Posted: January 12, 2012
Written by: Amy G.
Has there ever been that restaurant that you’re just dying to try, but know it is a bit of a reach (if not completely out of reach) for your budget? I have lots of those “special occasion” restaurants that I want to get out and try – places like The American Restaurant and Morton’s Steakhouse (no longer in KC). Kansas City is a mecca of culinary delights and I find that I’m constantly finding a new place I want to try. For the last couple of years, these “special occasion” restaurants have become an option for an average January Wednesday evening or fun Friday out. The restaurants of Kansas City are teaming up for Restaurant Week, which features the culinary delights of Kansas City and showcases some old-favorites and unique talents in the foodie world of KC.
Here’s how it works:
- Select a destination of choice from the restaurant list.
- Click on the OpenTable links to make your online restaurant reservations in advance. If the restaurant does not have the OpenTable reservation option, you will need to let the restaurant know when you arrive that you are dining in for Restaurant Week.
- Show up during Restaurant Week and enjoy your specially-priced multi-course meal ($30 for dinner or $15 for lunch).
You may want to know what I’ve experienced personally from Restaurant Week. I’m sure you’re thinking $30 for a multi-course meal at The American for dinner is unbelievable. I thought that, but let me assure you, I was not disappointed. The first year, my husband and I enjoyed dinner at The American. We were sat at a table with a view overlooking downtown Kansas City. Our meal began with each selecting an appetizer. I got the steak tartar. Then, you had a choice of soup or salad. For the main course you could have steak, fish or chicken. Complete with a dessert to sweeten the deal. Menus change each year and the menu is posted to the restaurant listing, so you can check it out before you go. Last year, my husband and I went with my sister and her husband to the Capital Grille. You can read about my experience by reading the blog post “The Staff can Make the Difference.”
This year, restaurant week will be January 20-29. I can’t wait! I know I’ll be checking out some place new. What will you try?
Tags: Capital Grille
, kansas city
, Morton's Steakhouse
, Overland Park
, Restaurant Week
, The American Restaurant
Posted: November 3, 2011
Written by: Krista P.
I like to eat. A lot. One of my absolute favorite meals is brunch. Ah, brunch. Just thinking about it makes me smile; do I want breakfast or lunch today? Or both? Such is the beauty of brunch. Kansas City is quickly moving up the ranks as a foodie’s delight, but still remains an unknown gem to a lot of the country. Those of us who live here, though, know there’s no shortage of amazing dining options, brunch included. So where are some of my favorite brunch haunts? Well, I’m glad you asked.
Room 39 – This menu changes with the seasons, but the food is always superb. Using only the freshest ingredients, Chefs Ted Habiger and Andy Sloan have created a menu for all to enjoy. My choice? The Steak and Eggs Benedict (offered only on Saturdays) is hands down my number one choice, however, the Croque Madame is a close second. Also find on the menu delights like Brioche French Toast and Bacon, Oven Eggs and the Quiche of the Day. There’s plenty to please everyone. The portions are on the smaller side but not stingy by any means. You will definitely get your money’s worth and leave satisfied. The restaurant has two locations, and I suggest making reservations to secure your spot.
Beer Kitchen No. 1 – One of my favorite restaurants in Kansas City, Beer Kitchen is sure to please. Without a doubt, start your meal with the Drunken Doughnuts. These are homemade doughnuts that you dip in chocolate sauce made with Grand Marnier. Sound good? They’re not just good, they’re unbelievably good! My only complaint is that there’s always more sauce than doughnuts to dunk and it’s hard for me to resist eating the rest of it with a spoon. (It’s better than sticking my finger in it!) After your brunch “appetizer” enjoy soups, salads, burgers (I always get the Smokestack), dutch baby’s (try the Bavarian Apple), omeletes, grilled sandwiches and more. Beer Kitchen is known for their burgers, but their breakfast packs a punch. I plan to keep going until I’ve tried everything!
Avenue’s Bistro – One of my favorites for lunch, dinner or brunch, Avenue’s knows a thing or two about good food. Their brunch includes a few select entrees with a buffet, or you can upgrade to a different meal for a few dollars more. Their buffet has everything from sliced meats and cheeses to fresh fruit, pastries, shrimp and salads and some house favorites such as Chicken Piccata, Roast Pork Loin or Baked Pasta. The last time I enjoyed brunch at Avenue’s I decided to upgrade to the Crab & Potato Frico. I am really glad I did as it is my new favorite. Avenue’s has two locations, one in Brookside and one in Leawood.
Genessee Royale – Maybe one of the quirkiest places for brunch in town, Genessee Royale is located in an old gas station in the West Bottoms – one of the most interesting and storied parts of Kansas City. The first time I went there I drove right by it. Inside, though, is a wonderland of mix-matched delights. The décor seems plucked straight from the vintage market and the servers all have a certain artistic flair, but despite the hodge-podge appearance of the place the food is put together just right. I would suggest the Buttermilk Biscuit and Fried Chicken but you can’t go wrong with the traditional Stockyard’s Plate either!
Story – One of the newest restaurants in town, Story, is nestled in the heart of Prairie Village. Story is a trendy and upscale dining environment, but the food is down-to-earth and something everyone can enjoy. It’s a little pricier than your typical brunch fare; however, it’s worth it down to the last bite. I’ve only been one time but I hope to go again soon. It was that good. My husband and I frequently enjoy brunch with some friends and between the four of us we enjoyed the Fried Chicken, Steak & Eggs, French Toast and Pork Sandwich and Fries. I don’t think any of us left hungry or disappointed. This is quality food!
Whether you live in KC or are just visiting, I hope you try one of these amazing brunch spots! Who knows, you might see me there.