Dinner in Kansas City, MO
I will be in KC the first week in May on an art trip. We are staying at the Raphael Hotel on Ward Pkwy. Dinner will be at The Plaza III Steakhouse, but I am coming in the day before, so will need a restaurant recommendation. Good food, price is not important if value for dollars. Is Jasper's still very good?
i forgot to mention one of my all time faves and what i consider a true gem - Cafe Sebastienne - located inside of the kemper musuem...Chef Jennifer Maloney is amazing.
Some good suggestions above. I like Bluestem, but it is pricy. JULIAN is a favorite.
I would also suggest on the Plaza, an easy walk from your hotel:
The Capital Grille - a chain, but a good one
Fiorella's Jack Stack - not the best BBQ in Kansas City (as if anyone could agree on THAT) but near the top and definitely the classiest. If you've never had KC barbecue, you should try some.
Others around town:
The Majestic (if you don't mind steak twice in a row) - a classic, old-school steak house and Kansas City jazz club
Michael Smith (apps next door at Extra Virgin if you want to be adventurous)
Stroud's - not exactly fine dining but said to be the best fried chicken in the world
If you don't mind a drive into the country, check out The Justus Drugstore. It really is exquisite -- farm-to-table with Berkshire pork as the centerpiece
I also recommend Julian. Delicious, small, homey, great atmosphere. The last time I was there I had a great housemade sausage with braised cabbage and pheasant cassoulet that is making my mouth water just thinking about it.