Andre's Confiserie Suisse in Kansas City
I was trying to think of a place I could recommend on this board, and it hit me that I hadn't seen anything about Andre's Confiserie Suisse here (well, it got a mention in 2005...).
Andre's is at 5018 Main St. in Kansas City. The place is actually a chocolate store (hence, "Confiserie") but they have what could be best described as a large tea room where they serve lunch Tuesday through Saturday.
Andre's is a unique dining experience in this city; their menu on any given day will consist of two dishes that change daily, and they also offer keish every day. I've never had the keish (not a fan, personally), but I've had a number of their daily offerings and have never, ever been disappointed with their offerings which I can only describe as what I would guess to be European home cooking.
The dishes are surprisingly sparse visually. Being a true KC boy, I'm used to a plate that is full and a cup that runs over. I admit to being openly disappointed the first time I ate at Andre's and saw the size of the portion they brought to me (the dish itself was a sort of pot roast with a brown mushroom gravy and seasoned mashed potatoes with a nice side salad and crusty, yeasty, rolls). I was sure that we'd be stopping in at the sub shop next door on the way home, but the food was surprisingly filling. I've found the case is the same every time I go to this place.
After dinner the waitress (all sort of bohemian ladies who seem sort of out-of-place in the very refined looking environment of the establishment -- but extremely kind and attentive) brings out a platter of deserts to choose from, and as one would expect from a Confectionery, the deserts don't disappoint. Actually, though, I don't like the lemon cake...simply too much lemon for my taste. Everything else is excellent, though. Desert also comes with your choice of coffee of cappuccino, and both are excellent.
Now, perhaps the most surprising part of this vary surprising joint is that lunch (including drinks, desert, rolls, salad and the main course) is $11.25, no matter which meal you order. The only major complaint that I have is that there is no option for kids -- the food is not generally something that kids would appreciate, but there isn't so much as a grilled cheese sandwich on offer to keep them happy. Children are treated well, though, and I've always been able to order one meal for the girls while receiving two drinks and two deserts at no additional charge.
I've only eaten there once, at lunch, and I was underwhelmed. Admittedly, once is not enough to give a place a chance, but I'll stick to teh desserts and candies, I think. I had quiche, which was one fourth of an 8" pie, a huge serving. The crust was nondescript, but the filling was clearly cream and gruyere, incredibly rich. I took some home. I don't remember much else, except that the dessert was fantastic, some sort of coffee flavored cake roll with whipped cream and marzipan, really good. I agree with you about the waitresses, and I enjoyed our service. Attentive and good humored, like having lunch at grandma's.