If it's not in season, Cafe Chilingo won't serve it. The chefs are so devoted to fresh, perfectly ripe produce, that they create a new menu every week. In winter, that might include an arugula salad with pear and goat cheese, whereas spring might bring about pineapple-adorned caribbean chicken kebabs on a bed of greens. The regularly changing selection may mean diners need to stay on their toes, but it also ensures they'll get the most flavorful meal possible. Even the beverages observe the seasons—hot cocoa is available during colder weather, while sunny days and volcano eruptions bring fresh-squeezed lemonade. The café does feature a few enduring dishes, including classic and creative sandwiches such as the corned-beef reuben and the fried-alligator poboy, and always offers gluten-free and vegetarian options for those with dietary restrictions.
The chefs at Mexico Lindo dish up recipes hailing from the western Mexican state of Jalisco, while bartenders pour Mexican beers, wines, and tequilas. The menu includes saut?ed squash blossoms, grilled meats, and an array of seafood entrees. Many diners opt to end their eating experience on a sweet note, ordering up desserts of flan, tres leches cake, and sopapillas, or fried pastries.
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.
Diners at Backfire BBQ tear into wood-fire-grilled barbecue entrees of ribs, burgers, and chicken amid 8,300 square feet of custom-built choppers, antique motorcycles, and classic cars. The smell of a chicken finger appetizer drizzled with honey mustard mingles with the sounds of frequent live music or episodes of American Chopper screened on plasma televisions. Guests take notes for redecorating their bedrooms while admiring revolving motorcycle fountains before they move on to meals of hickory-smoked pulled pork or a full slab of ribs. The Full Throttle entree weighs down plates with a quintet of grilled meats, including ribs, beef brisket burnt ends, and smoked sausage. Tipplers wander through a NASCAR-themed room decked with racecar engines and memorabilia while communicating in the guttural vrooms of racecar dialect.
Planet Sub sidesteps the flavorless land mines of days-old bread, opting for filling-packed subs and sandwiched meaty delights. The menu may differ slightly between the two locations, but omnipresent signature subs cross state lines to sate hungering masses, such as the bacon-bolstered mega roast beef ($4.69/$7.29 ) and the Planet BBQ, a saucy concoction stacked with ham, turkey, and roast beef ($3.99/$6.99 ). Vegetarian options abound, so meat abstainers can try the spicy cheese sub ($4.49/$6.99 ) or the pesto bello ($4.99/$7.19), which is loaded with portobello mushrooms, red peppers, and a tomato-garlic pesto as smooth and suave as an Italian R&B crooner.
When the Emery, Bird, Thayer department store was demolished in the 1960s, a local entrepreneur wanted to honor its memory. Adorned with stained glass, masonry, and wrought-iron archways salvaged from the building, EBT Restaurant opened in 1979 as a fine-dining establishment swarming with tuxedoed waiters and classic American dishes. Despite more modern and casual renovations, the eatery still stays true to its roots with a pair of brass elevator cages from the EBT store in the dining room that can be reserved for parties of up to four. The interior is filled in dark woods and soft golden light, and roses fill the room during season, including illuminated rose sculptures that hang above the bar. The original owner of the restaurant still maintains a rose garden at his home to provide seasonal blossoms that cluster throughout the dining room. Under the guidance of executive chef Tate Roberts, who describes himself as a ?culinary historian? with a modernist edge, the kitchen prepares a dinner menu split into contemporary and classic dishes. Contemporary selections include pan-roasted duck breast and an Alaskan halibut served with Yukon baby potatoes in a sherry broth with littleneck clams. On the traditional side, teeth tear into parmesan-crusted chicken and tender 4-ounce beef medallions in peppercorn cream sauce. Kansas City Star correspondent Jill Wendholt Silva called out the tableside preparation of the caesar salad for two, in which a server deftly whisked a dressing of egg yolk, garlic, and anchovies together with mustard, olive oil, and a dash of Tabasco. Silva also had high praise for the experience stating, ?If I had to pick a single reason to recommend EBT, it would be the refined service.? While admiring the flowers or relaxing to live music in the lounge, patrons can uncork a bottle from an extensive international wine list with hundreds of distinct vintages. Fresh juices and syrups add an original touch to the signature cocktails, including a contemporary variation on a sidecar with Courvoisier VS, Grand Marnier, and lemon-infused orange syrup, all served with a slice of fresh orange and a sugared rim.