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 deal: 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 menus are chockablock with seasonal ingredients sourced from local gardens, farms, and ice cream plantations, ensuring that only the freshest fare makes the 39 cuts. Appetizers, entrees, and desserts all change frequently, so check the website on the day of your visit, or simply show up prepared to be pleasantly surprised. Dishes recently featured at the Midtown eatery include a seared escargot appetizer with bacon, capers, and shallots on garlic crostini ($9); a hefty Berkshire pork chop with rancho gordo hominy, salsa verde, and roasted baby carrots ($25); and local blackberry panna cotta with pistachio brittle for dessert ($7). Among the edible items at the Leawood outpost are tempura beef short ribs with pickled daikon and red miso sauce ($9), a pair of quail with chorizo-onion stuffing ($24), and vanilla crème brûlée with chocolate hazelnut biscotti ($6). Room 39 also offers an impressive wine list, in addition to beer and cocktails.
Eating locally has always been easier than flying to Manhattan for brunch, and restaurants are now capitalizing on this fact in reverse with locally farmed ingredients, sparing diners the embarrassment of eating jet-lagged broccoli. Locally source your own appetite at Room 39.
This Groupon will be available for redemption beginning Monday, August 16. It is not valid for catering, special-event menus, or on New Year's Eve. Reservations are recommended.
Room 39's two locations have generated a fair amount of local and national press. Food & Wine named the restaurant's spicy sautéed shrimp one of the Best Restaurant Dishes of 2007. The Pitch awarded the eatery Best Fake Burger, 2007 and Best Quiche, 2005, and has featured both locations multiple times. Zagat rates the food at the Leawood location a 26 ("extraordinary to perfection"). More than 90 OpenTable reviewers give the Leawood location an average of 4.3 stars, and 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
- Very good restaurant, excellent service, delicious food, and pleasant ambiance. Most of the ingredients are local and vary by season; the menu changes often. – Inessa F., Yelp
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.