Kansas City, Missouri, I am sorry. I severely underestimated you. I spent my weekend attending Go Blog Social with several members of the Windy City Blogger Collective and we were charmed by the little city in America’s heartland.
Since I was visiting for a conference, my weekend was already packed with events and I didn’t do much research leading up to the trip. The only thing that I did research was restaurants, and I made a reservation to dine at Aixois, a charming French brasserie. When Go Blog Social’s organizers found out that Aixois Brasserie was my first stop after checking into my hotel, they were impressed – apparently the restaurant is well loved but they didn’t expect an out of towner to discover the off the beaten path gem. (I hit Yelp pretty aggressively and reviewed several menus before selecting Aixois).
When you enter Aixois you are practically transported into a chic Parisian eatery. I loved the bright round lights, the mix of high tables by the bar, and traditional lower tables by the windows. The girls and I grabbed a spot at the large marble bar, which it was happy hour all night.
My friends and I felt so right at home at Aixois that we chatted away and drank wine for hours – past the restaurant’s closing time. I felt a little guilty when I realized that the couple beside us wasn’t a pair of patrons, but rather the owners! They didn’t seem to mind that we kept them open and chatted and drank wine with us for a while longer. We owners are so lovely, charming, and fun (not to mention gorgeous) and that shines through in their restaurant.
I will be writing more about Kansas City. I definitely fell in love with the city, and think it would be a perfect place for a inexpensive and nearby weekend getaway. Have you been to Kansas City, MO? What did you think?