In Les Misérables II: Final Justice, Jean Valjean is arrested for committing an even greater crime against French law: applying margarine to another man’s moustache during dinner without asking first. Master the proper tableside etiquette of France with today's Groupon: for $15, you get $30 worth of inventive French cuisine and drinks at Aixois French Bistro.
Nine years after being named Best New Restaurant by The Pitch, Aixois continues to serve authentic French cuisine in a relaxed, well-windowed bistro setting. Owner and head chef Emmanuel Langlade (a native of Aix-en-Provence, France) draws on his bi-continental training and cooking background to craft lunch and dinner menus of inviting French fare.
Raise the curtain on dinner with an appetizing flourish of Pâté maison ($7), a conveniently-spreadable homemade blend, as well as a plate of mussels ($9.50–$11), which––depending on the patron's astrological sign––can be served either with wine, shallots, and herbs; in a saffron-broth cream sauce; or cooked with Roquefort cream. Gallic gourmands, meanwhile, can skip straight to classic entrees such as grilled frog legs with herb de Provence ($14.50) or less amphibious dishes such as the lamb loin served with shiitake mushrooms ($24). As the dinner bell gives way to the dessert drum solo, roll up your meal with a crêpe ($5.50–$6) sveltely stuffed with whipped cream and either warm chocolate sauce or fresh berries and berry coulis. Aixois's similarly Francophone lunch menu includes salads ($7–$11), sandwiches ($7–$9.50), and savory crêpes ($8–$8.50) that—unlike their unsavory counterparts—have never spent the night in the local jail.
To complement the cuisine, Aixois serves much of its extensive wine list by the glass. A covered outdoor patio allows bird watchers and lovers of the wind-blown look to enjoy their meals al fresco without risking the sun's stink-eye. Otherwise, finish your pretty-good American novel over a French pastry at the restaurant's coffee bar, which brews La Minita coffee and welcomes leashed companions such as dogs and mortified husbands. Emmanuel and his wife and co-owner Megan are proud members of the Kansas City Originals—a group of independent restaurant owners striving to promote locally owned dining establishments to the Kansas City area—so today's Groupon will help keep K.C. from being annexed into the metropolitan area of Anywhere, U.S.A.
Aixois French Bistro was named Best New Restaurant by The Pitch in 2001. It was also named the Best Café in Which to Write a Novel and one of the Top Ten Outdoor Patios by The Pitch bloggers. Its grilled foie gras was named Best Aphrodisiac at a Kansas City Restaurant in 2003 by The Pitch. Zagat rated Aixois “very good to excellent.” Yelpers give the restaurant an average of 3.5 stars.
- Whether eating outdoors on the “très jolie” patio on “balmy evenings” or in the “charming” dining room when the weather’s “cool”, expect “superior” food at this Brookside French that’s as “noisy” as a bistro should be – Zagat
- As a prelude to a kiss, a dinner at Aixois is as intoxicating as champagne bubbles. One good bite always leads to another. – Charles Ferruzza, The Pitch
Aixois French Restaurant and Coffee Bar
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 crème brûlée topped with fresh berries cap off meals and keep sweet teeth from rebelliously biting tongues.
251 E 55th St.
Kansas City, Missouri 64113Get Directions