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Lill’s on 17th

The walk up the narrow concrete steps cut into the steep front yard hints that you’re in for a unique dining experience. Looking like a house on this Westside block blending business and residential, I had never noticed the restaurant being there. But some girlfriends had been telling me we had to go for some time.

So on a recent Wednesday, I met up with the three gals I love to chow and chat with. It was a  quiet night at Lill’s, even for the tiny living room-sized dining room. Only one other couple sat among the 6 or 7 tables inside. That was fine by us, we were there to catch up and conversation was easy in the serene atmosphere.

As tradition would have it, we all started off with cosmos. These were good. Not the sweet and syrupy kind. Just fresh and  light.

The crab cakes came served with a beautifully plated remoulade. They were tasty, but I might opt to try something different next time.

Now the goat cheese and marinara, it was plate-scraping good. The rich and bright sauce with chunks of tomato enveloped a  generous dollop of warm goat cheese. Served with thick, rustic bread, this appetizer was what I call satisfying!

The server sold me on the fish special for dinner. The pesto encrusted salmon sounded delightful, but it was the side dish that stole the show. Pureed roasted cauliflower isn’t a dish that makes your mouth water upon hearing it, but the first bite was intense. The savory and smooth veggie was the consistency of very creamy mashed potatoes, just a lot darker.  The keen flavor of the roasted florets brought another layer of taste. It was absolutely fantastic. Unfortunately, the salmon that I ordered medium was overcooked.

While it may not be at the top of my list, the food was good. I hope to go back sometime. Perhaps I’ll try it for lunch. If you go, plan ahead. Lill’s is only open Wednesday through Saturday.

Lill’s on 17th

815 W. 17th St
Kansas City, MO 64108

Phone: (816) 421-4441

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