Contemporary American cuisine in the heart of Johnson County
I’m beginning to envy the folks who live close enough to Park Place that they could walk (if they chose to do so) to this growing-but-still-quaint shopping district located just north of 119th Street at Nall Avenue. I think it would be a dream to be able to walk over for a quick bite to eat or a little dessert and coffee after a home-cooked meal. A part of that envy is fueled by the new(ish) tenant in what I affectionately call ‘the prime corner of Park Place’s main street.’ If you haven’t visited, you’ll want to make plans to do so soon.
The Grille at Park Place is a two-story restaurant with a sizable bar and one of the most spacious patio spaces in town. Do you need to throw a party for a significant other who is having a milestone birthday this year? Their upstairs rooftop space just might be the perfect party spot!
They offer contemporary American cuisine that showcases the talents of Kevin Clayton, the executive chef. Clayton has returned to Kansas City after more than a decade in the southeast. Local owner businessman Mitch Kerns chose wisely in Clayton for this culinary collaboration.
When we dined on New Year’s Eve, there was a festive spirit in the air. Their sangria de rojo ($5) is a beautiful cocktail presentation and has inspired me to fill a tall glass pitcher with sliced fruit, wine and brandy so I can sip these flavors more often.
Deviled eggs with Applewood smoked bacon ($8) were “among the best I’ve had,” says my dining companion of more than 25 years. And he’s something of a deviled egg fan(atic), so he’s ordered more than the average consumer over the years. He also likes his traditional wedge salads and thought very highly of theirs. ($11)
Save room for dessert. Or make dessert and specialty coffee drinks the reason you stop in. The Chocolate Wow ($12) is rich and enough to share. The brownie and ice cream are tucked inside a sphere of perfect milk chocolate. The Wow factor comes when your server pours hot caramel sauce over the top and the sphere melts into a moving, suddenly melty sculpture of dessert deliciousness.
They offer complementary valet service on Friday and Saturday evenings and their five dollar cocktail hour (4-6 p.m.) is a big draw, especially during patio season.
The service was professional and helpful. Nothing but the best at Park Place!
Hot Spot reviews are based on an unannounced visit and the meal is paid for by Lifestyle Publications.