Eating in Kansas CIty Next Week
I am coming in from California for three days and am wondering where to eat. Because of Calvin Trillin Arthur Bryant's is on my list but that's it.
We have a small restaurant here focussing on seasonal, local products so "local flavor"
would be a good description of what I am after. $$$ less important than quality.
There is much KC BBQ discussion on the Midwest board that you may want to check out. I have had both good and bad experiences at Arthur Bryant's, and most on this board seem to agree that they are hit or miss. They are definitely a KC institution, though. I don't want you to be disappointed with KC BBQ, so I would recommend Jack's Stack. There is one in the Crossroads Dist, I always eat at the one down south in JoCo.
For lunch let me recommend the Webster House. I have only eaten here once and it was last summer, although this post reminds me that I need to go back. This (and Andre's) is where the "Ladies that Lunch" like to lunch.
It is in the unique, beautiful, old school house that has been wonderfully restored. It sits above a charming antique store, definitely not in the traditional sense of dusty, musty antique stores. This screams KC to me because of it's great location in the Crossroads Arts District, if you look out the windows on the north side of the building you'll see the spires of Bartle Hall.
The menu changes daily, as I understand. The food was incredibly good and fresh and, because it is a lunch spot, was super quick. You should make reservations. http://www.websterhousekc.com/
I can't claim great experience in KC re BBQ but one morning earlier this year we drove from Columbia MO to KC to enjoy a great lunch (we actually hadn't had breakfast so you can call it a BBQ breakfast). We chose Jack's Stack because of its reputation and the promise of more than "rustic" arrangements. We were not disappointed. The BBQ was the best I have ever experienced and served in a restaurant atmosphere which is so ofter neglected in many of the "Q" joints. Burned bits were just wonderful. I'll have to arrange another trip when we go to visit out daughter late this summer.
For good local ingredients, try Lidia's KC near the Crossroads district. The menu is rustic Italian fare, but they use all local farmers' ingredients and the menu changes pretty regularly.
If you want the creme de la creme, though, go to the American Restaurant on Grand. They have been awarded several James Beard awards and the menu changes weekly, offering fresh, contemporary (and delicious) fare.