HOME > Chowhound > General Midwest Archive >


Mom coming to KC

I have lived in KC for nine month and Mom is coming again for a visit.

Have taken her to 40 Sardines, Lidia's, Bristol's, and Ya Ya's and am looking for something different,

Any cool suggestions? She likes food that is a little different and loves restaurants with atmosphere.


  1. Click to Upload a photo (10 MB limit)
  1. Em Chamas in the Tuileries or maybe the new Cuban place at Village West might be good choices.

    1. Andre's
      5018 Main Street Kansas City, MO 64112
      Phone: Local (816) 561-6484, or Toll-free 1-800-892-1234

      Webster House Antiques - Dining
      1644 Wyandotte
      Kansas City, MO

      1 Reply
      1. re: jm054

        Webster House is so good, I second the rec. It is very "ladies that lunch"...
        The atmosphere is very elegant and beautiful.

      2. Ruby Foo's there are 2 .One located in the theatre district and one upper west side

        2 Replies
        1. re: joY WEBER

          I think this might be a little too much of a round trip. NYC upper west side is about a 24 hour drive!

          1. re: heatherkay

            LOL!! I read joY WEBER's post and was really confused for a minute.

        2. Sounds like Le Fou Frog might fit the bill

          1 Reply
          1. re: heatherkay

            I second the Le Fou Frog rec. Do you know where it is? Downtown in the Market Place. Tons of atmosphere and great French food.

          2. I'm sorry, I feel like a broken record, but 1924 Main! Especially if you haven't been yet. I think it would be fun to sit at the counter for more interesting atmosphere.

            1. Take her for dim sum at Bo Ling's at the Plaza Board of Trade location on either Saturday or Sunday. They do cart service, which lends atmosphere in itself. There's usually a lively mix of families eating from the large round tables with lazy susans in the center and couples in booths. The food is usually good, sometimes great if you're lucky enough to be seated where the carts come out with fresh dishes. (Your best bet would be when they open at 11 am.) Saturday service tends to be a little less frenetic, but be prepared to flag down servers as needed either day.

              I've heard that the City Market location does a limited menu dim sum, but you'd miss the cart service. I haven't been, so I can't comment on the food.

              1. I'd try Michael Smith's new place in the old Zin space, and stop by JP Wine Bar for dessert.
                If you're in the Crossroads, hit Christopher Elbow Choclates for some treats!

                5 Replies
                1. re: lwoerther

                  How was Michael Smith's? It's my turn to pick the next girl's lunch outing. And Michael Smith's new place is at the top of the list.

                  1. re: Mushroom

                    I'm actually headed there for lunch tomorrow, haven't been yet, but co-workers really enjoyed it. I think the mix of American food with other styles is supposed to be awesome. I'll report later!

                    1. re: lwoerther

                      I went earlier this week - it was DELISH! I had the heirloom tomato salad (topped with pistachios and arugala, yum!) and the halibut. I wish I would have had room for dessert...they had a blackberry keylime item that looked fantastic, as well as a strawberry soda with bubble pearls. Highly recommend.

                      1. re: butterfli311

                        The blackberry keylime is really good. So is the Peach 3-Ways.

                  2. re: lwoerther

                    Dear god I cannot WAIT for the Christopher Elbow store to open in the KC P&L district!!!

                  3. La Bodega on Southwest Boulevard would be great, as would Harry's Country Club in the River Market for a lunch or drinks before/after dinner.

                    1. I would recommend Cafe Sebastienne at the Kemper Museum for a great atmosphere and wonderful food...

                      All the posts on here are equally fantastic, though!

                      1. Bluestem always has fresh, innovative dishes that are awsome and delicious.

                        I also love Thomas in Westport, really tiny, but comfortable place with a wonderful menu and wine list.

                        900 Westport Road, Kansas City, MO 64111

                        Thomas Restaurant
                        1815 W 39th St, Kansas City, MO 64111

                        1. Is Thomas anywhere near the Crossroads Arts district? Like I said, I am new to KC!

                          2 Replies
                          1. re: SFLisa

                            Thomas is at 39th and State Line. Not really walking distance from the Crossroads, but only about a 3 mile drive from Broadway and Southwest Blvd.

                            1. re: heatherkay

                              Like heatherkay said, it's not that far, but it's totally worth the little extra distance!