Let me just start by saying that I’m not crazy about the name Kansas Town. It sounds like a local boy band, or maybe a regional Cracker Barrel ripoff. But let me continue by saying, I wouldn’t care if it was called Sam Brownback’s House of B-Hole if the food continues to taste as good as what I experienced last week.
Kansas Town owner Mike Bechtel has invested in transforming the space into a clean, bright dining room, though his best investment by far has been hiring chef Joe Shirley, the uber-talented creator of the Uberdine pop-up, as culinary consultant. Shirley has crafted a playful but seriously delicious menu with his hand-picked executive chef Garrett Kasper. The menu is moderately priced ($8-20), with most plates designed for sharing, though I wouldn’t call any of it small plates.
Everything I tasted was creatively conceived, perfectly executed, and beautifully presented. It’s the sort of place where four people could go ahead and order the entire menu to share. It’s also the sort of place that will fill up very quickly once people realize what’s coming out of the kitchen, so I’d go ahead and make a reservation.
1403 West 39th Street
Kansas City, MO
Tuesday-Thursday, Lunch, 11-3, Dinner, 5-10
Friday-Saturday, Lunch, 11-3, Dinner, 5-11
PHOTOS FROM KANSAS TOWN
Beet “tarte tatin,” sour cream, fennel, fried kale, variations of carrot and beet
Trout duo, cured and smoked, arugula pistou, kalamata olive, naan bread, harissa,
burnt lemon, preserved lemon vinaigrette