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North at the 'New One Nineteen' (Leawood, KS)

kcbluelion Aug 9, 2008 09:09 AM

So my sister-in-law went to North at the new shopping center next to Crate and Barrel with some friends last night. All in all, they said that it was very disappointing. They are not currently taking reservations and had to wait over an hour for a table. Really that's not that big of a deal since it was a Friday night in Leawood.

The food was not good. The grilled artichoke was bland and served with a lemon aioli (read boring mayo). The asparagus and proscuitto bruschetta was good but not something to cheer about. Her main was the flank steak with roquefort dressed salad. The steak was cooked to the right temp, but super fatty. To me, flank steak seems kind of weird in a salad, let alone in an Italian restaurant.

In any case, service was uninspired as well as the manager had to come to the table and apologize for the delays in the dishes. Empty wine glasses were left to sit with the bottle in the chiller while the waiter chose not to fill them. Nothing was comp'd but that's not the end of the world.

Has anybody else had any experience with North (or the new steakhouse there)?

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    jm054 Aug 9, 2008 11:40 AM

    I have been to Ingredients. The one at 119 and the one on Mass St. Both experiences were bad. The food was just plain bad or they got my order wrong. I love the concept, I hope they can improve their execution.

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      joditob Aug 20, 2008 09:56 PM

      I went to North for dinner last week and had a wonderful time. Yes, there was a very long wait, but we just had some cocktails at the bar to hold us over. It was no big deal, and the bar was fun. And, like you said, a weekend dinner wait is going to be long almost anywhere in Leawood.

      As for the food, I had the scallops with corn orzo and my friend had the lamb. Both were EXCELLENT. I am particular about my scallops and theirs were simply awesome. Didn't have the artichoke. Couldn't comment on that. Also, if you think flank steak seems weird to have on a salad why did you order it? They have a zillion other things on their menu.

      Like any new restaurant, I would give them a little time to get their act together. The concept is cool and fresh, but the staff is new (both in the kitchen and dining room). I'd keep an open mind and try again.

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