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porceluna Mar 29, 2010 03:43 PM

This weekend, I'll be visiting my sister in Kansas City (she doesn't live there, though she spends most weekends in Olathe, where her boyfriend's family is from). We'll be staying near the Plaza, but will be all around KC proper (don't want to go beyond the city limits if possible, in order to minimize driving).

Saturday is going to be "Sister Day", and we're looking for restaurant recommendations for two occasions:

1) Saturday brunch--special food, but relatively casual place
2) Saturday dinner--two 20-something sisters on the town, so somewhere fun with delicious food

I guess the key here is atmosphere--we want somewhere memorable! Two restrictions, though:

--No spicy food (so cajun/indian/etc. are out) for health reasons
--No BBQ because, well, we've had it a bunch and want to try something new!

I love locavore, creative "New American" but really just want solid recommendations!

Thanks for any suggestions you might be able to give us!

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  1. yooperprof RE: porceluna Mar 29, 2010 06:39 PM

    A few ideas from a Kansas City native who returns home twice a year:

    Brunch: Cafe Sebastian at the Kemper Museum of Art - great atmosphere, beautiful light

    Dinner: Le Fou Frog (fun French bistro), down in the River Market neighborhood

    http://www.kemperart.org/cafe/index.asp

    http://www.lefoufrog.com/

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    Le Fou Frog
    400 East 5th Street, Kansas City, MO 64106

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      zataar RE: yooperprof Mar 29, 2010 07:44 PM

      You might like Chez Elle Creperie at 17th and Summit for brunch.

      http://chezelle.homestead.com/

    2. KansasTravel RE: porceluna Mar 30, 2010 07:02 AM

      I think that Skies, the revolving restaurant atop the Hyatt Regency, would be a lot of fun for the two of you. The food is good and reasonable.

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        jhojati RE: porceluna Mar 30, 2010 09:28 AM

        Gonna have to suggest La Bodega tapas again - if you're planning on going out at all afterward and don't want to have a lot of heavy items, the food and drinks at La Bodega definitely fit that bill. Similarly, I think you might enjoy Extra Virgin, as it is tapas as well.

        La Bodega also does a Saturday happy hour (2-4 I think) with half price drinks and certain half priced tapas items. Pretty great deal, very casual, and if it is nice out, their patio is awesome.

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        La Bodega
        703 Southwest Blvd., Kansas City, MO 64108

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          Inthewater RE: jhojati Mar 30, 2010 09:33 AM

          Is that right down by Blvd Brewing?

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            jhojati RE: Inthewater Mar 30, 2010 10:02 AM

            They are both actually pretty close to Boulevard.

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          kctraci RE: porceluna Mar 30, 2010 11:20 AM

          I suggest Lidia's brunch to experience the restaurant's beautiful atmosphere.
          http://www.lidias-kc.com/#

          Then I suggest PotPie or Grand Street Cafe for a dinner location not far from the plaza.
          http://www.kcpotpie.com/ (need reservation here
          )http://www.grandstreetcafe.com/

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          Grand Street Cafe
          100 N Grand St, Clarence, MO 63437

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            amyzan RE: kctraci Mar 31, 2010 03:36 PM

            After brunch at Lidia's, you could take the railroad trestle bridge to Union Station and have a look around. We always wander around that great old building when we go to Lidia's because my granddad worked out of that building as a rail postal clerk all through the sixties. He was so happy to see it revitalized, and it brings us good memories. If you don't go to Lidia's for the brunch, consider dinner because the light fixtures are just gorgeous at night. They're hand blown glass, one of a kind, and the dining room is beautiful. Brunch is more casual than dinner, but while it looks fancy, Lidia's isn't really all that formal. Don't let the tablecloths and glasses fool you.

            Chez Elle is fun if you all want something less expensive and very casual for brunch, but the restaurant itself isn't all that special. The location's kind of neat, though. I like that neighborhood.

            If it's warm, the patio at Le Fou Frog is fun on Friday or Saturday nights. Inside's got its charms, and they do seafood really well. I also second the rec of La Bodega, a guaranteed fun Saturday night.

            For great food at a good price, I'd recommend Room 39 on 39th Street. Their breakfasts are the best in town, IMO. They do eggs particularly well.

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            La Bodega
            703 Southwest Blvd., Kansas City, MO 64108

            Room 39
            1719 West 39th Street, Kansas City, MO 64111

            Le Fou Frog
            400 East 5th Street, Kansas City, MO 64106

            Union Station
            1699 Racine Ave, Mount Union, IA 52644

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            porceluna RE: porceluna Apr 1, 2010 04:07 PM

            Thanks, everyone, for the recs so far! This is where our thinking is at for now:

            Dinner will probably be at La Bodega.

            Brunch is still up in the air, but some top choices so far are Bluebird, Chez Elle, and Room 39. However, we're still pretty undecided so more ideas wouldn't be rejected. :)

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              FeliciaH RE: porceluna Apr 2, 2010 02:14 PM

              Room 39 or Cafe Europa for brunch/lunch! If you choose Cafe Europa, try the ruben and save room for the delightful lemon cake!

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              Room 39
              1719 West 39th Street, Kansas City, MO 64111

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              porceluna RE: porceluna Apr 6, 2010 06:44 PM

              We had a great weekend, and I feel I have you guys to thank in large part!

              We went to Blue Bird Cafe for brunch, and let me tell you, it was the best meal either of us had had in a very long time--years, probably. Super sustainable and locavore, very cute atmosphere. Most importantly, though, delicious! The butter, even, is to die for. I definitely recommend both the ciabatta french toast with pecan butter (I got bison sausage patties on the side, and they were surprisingly moist for such a lean meat) and the blueberry pancakes. Ask to sit in the back room, we were by the window and it was the perfect spot for two.

              For dinner, we ended up at La Bodega, per so many recs! It had a lively atmosphere and felt very Saturday night-ish. Of the tapas we ordered, the jamon iberico tartines and tortilla espanola were our favorites. The cold part of the menu definitely seems to be where it's at.

              Overall, that neighborhood seems fantastic. My sister's already planning on going back to Blue Bird Cafe and to Chez Elle Creperie for the first time. Thanks everyone! :)

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              La Bodega
              703 Southwest Blvd., Kansas City, MO 64108

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                dmd_kc RE: porceluna Apr 7, 2010 07:38 PM

                Really glad it turned out well. My experiences at Blue Bird have been wildly inconsistent over the years, but I'll agree -- when they're good, they're very good. I've also heard they've been on quite a roll lately.

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                sweetannie RE: porceluna Apr 8, 2010 05:56 PM

                My recommendation would be for an early lunch (brunch) at Andre's. It's near the Plaza and just the perfect venue for a sisters' lunch. Andre's is a Swiss tearoom, and just delightful. I'd then recommend dinner at Michael Smith's or Extra Virgin (related), they are both fantastic. If the weather is nice, you can sit outside at Extra Virgin. enjoy, annie

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                Michael Smith
                1900 Main, Kansas City, MO 64108

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