Rec's for fun, not-too-expensive Sunday dinner in KC
Hi all - I'm a Houstonian foodie, been working/staying in Lee's Summit over the past month on a job... I'm heading back home next week so my coworkers want to take me out for a fun dinner in KC before I leave - truthfully, I've only been out of LS once and I've had my fill of chain restaurants! We're going out tomorrow (Sun) night, so that cancels out anyplace that is closed on Sundays... I'd like someplace with a creative menu - not an overly upscale New American spot - and a decent wine selection. Someplace we can have a great meal but still get away with nice jeans and heels :) I checked out the menu for 1924 - that place would've been perfect, but they're closed tomorrow. Boo. THANKS!!
Here is an idea from a fellow Houstonian (albeit, we moved here 20 years ago to escape the commute and frenetic building nonsense). Go to OKlahoma Joe's near I-35 and 18th St. Expressway. This is unbelievable bbq (and I'm not really a meat fan, but this stuff is phenomenal.) FORGET Luthers, and all those other pretenders in Houston. GO HERE NOW. (Have some beers and I promise your crowd will come away feeling great, satiated, and swearing to return to KC for this promise only.
Consider Julia(n) in Brookside (915)214-8454. I don't know what they're doing this Sunday night, as it's usually a special menu, so you'd want to call. They only have Boulevard beer, so that's something to know ahead, too.http://www.juliankc.com/
If you don't mind a drive and a leisurely pace to your meal, Justus Drugstore in Smithville is fantastic food at what I think are reasonable prices considering portions and how much he's supporting local foodways. You'd want to call for a reservation, which might not be a problem last minute on a Sunday. http://www.drugstorerestaurant.com/justus.php?id=1
To be honest, Sunday nights are a bit of an issue for fine dining in KC, but Lidia's has a great brunch at a set price per person. The location is beautiful and fun, in part because you can walk across an old trestle bridge to Union Station and have a look around at one of the more beautiful old buildings in KC afterwards. http://www.lidias-kc.com/ Bluestem is good, too, though I've had weird experiences at brunch on Sundays--hungover, neglectful service, food that was inedibly salty. I do think dinner is more reliable, but they don't serve dinner on Sundays.
Don't know how you yourself would define "too expensive", but I think it'd be a darned shame if you didn't try bluestem. It is upscale, but worth it, and as a foodie, not only would you enjoy yourself, but you would be doing those you're with a *huge* favor exposing them to a place like this which, believe you me, they'd enjoy immensely.
They only do brunch on Sunday (until 2:30PM), but a lot of people call the afternoon meal on Sunday "dinner", so I don't know if that helps you out or not.