It’s Restaurant Week in Kansas City. Special prix-fixe menus are being offered at many restaurants around town, $15 at lunch and $30 at dinner for a multi-course meal. It’s such a great way to check out new restaurants in town or visit old favorites, plus 10% of the food purchase price is donated to Harvesters.
Because of the prix-fixe menu options, it’s a little tricky for a gluten-free vegetarian to partake in KC’s Restaurant Week. But I did find a terrific lunch offering at Cafe Sebastienne, the beautiful cafe inside of the Kemper Museum of Contemporary Art.
For $15, I had a very filling lunch and even had leftovers, although I would have enjoyed eating every last bite of it. Service was terrific and speedy (which my lunch companion pointed out has not always been her experience) and the server was very helpful in making sure I was ordering only items that were gluten-free. It’s reassuring when the server understands what you are asking for and can communicate any necessary modifications to the kitchen. This time around, no modifications were necessary. I love it when a restaurant makes it easy!
I had a beautiful salad with honey crisp apples, smoked Gouda, stinging nettle, walnuts and a Dijon vinaigrette. This was no skimpy salad! While I need to get back to eating 100% dairy free, the little cubes of smoked cheese were delicious with the honey crisp apples. Oh cheese, why must you make being dairy-free so challenging?
My entree was spaghetti squash with kale, chile flakes, tomatoes, fresh herbs and olive oil. This is not the dieter’s version of spaghetti squash, it was rich and filling.
With a few days left in the week, I’m going to peruse the other participating restaurant’s menus for Restaurant Week and see if I find any others that fit within my dietary restrictions. I really enjoyed lunch at Cafe Sebastienne and wouldn’t mind dinner and lunch out a few more times this week!