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  • Porto do Sul

    Brazilian Steakhouse

  • Harvest Table

    with an array of hot and cold items

  • Traditional Brazilian Steakhouse fare

    full Churrascaria experience

  • Offers a menu in the bar area

    for those in the mood for a lighter meal

  • Newly renovated second private dining room

    for your groups of up to 140 guests


The James Beard Foundation names Chef Colby Garrelts of Bluestem one of five nominees for the “Best Chef Midwest”!

On Monday March 22nd, 2010 the James Beard Foundation announced that Colby Garrelts, chef and owner of bluestem (900 Westport Rd. Kansas City, MO 64111), is one of five finalist nominees for the James Beard Award for “Best Chef Midwest.” Chef Garrelts is the only nominee in this category from Kansas City. He is joined by four other chef nominees from Minneapolis, MN and St. Louis, MO.

The Awards Gala will be held on Monday May 3rd 2010 at Avery Fisher Hall, Lincoln Center; Columbus Avenue & 65th Street NYC. The awards ceremony is a black tie event beginning at 6pm with a Gala Reception immediately following. This year’s theme for the James Beard Foundation’s Awards Gala is The Legacy Continues. The chefs cooking at the Gala reception following the awards ceremony have a long standing support and commitment to American culinary artisans. The James Beard Foundation Awards shine a spotlight on the best and brightest talent in the American food and beverage industry.

This is the fourth year chef Colby Garrelts has been nominated for a James Beard award in the Midwest region. bluestem is located at 900 Westport Road, Kansas City, Missouri in the Westport Entertainment District. bluestem serves dinner only Tuesday-Saturday and Sunday Brunch from 10:30am-2:30pm.

For more information about the James Beard Foundation awards or for tickets please call 212.925.0054 or email

Bluestem Restaurant features progressive American cuisine using innovative techniques and presents new varieties of American desserts. The award-winning wine list features sophisticated boutique wines from around the world. AWARDS: 2007 Culinary Hospitality Restaurant of the Year (Santé Magazine); Voted Number One for Top Food Ranking in Kansas City (Zagat Survey, America's Top Restaurants 2005–2010); James Beard Foundation Nominee for Best Chef Midwest -- Chef Colby Garrelts, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010.

The Drop

The Drop recently started serving a new menu exclusive to the bar, with $4 and $8 plates that are making the stools a hot commodity.

The plates are small from one bite or two. The $8 are bigger and could be a meal or light bite if you are sharing.

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I had the shrimp salad and it was the best salad combination I have had at a restaurant. I will recommend Aixois. Ashley


It was my first time to this restaurant and I loved it!
The atmosphere was very trendy and urban.
Our server was so helpful and really attentive.
The sushi was awesome and their happy hour is going to bring us back sometime soon!

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