Your Next Date Night Covered
A dining experience that's sure to impress
In January, The Fontaine opened in the former Hotel Sorella space, located on the western edge of the Country Club Plaza. The Bar Rosso, once a sprawling 3,900-square-foot restaurant that occupied the top floor, became The Parker at The Fontaine. The decor changed — Rosso’s black-and-red motif was swapped for an updated palette of deep blue and green jewel tones — but the panoramic views of the Plaza and midtown stayed the same. There’s a dining room, a comfortable lounge area, a stately marble bar and a large, open dining space that leads to a small rooftop deck and pool (swimming is for hotel guests only). The effect is stunning. The restaurant feels like a prime destination for romantic dinner dates, power lunch meetings with a view and elegant celebrations.
A JAZZ SOUL
The restaurant’s name references Charlie Parker, one of Kansas City’s hometown jazz heroes. There are little hints of that legend woven into different parts of the restaurant. The menu features a sandwich — piled high with smoked turkey, maple bacon and avocado puree on sourdough bread — that bears the name “Yard Bird” (one of Parker’s nicknames) and you can enjoy live local music while you dine on Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. and Sunday Brunch from 11 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. The music isn’t exclusively jazz, but it does honor the spirit of Kansas City’s vibrant music scene — in which Parker played a significant role.
The Parker serves modern American cuisine with a seasonal, local bend. You’ll love the 5-Spice Short Rib, braised in Kansas City’s Torn Label Brewing Co. beer and served with maple yams, baby roasted carrots and charred cipollini onions. Parker’s Brick Chicken is comfort food like your mama made it, with charred Broccolini and mushroom farro. There are other familiar Midwestern classics on the dinner menu, too such as meatloaf and steak. Just make sure you start with the generously portioned chicken liver mousse and lingonberry jam. And if it’s bar food you’re in the mood for, they’ve got you covered: The Parker’s fried pickles are some of the best around.
Of all the Parker’s tempting menu items, there is perhaps nothing more addictive than their pickled deviled eggs. In pursuit of this masterpiece, the creative kitchen team combines water, white wine vinegar, garlic, thyme, their housemade pickling spice (a magical combination of black peppercorn, bay leaf and red pepper flake) and shaved red beets in a pot over the stove, bringing it to a boil. Once the liquid is a brilliant deep red hue, the brine is removed from the flame, and hard-boiled eggs are added then left in the pot to absorb the color and flavors overnight. The next day, the eggs are sliced in half, their yolks scooped out, whipped and replaced. The effect is a delightfully refreshing, tart and slightly sweet deviled egg, garnished with a sprinkling of fried prosciutto. We’d never badmouth your grandma, but this recipe is probably way better than hers.
If you didn’t already have enough reasons to make The Parker your new dining darling, here’s one more: The restaurant hosts a free movie night on its rooftop pool-deck every Friday at 9 p.m., screening new releases and reliable classics. Special movie-themed bar snacks and drinks are available. If you’re looking for the perfect date night under the Kansas City stars, you’ll find it here.
The Parker at the Fontaine, 901 W. 48th Pl., Kansas City. Open daily, hours vary. www.parkerkc.com