Some friends, the husband, and I went out to dinner tonight at a place in Smithville, Missouri, near Kansas City, that was rated very highly by Zagat (29 out of 30). The entire experience typically takes 2-3 hours and it was well worth it. The restaurant is run by a husband-and-wife team, who converted the old pharmacy in the town of roughly 8,500 people into a unique dining experience; the old soda fountain now serves as the cocktail bar. The prices weren’t bad, either (after taxes and tip, probably only $50 to $90 per person, depending upon whether you order alcohol, desserts, et cetera). The ingredients come from the local farms (seriously, you are surrounded by farm land) so the components that make up your meal are fresh and organic.
Some of us ordered the same appetizers, main dishes, or desserts, so the quantity of photographs isn’t congruent since I only put up a picture of each dish type.
Justus Drugstore Restaurant in Smithville Missouri
For my appetizer, I had a Maytag blue cheese salad with maple port vinaigrette, blue cheese black pepper ice cream, arugula, and Missouri black walnut lace. It was delicious.
The egg and cheese sandwich starter featured baked brioche toast, poached egg, wild onion sauce, fried prosciutto, cheese, and wild mushrooms.
The Fluffed Goat Cheese Beet Salad starter had local warm goat cheese mousse, white wine vinaigrette, golden beet, micro mizuna, micro radish, sunflower sprouts, cumin black pepper salt, and smoked paprika.
I had the Majinola American Kobe Beef Brisket as my main dish, which featured house brewed root beer braise, celery root puree, smoked vanilla butter glazed carrot, arugula, and honey sassafras vinaigrette. It was delicious.
Two of the people at the table had the Majinola American Kobe Rib Eye, which featured horseradish Dijon parsley sauce, house made wild penny cress stuffed pasta, Chinese broccoli, and shiitake mushroom.
The vegetarian at the table had the vegetable risotto, which was reportedly delicious. (I was too busy consuming my delicious Kobe beef to notice.)
After dinner, mini French-press coffees were brought to the table … the coffee blend was very, very good.
Two of us had the Sunday Morning butter cake with coffee ice cream, and some sort of delicious lemon zest drink, which fizzed in your mouth.
The Chocolate Hickory Nut Cake featured cocoa Chantilly, honeyed chocolate paint, sour cream caramel, bacon brittle, and popcorn ice cream.
The carrot cake beignets featured cream cheese filling, dulce de leche, maple cream, carrot caviar, and candied black walnuts.
If you have a chance and you live in the Kansas City area, checkout Justus Drugstore restaurant. Be sure you leave enough time because this is not a place you pop in for a quick bite to eat. It is a long, enjoyable, relaxing experience. Our evening was wonderful and anytime you get this group of people together, there is going to be a lot of laughter. I cannot think of a better way to have spent this Sunday evening.