Confession: We still haven’t figured out exactly what we want to do with this blog. And clearly, whatever we’re doing, we’re not doing often enough. So, we’ve decided to try eating lunches out in Kansas City more often and posting pictures here. Because we know we’re good at those two things: eating and taking pictures of food. (Plus, people taking pictures during lunch are way less annoying than those taking pictures during dinner.)
Our first stop on this new, hopefully regular journey was Jasper’s Italian Restaurant — which bills itself as “a Kansas City Tradition in Excellence.” And it really is. Everything at Jasper’s is top notch, from the old-school service (Jasper is probably the nicest guy in the Kansas City restaurant world) to the decadent dishes. Because of both the experience and the food, it’s really hard to have a light lunch at Jasper’s. I mean, I guess if you tried really hard you could. But why would you?
So, here’s everything we ate last Thursday. And, yes, two of us really ate almost all of it.
Jeff started with the spinach salad, I got the caesar salad AND the ridiculously rich lobster cappuccino — it’s a creamy lobster soup topped with whipped cream and bacon and it’s so good the recipe is featured on the James Beard Foundation’s website.
Next, we moved onto the table-side mozzarella. Jasper and his nephew roll a cart right up to the table and make amazing, fresh mozzarella from scratch, then serve it as a Caprese salad.
And because asparagus is in season, we had to try some of that. But just a little; we were clearly there for the carbs.
Next came our entrées. Jeff thought he wanted to be healthy so he ordered the St. Peter’s fish (tilapia) — which I promptly ate half of because it was the best pan-seared fish I’d ever tasted. After sharing a few bites with Jeff, I also cleared my plate of the carbonara (hey, I’m breastfeeding!). It’s not actually on Jasper’s menu, but it should be. And if you ask nicely, they’ll make it for you. I might have also ordered some baked ziti because it’s one of my favorite things, ever.
You’d think we were done, right? Well, pro tip: If you really don’t want dessert, don’t have your server come by with the dessert cart “just to have a look,” because cheesecake happens. It always happens, doesn’t it?