Summer sizzles at Morton’s Grille with dinner for two for $50
For the month of July,
Morton’s Grille is offering a special dinner for two at the perfect price.
Starting July 1, choose two appetizers, two entrees and a bottle of wine for
only $50. The menu features a selection of Morton’s Grille signature favorites.
Choice of appetizers:
Chopped House Salad
Choice of entrees:
6oz. Center-Cut Filet
16oz. Double-Cut Pork
Bacon Fat Braised Ribs
Double Stacked “Ravenous
Choice of wine:
J. Lohr, “River Stone,”
Chardonnay, Paso Robles
Mirassou, Pinot Noir,
Colores del Sol, Malbec,
Morton’s Grille is
located on the Country Club Plaza at 4646 J.C. Nichols Parkway, Kansas City, MO
Hours of operation:
Friday and Saturday:
Sunday: 3-9 p.m.
Morton’s Grille is a new
concept from Landry’s, Inc. The menu features a delightful mix of new,
chef-inspired dishes, unique twists on traditional favorites and the classics
you’ve come to know and love. With handcrafted cocktails and a sophisticated
yet relaxed atmosphere, Morton’s Grille is the perfect place for a delicious
meal or happy hour with friends.
The Hotel Phillips in the
heart of downtown truly qualifies as a remarkable location. For one thing, it
was put on the National Register of Historic Places in 1979, fifty years after
it opened. It has art deco down pat and a gilded elegance you seldom see here. Just walking into the hotel takes you back to
a time we see only in the movies.
Its restaurant and bar, 12
Baltimore, has a lovely, looonnnggg happy hour – from 3 – 7p.m. weekdays, which
means, for many of us, dinner is available at a highly reduced rate – all the
apps are half price. Beers are cheap, cheap I say and they have drink specials
every night – the best are $3 margaritas on Mondays, 1/2 price signature
cocktails on Tuesdays, or $4 wine (Coastal Vines) on Fridays. They also have a $6
blue Royals vodka lemonade drink on days the Royals play, though I haven’t had
The place has a laid-back
vibe and feels cozy – you can come by yourself and not feel weird. There is music three nights a week, Acoustic
Thursdays, Feature Fridays and Live Jazz Saturdays. Although I haven’t seen her, there’s an
artist (and her studio) in residence.
How cool is that?
Lots of Kansas Citians forget
this place. They shouldn’t.
There are several new
Drink Specials available at Bo Ling's Country Club Plaza location this summer. They currently offer a variety of wines by the glass at a great price Monday through
Wednesday. Also, They have added a new specialty cocktail, the Citrus Hurricane.
A rum based, spiked lemonade style beverage, the Citrus Hurricane comes across
smooth and powerful per its name! Lastly, They have added the lovely J. Rieger
whiskey to their bar menu. This locally made, revived vintage recipe from the
Rieger Hotel and Exchange is the first Kansas City whiskey and is wonderful for
the novice, curious or experienced whiskey drinker. Pair one of these new
beverages with our Daily Special Sushi Roll or your favorite entrée! Bo Lings 4701 Jefferson Kansas City, MO 64112 Ph. 816-753-1718
Although my mantra, or at least my desire, has always been
eat dessert first, pastry chef Nick Wesemann at the American Restaurant has
always known that the last thing that touches a diner’s lips could well be what
s/he most readily remembers. Dessert is
the crowning touch, often creating a truly lasting impression.
A semi-finalist for Best Pastry Chef (one of only 20
throughout the country) by the James Beard Awards this year, Wesemann has
pointed out that such acknowledgment surprises and pleases him, especially
because it adds recognition of the cuisine talent in the Midwest and his
restaurant. I’ve always wondered who
actually selects these chefs, and it’s quite a process – this year, there were around
40,000 initial entries, done in early
fall. The semifinalists, announced in
February and finalists, announced in March, are voted on by over 600 people,
mostly (I think) restaurant critics, magazine editors, food journalists, and
cookbook writers across the country – experts but who have journalistic
distance, i.e., no best buds among the competitors.
So others clearly recognize the American’s pastry chef’s
expertise. That is great! But what I really like about Nick Wesemann’s
desserts is how inventive they are.
They’re fabulously delicious of course – but so often with unusual
flavors that most of us wouldn’t think of putting together. Who would combine cucumber slush with a
steamed honey cake and white pine gelato on the side? Or coconut, lime, pineapple
(oh, yeah, piña colada) but with avocado as well? All different textures from powdered essence
to crunchy crackery wafers to suave sorbet underpin the flavors. Always subtle flavor layers. And they’re always beautiful.
I didn’t used to think of pastry chefs as artists. Now I do.
Thanks, Nick. The American Restaurant 200 East 25th Street Kansas City, MO 64108 Ph. 816-545-8000
kitchen, beneath the dining room, before the present
You sit down, perhaps at a white-garbed table, perhaps
not. Maybe the walls are old bricks,
maybe they’re sheathed in drywall. You
enjoy the ambiance, whatever it is, and perhaps even remark on some of the
accoutrements – the flowers on the table, say, an unusual picture, perhaps even
the bar and its lighting.
Sitting there, you’re probably unlikely to ponder the history
of your location. But, as you await your
drink, take a moment to think about where you are eating. You may be surprised to learn some of the
history behind a few of our eateries.
Dining at Union Station
Let’s start with one you may know about, Pierpont’s in Union Station. You probably have admired their bar and the
elegant dining room, but what you may not know is that the restaurant’s three story structure
originally housed the women’s smoking room (gasp!) and the women and children’s
waiting room. (That was one large room;
unfortunately, there was no place for the women to get away from the children.) In the
lowest level that currently houses the wine cellar, you can still see the original
windows, low to the floor, and brass towel drying bars, also original to the
site, which still adorn several of the private dining rooms. These windows enabled the children to watch
the trains pass, offering needed diversion.
Amazing transformation – from ticket booth to Harvey’s first floor.
Still at Union Station, Harvey’s
is based on a very old tradition – the original Harvey House chain of
restaurants which began in the 1870s supplying the Santa Fe Railroad’s main
line through the southwest. Today, Harvey’s
(fortunately) eschews the “Harvey Girls” and elaborate meals which revolutionized
rail travel. It now sits where the
ticket booths were, with an addition of a second floor from which you can
overlook the bustle of the transformed train station. We highly recommend you take a look on your
way to or from “Harvey’s upstairs to see the collection of photos and artifacts
collected for the 100 Year Anniversary.
To the north of the station squats the historic Freight House,
built in 1887 and now the name for an entire district. Then it was just one big
building whose purpose was, no surprise, to hold unloaded freight from the rail
cars until merchants carted it away to nearby warehouses. The 500 foot long building fell into
disrepair over the years, despite Kansas City being the second largest railroad
freighter in the country, but it was saved by investors in the 90s who
envisioned restaurants there from the first.
Lidia’s opened there in 1998;
Fiorella’s Jack Stack Barbequeopened two years later, and Grünauer
replaced another restaurant there in 2010.
Built even earlier than Union Station, now downtown but then
not so much, a gorgeous brick public school with a bell tower was completed in
1886. Webster School was built with a revolutionary
concept: that children learned better in large rooms with light, color, and
ventilation. Thus, 14 foot ceilings,
colored block windows, and large transoms (crosspiece over a door with a window
above it) were incorporated into its design.
This old public school building served thousands of children until 1932
when it closed, victim to commercialization of the area surrounding it. The building was then used as a TWA training
school, a radio trade school, an art gallery, the Kansas City Social Services
Building, and a residence.
Today, of course, you know this building at 16th
and Wyandotte as Webster House, just
a skip from the Kauffmann Center for the Performing Arts. You walk upstairs to
the dining room, bar, and private rooms where Chef Matt Arnold and his staff
create very modern takes on traditional dishes.
If you really practice your visualization skills, you can see the bones
of the school and imagine the kids in the classrooms, due to Shirley Helzberg’s
meticulous restoration and recreation.
We’re still talking about the 1800s: Margarita’s was a bordello for itinerant travelers as the wagon
trains headed west, first coming down the hill from Westport to what became
Southwest Boulevard. Not the picture you
had about our wagon train pioneers, right?
This space became, eventually, a tortilla factory after it failed as an
earlier restaurant, St. Jude’s Mexican restaurant that didn’t sell alcohol,
which was a bit of a problem apparently.
But past incarnations do seem to have an after-life. The owners today swear the place is ghost-ful
– a chef has been “seen” cooking after midnight when no one was there, bathroom
doors open and close, shadows walk across the dining room, lights flicker on
and off. And just so you know – none of
their delicious margaritas are involved in these sightings.
Despite its storefront appearance, the Westside Local at 16th and Summit also began life in
the 1880s, but as a residence. A small
park, movie house, maybe a gas station later were across the street, and by the
1950s, the area was all retail and the space was probably a pharmacy. From there, a greater transition: it became
Lefty’s Tavern in the 1970s, with a small apartment above the not so reputable
bar. Then it became the Summit Café in
the 90s, then Porge and Brina’s Mexican restaurant, and then, most recently, in
July of 2009, it opened as Westside Local Bar and Restaurant, specializing in
fresh and local before that became such a fad.
Somewhat out of town but still in the 19th
century, we can’t forget about 88 at TheElms, at the Elms Hotel and Spa in Excelsior Springs. (There’s also The Tavern there and Café at
the Elms.) The hotel’s past is a
remarkable story, dating to when the medicinal qualities of the healing waters
of Excelsior Springs began to attract serious attention, first because of the
miraculous recovery of a child from tuberculosis in the aforementioned
80s. The roster of guests at the hotel
span from Al Capone to President Harry Truman and the New York Giants. Although the structure has changed hands
several times, some friendly and accommodating ghosts (and staff) still ensure
an excellent meal, party, or wedding in this historical environment. You can read the complete story at http://www.elmshotelandspa.com/the-elms-history.htm.
Once at street level, now below.
About 30 miles south of the Springs and just east of Kansas
City, there is another very historical and multiple restaurant site: Independence
Square. Everyone knows that Independence
was the jumping off place for the west, as the Santa Fe, California, and Oregon
Trails tracked off into the wilds from there and that Harry Truman’s first job
at age 13 was at Clinton’s drug store (then Crown Drug) which still serves
Both Frank James (Jesse’s brother) and William Quantrill
were incarcerated on the Square, but now more appealing are the old buildings
that have been transformed into charming restaurants. CaféVerona was an office for the Jones Store.
TheCourthouse Exchange, whose tagline is “serving fine burgers and
beer since 1889,” is now relocated below street level on Lexington Avenue after
several stops on the historic square.
And Ophelia’sRestaurant & Innwas a Katz Drug
Store, probably dating from the late 40s or early 50s. All so different now!
The bar at Café de Venice - where a shot can be deadly
A more recent time-line comes from Barbara Rafael of Le FouFrog at 400 East 5th, which she and chef husband, Mano,
own. Built in the 40s, its first
incarnation was as Café de Venice. Owned
by a couple who lived across the street, there was a little street urchin who they
let sleep in the basement until they finally adopted him. But the rumor is that
she was one tough lady, once shooting a patron dead at the bar. Hmmm. Gaetano’s
opened there by the 1950s, reputedly named after alleged local crime mobster, Gaetano
Lococo. But it was also the hang-out for
many judges, lawyers, and others who worked downtown. Due to its popularity, it even survived the
explosive demise of the River Quay in the 70s.
A bit later, it became the Red Front where it was known for great
Italian sandwiches, homemade sausage, and sugo (usually a tomato sauce) – plus
packaged liquor-to- go which made it very popular in Blue Law times on Sundays.
When the Rafaels leased and remodeled the space in 1996,
they unearthed wood floors under three layers of linoleum. They pulled off faux
wood paneling and discovered brick walls and they made two curio cabinets out
of the windows that the Red Front had bricked over. Of course, they did much more to create their
charming space. Since the area was
founded by the French from Marseille, the couple feels that they’ve come full
circle with their French bistro.
And last but certainly not least, we come all the way up to
the 1970s: The American Restaurant,
constructed to be the jewel atop Crown Center, one of the first mixed use
complexes in the country. The area had
been Hallmark’s home base since 1922 but J.C. and son Donald J. Hall realized
in the 50s that the area surrounding their Hallmark headquarters was
deteriorating and urban blight was escalating.
Part of their grand scheme for their complex was a
world-class restaurant and perhaps even more importantly, one that served
American, rather than European, fare.
James Beard (yes, of awards fame) and Joe Baum, a legendary New York restaurateur,
consulted. The architect who designed
Windows on the World in NYC and Water Tower Place in Chicago created the
timeless design. The American
Restaurant’s design and even more often, its cuisine have been winning awards
There’s more to eating out than choosing a place and some
items from a menu. In Kansas City, that location,
that table, that meal, can also take you backwards for a short time- trip to
the past. It’s a worthwhile and
thought-provoking journey. If you have pictures, please send them to us at firstname.lastname@example.org ! Here are a few more
Try the BBQ Brisket Cheddar Cheese Fondue, Wisconsin Wedge Salad, Summer Seafood Catch Entrée and our Chocolate Fondue Banana Split complemented perfectly by our Summertime Sipper cocktail and Shandy Flight.
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Cheese Fondue BBQ Brisket Cheddar Cheese Fondue: Where pitmasters meet fondue. Smoked barbecue brisket shredded into medium-sharp cheddar and Emmenthaler Swiss cheeses, then topped with fresh tomatoes and scallions
Salad Wisconsin Wedge Salad, A crisp iceberg wedge with sliced Roma tomatoes, Gorgonzola cheese, hardwood smoked acon and peppercorn ranch dressing.
Entree Summer Seafood Catch entrée with an Old Bay® boil fondue cooking style, Pacific white shrimp, scallops, lobster & shrimp ravioli, andouille sausage and succulent crab claws served with corn on the cob, red bliss potatoes and a mustard crème fraiche dipping sauce
Add a lobster tail $10.95 Add more crab claws $10.95
Chocolate Fondue Banana Split Milk Chocolate Fondue
Wet your whistle Handcrafted Summertime Sipper cucumber watermelon cocktail made with Malibu® Rum.
Samuel Adams® Summer Ale lemonade shandies in black cherry, lively lemon and ruby red grapefruit flavors.
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Let me get this out of the way: I have never been a huge sushi fan. Until recently that is, when I was treated to
a huge plate of possibilities by Richard Ng, co-owner and chef at Bo
Lings. It’s mostly a texture thing to me
but much to my surprise, I really loved it . . . and here I am writing about it.
I always have thought of sushi as a Japanese food, but a
quick sojourn into sushi history tells me it started in China as early as the
fourth century. It was introduced to
Japan in the ninth century and spread as the number of Buddhists increased,
since they don’t eat meat. The pickling process of fermented rice as a fish
preservative is akin to pickling and why the sushi kitchen is called a tsuke-ba
or “pickling place.” Sushi really didn’t
make it into the United States until the late 60s and in 1970, the first sushi
bar opened in Little Tokyo in Hollywood – natch. Now, sushi has taken off and there are many
beautiful and tasty creations available – especially I discover at Bo Lings on
The Ngs planned their sushi bar when they built out their
space in the Skelly Building in 2012, knowing that walk-ins were more likely
and one of the advantages to a really great sushi chef is quick
preparation. And Bo Lings does have that
– Salvador Cerritos-Ortiz. Salvador is
an American with a Mexican background who learned sushi from the ground
(ocean?) up – by working with numerous experts at Kabuki in Crown Center for
over 20 years. He has a devoted
clientele that would follow him anywhere, and they happily have, right to BoLings.
701 Jefferson Kansas City, MO 64112 Ph. 816-753-1718
a special night of delicious fondue for all you do! Relish in all 4 courses.
This includes, cheese fondue, salad, petite entree, and chocolate fondue. Must
present school ID or pay stub | Valid at The Melting Pot Kansas City location |
Excludes Tax and Gratuity
in and Celebrate all of your hard work! Choose from any of our cheese fondues,
and any of our fresh salads, our petite entree includes Sirloin, Chicken,
shrimp, and spinach and artichoke ravioli, and then choose from any of our
Long story short: May 5th
is NOT about Mexican Independence (that's September 16th) which occurred 50
years before the Mexican army's 1862 victory over France at the Battle of
Puebla. This was during the Franco-Mexican War (1861-1867) which was, surprise,
about money and France's desire to create a new empire. It is the Mexican
victory in Puebla that has given rise to a fiesta day more celebrated in the
U.S. than Mexico, other than in Puebla.
We encourage you to celebrate the spirit of victory and the culture of Mexico
with food, drink, and general carousing and happiness.
Kansas City has a large number of people with Mexican heritage here, and there
is no shortage of restaurants to fete the day. We recommend three to you
Boulevard which is celebrating its 30th anniversary of Cinco's there with free
tee shirts while they last. Try happy hour menus and the joys of Taco Tuesdays
at all five locations. In the spirit of the celebration, try Puebla's famous
chili rellenos at
Ixtapa's on Barry Road for either lunch or dinner - and there's even a
kids' menu. Frida's
out south at 121st and Metcalf, offers an especially happy happy hour and then
live entertainment in the evening on the 5th. Their amazing chili en nogado is
our favorite. And do ask for the secret, special margarita - it's mostly just
your choice of a really good tequila, triple sec, and fresh lime juice.
Suddenly, you ARE free!
Six local chefs have teamed up with the Sunrise Project
to hold a dinner at the Lied Center on May 12th. The Sunrise Project aims to connect
the community with local and healthy food options. They have many projects
working with children to instill the value of healthy eating. The ultimate goal
is to build a thriving, self-sustaining community that works together to
construct a better environment for future generations. Maybe someday down the
road our children's school lunches will consist of locally sourced food. Sorry
for rambling, here are the stars of the dinner:
Jay Tovar-Ballagh of Hank & Limestone
Ken Baker of Pachamamas
Rick Martin of LiMESTONE - pizza.kitchen.bar
of Hank Charcuterie
Zach Thompson of 715
TK Peterson of Merchants Pub &
Tickets are $125 per person and include wine and beer
(vegetarian options will also be available). Please RSVP by May 1st to email@example.com, and send
And so I feel compelled to remark. The other night the Kansas City Restaurant Guide did one of its “Dine Arounds.” This is an innovative...
The Restaurant Guide of Kansas City was first published in the spring of 1997. Magazines are distributed free of charge to the general public throughout the Greater Kansas City area at hundreds of locations. Books can be picked up at each participating restaurant, hotels/motels, concierge desks, tourist information bureaus, banks, major employers, and numerous outside display locations.