Port Fonda is all cool. Low hanging lights, hardwoods, exposed ductwork and a fresh artistic style. The Utilitarian Workshop designed the vibe from an empty concrete building and like everything else they do, they nailed it.
Walk through the front door and you’ll be greeted by the smell of smoked meat. You’ll probably see some hipsters sipping a Boulevard and you might catch a couple foodies trying Patrick Ryan’s latest masterpiece. On weekends, Port Fonda is the place to be and if you’re stopping by during dinner hour you might want to call ahead.
Patrick Ryan started Port Fonda out of a food truck and quickly earned Kansas City’s attention with his fresh take on Mexican cuisine. In June of 2012 he and his friends decided to break things open with their new restaurant at 4141 Pennsylvania Ave in the heart of Westport.
What really impressed us was the food. Patrick doesn’t cut corners and the details pay off in every dish. We started with some chips and salsa and I think we would have been happy to end the night right there. Two thumbs up there.
Chef Patrick sources his menu from some of our favorite local farms including Green Dirt and others. Our passion for farm to table dining keeps growing and Port Fonda is among the few that are leading the way in Kansas City.
I was feeling brave and decided I’d try the Octopus Pulpo. It came with braised tomato and kale and every bite was packed with flavor. The dish has a distinct smoky quality to it and it took a moment for the flavors to sink in. If you are big on flavor and spice I would recommend trying this one out.
The girls ordered a variety of tacos and we pretty much fell in love with all of them. Bethany got the fried avocado and after we passed her plate around I’m pretty sure she could have ordered seconds. AmyAnn tried the pork shoulder and that had a much sweeter flavor.
We all agreed though that Taylor’s beef tongue taco was the night’s winner. The flavor was balanced and smoky and the meat was about as tender as you could imagine.
Port Fonda has connected with local food and drink legends like Christopher Elbow and Oddly Correct to ensure that everything you taste is memorable. Patrick’s commitment to excellence and his well-connected network of farmers and colleagues has quickly made Port Fonda a winner in our book.