Hours: 11 a.m.-10 p.m. Tues.-Thurs.; 11 a.m.-11 p.m. Fri., 5-11pm Sat., closed Sunday & Monday
This tiny restaurant and bar is fun provided you can find somewhere to sit down. It has a sophisticated, mellow atmosphere reminiscent of neighborhood bars in big-city boroughs such as Brooklyn. With its lovely brick archway, the open kitchen adds to the cozy feel, and acoustic acts occasionally play on a small stage that doubles as table space. Theres no happy hour, but drink prices are reasonable. Theres also no stemware wine is served in highball glasses. The mens restroom has a unique feature a chalkboard displaying a weekly top 10 list, open to anyone with a good idea.
Owned by youthful chef John Williams and his girlfriend, Sarah Ponak, this intimate restaurant is as close to a beatnik boîte as youll find in Kansas City. Printed each night on a big green chalkboard, the limited menu lists five or six hot dishes and as many cold ones, including salads, pates, fresh fish and beef. Williams has a cosmopolitan sensibility, so even if the nights offerings include his all-American namesake dish, the other choices are likely to be French in flavor. The desserts, made by Johns grandma, Grace Crispin, are strictly Midwestern: hot apple crisp or chocolate layer cake. — Charles Ferruzza
Payment Type: All Major Credit Cards, Diners Club
Reservations: Recommended, Not Necessary
Entertainment: Thursday night