Best New Restaurant: The Antler Room

It’s hard to believe The Antler Room has only been open since October, as the Hospital Hill restaurant has fit seamlessly into Kansas City’s dining scene. Chef-owner Nick Goellner’s plates are artful and restrained, yet each makes a bold statement about his culinary talents, like the preserved trout with farro and cultuce. The Antler Room’s indomitable other half is Leslie Goellner, co-owner, beverage director and front-of-house manager (and also Nick’s wife). Guests will note her grace as she’s running plates from the expo window one minute and then deftly locating the perfect bottle of red to pair with your meal the next. (Photo by Anna Petrow)

The Antler Room, theantlerroomkc.com

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