Fresh chef prepared upscale comfort food.

Located on the Country Club Plaza, Starker’s is one of the few locally owned restaurants left in that area. I do need to make it clear that I am not against the chain scene at all, there are some very nice ones that I enjoy visiting. It is just that for the most part when I can, I like to support local.

Owned by Chef John McClure, Starker’s uses local and seasonal ingredients and takes the classic comfort foods we all love and adds an upscale twist. One such classic on the menu is Starker’s Fried Chicken, which is becoming quite famous and the reason I went.

What makes the chicken extra tasty is that Chef McClure fries the boneless breast with the wing attached as one whole piece and lets it rest so the juices stay in the chicken. By starting with excellent local Campo Lindo chicken, a well-seasoned buttermilk batter and excellent frying technique, he has created a dish people keep coming back for. The pan gravy is cooked to order from a reduced house-made chicken stock. This along with the house-made mashed potatoes and sautéed green beans makes it down right sinful!

I really have never met a piece of fried chicken I did not like, but now that I have tasted Chef McClure’s creation, I have to say I think it is the best I have ever had. Not only is it probably the freshest I have ever eaten (Starker’s gets the chicken direct from Campo Lindo within hours of butchering) it is also the tastiest.

During the week Monday – Thursday Starker’s offers a ‘3 for $33’ menu. Being a local and seasonal restaurant the menu items can change but usually first course choices are: soup or salad; entree choices: can be anything from trout, chicken, pasta, roasts, etc…; finally dessert choices: butterscotch pudding with toffee or 3 snickerdoodle cookies.

Starker’s proudly serves local products from : Campo Lindo Farms, Beau Solais Farm, Wood Mood Farms, Shatto Dairy, Goats Beard Farm, Prairie Birthday Farms, Thane Palmberg and Farm to Market Bread.

With an extensive wine list, impeccable service (ask for Jessica, she will take excellent care of you) and an intimate dining room that offers a great view of the Country Club Plaza, Starkers is the perfect place to celebrate any occasion.

Starker’s is open for Lunch Monday thru Friday from 11:30am-2:00pm and Dinner Monday thru Saturday from 5:30pm-10:00pm. Reservations are recommended. Private rooms may be reserved seven days a week for lunch or dinner. Valet parking is available during dinner hours. For more information visit,

Starker’s Restaurant

201 West 47th Street

Kansas City, Missouri 64112

(816) 753-3565

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