The dueling glove was originally an invention of chefs who would slap steaks with oven mitts and demand electric knives at dawn. Taste the edible creations of culinary innovators with today's Groupon: for $20, you get $40 worth of steaks and seafood at the historically situated Pierpont's at Union Station.
Housing a collection of top chefs in a romantic, early-20th-century setting, the expansive dining menu at Pierpont's runs the gamut from classic (calamari, crème brûlée) to exotic (ahi tuna, roasted Idaho trout). The restaurant's ultra-classy atmosphere of burnished oak, warm chandelier light, and intimate booths makes it well suited for impressive business lunches. Wow potential investors with an order of steamed Prince Edward Island mussels ($4.95) or a roasted vegetable empanada packed with poblano, red pepper, onion, forest mushrooms, and goat cheese ($5.50), and then surprise them by asking them to prom. Sandwich options such as the steakburger ($6.95+), portabella focaccia ($8.95), and crab-cake melt ($12.95) keep one hand open for impromptu swashbuckling, and the chef's weekday special lunch lets you take advantage of two courses for $15. The small-plates menu ($29.95/person for three courses or $34.95 for a four-course tasting), meanwhile, quashes wee cravings without interrupting the conversation of long-lost friends.
But it’s the twilight hours when the surf truly hits the turf. Deep-sea dive the dinner menu at Pierpont's for lobster thermidor ($39.95), grilled Atlantic salmon in a citrus-tomato beurre blanc ($23.95), or shellfish bouillabaisse served with a pirate's treasure chest of sea plunder, including jumbo shrimp and mussels ($28.95). Otherwise, stick to land with a 9-ounce filet mignon ($34.95) drizzled in melted balsamic-and-orange butter or a veggie-friendly eggplant-and-goat-cheese lasagna ($16.95). If you neglected to bring fireworks, cap a meal with a dessert of white-chocolate bread pudding ($5.95) plus an entire spectrum of sweet sips. Entrees are available daily, and small-plate appetizers, soups or salads, and desserts are available for a $14 supplement.
Pierpont's at Union Station
Nestled inside Kansas City’s landmark Union Station, Pierpont’s at Union Station pays tribute to the railroad industry, even taking its name from John Pierpont (J.P.) Morgan. Inside, seafood such as oysters, Maine lobster, scallops, and wild salmon is flown in daily for upscale dishes that complement exquisite steaks hand-selected from the top 12% of beef produced in the United States. These cuts include the signature filet mignon Pierpont, a 6- or 9-ounce filet dressed with blue-cheese cream, balsamic-fig reduction, and roasted-garlic whipped potatoes.
Constructed in 1914, Pierpont’s turn-of-the-century setting complements the cuisine, with almost 60% of the restaurant’s three floors appearing as they did when WWI first started and most Americans commuted to work via hot-air balloon. Thanks to 8,000 square feet of historical floor space, the night spot can seat up to 200 guests, statistically half of whom are welcome to visit the original women’s smoking room. Beneath the dining room, wine cellars house more than 300 bottles of wine, and private dining rooms host events and special occasions. Each room is individually decorated, creating distinctly unique atmospheres for planning a wedding or surprising an investor by asking them to prom.
30 W Pershing Rd.
Kansas City, Missouri 64108