Kansas City's Best Restaurants Feature Can't-Miss Eats

Lisa Waterman Gray

By , Local Expert, Kansas City
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Out of all the restaurants in a city, 10Best narrows the options to those places with the most appeal and the best reputations. We present our Kansas City Best Restaurants list. Here, we distill the best businesses down to a special selection of ten. These places promise a stellar experience and a taste of the city that you just can't miss.

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    Exquisitely prepared and presented New American cuisine served in an elegant, urban setting can be...  Read more »

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    The American Restaurant

    The American Restaurant offers beautiful surroundings in which to enjoy creatively conceived and executed contemporary American cuisine.

    Local Expert Tip: "Check out The American Restaurant's fixed-price dinners. A current seafood menu includes inventive oyster, scallop, octopus, sablefish and huckleberry courses. Customers who order the Chef's Tasting menu savor Dungeness crab prepared with mandarin, mango, rocket and olive oil, as well as foie gras, caviar, squab, lamb, blue cheese and salt chocolate courses. Pre-determined wine pairings enhance the meal."

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    Justus Drugstore

    Chef Justus and his team have created a stellar dining experience while showcasing the best Midwestern ingredients available.

    Local Expert Tip: "This is a great place to challenge your palate. Smoked Bass Bisque, trout served on brioche with egg, watercress pear vinaigrette and horseradish cream or peppered pig heart with bok choy, green onion, soft polenta and house made head cheese delight the taste buds while expanding culinary horizons."

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    With more than a dozen hot and cold appetizers, you can share several inventive dishes for a singular dining experience.

    Local Expert Tip: "Reservations are always a good idea, but particularly for weekend evenings and Sunday brunch. To enjoy a great deal on Chef Thorne-Thomsen's signature cuisine, check out the $10 special entr�e that is available on Sundays."

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    Michael Smith

    Thanks to its celebrated, eponymous chef, his inventive approach to superb food, and his admirable drive to...  Read more »

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    South American flair meets Midwestern cuisine at this popular Argentinean spot, which serves a tantalizing...  Read more »

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    The Rieger Hotel Grill and Exchange

    Where else can you get homemade pork soup, pierogi, barbecue rabbit 'wings,' or Crispy Beef Cheeks during cocktail time for $15 or less?

    Local Expert Tip: "Be sure to enjoy a handcrafted cocktail or a punch at The Rieger, which feature homemade syrups, bitters, sodas and other classic ingredients. Their bartenders are locally famous and fabulous. "

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    The Farmhouse - Kansas City

    An entire page on the web site describes the individual farmers and producers that supply this restaurant.

    Local Expert Tip: "Visit The Farmhouse for unusual brunch entrees. Chocolate lovers will appreciate Cherry Chocolate Flapjacks with chocolate chips and cherry compote while meat lovers will enjoy the Brunch Burger -- a pork sausage patty, lettuce, onion, bacon cream cheese and a fried egg on a salt & pepper bun. "

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    Port Fonda

    What began as a hip food truck selling fabulous Mexican food has become a hip Mexican eatery operating in...  Read more »

    Local Expert Tip: "Port Fonda's generous Happy Hours run Monday-Friday, 3 to 6 p.m. and 10 p.m. to close daily. You'll find Mexican draw, margarita and tequila/Mezcal specials and some great snacks. Make your nightcap sweet and strong with Patron-spiked horchata or Christopher Elbow Drinking Chocolate with Del Maguey Crema de Mezcal."

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    Avenues Bistro

    Whether you choose Classic Eggs Benedict, Quiche or less traditional Lobster Ravioli, nobody does Saturday Breakfast like Avenues Bistro does.

    Local Expert Tip: "Available on their web site, Avenues Bistro offers a special program called Tastable. You can select a day when you wish to dine and reserve a table with a special discount depending on the time you choose, saving up to 60 percent on the total bill. "



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