Dinner and a Show

In the spirit of arts immersion, why not select your pre-show restaurant based on the performance you are about to see? Think of it as the perfect blending of culinary and performing arts.

Lyric Opera’s Turandot
: Persian Princess Turandot forces suitors to answer three riddles to win her hand.
Ancient Persia is modern-day Iran, making a Middle Eastern feast the perfect pre-Turandot dinner spot. Aladdin Café owner Mazen Iskandrani and his brother Zaid do an excellent job with the menu, with a silky hummus and succulent signature lamb chops. All entrees come with Greek salad or rich pureed lentil soup. Be sure to order the Rose Lemonade — a soft, floral take on the traditional.
Aladdin Café 
3903 Wyoming Street Kansas City, MO
(816) 531-5982 • aladdincafeonline.com

Laurie Anderson’s Transitory Life: A multimedia performance by one of America’s most renowned — and daring — creative pioneers.
The experimental performance art of Laurie Anderson calls for creative cuisine and daring plate presentations, the best of which can be found at The American Restaurant, The Hall Family’s gift to the city. Talented Executive Chef Debbie Gold not only knows how to make food taste astounding but look beautiful as well. And don’t skip pastry chef Nick Wesemann’s clever and playful dessert presentations.
The American Restaurant
200 E 25th Street, Ste. 400
Kansas City, MO (816) 545-8001 • theamericankc.com

KC Ballet’s
Tom Sawyer: Mark Twain’s timeless coming of age story interpreted in classical dance.
PotPie, Chef John Williams’ restaurant in Westport has long been considered the place to get “home-style fine dining” in Kansas City. The perfect place to get a comforting all-American meal (with gourmet twists) before going to see the all-American tale. Try the namesake potpie, or check out the specials on the chalkboard. The atmosphere is casual and cozy.
PotPie 
904 Westport Road Kansas City, MO
(816) 561-2702 • kcpotpie.com

Steve Lippia in Simply Swingin’ with Sinatra and Friends (KC Symphony Pops): The classic pops songs of yesteryear, performed in Steve Lippia’s signature velvety style.
Nothing says Rat Pack quite like the classic red sauce Italian favorites of Garozzo’s Ristorante. The original Columbus Park location is just down the road from the Kauffman Center. Garozzo’s classic pasta dishes never disappoint, but chicken spiedini is the dish they are most known for. The music they play will prime you for the entertainment that is to come. Call for reservations.
Garozzo’s Ristorante
526 Harrison Street Kansas City, MO
(816) 221-2455 • garozzos.com

Brahms’ German Requiem (KC Symphony): One of the most beloved choral works ever written and an audience favorite.
Chef Peter Grünauer’s German/Austrian restaurant in the Freight House District, delivers traditional dishes like Wiener Schnitzel and Hungarian Beef Goulash. Schweinbraten featuring thick slices of fork tender roasted pork and bread dumplings will get you in the mood for the German Requiem.
Grünauer Restaurant
101 West 22nd Street Kansas City, MO
(816) 283-3234 • grunauerkc.com
 
Other suggestions:
Webster House – With a new chef, KC native Matthew Arnold, and its location nearly next door to the Kauffman Center, the Webster House stands to own the theater crowd. Along with their usual menus, Webster House offers “Late Nights at the Webster House,” featuring small plates and dessert menu for the post theatre crowd (open until midnight). Enjoy a drink and snack while the parking garage rush thins out. There will also be Sunday brunch until 2:00 p.m. for the matinée crowd.
1644 Wyandotte Kansas City, MO
(816) 221- 4713 • websterhousekc.com

Michael Smith Restaurant & Extra Virgin – Owner/Chef Michael Smith and his wife, Nancy, are in the unique position of having already serviced the arts crowds at both of their restaurants, Michael Smith Restaurant and Extra Virgin, for years, on First Fridays. For Kauffman Center patrons they are planning to offer transportation to and from the theater and will also offer a special three-course dinner to get people in and out quickly. Both restaurants are already taking reservations now for upcoming performance dates.
1900 Main Street Kansas City, MO
(816) 842-2202 • michaelsmithkc.com
(816) 842-2205 • extravirginkc.com

Snow & Co.
– Just in time for the Kauffman, owner Jerry Nevins opens this new frozen cocktail spot in the former Black Bamboo location at the Crossroads. Featuring premium spirits and house-made simple syrups, these are not your usual day-glo margaritas. Drinks will include a frozen Manhattan, frozen Bloody Mary and frozen spiced chocolate and elderflower concoction made in collaboration with Christopher Elbow. The full kitchen will also offer appetizers, salads and sandwiches for pre- or post-theater.
1815 Wyandotte Kansas City, MO 64108
 

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