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  • Porto do Sul

    Brazilian Steakhouse

  • Harvest Table

    with an array of hot and cold items

  • Traditional Brazilian Steakhouse fare

    full Churrascaria experience

  • Offers a menu in the bar area

    for those in the mood for a lighter meal

  • Newly renovated second private dining room

    for your groups of up to 140 guests

New Addition

Vinino presents an ingredient-driven menu with exquisite yet straightforward wood fired flatbreads, thinly sliced meats including coppa, salame, and prosciutto, and wonderful cheeses. More information about Vinino.

Azul Latin Bistro for a distinctive dining experience! The dining room features a beautifully lighted blue wall creating a unique ambiance in which to enjoy your Spanish, Cuban and Mexican fusion cuisine. More information about Azul.

November Dine Around

Almost 50 people were on hand last month our monthly Dine-Around. This almost record setting turnout was treated to some fabulous cuisine at two popular Plaza area restaurants.

Our first stop was Fiorella’s Jack Stack .From the moment we arrived; we knew we were in for a treat!! The aroma of smoked meats enveloped us as we walked through the restaurant. We were seated on the incredibly comfortable new patio overlooking Brush Creek. There was a cozy fire pit in the middle of the patio, and glowing torchieres for light. It was the perfect night and the perfect setting for some absolutely wonderful food! We started off with some appetizers. The large, crispy, sweet onion rings were a hit among the crowd! The smoked ribs were so tender they literally fell off the bone! The burnt ends were smoked to perfection and just melted in our mouths! The entire staff was extremely courteous and accommodating. They certainly gave us the VIP treatment! This is the ideal place to enjoy barbecue! More information about Fiorella's

Our next stop was the Italian restaurant, Buca di Beppo, also on the Plaza! This unique restaurant is situated below street level. We were escorted to our tables within the vibrantly decorated dining rooms of this original restaurant. Here we were treated to mammoth sized portions of Spaghetti with meatballs; Melt in your mouth Chicken parmesan and fettuccine Alfredo. The meatballs boasted a fresh, savory flavor that was complemented nicely by the sauce. The Chicken parmesan was also very appealing! As if that were not enough to fill us up for the evening, we were then presented with some extra special desserts! We were all quite impressed with the dolce platter, a combination dessert platter meant to be shared! It featured the rich, decadent double dark chocolate cake, homemade crustless cheesecake, tiramisu drenched in rum and chocolate cannoli. It is difficult to say which my favorite was as they all were quite unique and flavorful. The perfect end to the perfect Italian meal! More information about Buca di Beppo

Starker's Reserve

I have frequently touted the perfect service at Starker's Reserve, and my visit last night did not disappoint.
This restaurant was always a favorite of mine, but I had not yet had an opportunity to enjoy the culinary offerings of the new owner/chef John McClure. Let's just say we were not disappointed.
Mrs. Food Snob and I began with a nice selection of Stags' Leap 'the leap' cabernet from the famous wine list. We ordered the mushroom soup with truffle oil as a first course, which was smooth, subtle, and perfect.
I followed with the Rabbit confit with puff pastry and a truffle scented cream presentation, while my wife ordered the seared foie gras with an inspiring apple butter with beignets that reminded her of apple fritters and spoke of autumn in the way that only apples can.
The foie gras was crusted with sea salt, which offset the creamy texture of the liver with a wonderful little crunch.
For the third course, I selected the rack of lamb with golden raisins and caperberries. What an interesting dish!
You often see lamb prepared with dijon mustard, a predominantly sour flavor, but I have never seen it prepared with capers. The combination was tasty and unique, and offered the rare opportunity to try something original and unprecedented. My wife had the ribeye with truffle butter (what a decadent dinner: 3 truffle courses!) which, while nice, evoked memories of the truffled veal chop that was once a staple of the menu.
The ribeye absorbed much of the butter due to its porous nature, which reduced the effect of the truffle oil somewhat. The old veal was better, I think, due to its firmer nature which better exhibited the impact of the truffle butter.
The ribeye was excellent, however, and only falls short of the king of veal chops. It was tender and well prepared, and easily bested most every other ribeye in town.
For me, desert was the cheese plate. My wife took a chocolate torte with berries and Creme Anglaise.
Both were excellent, and the french press coffee finished off a nearly perfect meal.
Starkers retains its place on my tiny list of perfect restaurants in Kansas City.
With perfect service, perfect food, and a wine list that gives me butterflies, I am very happy to see John McClure has improved, a feat I thought impossible, one of the truly great restaurants of this fair city.
Bravo, sir!

October Dine Around

What a fabulous time we had on Dine around this month!

It was a beautiful autumn evening lending the perfect weather to enjoy the patio at Bo Lings City Market. This place has a very distinct, contemporary ambiance from the other area Bo Lings restaurants but the food is the same, award winning cuisine that we love! Our gracious hosts, Richard and Teresa treated us to several menu favorites as well as their new sushi that is currently being offered only at this location. It was perfect!

Afterwards, we ventured across the street to Seven the newest, trendiest hotspot in town! We were seated in the upscale VIP loft overlooking a magnificent view of the sun setting over the KC skyline. We enjoyed a luscious buffet featuring their northern Italian cuisine. Of course a trip to Seven would not be complete without trying one of their 7 Deadly Sins martinis! We were impressed with the unique, tasty and potent combinations that were offered in these beverages!


New addition for our Restaurant Guide Gift Certificates!

The Drop - Enjoy a unique dining experience at The Drop Bar and Bistro. More information at

Cover Story

Hereford House is celebrating their 50th anniversary of serving top quality steaks! This popular restaurant, originally established to be near the famous Kansas City stockyards, quickly became a dining destination for visitors and locals alike. The fine cuts of succulent beef paired with outstanding service have proven to be a classic combination. This award winning restaurant boasts many distinctions, including the Wine Spectator Award of Excellence and the Top Ten Great Steak Houses in North America (Cattlemen’s Association).

Hereford House chefs excel in the art of selecting the finest beef, patiently aging it to the peak of tender, flavorful perfection and serving it to you straight from the charcoal grill; savory, succulent and sizzling. The magic of the Hereford House — a relaxed congenial atmosphere, superb food, your favorite cocktails and friendly service that can be found at any of our locations: Downtown Kansas City, Leawood, Independence, Pierponts, Zona Rosa, HH Bar & Grill and Shawnee coming soon.


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