Café Sebastienne: American Cafe in an Art Museum

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If you are looking for a restaurant cafe to take a date, client, friend, or family member for lunch, check out Café Sebastienne in midtown Kansas City, Missouri. Of course, the big attraction here is the art in the museum, but the cafe itself has art and art themes. The food and service are outstanding.

My recent trip to Café Sebastienne may have been my third visit, this time for Easter brunch with the family. Around 5-6 years ago, I met up with a visiting out-of-town friend for dinner here.

What did we have for Easter brunch? Mom is a lifelong vegetarian, so she enjoyed the Spring Greens Salad. My father and a sister had the salmon with asparagus. Another sister had the roasted potato has with eggs. My father and a sister had tomato soup, which they pronounced delicious. My father explained that he loves a good restaurant tomato soup.

I enjoyed the smoke salmon avocado toast with fruit cup. While I’ve been adhering to an ovo-lacto vegetarian diet for decades, over the past five years I eat seafood irregularly, often for special occasions. Salmon is one of the few fishes I enjoyed eating as a youth, but I rarely eat it these days. This smoke salmon on toast was like a fish salad. It had plenty of flavors and was very filling. A good combo with the avocado and whole grain toast.

A typical week day lunch menu might include options such as Chicken Saltimboca, Veggie Burger, Lyonaisse Salad, and Chicken Liver Pate.

The Kemper Museum itself is always worth totally exploring. It may be smaller than its more famous cousin, the Nelson, a few blocks away, but the permanent collection is interesting an the rotating exhibitions are always fascinating. I try to make regular visits to the Kemper.

Café Sebastienne (inside the Kemper Museum), 4420 Warwick Blvd, Kansas City, MO 64111.
Open for lunch every day except for Mondays and Tuesdays.

Spider, 1996, cast 1997. Louise Bourgeois
Looking into the main atrium dining room
Salmon with asparagus
Spring greens pasta
Avocado and smoke salmon toast and fruit cup
Avocado and smoke salmon toast
Roasted potato hash
Chocolate and cherry ice cream
My mother enjoying the brunch and vibe.
Me on my 2017 visit
Entree from my 2017 visit. Don’t recall the ingredients. It was tasty.

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