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1900 Main St.
Kansas City  Missouri  64108
United States
(816) 824-2205
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Midwest Living Review

Diana Lambdin Meyer
This cool spot in the Crossroads Art District offers a menu For the Adventurous, as well as tamer fare and a liberal mix of martinis.

The hip, quirky and less pricey counterpart to chef and owner Michael Smith's eponymous fine-dining spot next door, Extra Virgin opened in December 2008 to deliver Mediterranean tapas to the middle of the country. It's well placed in the happening Crossroads Art District and attracts an eclectic blend of customers. Amid exposed brick, intricate metalwork and autumnal hues, the James Beard Award-winning Smith offers something for everyone: Courageous souls can sample duck gizzards, crispy pig ear salad and the surprisingly popular spicy halibut cheeks off a menu marked "For the Adventurous." For less intrepid diners, there are meatballs, pasta, wood-fired pizzas and a voluminous inventory of cheeses, among other options. For an olive-monikered place, the bar does takes some license with the definition of "martini"--theirs include cocktails with rum and tequila, rather than just the traditional vermouth and gin or vodka--but have one and you'll probably be less inclined to nitpick. Prices range from $7 to $13, for the most part--and a half-price happy-hour deal on some items from 11:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. makes this a great choice for lunch, too. When it's warm out, grab a table on the patio facing 19th Street. (But steer clear of the side near Main, where the excessive traffic can get noisy.)

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