Goin' to Kansas City
Headed to KC next weekend. Staying at the Marriott Downtown (12th St).
Have been a few times before: Majestic Steakhouse, Arthur Bryants, Gates, Jax Stack, Garazzo's.
The crew I'm rolling with will want to keep it fairly mainstream: Italian, Hunks o' Beef, Cal-Ital, Mediterranean, Tapas, BBQ, "American", etc... but I could probably talk them into something exotic if it was really notable.
Pricewise- I'd want to try The American Restaraunt if we could afford it but we need to stay a tier lower than that.
Would like to keep it w/in 10 miles or so of the hotel so the cab fare isn't a zillion dollars.
Snappy Cocktails a must!
If snappy cocktails you seek, snappy cocktails you shall have! Try Seven at 7th and Walnut-ish. They feature a martini menu based on the seven deadly sins. I quite enjoyed Wrath, a mostly vodka bloody mary interpretation. Gluttony looked amazing, but it will have to wait until next time. The restaurant morphs into a night club as the evening progresses. In my opinion the drinks are superb, the people watching is great, and the food is very good.
Here's my run-down of suggestions for that area (Downtown and Crossroads) and price range-
Tapas- La Bodega http://www.kansascitymenus.com/labodega/. They have awesome sangria happy hour specials as well.
Notable and New "American"- Michael Smith's- http://www.michaelsmithkc.com/ Local chef's new restaurant. Highly reccomended to me.
Not sure about Cal-Ital, but there's Pizza Bella http://www.kansascitymenus.com/pizzab..., certified Italian wood-oven pizzas (more of a lunch kind of place though) and Seven, http://www.seven-kc.com/ more northern Italian, the actual food is a lot better than it sounds on the menu and it's a cool atmosphere even just to grab drinks.
And my all-time favorite place for drinks: JP Wine Bar http://www.jpwinebar.com/. Wine and scotch flights, tons of other drinks. Enjoy!
La Bodega, La Bodega, La Bodega. It has the best Happy Hour and Tapas in the city.
I'm also a fan of Shiraz (320 SW Blvd) check out the pomegranate hummus. And sneak into Chris Elbow's new place in the a.m. for a cup of coffee and a fine chocolate. The bathroom there is also the spiffiest in town.