Michael Smith Restaurant

The 1999 winner of the James Beard Award for “Best Chef in the Midwest,” Michael Smith pours his extraordinary culinary talent into his upscale, contemporary Michael Smith Restaurant and next door’s noisier, quirkier Extra Virgin, whose menu sports novelties like duck-tongue tacos and poblano mac ’n’ cheese. At Michael Smith Restaurant, recipient of a Wine Spectator Award, the cuisine is refined, simple, informed by Smith’s grounding in classical French cooking and laden with fresh local ingredients. Only the best seasonal produce is good enough for the summer tomato salad with basil pesto, olive purée and feta cheese.

Open for lunch Tue-Fri, for dinner Tue-Sat. 1900 Main St., in the Crossroads District. 816-842- 2202, michaelsmithkc.com