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Jan 21, 2010 09:30 AM

Kansas City Restaurant Week

Kansas City Restaurant Week kicks off tomorrow and runs until the end of the month (10 days). 100 restaurants are contributing 10% to Harvesters and offering special menus as well.

Order off the regular menu or choose from multi course meals at $15 for lunch or $30 for dinner. This includes such restaurants as The American Restaurant, Capital Grille, Hereford House, J. Gilberts, Webster House, and NoRTH.

Details at I made my reservations in today.

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  1. Just FYI, we found out this morning that Bo Ling's will only be contributing to Harvester's when one orders the fixed price menu. There are choices, and it's at both lunch and dinner, but there's no donation when you order off the regular menu or eat dim sum. (This post is not to discourage anyone, I want to add. It's a worthy cause, and I like Bo Ling's in general. Just informing.)

    We're staying tuned into Julian's daily menu (whcih is chaging for the Harvester's donation, from what I gather,) and thinking of Michael Smith, too. Any other recs most welcome!

    9 Replies
    1. re: amyzan

      Thank you for the update on it being only the special menu.

      We have three reservations this week: Hereford House in Shawnee, The American Restaurant and the Capital Grille

      1. re: KansasTravel


        I'd love to hear a report of your experience at The American Restaurant. We were fortunate enough to be able to attend their La Quercia Dinner back in October (incredible!). We're planning on taking my parents out for a "fancy" dinner this Spring and I'm trying to narrow down my choices. You're input would be valuable to my final decision. (Justus Drugstore & bluestem are the other choices.)


        1. re: Mushroom

          The restaurant is very attractive. When you enter, the dinning room opens out before you and two stories' of windows look out over Crown Center and the Kansas City skyline.

          Our server was bright and knowledgeable about the menu & how the dishes were prepared, but he appeared to lose interest when he saw that we were not going to be running up a large bill. There were a couple of service miscues, one of them was pretty significant.

          The courses was appealing and the presentations were attractive, but overall it wasn't the kind of experience that makes me want to return and drop a couple of hundred dollars on a meal for two.

          1. re: KansasTravel

            Thanks for the feedback - will take it in to consideration before making my final decision. We've been to The American Restaurant several times over the years. However, besides the La Quercia Dinner, I haven't been back since Chef Gold's return. The food and service the night of that dinner were both outstanding. Hopefully your service miscues were just a fluke.

            1. re: KansasTravel

              I'm not in any way discounting your experience, because I'm sure it's accurate. But I did want to say that a friend of mine did the Restaurant Week meal at the American and said the servers very much gave her the same service she'd had on full-price visit.

              1. re: dmd_kc

                It may be more the individual server, than the restaurant overall.

                We did the Capital Grille last night and it was nothing like the American Restaurant experience. We even heard a server encouraging another table to do the Restaurant Week menu to help Harvesters and save money. A very generous move, since the server was likely to receive a much smaller tip on the much smaller bill.

                The Capital Grilles Restaurant Week menu was best of the three we tried. The meal included choice between 2 salads or soup, 7 different entrees, potato, vegetable, and choice between 3 desserts.

                It was the first time I have been in that building since the Bristol moved out years ago. It is a bit crowded and loud, but the food and service were very good.

                By the way, the biggest service issue at the American was failing to tell me the entree I ordered was unavailable and bringing me a different entree .

                1. re: KansasTravel

                  That's a serious problem, KT. How did they approach that when serving? Just set a different entree in front of you? So strange.

                  1. re: amyzan


                    A little before our second course came, I overheard our original server tell an adjacent table that the restaurant was out of the veal. At that point, I thought I had been luncky and ordered before they ran out.

                    By this time, our server wasn't checking on us at all and we were being assisted by other staff. When the 2nd course came, the man who sat it on the table said "and here is your pork," and sure enough that was what I got (along with different side items). SInce we only had two other choices, the pork is what I would have gone with anyway, so I didn't say anything to the staff.

                    1. re: KansasTravel

                      I would have pretended to be Jewish just to see what they would do. Substituting is one thing, but to sub in pork is taking a huge risk.