Dr. John L. Bean and his wife Marsha couldn’t have named Belvoir Winery any more aptly. Belvoir is French for “beautiful view,” and, with 170 lush, vibrant acres to its name, Belvoir Winery certainly doesn’t disappoint. Once a hub for the historic Odd Fellows, the estate now blooms with the vineyards planted by Dr. Bean more than 15 years ago. Vines ripe with golden muscat, chambourcin, and vingnoles grapes anchor the winery’s six signature vinos, which include the floral semi-dry Plumeria and the Lucky Pierre, a sweet red dessert wine. The winery’s newly renovated interior unfolds across five luxurious event spaces, an ornate tasting bar, and a cozy ice-cream shop that overlook the property’s towering 100-year-old trees and stunning marble gazebo. No stranger to supernatural happenings, Belvoir also hosts monthly investigations of its grounds with the Paranormal Research Investigators, a local troupe of ghost hunters also trained in the art of summoning lost car keys.
For more than 20 years, the chefs at Spirit's Restaurant have been serving up cuisine to match their patriotic location, tucked inside the American Inn. The chefs offer a menu of hamburgers, sandwiches, and hearty entrees such as fried chicken and lasagna. But if you can't choose just one dish from this spread of classic American eats, opt for the buffet. Offered seven days a week, the chefs stock buffet trays with enough comfort food to feed armies of customers all day, every day, excepting, of course, the hours that they're closed or find themselves mysteriously transported to an alternate dimension.
Amidst dazzling décor imported from Egypt, Sahara Sheesha Lounge's handmade Egyptian hookahs billow out wafts of premium flavored tobacco from Al Fakher, Star Buzz, and the lounge's own hand-crafted blends. Amid handmade rugs and bamboo chairs, spacious couches cushion customers as they pair their puffs of flavored smoke with sips of tea, fresh fruit juices, and smoothies. The lounge also boasts a large projection-screen television for communal entertainment and eschews the greatest yodeling hits in favor of authentic midwestern music.
Born of a union between Sports Radio 810 WHB and the restaurateurs at KC Hopps, Ltd., 810 Zone marries sports spectatorship with scrumptious sandwiches, burgers, and Kansas City barbecue. Gamblers can down a grilled salmon club at the Harrah's casino location or enjoy pizza at the Lee's Summit Zone, before a trip to the tables or before trying to pass off burgers as poker chips.
Chef Peter Grünauer rolls his apple-strudel dough thin enough to literally read a newspaper through one of its layers. This loyalty to the traditional, time-intensive methods of preparing Austrian and continental European fare can be tasted in all of the dishes at Grünauer’s restaurant, which he runs with his children Nicholas and Elisabeth. They modeled their eatery after the one their family operates in Vienna, which is why the Kansas City restaurant evokes the Old World with its brick walls and exposed overhead beams. Yet it also exudes local flavor by nestling inside a historic freight house decorated with chandeliers and mirrors.
For an authentic menu, the Grünauers rely on the expertise Chef Peter gained while owning renowned New York restaurants Vienna '79 and Fledermaus as well as meats, such as wienerschnitzel and smoked pork loin, purchased from New York–based Schaller & Weber or from local butchers. Whether the entree is a classic bratwurst or a more adventurous pale ale braised bratwurst, the generous portions cause diners to undo the top button or padlock holding their pants together.
For a sweet end to the evening, diners can savor the aforementioned apple strudel with its paper-thin layers of dough or sink their forks into the chocolate and fresh cream of a viennese sacher torte. A cherry-red espresso machine yields steaming cups of coffee by Viennese roaster Julius Meinl to accompany sweets, which guests enjoy in the dining room or on the biergarten. There, amid potted flowers and with a view of the downtown skyline, guests sip Austrian beer and wines such as Eggenberg doppelbock and Samichlaus helles, which the restaurant’s Wunderbar pours until 1 a.m. or when the moon starts snoring.
Duke's on Grand embraces its location?in the heart of Kansas City and across from the Sprint Center?by serving as a haven for passersby seeking a neighborhood setting that celebrates local sports teams from each side of the state line. As live games play on the flat-screen televisions, the bartenders slake thirsts with potent cocktails as well as a selection of draft beers that includes several locally brewed options.
The food menu also embraces this homespun vibe by featuring a number of classic comfort foods made using locally sourced meats, dairy, and produce whenever possible. Barbecued ribs smoked overnight occupy the flame-heated grill alongside burgers that will eventually be finished with everything from jalape?o-spiced ketchup to Creole-style tartar sauce. Additionally, the selection includes homestyle favorites, such as pulled-pork sandwiches and hearty wings.
The warm ambiance at Duke's on Grand mirrors the pub's neighborhood-style charm. Surrounded by exposed brickwork and jet-black walls, the grill features small tables scattered across its dark wooden floorboards. The glass-paned front walls are even capable of opening during the warmer months, creating an open-air setting that allows diners to pair their meal with breaths of the fresh oxygen that the city imports each spring.