Extra Virgin–Kansas City

November 19, 2009 at 9:27 am 2 comments

With its brick walls, open kitchen and oh-so-cool bar, Extra Virgin is an extremely genial spot to try dishes not encountered elsewhere in Kansas City. A New York-styled restaurant in the heartland, this lively tapas spot is for the adventurous eater who enjoys trying unusual disheExtra Virgin-Kansas Citys. Michael Smith is in the kitchen here, and runs a path between it and his eponymous restaurant next door.

Although a special section on the menu targets the “adventurous” eater, mainstream diners will find even the less exotic offerings, from chorizo and fig stuffed chicken to spicy halibut cheeks, a bit unusual.  The tapas concept makes it especially fun, and the menu changes often to encourage repeat business.  It’s a fun place to go with a group to allow a large sampling, or for a sophisticated date-night with your main squeeze. Yellowtail ceviche with fried plantains-Extra Virgin

Having been several times, we opted for some of the selections I had not tried, including yellow tail ceviche with fried plantains, lobster and chorizo fried rice, scallops with sweet potato puree and a beet salad. All were delightful, and beautifully presented.  Scallops with sweet potato puree and goat cheese-Extra Virgin

This is not inexpensive fare. But there are a number of ways to make the experience quite affordable. Go before 6 p.m. and many offerings are half-price, even at lunch. On Mondays, hand-crafted pizzas are $8 (remember that Michael Smith and Debbie Gold were the culinary gurus behind the Spin concept) and bottles of wine are half-price.

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  • 1. Chuck Tatsuda  |  November 22, 2009 at 11:18 am


  • 2. Charlie  |  December 18, 2009 at 2:42 pm

    Great dishes! About as close to the “Spotted Pig” (NYC) or the The Publican (Chicago) you could have in conservative diner Kansas City. It’s funny, that what is considered “delicacy” is actually peasant food. Love me some braised tongue! Cocktails are fantastic due to the fact Ryan Rama is the man behind the bar!


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