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KC trip report (May 2-4)

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KC trip report (May 2-4)

pellegrino31 | May 5, 2008 09:41 AM

Thanks to all the KC hounds who helped review my list. I have to say that KC has a really impressive dining scene, and my only regret was that we just had a weekend to pack it in. So here's the rundown:

Friday
After our flight was delayed by 2 hours, we didn't let our weariness deter us and went to JP Wine Bar for late night snacks and wine. We really enjoyed the antipasto and local cheese plates and had some great wine - both started with two glasses of Cotes du Rhone, then I had a pinot noir and my SO had a fantastic Malbec (think it was the Susanna Malbec). Really fun place - good crowd and atmosphere. Oh the dessert, I almost forgot - we had the strawberry shortcake and the shortcake part of it was tarragon flavored and amazing.

Saturday
Got a late-ish start so it was a banana and tea from Roasterie (I know, but we're tea drinkers) before hitting the Brookside Art Show which was tons of fun and we found 3 great unframed photographs and I scored a gorgeous ring from one of the local jewelers there. Foodwise we had snack of Topsy's popcorn and a cold Boulevard Pale Ale. I'm not a huge pale ale fan normally and generally stick to whites and wheats and some stouts but Boulevard's version totally changes my mind.

Finished up in Brookside then went over to Room 39 for a late lunch. SO had the veggie burger which is one of the best we've had. I had the eggs with bacon/potato hash and loved it. I would have liked to go back for dinner, but there were so many other places to try.

Dinner was the Bluestem bar menu. Wanted something more laid back rather than the tasting menus and really loved it. Only thing is that it was pretty empty when we went but maybe it was on the later side than people usually eat - we got there around 9. We started with the smoked salmon appetizer and I had the steak frites and SO had the shrimp fricasse with grits. OMG - the shrimp was incredible and the grits were creamy and delicious. It was $12 which is an absolute steal. If that dish was served here in NYC it would easily be twice that. My steak was perfectly cooked but what really got me were the fries - they stayed crispy from the moment they were served to when they took my plate away. I regret leaving a few fries on the plate, I wish I finished them all. Dessert was the sous vide Myer Lemon custard which was fine, but didn't wow us.

Sunday
Had an earlier start and so we fit in 3 meals! Started at Bluebird for brunch and the food was good but our service was pretty dismal so that kind of clouded it. I got the Blue Bird Benedict which was great (love polenta) and SO got the vegetable and egg napoleon. After brunch we walked over to the Mexican grocery store to see if my on-going search for Mexican coke (made with sugar, not HFCS) would be satisfied and yes it was - and in glass bottles!

After a visit to the WW1 museum (amazing place) we wanted BBQ and tried calling to LC's to see if they were open but after many tries and no one answering we decided we should go to Jack Stack's instead even though I know we wanted to try something new but it was Sunday and our choices seemed limited. I love BBQ and really enjoy that place - had the beef burnt ends and the sliced pork and brisket and they were all good (especially with another Blvd PA). The cheesy corn bake and coleslaw were so good too. Bread pudding for dessert, and wow the portion was enormous.

After a long nap, we ventured out for dinner around 8 and instead of La Bodega we went to 1924 Main for their Sunday suppers. Run don't walk to this place. We had dinner there the last time in KC and loved it, and they didn't disappoint on our return visit. And I love those fried green beans too. The Sunday dinner menu is a steal - $25 for 3 courses and $40 with wine pairings. I started with the gnocchi with lamb bolognese and then had the roasted salmon with asparagus gratin and the berry and rhubarb shortcake for dessert. SO had the grilled romaine salad, the fried chicken with horseradish grits and the fried oreos for dessert. We sat at the chef's table and it was a lot of fun to watch our meals come together. The place was pretty empty which is a shame, that kitchen turns out incredible food. For the Sunday dinners the chefs basically decide that day what to serve.

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So now I'm back in NYC and love thinking back at the trip. KC is a terrific city! I can't wait to go back.

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