At nighttime, you can see Milano Italian Dining's dining room glowing through its glass walls long before you smell its steaks, sauteed shrimp, and grilled salmon. The restaurant has as much elegance in its architecture as it in its food, sporting a design from the award-winning Aumiller Youngquist firm that looks out on Crown Center's iconic 25-foot spouts of fine white wine. Entrees run the gamut of Italian classics, from brick-oven margarita pizza to shrimp scampi to cornmeal-dusted calamari with pepperoncini, cherry peppers, and spicy marinara.
Armed with passed-down family recipes, two tenacious sisters serve up fresh dinner rolls baked on-site alongside sandwiches, salads, and soups that eschew preservatives in favor of all-natural ingredients. Big Momma's famous cinnamon rolls come in a triumvirate of flavors and boast diameters of up to 9 inches, making them qualified Frisbee stunt doubles. An aromatic duo of breakfast sandwiches and coffee pries open eyes each morning, and lunchtime hails a parade of hearty sandwiches with turkey, roast beef, and veggie fillings, which patrons can order solo or flanked by a bowl of the daily rotating soup.
Add some sepia tone and photo grain, and a snapshot of Hereford House could make it pass for an old Western saloon. But the photo would actually be of a modern steak house that churns out aged steaks, seafood, and ribs—the same fare that put Kansas City meat markets on the map at the turn of the century. In the dinner menu, most everything walks across the grill before being served. The steak oscar entree eschews the barriers that separate land from sea by teaming up a 6-ounce filet mignon with jumbo lump crab pilfered from crustacean birthday parties and pan-seared to perfection. Juicy tenderloin medallions come smothered in red-wine demi glace, and oven-roasted cuts of salmon arrive in pools of garlic herb butter.
The circular nest of Harvey’s at Union Station affords an uninterrupted view of Union Station’s ornate ceilings, chandeliers, and arched masonry. An open-air second-floor patio lines the outer rim of the restaurant, offering ideal people-watching views of both the inside of the eatery below and passing commuters. During breakfast and lunch hours, the kitchen hums busily as chefs stuff omelets with homemade italian sausage and rub shrimp with citrus and chiles for tacos. For Sunday brunch, a spread of brown-sugar-glazed ham and mini cinnamon rolls sprawls across long banquet tables like those a king might demand for all his stuffed animals.
Sponsored by the ACF Kansas City Chef’s Association, the annual Best of Kansas City Chefs benefit lets guests meet and taste the signature dishes of the area's best culinary masterminds. This year’s food venues—which range from Jon Russell’s Barbeque to the Dark Horse Distillery—satisfy appetites with samples from some of Kansas City’s best restaurants, and pairs of celebrity chefs—including Kevin Gillespie from Bravo’s Top Chef and multiple James Beard nominee Colby Garrelts of bluestem Restaurant—throw down in epic duels between skillets. During the three-hour event, attendees may also participate in live and silent auctions for a chance to win a BeefEater two-burner grill from event sponsor Smoke 'n' Fire—a prize valued at $800.
As patrons cheer for their favorite teams shown on The Landing?s many high-definition monitors, the chefs craft pub classics to help fans celebrate victories and overcome defeats. They smother fries in queso and house-made chili as well as toss award-winning wings in sauce. Local and national musicians fill the pub with rocking tunes on weekends, but even weekday nights feel festive with events such as trivia and poker. Along with a main bar, The Landing accommodates guests with an open-air patio and private spaces that hold up to 40 diners each.