Dining Desperado-The Good, The Bad and the YUMMY

Conquering the country one bite at a time. There are no foods I actually dislike, just foods I prefer. Bread, nuts, cheese, and dessert, are on the supremely awesome list.

Thursday, May 25, 2006

Room 39

So now that I'm back in the K...I have a few choices. I can go bowling, watch the royals, or go eating. Since the two former items are pretty unfortunate I choose a hobby which is fairly obscure in Kansas City. But that's okay with me. It's time that the people of Kansas City started caring about food. We need to put our feet down and say NO to cheese processed beyond recognition. We have a farmers market. We have a small community of innovative restauranteers and we need to support them by jove.
So this Tuesday I ventured 'downtown' to 39th street. This street retains a big city feel. It has historic buildings and a diverse restaurant scene. Undoubtedly it will be the source of a lot of my fooding adventures this summer. My first stop is a relatively new place. It opened its doors in 2004 and one of the chefs trained at Union Square Cafe (tid bit for the NY buffs).
The inside is cozy and eclectic with a classy-casual vibe.
Even though its a new space they let the buildings personality bleed through: bricks peek through spots on the wall, and local art work adorns the walls.
First off, they brought us super delicous bread that was warm and crusty. A nice soft interior of the Italian Variety. MMMMM..
For lunch my dad got the Grilled Chicken Salad. This features free range chicken breast with dried cranberries, roasted runts, Grana Padaro and Sherry rosemary vinaigrette. Holy M! The Chicken was slighty blackened and it had a subtley burnt taste. The dried cherries, walnuts, and almonds complimented the salad perfect. You know it's summer when the Joe factor gets a salad.

I thought what the hey? I'll get a salad too. It is officially summer. I got the Duck Salad. My little dish featured pan roasted duck breast on baby spinach with local strawberries, pecans, red onions, and balsalmic vinaigrette. Needless to say mine was delectable. The balsalmic complimented the tendor flavor of the duck. Dad's salad had an overall citrusy zest while mine had spicy-tangy undernotes. Dessert? We decided we were too full. It was a shame. However, we would not be defeated so easily. Dad and I decided to get a dessert to go for my sister. We picked a Strawberry Napolean Remix. It featured brioche toasted in Cinnamon butter, lavender whipped cream and strawberries. Of course I brought it home and my sister didn't even want to try it...because she isn't very adventurous...what pleasures she robs the tummy makes me want to cry!!! It's complete insanity, but whatev, because I ATE IT HAHAHAH. Unfortunately it wasn't as supremely delicious as it sounds. The strawberry puree was the best part. I would like to go back and try some of their other dishes and desserts. I really wanted the coffee creme brulee but...you can't get that to go. So watch yourself brulee I'll be back for you. Nicely Done Room 39.