The Oliver

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I know this little blog of mine rarely covers food, BUT I wanted to share The Oliver with you all because of the wonderful experience & treatment I received while dining there recently! (Kansas City friends.. this space is something magical).

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My sweet friend & I dined like dang Queens, and I am REAL excited to show you some of my favorite parts! (It includes sweet potato mac-n-cheese... so I hope you're sitting down for this... and not reading on an empty stomach. This is my final warning).

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The Oliver prides themselves on redefining American Cuisine while using local ingredients/creativity, and it shows. We started with two appetizers, (asparagus toast + leek fondue), and a couple cocktails. I went with the The Nighthawk, (which is bottled in house), and my friend with a gin & tonic; they arrived at the table & almost looked too good to drink...(almost). I still dream about the leek fondue with the bourbon cocktail, and will continue to go back just for that!

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Now, to the main course! Our server was incredibly helpful, and talked us through all of our options / what was special about each dish. I ended up ordering the aged pork chop, (cooked in a soy-orange glaze, placed on top of a carrot puree, and covered with a pickled apple salad + sweet potato mac-n-cheese on the side... I have no regrets except that I wish I was eating one of each at this very moment); my friend ordered the faroe island salmon with a side of butternut squash + goat cheese. (Side note-- I'm rarely the person that orders a pork chop at a restaurant, but I would order this again.. and then probably like 5 more times because it was so dang good!)

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I mean.... just look at it!

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We finished out the night with a round of desserts, and this chocolate chess pie was too pretty not to snap a quick photo. This was such a special meal to share with a close girlfriend of mine, and what put it over the top was having the best possible service & a beautiful atmosphere. To my KC folk, The Oliver is a gem & I highly suggest any dang thing on the menu! Cannot wait to head back & try more things, very... very soon. Thank you for the hospitality, guys!

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