OK, Steve, I am on your wavelength (scary!).
Here are some of my own preferences, with the caveat that part of the joy is discovery.
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Subject: Re: [ARSCLIST] ARSC Conference 2013: Some General Questions for the LAC Commi...
Again, maybe I wasn't clear. Can you pick out the ones that are LOCALLY OWNED and CHEFED. Honestly 50 % or more listed in the Country Club list are national Chains (Fogo de Chao, Melting Pot, Buca De Peppe, California Pizza Kitchen). Can you (or others "editorialize:" on the KC only places that offer something we can't get elsewhere). And another piece of info most ARSCer always as at a Conference - and I try to find if I'm in the city for Fall Bd meeting - is: "Where is the best tasting reasonable breakfast near by?". Hotel NEVER have those. (At least there is a Panera to fall back on.<g>)
- You are right in that there are chain restaurants on the Plaza. The rents are rather high for businesses, so it's hard for start-ups. However, there are several "local" places. Our hotel is on the east side of the Plaza. I usually consider the famous J.C. Nichols Fountain to be the entrance.
* Blanc Burgers + Bottles - is a local burger joint making a splash. The closest one is on the west side of the Plaza, 4710 Jefferson St. Opens at 11:00 a.m.
* Classic Cup - is a local favorite, with a varied menu. Located a few blocks down west of the Fountain, 301 West 47th St. THEY OFFER BREAKFAST, 7:00-10:30.
* Eden Alley Café, sometimes called the "Vatican of Vegetables", 707 W. 47th St., offers "divine flavor for the conscious eater, vegetarian, vegan, raw, gluten free, local, organic, healthy food." Opens at 11:00 a.m. (closes 2:30 Mon. and Tues.). They do not accept credit cards.
* Fred P. Ott's, another burger joint, casual pub atmosphere, 4770 J.C. Nichols Pkwy. (one block south of fountain). Opens at 11:00 a.m.
* Natasha's Mulberry & Mott, is a locally-owned bakery, 4745 Central. Opens at 10:00 a.m. and has things like BREAKFAST and lunch croissants, in addition to cakes and breads and such.
* Oak Room at The InterContinental Hotel (I know the InterContinental is a chain, but the restaurant serves regional), Ward Parkway & Wornall, south of Brush Creek. THEY OFFER BREAKFAST, 6:30-11:00 weekdays and a breakfast buffet Sat. and Sun. starting at 10:00 a.m.
* O'Dowd's Little Dublin, is an authentic Irish pub, serving great pub fare with extensive selection of whiskeys and beers (and other things), 4742 Pennsylvania. Opens at 11:00 a.m. LIVE MUSIC.
* Panache Chocolatier, serving fine chocolates, is technically a chain, but unless you're willing to hop over to Cairo or London, Kansas City will be more convenient. 418 Nichols Road. Opens at 10:00 a.m.
* Plaza III, the Steakhouse, locally owned for 50 years (yes, they opened a second one in Boston), has already been mentioned for its great steaks and such (seafood, veggies), 4749 Pennsylvania. Opens at 11:00 a.m.
* Starker's, local fine dining, 201 West 47th St. Opens at 11:30 a.m.
* Topsy's Popcorn, now a chain, but was originally opened in 1948 as Patsy's and is the oldest merchant on the Plaza. Renamed Topsy's in 1950. Located at 4706 Central, Opens at 10:00 a.m. ALSO SERVES ICE-CREAM.
NEAR the Plaza:
* Café Trio, 4558 Main St., just across the street and down the road from the hotel, locally-owned, serving bistro fare (including great martinis). Opens at 11:00 a.m. LIVE MUSIC.
* Chaz on the Plaza at The Raphael Hotel, 325 Ward Parkway, high-scale culinary offerings. THEY OFFER BREAKFAST, 6:30-10 a.m. (Sat./Sun. 7:00 a.m.). LIVE MUSIC.
* Rozzelle Court Restaurant at the Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art, serving really nice buffet fare, 4525 Oak, three blocks east of the Plaza. Opens at 11:00 a.m.
* Winstead's, opened in 1940, this "soda shop" is a legendary Kansas City landmark. Author Calvin Trillin swears by its burgers and malts. One block east of the Plaza, just across the street, 101 Emmanuel Clever II Blvd. (look for the big neon sign). THEY ARE OPEN 24 HOURS.
Don't dismiss what the Marriott has to offer: Main Street Grill (contemporary American, BREAKFAST and lunch), Café Express (BREAKFAST: coffee, pastries, salads, sandwiches), and M.I. Greatroom (contemporary American, dinner service only)
Honestly, there's so many local folks serving really great food. Check out some of the list on the Kansas City Originals site (http://www.kcoriginals.com/restaurants.php). And don't forget the tamales' carts or other street fare (K.C. has yet to really support its food truck culture).
And, yes, there are more than 90 BBQ restaurants in the metro area. Discover YOUR favorites!
YEP MURRAY's! I thought we were near Westport. Guess not. Again, the list is helpful but "opinions from locals" are always the most helpful! ;-)
* Actually, Westport is not that far away, just north of the Country Club Plaza, not quite a mile. There are a zillion bars and clubs in the area, many locally-owned, so just walk around and take your pick.
* And, Steve (and everyone), you can always talk to any of us, including but not limited to the bellmen, the bus drivers, the taxi drivers, etc. We all have our opinions.
You've got an amazing list and an amazing city. And we have so little time (except for Rainer who has weeks!) and a good number will not have wheels. And I've been waiting to come back for years.
How's this for a more focused question: If you have 3 hours to get away from the Conference - and don't have a car - what sights could you walk to? (name 4-5). It would be a start to see your town!
* The World War I Liberty Memorial Museum, 100 West 26 Street, has already been mentioned, with a tremendous archive collection and grand view of Union Station. Ca. 2.5 miles away.
* Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art, 4525 Oak, three blocks east of the Plaza, ca. 1/3 mile away.
* Grab the bus or a taxi to the Arabia Steamboat Museum, 400 Grand Blvd. ca. 5 miles from hotel. Features salvage from the 1856 wreckage of the steamboat Arabia, an incredible story. It has to be seen to be believed.
* Roam the Plaza, people-watch, have a latte, listen to the live music, sit by the JC Nichols Fountain with a Stone Cold Creamery ice-cream cone, and watch all the various graduates and their families take pictures (it is that time of year). Just a few steps from hotel.
Three weeks till my flight!
We will greet you with open arms!