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We'll be spending 3 nights in Kansas City MO next week, visiting the Crown Center, the Nelson-Atkins Museum, and the Harry Truman Presidential Library.

Please recommend your favorite independently-owned restaurants for lunch and dinner.

Open to any cuisine---from bagels to French fine dining......

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  1. At the Nelson, try Cafe Sebatienne. Downtown I would suggest, Vivace, 529 Walnut, its a small family owned Italian restaurant that also has a martini ice bar. For wine and small plates JPs Wine Bar, 1526 Walnut (they are also opened for lunch). Also downtown Seven, 7th & Walnut excellent food & wonderful decor. Out in Independence, I really don't know, maybe someone else can help you there.

    Enjoy your stay.

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    1. re: kanders54

      Isn't Cafe Sebastienne at the Kemper? I had a mediocre meal there. My favorite place in KC is Bluestem. JP's is a fun place to spend some time visiting and having a small bite to nosh on. There are some places on the town square in Independence. I have not eaten there, but they have a good rep.

    2. You didn't say where you were staying but these are worth finding--In Leawood, KS try TatTsu's --french, small out of the way--greate food. Jaspers (103d and State Line Road)--excellent Italian--no reservations--call ahead seating and last but not least--fine dining at EBT's named for a landmark downtown dept store it is at state line road and I-435.

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      1. www.kansascitymenus.com

        is a good site for you to look at some independent restaurants, that will probably come up in suggestions, in one place. Anything on their list is usually a pretty safe bet, plus the list of restaurants is also broken down by which area of the city they are in.

        I think you'd pretty much be missing out if you didn't try Arthur Bryant's BBQ or at least Fiorella's Jack Stack BBQ while in town. Both are really close to Crown Center.

        1. The restaurant inside the Nelson is AMAZINGLY beautiful--big fountain in the middle of a stone tiled room that feels like you are outdoors due to the sky lights, trees, round black wire tables & chairs. The square is about two stories high with beautiful pillars and archways--you are transported to Italy in the middle of KC. In Lenexa, theres a good restaurant KC Grill n' Kabob with a lunch and evening buffet with amazing Baba Ghanooj, Hummas with flatbread for the dips (fewer carbs than pita), chicken breast and beef kabobs, BBQ, spicy, or regular chicken drumsticks as well as sirloin and fillet mignon, tilapia and a salmon available off the menu. The prices are good and they just added outdoor seating for 8. Figlio's on the Plaza has great Italian pastas, beautiful French Quarter-like balconies, great bread sticks with balsamic and herb dipping sauce. Also check out the event "Waterfire" in early October when floating fire pits rest in Brush Creek, the wood aroma is amazing, the opera music incredible and river walk fantastic 7:45 to midnight off the Plaza--gorgeous!

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          1. re: h_baby

            Thank you, everyone! We're going to go with your recommendations. Leaving in the morning........

          2. 1924 Main is Fantastic! That also happens to be it's address.
            http://www.kansascitymenus.com/1924main/
            Also consider Blue Stem in the Westport area.
            http://www.kansascitymenus.com/bluestem/