neighborhood gem, hot spot, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Happy Hour at Nica's.
    Crossroadsfan
    Dined on 6/28/2013
    Nica's offers a great patio area that really gives you the vibe of a New Orlean's bar. Our service was excellent and the small plates we ordered were extremely tasty. Great place to relax and unwind at the end of the day.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
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  • First Time Visit
    FirstTimeDine
    Dined on 6/20/2013
    Really enjoyed the atmosphere and the outstanding service. Had the tilapia and it was excellent. While we were there relatively early in the evening (around 5 PM) the place was filling up fast. It's a small place so, I'd recommend making reservations. In the main dining area there was one booth and one high table and several side by side places for two people sitting across from each other. There may have been more seating in the back because several people came in and went all the way to the back and disappeared through a door. All in all an excellent dining experience.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, late-night find, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • I've been to nearly every
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 6/9/2013
    I've been to nearly every major city in the US and have eaten at some of the "best" restaurants on the east and west coasts, but the risotto may have been the best entree I've ever eaten. Service was outstanding too!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, notable wine list, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • 1st time visitor
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 6/8/2013
    I loved the music the night we went, and I loved being at a window table. The food to me was above average, but my girl didn't care for her dish. the drinks were good and the service was above average. I would definitely go back, just not with my girl next time :)
    Special Features:
    late-night find
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  • First visit--will definitely
    cherylVIP
    Dined on 6/4/2013
    First visit--will definitely go back. Menu was very unique. I liked what I ordered & loved what my friend ordered. I will get that next time. :)
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, vibrant bar scene, neighborhood gem, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • The brunch food was great.
    Nick
    Dined on 6/1/2013
    The brunch food was great. The service was a little spotty. We had to keep reminding our waitress about what we were still missing. I had asked for water the minute got there and then a few more times. Finally getting some after I had gotten my food. I also had to send a Bloody Mary back. Not sure what was wrong with it, but undrinkable. I would recommned this place because of the food, but if you can't handle, slow, not so great service then this place is not for you.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for brunch
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic