The CDC Caf? chefs build sandwiches from scratch each and every day. Sourdough paninis are a shop specialty, pressed with gourmet fillings like grilled chicken, bacon, avocado, and Monterey Jack cheese. Fresh, light rye bread, meanwhile, holds all the fixings of a traditional reuben sandwich: slow-roasted corned beef, sauerkraut, thousand island dressing, and Swiss cheese. Not in a sandwich mood? The chefs pile the same ingredients atop flatbreads and tuck them into omelets. For bigger appetites, they also create a handful of heartier entrees, such as baked spaghetti or parmesan-breaded tilapia.
While they eat, guests can relax inside the welcoming caf?, which offers complimentary Wi-Fi to all patrons. Or, they can enjoy their favorite panini or flatbread on their own turf, since CDC Cafe also caters, delivering food for office luncheons, family parties, neighborhood food fights, and other special events.
Authentic techniques are the key to French recipes. Understanding this, Chef Emmanuel Langlade honed his cooking skills in Marseille, France, before opening Aixois Bistro with his wife more than a decade ago.
Amid suspended orb lights and rustic, wrought-iron chandeliers, French flavors prepared by chef Miguel Sanchez delight palates at all hours. As morning light spills through enormous windows, the staff brews fresh coffee to pair with piping-hot croissants for early-bird visitors. Lunchtime guests sample favorite French sandwiches, from the classic croque-monsieurs to the egg-crowned croque madames. For dinner diners, the kitchen dishes up an elegant menu that includes two varieties of moules frites (mussels with pommes frites), as well as seafood, steak, and oven-roasted chicken. Afterward, traditional desserts such as cr?me br?l?e topped with fresh berries cap off meals and keep sweet teeth from rebelliously biting tongues.
Café Europa serves up elegant American cuisine in a friendly, easygoing atmosphere. In 2007, celebrated local chef Nathan Feldmiller expanded this once lunch-focused eatery into a lunch, dinner, and brunch mecca, which has garnered notice for its homey ambiance. The menu offers a meal to comfort any appetite—excepting those for destruction—and showcases a variety of options, from the crestwood burger to the spinach and feta quiche (both $10) and smoked salmon salad ($12). Dinner specialties include steak tartare ($10) and scallops and risotto ($18). Dinner descends dramatically onto tables from feeding firepoles between 5:30 p.m. and 10 p.m., Monday through Saturday.
Though André and Elsbeth Bollier left Basel, Switzerland for Kansas City in 1955, they didn't really leave the Old World behind. Finding his adopted home bereft of fine pastries, André set out to "bring something new and exciting" to the city, as his son Marcel told the Wednesday Sun in 2011. A master pastry chef, he began selling his handcrafted swiss confections at his eponymous store, André's Confiserie Suisse. Intent on re-creating the feel of an authentic Swiss confiserie, he relied on natural ingredients and pure butter to produce his treats' signature rich flavor. Soon, André expanded his business to two tearooms festooned with the flags of several Swiss cantons.
Now joined by third-generation members of the Bollier family, André's Confiserie Suisse remains faithful to that original vision while creating new lines of seasonal and signature bites. In addition to hand-decorated caramels, fruit tortes, and freshly shelled circus peanuts, the display cases feature grand cru truffles made from single-sourced cocoa beans whose flavors reflect the soil and climate of their exotic original locales, including Madagascar and Bolivia.
"Sleek and shiny and glamorous" is how The Pitch's Charles Ferruzza described Cafe Trio in a 2009 article reviewing the eatery's at-the-time new location, although his praises didn't stop there. He also doled out compliments about Executive Chef Adam Yoder's European-inspired food, which earns a rating of very good to excellent from Zagat.
In the glow of paper lanterns, colorful paintings crafted by local artists hover over plates of Faroe Islands salmon roulade and hand-cut tenderloin fillets, which diners can enjoy while gazing out at the fountain and trees of Mill Creek Park. Outside, an expansive deck?open year-round?offers alfresco dining through the warm summer months, as well as unobstructed views of the resident snowmen of Country Club Plaza throughout the winter.
The Coffee Girls' menu lures in Argonauts of the ante meridiem with its siren song of caffeine, smoothies, juices, and breakfast items. The coffee ($1.80 for a 16 oz.) is freshly brewed using beans from local bean baron Broadway Roasting Company and is accompanied by an entourage of caffeine-crowded specialty drinks such as the freeze ($3.95 for a 16 oz.), which icily blends coffee with caramel or chocolate, and the coffee girl ($3.95 for a 16 oz.), which drops a double shot of espresso with vanilla-bean flavoring capped with steamed cream.