We went for KC Restaurant Week. It was our first visit to what is talked about as a KC staple. The building is registered as an historic landmark. The look is very much like a saloon from the '20s. It is not a stuffy place, but one feels like they should at least wear a collared shirt and slacks. The downstairs has live jazz, but we did not sit there and did not get to hear the music. The music playing on the stereo was jazz, mostly light and of the Benny Goodman type. Not too loud and good for the ambiance.
The food was good, but looking at the main menu it can get pricey. The prix fixe menu for KC Restaurant Week was a very good deal. I tried the steak soup as my starter. It was like pot roast in a cup! The broth was more like a gravy, but in a very good and tasty way. Nice chunks of steak, some onion and the great broth. A bowl would have been an entree.
Sourdough bread comes with the meals and it is nicely done. It seemed to have a bit of foccacia texture and look, but the taste was sourdough. Nice touch.
For the main entree a nice bone in strip steak was my choice. It was about 8 oz, nice and thick. The meat was perfectly cooked, medium rare in my case, and had great flavor. It was a bit hard to cut especially around the bone, but I think it was the choice of steak knives provided.
The sides were orange ginger carrots and roasted potatoes. The carrots were cooked, but retained some crispness. The potatoes were buttered with a peppery taste.
The finale was a toffee bread pudding. It was a large portion and well sauced. Although it was a tad on the heavy side, it was not overly sweet.
The only minor (very minor) negative was the service. Although very nice and professional, our waiter did not seem to be familiar with the menu when we asked questions. A few orders were placed in front of the wrong persons at the table.
I would like to give this a solid 5 rating but if the everyday steak costs, on average, well over $40, the steak should be easier to cut and the staff extremely knowledgeable of the offerings.