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HickTownBarnaby Sep 16, 2007 12:19 PM

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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    dodgerfoodie Sep 23, 2007 03:57 PM

    Blue Koi in Westport is my biggest craving at the moment...very intimate and casual setting for a noodle house and I was in heaven over their pan-fried dumplings and spiked boba(bubble tea) A must try!!

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      amyzan Sep 23, 2007 06:00 PM

      Spiked boba? Is this bubble tea with alcohol?

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        dodgerfoodie Sep 23, 2007 08:20 PM

        yep! they have a list of the normal fruit flavors and then a liquor list to choose from...you can mix and match whatever you like...as if boba needed to be more addicting...and boba is actually the real name for bubble tea as we refer to it here :)

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      sigerson57 Sep 20, 2007 03:27 PM

      To me, the city is about steak and barbeque. For steak, I like the Golden Ox (http://www.goldenox.com/) west of downtown and Pierpont's (http://www.herefordhouse.com/docs/locations.asp?restaurantID=1192) in Union Station. For BBQ, I crave the Smokestack north of KC for burnt ends (http://www.thestackbbq.com/). Burnt ends are a local delicacy that seems to exist only in KC, much to my dismay.

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        SonyBob Sep 20, 2007 03:58 PM

        I used to work in the Livestock Exchange Bldg (Livestock Natl Bank). You could go down to the kitchen and buy raw steaks for your home grilling, I was told that the West botttoms location was closed. Did they re-open? I have a few ashtrays from the original - I hope they don't want them back!
        Bob

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        czelous Sep 19, 2007 07:36 AM

        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/

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          h_baby Sep 18, 2007 06:41 PM

          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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            HickTownBarnaby Sep 18, 2007 07:20 PM

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

          2. blake1771 Sep 16, 2007 10:10 PM

            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.

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              angiesdad Sep 16, 2007 03:55 PM

              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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                amyzan Sep 17, 2007 04:29 PM

                Tatsu's is actually in Prairie Village. http://www.kansascitymenus.com/tatsus/

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                kanders54 Sep 16, 2007 01:19 PM

                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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                  tiomano Sep 16, 2007 04:19 PM

                  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.

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