Eat Local KC: bluestem + Glace

Since I’ve been learning more about food, I’ve developed an interest in and a growing appreciation for local food. I’m attempting to balance clean eating with exploring local cuisine and becoming more adventurous with food. I believe in supporting the small, local family farms that are disappearing more and more. For this reason we’re slowly making our way through the local food directory, hoping to eventually try all the restaurants in KC that incorporate food from local farmers.

This week we tried out bluestem, a restaurant in Westport with a James Beard award winning chef. The restaurant is split into two parts: a dining room that serves a prix fixe menu and a lounge. We opted for the lounge, which has an eclectic mix of armchairs, cushioned benches and coffee tables. It feels like eating in your trendy friend’s romantically lit loft.

The menu was brief, but enticing. We started out with cocktails and bacon wrapped cherry peppers stuffed with cream cheese. Simply put, these were amazing.

We split a hand rolled pasta and crab dish with proscuitto and herb bread crumbs

bluestem crab trofie pasta

and the steamed bar harbor mussels in a white wine sauce with some delicious crusty bread.

bluestem mussels

We were talking about it later and laughed that we went to a restaurant that sources local food and we both picked seafood, but they were both too good to pass up.

The food was delicious, the staff friendly and the atmosphere welcoming. Nothing disappointed. It’s a perfect place to linger over strong drinks with a loved one. We left feeling relaxed and fully satisfied, but not overly stuffed. We didn’t realize until we left that it was James Beard Award winning, but I know to be suitably impressed by that award from all the Gordon Ramsey shows I’ve watched.

For dessert we hit up Glace, an artisan ice cream shop just south of the Plaza. They have a unique and creative menu (goat cheese and beet ice cream anyone?)

glace menu 

I’m not a big ice cream person, so I chose the lemon sorbet. If you aren’t lemon’s biggest fan ever, this is definitely not your flavor. It was so lemony. It reminded me of the frozen lemonades I always have on cruises. I thought it was perfection. Like summer in a cup.

glace lemon sorbet

The husband had dark chocolate + Broadway coffee + bananas foster.

It was so good we went to the other location (at One Nineteen) the next night. You know, we had to make sure the other location was up to par too. I’m happy to report it was.

Have you tried either of these? Which restaurants should we try next?

Bluestem on Urbanspoon Glace Artisan Ice Cream on Urbanspoon

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