340 Ward Parkway | 816-531-0052
OK, so it's a chain operation (owned by the monolithic Darden Restaurants Inc., the corporation that owns Red Lobster, Olive Garden and Capital Grille). But Seasons 52, which serves almost excessively pretty, deeply tasty little meals (all less than 476 calories — that's the gimmick), feels local. One reason: The sleek space was once the Woolf Brothers department store. Another: the attentive, warmly Midwestern servers. (Also, visual appeal being a big deal here, they're very good-looking.) The front-of-the-house crew have all been expertly trained, and their skillful style is nearly flawless without succumbing to blandness, the Stepford Wives cut with William Powell in My Man Godfrey.