Just back from a flying visit to the Midwest and was taken by the good people of Andrews Mcmeel to two places. I wondered what locals made of them
Pierponts ( Sp?) was fun, overly loud and with perhaps the lowest slung booth seating in history. I may only be 5'8 but I had to stretch to reach the table. They moved us with no probs but I wonder if these booths were made for beef eating big ol midwest buutocks??
The menu was perfectly OK but replicated every single modern american restaurant in the country. Ahi Tuna ( gasp! ) Alaskan Halibut ( swoon! ) at least it was Kansas strip not NY strip. The service was very cheerful and they did have a great selection of wines by the glass.
The main reason to go there was the wonderous restoration of Union Station. Beautiful and lovingly done.
P.F Changs - was a simple Chinese Bistro with US touches, but I found its offering of steamed bits and pieces fresh and inviting. If you look in the dictionary under the word "perky" you would probably find a picture of the waitress who served us. For a jaded londoner, rather refreshing and it was a very welcome lunch stop.
After much indulgence in NY tasting menus for a few days before, I found Kansas welcomingly free of the " up its own arse" phenomena, that we are prone to here in London ( me included-surely not?)
I would love to know what locals make of these places if indeed they ever go there