American cuisine has evolved over the years from pioneer fare—raw squirrel and whiskey—to sleek, sophisticated new dishes with French, Italian, and Irish-whiskey influences. Taste fresh, delicious morsels of progress with today's Groupon: for $20, you get $40 worth of seasonal American cuisine at Room 39, a locally owned and operated duo of restaurants with locations in Midtown and Leawood.
Room 39's always rotating menu boasts sophisticated, fresh American fare made with seasonal ingredients sourced from local gardens and farms. Dishes recently featured at the Midtown eatery include a seared chicken liver with bacon, capers, and shallots on garlic crostini ($9); a pan-roasted half duck breast with pilaf, glazed carrots, cherry mostarda, and herb pan sauce ($24); and goat cheese cheesecake with whipped cream and candied nuts ($7). Among the edibles at the Leawood outpost wait halibut with mushrooms, crab meat, and shallot butter ($25), as well as vanilla crème brûlée with chocolate hazelnut biscotti ($6). Room 39's celebratory parade of spirits ends feasts with an extensive selection of beers, cocktails, and wines. Eating locally has always been easier than flying to Manhattan for brunch, and restaurants such as Room 39 capitalize on this fact in reverse with locally farmed ingredients.
Room 39's two locations have generated a fair amount of local and national press. The Pitch has featured both locations. Zagat rates the food at the Leawood location a 26 ("extraordinary to perfection") with 91% of reviewers liking it. More than 90 OpenTable reviewers give the Leawood location an average of 4.3 stars, and 41 Yelpers give the Kansas City location an average of 4.5 stars.
- A “favorite” for breakfast and lunch that also offers “marvelous”, “clever twists on American originals” at dinner, this “funky”, affordable address dedicated to local, sustainable ingredients has become a “staple” on 39th Street – Zagat
- I have eaten both lunch and dinner here...always very good. Everything about this restaurant is well-done - service, decor etc. Great for lunch or dinner – OpenTable reviewer who dined on 07/09/2010
At Room 39, the dinner menu doesn't start with appetizers. Instead, the top of the carte features a short profile of a local farmer, followed by a list of all the small family farms that provided ingredients for the night's dishes. This choice signals the commitment of chefs and co-owners Ted Habiger and Andy Sloan to making local, sustainable food a part of fine dining. At both of the restaurant’s locations, they construct elegant New American dishes, such as blueberry-goat-cheese pancakes at breakfast and housemade pappardelle with bolognese at lunch. They're also no slouches with seafood—their spicy sautéed shrimp was named one of the best restaurant dishes of 2007 by Food & Wine magazine. Behind the bar, craft beers flow from local breweries such as Boulevard, Free State, and Tallgrass, as well as classic cocktails from local negroni wells.