Suburban Restaurant Jewels of Kansas City
Stop by these suburban restaurants for a unique dining experience.
$$$ | 3936 W 69th Terrace, Prairie Village, KS | cafeprovencekc.com
Tucked away in the charming Village Shopping Center, the award-winning Café Provence has offered guests a taste of progressive French cuisine for over 15 years. The family-run restaurant was opened by Brittany-born chef Patrick Quillec and today is helmed by his son, Executive Chef Philip Quillec, who has spent time at several Michelin-starred restaurants in France. Under Philip’s guiding hand, Café Provence has continuously ranked on America’s top restaurants list by Open Table and Zagat for the past several years.
It’s no wonder: The tidy, tiny restaurant, with its dozen or so white-clothed tables, seems at a glance like a throwback to a French countryside inn, but you’ll find more here than French onion soup. Classic dishes get fresh updates — such as a duck leg confit paired with pheasant sausage or salmon partnered with butternut squash and apple puree. Pastry chef Teryn Tate has a dessert menu that will satisfy any craving. (We highly recommend the chevre cheesecake.)
Best bet: The Tuesday night prix fixe menu features four courses (including dessert) for $42.
$$$ | 3931 W 69th Terrace, Prairie Village, KS | storykc.com
Guests are sure to have a storybook ending when they dine at James Beard Award-nominated chef Carl Thorne-Thomsen’s restaurant, Story, in the Village Shopping Center. His modern American dishes make for elegant, expressive characters.
Best bet: We’re in love with the colorful halibut entree featuring a pan-seared fillet arranged atop a golden butternut squash puree with Brussels sprouts and braised watermelon radishes.
$$-$$$ | 10551 Mission Road, Leawood, KS | ryekc.com
In 2012, James Beard darlings Colby and Megan Garrelts opened Rye in Leawood to resounding applause. A second Rye opened on the Country Club Plaza in 2017, but it’s the original location — with its peaceful patio and rustic decor — that has our hearts.
Best bet: Don’t complicate things: Just order the fried chicken. Seriously. It’s brined for 48 hours, then dipped in a slurry and dredged in a seasoned flour mixture before getting fried to golden perfection.
Cafe des Amis
$$$ | 112 Main Street, Parkville, MO | cafedesamiskc.com
Cafe des Amis is one of the most enchanting places you’ll find north of the Missouri River. Eating in this romantic 50-seat bistro — with its second-floor dining room, gorgeous wrap-around terrace and full lunch, brunch and dinner menus — feels like stepping back in time. Champagne, France, native Guillaume Hanriot and chef Ingrid Hanriot’s intimate restaurant and refined cooking will have you feeling very French, indeed.
Best bet: The classics here are done perfectly. Get the escargot, the house-made black truffle pâté or the grilled pheasant, and go home happy.
Room 39 Mission Farms
$$ | Mission Farms 10561 Mission Road, Leawood, KS | rm39.com
The slender Room 39 restaurant in Kansas City’s Volker neighborhood opened in November, 2004, and the popularity of chefs Ted Habiger and Andrew Sloan’s hearty, honest farm-to-table fare prompted a second location in Leawood three years later. The Mission Farms location is significantly larger — more room for Habiger and Sloan to feed the hungry masses for breakfast, lunch and dinner.
Best bet: Room 39 does a little bit of everything, but we’re partial to its signature dishes: the fabulous quiche and the impeccable veggie burger.