Just when you thought you'd never find another restaurant in the metro that serves ham salad, we found one for you. The three-week-old Infusions Grill & Bar at 837 S.W. Lemans Lane in Lee's Summit is offering a trio of old-fashioned, tearoom-style spreads on its starter menu: curry egg salad, rosemary ham salad (a little too heavy on the rosemary) and white-cheddar pimento spread served up with toasted slices of French baguette.
Don't confuse the new Infusions with a short-lived Shawnee saloon with a similar name, Infused - I reviewed that venue before it vanished in 2009. Infusions has taken over the space vacated by the former Westside Grill & Bar.
Unlike the late and unlamented Infused, Infusions does not prepare infused liquors (vodka steeping in a glass jar of fresh pineapple, honey and bourbon, tequila marinating in fresh limes) in the bar. The Infusions name, one employee told us, was adopted after the owners heard TV chef Guy Fieri use the word and thought it sounded snazzy.
This new saloon, located in a suburban shopping strip, has a few snazzy elements, including a very large, impeccably clean aquarium in the center of the venue that features several pretty tropical fish and malevolent-looking eel. The menu leans heavily to the international: Asian-style lettuce wraps, an excellent Cuban sandwich, penne pasta smothered in a spicy arrabbiata sauce and fennel sausage and, as a finale, "French chocolate mousse." Dinner prices range from $14 for a black-pepper burger topped with smoked gouda and roasted garlic aioli to a $34 petite filet.
The restaurant serves food 3-11 p.m. Tuesday through Thursday, 3 p.m.-midnight Friday and Saturday, and 3-10 p.m. Sunday. Infusions is closed on Monday.