Servers bearing 3-foot skewers of slow-cooked meat circulate the dining room looking for green ?go? cards. When diners flash them, they arrive at tables and carve slices of top sirloin, lamb, pork, and chicken?each smoked over mesquite wood?until they?re told to stop. Although the restaurant undoubtedly caters to carnivores, guests who prefer veggies can munch on meatless feasts composed of 35 different items, including caramelized bananas, Brazilian mashed potatoes, and pasta.
When Chef Sam Donehue bought the Kaullen Mercantile Company building, he was amazed at how many architectural flourishes remained intact from its original 19th-century incarnation. A scrolled iron balcony and fluted iron columns graced the 10,000-square foot facility, evoking the German Vernacular style as tastefully as the foyer’s countless still-life paintings of schnitzel. Chef Donehue opted to restore many of the other details, from the dining room’s cross-sawed red oak floors to the elegant gallery porch. With these renovations, O’Donoghue’s Steaks and Sea Food was born.
Today, Chef Donehue complements his restaurant’s classical décor with old-fashioned—yet ever-delicious—steaks and seafood entrees. Drawing upon 25 years of culinary experience, he crafts mouthwatering Kansas City strip steaks and grilled tilapia. His salads come with a choice of six house-made dressings, including sweet poppy seed and spicy honey jalapeño.
Drawing on his Thai heritage and more than 20 years of experience behind the grill, Executive Chef Manop Vasant showcases the flavors and traditions of Southeast Asia while sizzling up morsels of meat and veggies behind tableside hibachi grills. Chefs showboat as they slice, dice, and sizzle up patrons' meals and incriminating photographs across the hot iron griddles. Kitchen cooks whip up rice noodles and curry, and sushi chefs coil thin, sashimi-style slices of tuna, avocado, and cucumber in edible rice and seaweed cylinders.
At Bacana Brasil, diners pay a flat fee for unlimited grilled meats, salads, and side dishes. Grill chefs circulate around the rustic and elegant dining area, slicing meat onto plates until feasters can feast no longer, as indicated by a frowny-faced emoticon painted onto a plate using steak sauce. The focused menu features 13 grilled meats, including top sirloin, fillet, bacon-wrapped chicken, sausage, pork, lamb, shrimp, and brisket. On top of that, patrons can grab unlimited salads, hot side dishes, desserts, and roasted banana and pineapple from a buffet. All-you-can-eat dinners are $29.95 Monday through Thursday nights and $31.95 Friday through Sunday. To help a dry palate or dryer conversation, toss back a glass of Argentinean cabernet ($7), Australian shiraz ($10), or a Brazilian beer such as Xingu Black or Palma Louca ($4 each).
The chefs at Kobe Steak House of Japan practice the delicious art of teppanyaki grilling. The spectacle happens at every table, where expert personal chefs flip foodstuffs into the air and saut? veggies before diners' very eyes. Specialties on the dinner menu include the filet and scallops combo and the USDA strip-loin steak and salmon pairing. Vegetarians can consider the veggie delight platter, with ingredients cooked until crispy-tender. Purists at heart, the staffers reject the use of microwaves and prosthetic extra arms in cooking, and all of their sauces are prepared in-house with fresh ingredients.