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Red Door Grill’s New Menu Offerings and Patio Area Perfect for Celebrating Summer—and Beyond

Spring has blooming flowers, fall has warm apple cider, and winter has crackling fires.

Although each season has a glorious counterpart, nothing seems to go together quite like summertime and a patio filled with great food and cold, refreshing drinks. And now, Red Door Woodfired Grill in Leawood is serving it up all year long.

The Food

In conjunction with a newly redone patio seating area and recently revamped menu, Red Door Woodfired Grill — the Leawood restaurant that opened in 2013 and is described by General Manager Neal Edwards as upscale-casual with a comfortable, welcoming, cool, fun environment — offers a variety of “comfort food done really, really well,” says Edwards.

However, in addition to the restaurant’s popular wood-fired burgers ($5 every Monday), fresh salmon and soon-to-be-famous jalapeno-dipped (or not) fried chicken (available Thursdays), Red Door Woodfired Grill is shaking things up for the summer season.

New menu offerings include revamped salads and flatbreads using different, more innovative ingredients that not a lot of restaurants are using to “create a really memorable experience for someone choosing salads and flatbreads that no one else has,” says Edwards.

Items on the salad menu include the Brookside Taproom (an ode to the restaurant’s planned expansion to Brookside after three years in business), featuring wood-fired chicken, field greens, parmesan garlic croutons, cherry tomatoes, red onions, candied pecans, sea salt roasted potatoes, shaved radish, RD Green Goddess dressing and chimichurri drizzle; and the Sonoran Ranch salad (chopped romaine, wood-fired chicken, red cabbage, Boulevard Tank 7 cheddar, crispy tortillas, chili roasted sweet corn, red onions, avocado, black beans, shaved radish, queso fresco, herb ranch dressing, sorghum-chipotle bbq sauce). Additional new salads on the menu include the Fried Coconut Chicken, Panzanella Salmon, Hail Caesar, Power Steak and Tuscan salads.

The new Stone Hearth Pizzetta collection includes options such as Calamari Chimi, French Quarter, American Royal and Buf-falo.

If salads or flatbreads aren’t your thing, Red Door Woodfired Grill continues to offer its signature wood-fired favorites — a method of cooking Edwards says adds a more smokey flavor to the meats (some are locally sourced from McGonigles and Scavuzzo’s) prepared on the grill.

The Patio

The redone heated and air-conditioned patio area is now a 365-days-a-year space that is perfect for catching a game, hanging out with friends, getting a drink at the restaurant’s weekday happy hour, or even renting out to host a private event. With retractable walls and adequate ventilation, the space is perfect for enjoying a cold drink outside this summer. Edwards recommends Red Door Woodfired Grill’s seasonal summer brew — a combination of lemonade, vodka and Boulevard’s lemon ginger radler — or a Moscow Mule that stays super cold in its signature copper mug. The restaurant also offers a wide selection of bottled and draft beers.

The Specials

If you still need a reason to head on over to Red Door Woodfired Grill, check out the popular and soon-to-be-famous jalapeno-dipped (or not) fried chicken — marinated for four days in the restaurant’s homemade jalapeno sauce (popular alongside more than just the fried chicken), hand breaded and pressure-fried to perfection, leaving the outside crispy and the inside juicy — on Thursdays; $5 wood-fired burgers (additional $1 for cheese and $1 for fries) on Mondays; happy hour drink and appetizer specials weekdays from 4-7 p.m. and reverse happy hour specials Fridays and Saturdays from 10 p.m.-close.

Red Door Woodfired Grill is located at 119th and Roe in Leawood’s Camelot Court and is open Monday-Thursday from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m., Friday and Saturday from 11 a.m. to Midnight and Sunday from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. For more information and to see the full menu, visit RedDoorGrill.com.