"Try brunch at Story."
A couple of things worth mentioning at this point. I have had a "started out rocky but now moving in the right direction" relationship with Story. Located only about a mile from our home, my wife Shelly and I were excited when they opened in May 2011. Call it bad luck, bad timing, bad karma, whatever... we ate there several times and just weren't impressed. Now, Story is located directly across the street from our very favorite local restaurant, Cafe Provence [related posts], so it was easy enough to ignore the upstart. As the months wore on however our friends were always talking the place up. "Have you been to Story?" "You've gotta eat at Story." Blah, blah, blah... Then it happened. After this year's Prairie Village Art Fair we decided to give it a go and wandered in with some friends. So glad we did. I remember thoroughly enjoying a wonderful soft-shell crab and I'm a Maryland boy with a pretty high standard for that sort of thing. Service and atmosphere were much better than I remembered from previous visits. Several months later we returned for dinner. The roasted beets with smoked walleye still make my mouth water. Innovative and delicious coupling of flavors.
So, it wasn't a stretch that brunch was being recommended to us by our friends. Not wasting any time we went the next day.
Brunch at Story is a Sunday-only affair and it's available from 10:00 AM - 2:00 PM. Located in the Prairie Village Shopping Center the restaurant is white tablecloths in an atmosphere that exudes modern but comfortable elegance. An abundance of north facing windows provide a nice degree of natural light without that annoying squint factor. It's a nice space.
Service begins with a small basket of Chef Carl Thorne-Thomsen's homemade bread. Let's face it, fresh bread on Sunday morning is a very good idea. Drinks include fresh squeezed orange and grapefruit juices, coffee and espresso drinks, and several breakfasty cocktails. I chose a latte and a grapefruit bellini (sparkling wine and fresh squeezed grapefruit juice) and could have enjoyed several of both but stopped at one each. Sigh.
We were there at 10:00 so breakfast was my leaning but the soup sounded too intriguing to pass up - Lentil soup with smoked mussels and caviar. The soup was thick, almost porridge-like with these wonderful little smoked mussels providing flavor and texture. I'd hoped for more brininess from the caviar but it seemed to just fade into the rest of the dish. I would order it again though (more caviar please?).
|Lentil soup with smoked mussels and caviar|
|Linguini (fried eggs, pancetta, spinach, pecorino romano)|
|Top: Smoked Duck Empanadas as delivered to table|
Bottom: Smoked Duck Empanadas moments later
All in all, a great way to start my Sunday. Look for me there again. Soon.