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Comment Archives: Locations: Restaurants: French

Re: “Justus Drugstore

The food is good, but the outrageous ticket times and poor service will ruin your experience. It is also not a good idea to drink anything and drive 45 minutes back to the city.

1 like, 0 dislikes
Posted by mad cute on 12/02/2013 at 6:45 PM

Re: “Justus Drugstore

OK, this is one of my top three places to eat in KC. The main reason is that it is part of the slow food movement. When I really need to reconnect to my significant other, dinner here is a great leisurely meal with lots of adventure. If you are not willing to take the time to enjoy the experience, go to the Golden Corral buffet.
The food is excellent, the service has always been friendly and the wine list is spectacular. And we’ve picked up some interesting tips from the bartender as well. If you really want to appreciate and enjoy Justus, make a reservation, clear your evening calendar and relax. Its worth the trip.

2 likes, 0 dislikes
Posted by Dan Purdom on 04/05/2012 at 12:29 PM

Re: “Café des Amis

Cafe des Amis is one of my favorite places to eat in the metro. Run by a husband and wife team, they put great care and energy into their menu. They have just remodeled the bar area as well. Cozy, friendly, casual with wonderful food. Wine list is excellent. Would say this is one of my top three, with Farmhouse and Justus Drugstore.

Posted by Dan Purdom on 04/05/2012 at 12:16 PM

Re: “Justus Drugstore

Went to Justus the first time the other day. Went last minute with no reservation on a tuesday night. We expected to wait. 1 hour wait for the patio. No biggie, had a drink and sat around and looked over the place. After the hour finally got seated on patio. 45 minutes later we got our drinks we orderd. 1 hour after that we got our entree...a kobe burger. Now if we had orderd a full meal I would have expected a wait, but we are now 2 hours and 45 minutes into getting two drinks and a burger on the patio. An hour later we finally finish dessert and can leave. Here are the cold hard facts.... 3 hours and 45 minutes to get served a burger on the patio. Sorry, Justus, no matter how you spread the home made condiments...this is completely unacceptable. We are going to try dining inside next time. If we have a similar experience, then no matter how tasty the food might be, we will not be back. We understand that they are actually "cooking" all the food. A leisurely meal is certainly nice, but waiting for trees to grow and fruit to ripen so you can serve it is a little tedious for your cutomers. The patio should have a quicker service time. The menu is grilled burgers and sausages..... the jury is out.
Rating Detail:
Food: 3
Service: 2
Atmosphere: 4
Value: 2
Overall: 2

1 like, 2 dislikes
Posted by magicrat on 07/28/2009 at 9:36 AM

Re: “Justus Drugstore

I will never walk into this place again. I had intended to take a party of 7 there in a couple weeks - we are a group of friends that eat out once a month all over the city. We pride ourselves on the adventure of the group to variety and trying new places where none of us have gone before. Justus will not seat a party greater than 6 people - telling me that the kitchen can not do more than 6 at a table and that our party would have to sit at TWO TABLES. I went in on a weekday and told the hostess that we were planning a night out in two weeks with appetizers, entrees, dessert and drinks and that waiting for the 7th would not be an issue, but that we wanted to sit at one table. The hostess told me that she would have to check with the kitchen. She returned to tell me that we would have to sit at two tables - 4 at one and 3 at the other and that they would try to get us as close together as possible. I told her that it this arrangement was not acceptable and that they would not have our business. Buyer Beware!
Rating Detail:
Food: 1
Service: 1
Atmosphere: 1
Value: 1
Overall: 1

0 likes, 5 dislikes
Posted by G on 06/06/2009 at 10:40 AM

Re: “Justus Drugstore

The Justus's have a long history with the city of Smithville, and my childhood is filled with memories of getting cold drinks on hot summer days from the soda fountain that was in the old drugstore. While the city was sad to see the institution go, with the return of Jonathan and Camille, the place has been reborn into something no one ever expected to thrive in a small town Smithville. In supporting exclusively local products including high grade ethically butchered grass fed beef from just down the road in Tremble, and a vast array of local organics they are able to capture the primary principle of French cuisine: start with fresh ingredients. Jonathan's French culinary education is evident in the subtle, yet complex flavors that seem to hit you, and then gently unfold in your mouth. The cocktails Camille cooks up are also a treat. The desserts are truly works of art with sugary projections jutting out from the plate. The menu is small, but that doesn't keep it from being a difficult decision, as there isn't a bad choice on it. The success of this restaurant can be chalked up to quality. It has been written up in countless magazines, receiving national attention for the innovative menu and business practices. In short, it's worth the trek to Smithville. You would be wise to set aside the entire evening, as dinner here is not a quick affair, and make reservations at least two weeks in advance. It's the best restaurant in the in city, hands down, and one of the best in the country. *Note: This review was written while living and dining in Paris, and craving a meal at Justus's.
Rating Detail:
Food: 5
Service: 5
Atmosphere: 5
Value: 5
Overall: 5

2 likes, 1 dislike
Posted by Rachael Huffman on 04/17/2009 at 6:05 AM

Re: “Aixois

9-24-2008: I just moved to KC and have been trying out the local eateries over the last couple months. I'm a huge fan of French bistro, but this did one did not satisfy my cravings. Overall, the food, service and ambiance were very average. No major complaints, just average. I'm not sure if the reviewer and I made it to the same restaurant, but this place did not feel sexy…it felt every bit of 4,500 miles from Paris. I'm still eating my way around the city, but the best bistro fare I have had thus far has been at Le Frou Frog.
Rating Detail:
Food: 3
Service: 3
Atmosphere: 2
Value: 2
Overall: 2

Posted by CEH on 09/25/2008 at 2:24 PM

Re: “Justus Drugstore

This restaurant is one of the few that actually have to pay for there good reviews...seriously! I visited with my family on June 28th at around 5:45 p.m. a Saturday they told us there was no way we could get in that evening, that they were too busy, but if we would like to sit on the patio we could get in right away. We arrive...i talk to hostess that tells me that there is no room for our party of 5! (empty tables everywhere) until i tell her we called 10 minutes earlier and that they told me that they could seat us on the patio...so she says let me check (undecided). I explained to my party that i did not think they wanted our business since she ignored me 10 minutes after stating she would be right back...blah blah blah! ten minutes later she chases me out to my car and says no problem we can seat you... so we all proceed to unload the car and head to our table....so good so far! (ya right)! until we are finished with our 22nd glass of water 1 hour later and told that two of our entree's have been given to a different party and that the owner would like to buy us desert for our inconvenience. I myself am not a big desert person so i pass....the other partie members take advantage of her offer and order desert (bad idea) they bring me the bill and charge me for all 4 deserts that were suppose to be free. I tell the waiter and he starts shaking uncontrollably because he says we were only suppose to get 1 free desert...but they charged me for all 4...huh...what's that all about? anyway my experience was terrible to say the least...food sucks, service is even worse and my poor sister has to live in the same town as this phony restaurant!
Rating Detail:
Food: 3
Service: 1
Atmosphere: 2
Value: 1
Overall: 1

4 likes, 2 dislikes
Posted by Robin on 06/28/2008 at 7:03 PM

Re: “Aixois

Does anyone else think they might not like "samantha" if they met her?? Snarky. I've been to Aixois dozens of times. With the exception of one visit, have always had great service and I always had a great meal. My only complaint is that the main dining room can get a little too loud to carry on a meaningful convesation. There is little else to complain about. Go on a Saturday afternoon...get Mussels, Pomme Frites and a glass of cote du rhone...perfect
Rating Detail:
Food: 5
Service: 4
Atmosphere: 4
Value: 4
Overall: 5

Posted by mod on 12/13/2007 at 4:41 PM

Re: “Aixois

Izard! You are so funny!
Rating Detail:
Food: 1
Service: 1
Atmosphere: 1
Value: 1
Overall: 1

Posted by Samantha on 11/28/2007 at 4:50 PM

Re: “Aixois

My meal was fantastic I went and sat at a table next to a grouchy debutante that kept calling my waiter Baloo. A nice gentleman in a suit kept coming by our table to check our service which was a fine stamp on our evening. All in all, I would highly recommend the establishment, just stay away from the girl with the salmon. Yikes!
Rating Detail:
Food: 5
Service: 5
Atmosphere: 5
Value: 5
Overall: 5

Posted by Izard on 11/28/2007 at 4:17 PM

Re: “Aixois

I recently dined into Aixois for the first time yesterday (Monday 11/26) evening to celebrate my birthday. I am new to the Brookside area and was pleased when I discovered one of the Kansas City originals within walking distance of my home. I WAS WRONG. When we first arrived the hostess leads us to a table towards the back. Nice and quiet. The place was steady, but still relatively slow considering it's a Monday. The bus boy, who was very pleasant, presented my date and I with waters. Immediately after, an obnoxious waiter resembling Baloo from "The Jungle Book", greets us with a salutation similar to one you would expect at Macaroni Grill, or any other run-of-the-mill chain restaurant. Rude and over-anxious, he immediately wanted a drink order. My friend and I both needed, oh, maybe 45 seconds to look over the wine list. My date needed more time and I told him I was going to stick with water. Baloo did not seem pleased. At this point, although feeling rushed, the experience was not totally ruined. Baloo returned and my friend ordered a French beer. Again, I explained to Baloo that I only wanted water. Baloo not happy! My date and I ordered the two most expensive entrees on the menu and Baloo retrieved our menus. Baloo delivered our soup and salad and then delivered my entree. I ordered salmon and it was entirely overcooked. Our food had already taken such a long time, I really wasn't in the mood to send it back. My friend's Steak au Poives, however, was delicious. He checked back before we'd had a chance to taste our food, and offered my friend another beer. My friend said, "not now, but in a few minutes". I notice a man in a bad suit walking around to various different tables around the restaurant. Ours, you ask? Nope. Baloo finally returned about 15 minutes AFTER we had finished our meal to take our plates. There is nothing worse than having a plate in front of you, sitting there, fermenting like the bad wine list. Baloo did not offer dessert, which was a bit disappointing considering it was a birthday celebration. We asked for our check. The Bad Suit is still greeting other tables....apparently birthdays make you invisible. Fifteen minutes later, our check finally arrived. I am beyond irritated at this point. Our jolly waiter's tip is steadily dissipating. My friend never got second beer, and Baloo missed out on a $7 check increase. The credit card, in very plain view, was sitting on the end of our table for at least another 10-15 minutes. Let me reiterate, the place was not even close to busy, or full. Baloo must have used morse code to transmit the credit card, because, this, again, took about 15 minutes. My opinion of Aixios is ruined and Baloo will barely be able to afford a bunch of bananas with my paltry tip. Needless to say, the food was less than fair, overpriced and the service, was, well, you know now!
Rating Detail:
Food: 2
Service: 1
Atmosphere: 3
Value: 2
Overall: 2

Posted by Samantha on 11/27/2007 at 10:03 PM

Re: “Tatsu's Somerset Plaza

I've been going to Tatsu's for fifteen years. I was annoyed to find a laughable, vaguely racist, at times unintelligible review on this web site. The review is full of outrageous presumptions, self-centered reporting, and outright lies. Let's get to the most ridiculous accusation first: The writer says that Tatsu's rice comes from an "Uncle Ben's box" Does she know that Tatsu and most of his kitchen staff are Japanese? Maybe she does know that Tatsu is Japanese because she next uses the term "...bad Chinese restaurant sauce..." Do I have to tell you that Japanese don't use box rice or Chinese sauce? Then she mocks Tatsu's wait staff (which also has a fair number of Asian-Americans) for their poor French pronunciation. Now I ask you, would you want to be held to that standard? Typos, poor syntax, and at least one word with no vowels ("smth") make up the rest of her piece. We can give her the benefit of the doubt and speculate that she was drunk when she wrote the review. Her complete paucity of paragraph breaks suggests some sort of chemical motivation. Otherwise, it's intentional bigotry and unintentional stupidity. That's sad because Tatsu has given Kansas City so much. In 15 years and through close to 100 meals, I've never had a bad entree. I've probably taken 50 guests to Tatsu's and never heard a complaint. I'm not sure that Tatsu would call me a friend, but I've known him for five years or so, and his sunny personality is truly a delight. Japanse are known for total quality management and consistency. Tatsu and staff are exemplars of the tradition. Try the Boeuf Bourguignon, boneless beef short ribs braised in red wine. It melts in your mouth. Or try the poached salmon with champagne sauce. The perfect salmon is counterpointed by the velvety sauce. Or try the spectacular crab bisque (which absolutely has no "fake crab" in it). In order to refute some the more outrageous accusations, I've had to repeat them here. That is a tragedy. A restaurant with the wisdom, subtlety, and tradition of Tatsu's should not have to defend itself against bigots and liars.
Rating Detail:
Food: 5
Service: 5
Atmosphere: 5
Value: 5
Overall: 5

0 likes, 1 dislike
Posted by Ralph Gregg on 10/31/2007 at 9:28 PM

Re: “Café des Amis

This restaurant is in an old building, upstairs over the shops and has a cozy feeling as if you are in someone's home. The waiter is handsome and speaks with a French accent and the food is delicious. I like the cheese plate for both an appetizer and a light meal. There are crepes, salads and a few other things to select from and a long wine list. Definitely a special place.
Rating Detail:
Food: 4
Service: 4
Atmosphere: 4
Value: 4
Overall: 4

Posted by Wendy Borders on 08/17/2007 at 7:55 AM

Re: “Tatsu's Somerset Plaza

Do not go to Tatsu's, if you expect a decent meal, especially for the kind of money they are charging. The menu was unimaginative to start with. To be fair, had some specials (vichyssoise, and a couple of salads you could "upgrade" to from the usual dinner salad: "avocado salad", consisting of half of avocado with shrimp salad topping on bed of greens (which turned out to be crab or maybe even surimi (aka fake crab legs, crab sticks)), and a "goat cheese salad" (greens tossed with raspberry vinaigrette, blueberries, strawberries, and goat cheese), which was actually the only decent thing in the whole dinner. The wine list by the bottle was decent (as opposed to being almost non-existent by the glass), we ordered a bottle of Lang & Reed Cab Franc (also available in Grand St Cafe) , which was served a bit warmish for my taste (but OK for my husband's). Vichyssoise tasted mostly of cream and salt, not leeks of potatoes. Entrees were truly horrible. The sides consistent of the bland mashed potatoes (too gluey, indicating they were made in a food processor or blender, instead of hand-mashed), steamed broccoli (in fist-sized overcooked pieces), and steamed baby carrots (very overcooked, sweet, and very mushy. I've had infinitely better steamed vegetables at Applebee's, I swear! As for the meat part, my husband had Veau a la Normand (veal with cream-calvados sauce) with, which came with rice underneath the meat (in addition to the potatoes, broccoli, and carrots); he said the rice tasted as smth out of the Uncle Ben's box. I had Filet de Boeuf Marchand de Vin (beef tenderloin with, supposedly, shallot-red wine reduction). My sauce was incredibly sweet, dense, and cloying, I would not be surprised if they added some starch to it (think bad Chinese restaurant sauce, and you'll get the idea). Meat was not good - unseasoned, and very tough on the exterior (in spite of being vaguely rare, as ordered, on the interior). The "final touch" was the dessert: we split a chocolate soufflé. It came in a huge ramekin (about 4 inches in diameter), and was split onto 2 plates tableside. The taste was half-cheap cocoa (with the appropriate light color) and half-steamed yolks. I would bet my own home-made dark-chocolate soufflé against this blasphemy anytime! To add insult to injury, the "suggested" tip was 20% on everything, including tax ($ 161 at that point, before tip). We left a decent tip for our poor clueless waitress, who kept mispronouncing all French names in the menu and was dripping the $45-a-bottle Cab Franc all over the tablecloth every time she was pouring or refilling out glasses. Oh yeah, and at $31 an entree (and $ 9 for a "salad upgrade") I would have liked to see my napkin folded when I had come back from a bathroom (one of the ultimate tests of good service). For the money we'd spent it was the worst meal ever (actually, it was probably THE worst meal ever, regardless of the cost), and that's including less expensive, but much better French-minded meals in New York City, Paris, New Orleans, and Napa Valley... For the same amount of money, you can go to "40 sardines" (or Bluestem) and have a meal, which would be 1000 times better. At any rate, we are NEVER going back there, and advise you to do the same.
Rating Detail:
Food: 1
Service: 3
Atmosphere: 3
Value: 1
Overall: 1

Posted by K_2 on 07/25/2007 at 6:12 PM

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