Thursday, May 6, 2010
Overlooking the Independence Square, Ophelia's offers an eclectic American menu.
My husband Steve and I just stopped in for a cocktail of some sort and ended up staying almost 2 hours!
The night we went we were just going to have a couple cocktails and then move on to another spot on the Square and make it like a pub crawl event to check out some of the other places. Needless to say that didn’t happen, although I am going to shoot for that sometime.
When we got there we saw they were offering a wine tasting event and thought that would be a perfect way to start the evening.
We had the pleasure of sampling 3 wines. The tasting included a Riesling, a Chianti and a Grappler. There was also a special tasting extra of 2 Scotches. It included the Arran Single Malt Scotch and Robert Burns Blended Scotch Whiskey. Everything was great! The Riesling is my favorite!
Along with the wine tasting was an assortment of wonderful cheeses, artesian crackers and fruit. After the tasting is finished a full glass of your favorite is included. So after indulging in more wine and cheese we thought a dessert would be fun to share. Not that we needed it of course, but we wanted it and decided to share one.
As we gazed at the beautiful tray with all the decadent choices we could not narrow it down to just one, so we got two! Oops!
Dessert consisted of a Caramel Apple Cheesecake and a Mixed Berry Crumble. Both were delicious and the presentation was beautiful. Almost too pretty to eat, but I managed to overcome that.
The live jazz music at the piano added another level of enjoyment to the evening as well. To me, nights like this are what it is all about: “The Experience”. Take in the atmosphere, the sights, sounds, smell and of course the taste! Eat slowly and enjoy the company you are with.
I absolutely love Ophelia’s. I have been there for lunch and dinner many times and it is a top notch spot in my book. It is wonderful fine dining that can compete with some of the hottest spots downtown.
The menu is an infusion of cultural flavors. There is an array of steak, seafood, duck, and lamb. The dishes are incorporated with layers of flavor making them the epitome of what fine dining should be.
Ophelia’s Corporate Executive is Chef Marshall Roth. Before taking the position at Ophelia’s, Roth has been both The Executive Chef for the Hotel Phillips and The Culinary Consultant for Entertainment Concept Investors.
With ECI, Roth was involved in the opening of some of the restaurants at the Power and Light District. Included in those are Makers Mark Bourbon House and Lounge, Vinino and McFaddens.
Chef Marshall Roth has created the Roth Burger which they feature on the lunch menu. The burger was voted best burger in 2007 by The Pitch. It features ground sirloin, lettuce, tomato, onions, provolone and Executive Chef Marshall Roth’s secret ‘sassy’ sauce on a house baked brioche. All I can say is YUM!
Ophelia’s is truly lucky to have such a talented chef and you are missing out if you do not give them a try.
They are open for lunch and dinner. They also offer live jazz music on the weekends and a Sunday Brunch.
In addition to the restaurant is the “Inn,” a first class bed and breakfast. I have not stayed there yet, but I'm thinking it would be a close romantic getaway for a weekend with my hubby and hope to do it sometime soon.
201 N Main
Independence, MO, 64050
Mon - Thurs:
11:00 am - 9:00 pm
Fri - Sat:
11:00 am - 10:00 pm
11:00 am - 2:30 pm
As always, if you think there is a great local food find I am missing, Email me
In Good Taste,