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May 7, 2012 05:29 PM

Fine Dining in Kansas City

I'll be heading to Kansas City in July for the All-Star Game and I was looking for a good restaurant to go to on Monday night (the 15th). From what I've read, Blue Stem seemed like the best choice, but they're closed on Monday. What would you guys suggest as the other top restaurants in the city?

I'm from NY, so my expectations aren't super high, but the friend I'm traveling with rarely eats out for a good meal, so I'd love to find something memorable, like a great tasting menu. Thoughts?

Thanks in advance.

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  1. Where are you staying? I assume you will have a car but knowing the neighborhood will help narrow choices.

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    1. re: SFLisa

      Well, we actually won't have a car. We get in on Monday, early in the evening, and we leave on Wednesday morning. We'll be staying at the Holiday Inn on 1 East 45th Street (since it's close to the stadium). We're ok taking a cab to a restaurant though, assuming it's not too far away.

      1. re: steveb

        We have no use for the car though. On Tuesday afternoon, we get a cab to the stadium and back. The only time we're in a car is to/from the airport. I was hoping that there would be a good place to eat in the vicinity of where we're staying. Why would we get a car?

        1. re: Pad264

          It looks like your hotel is actually right by the plaza. I suggest one of these nice places for Mon. night:
          Julian, Top chef contestant and James Beard award winner Celian Tio's place in Brookside.
          The Rieger, located in the Crossroads, if you go here, also have a cocktail in the back basement "speakeasy" called Manifesto.
          Room 39, go to the 39th street location. This one does have a tasting menu.

          The only good places near the stadium are BBQ or dive kind of things. I recommend Big T's or LC's BBQ,

          1. re: kctraci

            Great, I'll look into all of those. And yes, we'll definitely want to try some BBQ while we're there, so I'm sure we'll grab some for lunch on Tuesday.

            1. re: Pad264

              If you are staying on the Plaza, then you have a few choices. For fine dining, Starkers and Chaz on the Plaza (in the Hotel Raphael) have great menus and food. I do not think either has a tasting menu. I love Cafe Trio for the drinks and atmosphere on the deck and in the bar, but the last two times I have been there, the entrees have been mediocre. Definitely still a great place for dirnks and appetizers, though. Jack Stack Barbecue has a location on the Plaza and even though there are people who will disagree with me, I like the barbecue a lot. LC's is great, too, but the building itself is a little scary. However, you cannot come to KC and not have barbecue.

              1. re: SFLisa

                Yeah, the thought would be for us to get some BBQ for lunch on Tuesday. As for Monday's dinner, with Blue Stem out, a good steak looks like an ideal alternative. Starkers grabbed my eye, specifically, their Dry Aged Piedmontese Beef Tomahawk Ribeye Chop. Is that meant for two?

                  1. re: Pad264

                    Starkers is very nice. The Tomahawk Chop is meant for one, but I suppose you could share it -- it only comes with one side.

                    Here's a picture.

              2. re: kctraci

                As has been mentioned, if you are staying on the Plaza there are LOTS of very fine restaurants in walking distance.

                The Capitol Grille
                Gram & Dun
                Brio Tuscan Grille
                Plaza III Steakhouse
                McCormick & Schmicks
                Fogo de Chao
                Fiorella's Jack Stack Barbecue
                Osteria Il Centro is at 51st not too far from the Plaza

                If you can get to the Crossroads area (20th-ish street) check out Michael Smith, or if you are in a casual fine dining mood his tapas restaurant called Extra Virgin. Also in the area you'll find Lill's on 17th, Grunauer, Lidia's, Webster house, and The American Restaurant.

                For classic Kansas City Jazz and great steak, try The Majestic Steakhouse on 12th.

                1. re: 2roadsdiverge

                  Well, from my understanding, we'll be in walking distance to the Plaza, so heading there makes sense. Of your suggestions, where should we go for the best Steak? Or even BBQ if there's an exceptional option. Thanks.

                  1. re: Pad264

                    On the Plaza, I'd say just go with Jack Stack barbecue. It isn't anyone's first choice for the best BBQ in KC, but for a lot of people it is a strong second or third, plus it is convenient and very good.

                    Plaza III is a good steakhouse that has been on the Plaza for almost 50 years. It has a very high Zagat rating but I have never eaten there personally. For steaks I love the Majestic, but that is about 40 blocks away from the Plaza.

                    Houston and Fogo de Chao are chains, but both have very good steak options. Fogo de Chao is a meat lover's dream, as it is Brazilian rodizio-style all-you-can-eat.

                2. re: kctraci

                  I second the Rieger - great food and atmosphere, and the speakeasy is great for a drink afterward. They're serious about their mixed drinks there: some downright artistry goes on in that basement.

            2. Just found out that bluestem will be open for dinner service the Monday of ASG.

              It took me forever to get logged in to this to let you know so PLEASE be generous to your servers and that will be my reward:)

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                1. If you are looking for a great steak, on the Plaza, go only to The Capital will be hopping for the All Star game, has a lively fun bar and the steaks are the best in far.

                  For BBQ, if you can get to Arthur Bryants or Okie Joes, go there...otherwise you will likely be disappointed.

                  IMO do not waste your time (or money) at The Reiger Hotel..

                  Michael Smith's is overrrated.

                  Two good midprice options: Pot Pie (next door to Bluestem...which is a very good restaurant) and West Side Local in midtown.

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                  1. re: scottkreamer

                    Yeah, we're gonna check out Blustem since it will be open that Monday. We'll seek out one of those BBQ places for lunch on Tuesday hopefully. Thanks.

                    1. re: Pad264

                      Don't bother with Capital Grille, as you probably know it's a chain and you can get it at home.

                      1. re: Samalicious

                        Yeah, I wasn't going too. For what it's worth, it's an excellent chain, but not really what I was looking for.

                        1. re: Pad264

                          If you go to Jack Stack, try the lamb ribs.