French Restaurants in Kansas City

About Us

American Slang Modern Brasserie is the Country Club Plaza’s newest dining destination. Located in a quasi-historic space previously occupied by The Oak Room and The Oak Bar. On the lobby level of the InterContinental Kansas City at the Plaza.  It’s where French tradition meets American culture. Culinarily speaking!

The 200-seat open concept restaurant and patio together with its 35-seat bar and retail space showcasing much of the restaurant’s to-go products known simply as The Market screams industrial merchandising and engagement.

Diverse seating styles (from deuces to four tops + larger table seating, banquette/booth to community table seating and comfy outdoor lounge to traditional bar seating) are ideal for millennials (thoughtfully placed USB ports encourage electronic multi-tasking), Baby Boomers and Gen Xers. Seniors and the Forgotten generation too.

This seriously and playfully designed upscale café atmosphere boasts large black + white check flooring, bright white subway tiles, loads of marble and brass appointments, light-colored, refined, white-washed wood finishes with pops of color and alligator upholstery. Plus hand-painted abstract murals. There’s even a traditional brasserie table!  Ask the hostess about its history.

Consider the new dining and bar spaces ‘fresh’ by day and ‘minimalist’ by night. And where ‘local’ collides with ‘European’ in a compelling and engaging way.

BTW, diners may access American Slang directly from entrance off Wornall Road. Or from the InterContinental Kansas City on the Plaza’s front drive. Hotel valet parking for Slang diners is FREE.

Our Story

What does a 21st century French restaurant, bar and market look, feel and taste like? American Slang Modern Brasserie! Built on the following foundational principles that support classic French dishes giving way to a slight American twist and modern presentation, we showcase: + READ MORE

  • quality recipes
  • quirky use of fresh locally grown herbs and vegetables, exotic lettuces
  • perfectly sauced dishes
  • scratch-made dressings

American Slang diners discover menus which transform traditional, classical French items into fun, innovative and French restaurant-style favorites. That’s what we mean by little bit of ‘slang’!

Signature breakfast and brunch menu items include Vanilla-Battered French Toast, Brasserie Quiche, Bircher Muesli and Avocado Toast with diner’s choice of smoked salmon, poached shrimp or two eggs cooked to order. Lunch specialties include beautifully presented Rare Yellowfin Tuna SaladBlue Crab Cake, Roasted Beet & Heirloom Carrot Salad and Slang Burger (go figure!). Among Chef’s recommended dinner suggestions are Lobster Pot PieDayboat ScallopsBraised Beef Short Rib and Brasserie Chicken. Slang’s signature Meats and Cheese are available at virtually every meal period. And as for small plates, sharing the Lamb Meatballs or Goat Cheese Croquettes is an excellent choice! And oh, our Fresh Mussels!

American Slang’s beverage program touts a restaurant micro brew selection unrivaled in the KC area. Many of the featured brews are from many local and area breweries. And, as for its wine offerings – just as you would expect…there will be highly desired American favorites as well as their European counterparts.

Spirits? Oh sure. American Slang has partnered with local distiller, Tom’s Town Distilling Co. and others to offer uniquely local distilled spirits. Our craft cocktail team is sure to tantalize with specialty beverages such as its French 72 or Ale Mimosa. For our Absinthe presentation, the team will use its crystal decanters! Yes, we have them!

American Slang Modern Brasserie is no traditional French restaurant serving classical French cuisine. Diners find it ‘slang’ in all ways that matter: concept, design, furnishings, beverages and cuisine.

Come experience French cuisine in an entirely refreshing way. Indulge your international taste buds at American Slang Modern Brasserie located in arguably the best, most beautiful, authentic and historical Kansas City location…the renowned Country Club Plaza.

Our Story

Our People

Himesh Zimba, Executive Chef

Himesh Zimba was formerly Executive Banquet Chef for the InterContinental Kansas City, overseeing the preparation and culinary execution for all hotel group and catering events. In that role Himesh developed a diverse menu and focused on delighting small and large groups with outstanding tastes, plating and artistic food presentation. He now brings those same skills and passion to all hotel food and beverage entities, including American Slang Modern Brasserie.+ READ MORE

Chef Zimba received his International culinary training in the tiny republic of Nepal and credits his culinary style to his exposure to a multitude of South Asian cultures and cuisine. His culinary journey started in Dwarika’s Hotel in Kathmandu, Nepal.

He has been a part of the prestigious Golden Fork award winning team and has experience working from cruise liners to smaller independent kitchens to large hotel kitchens in Asia and the United States.

Prior to joining the Intercontinental he was the executive sous chef for the Hilton President in Kansas City where he participated in the James Beard Taste of America.

Adam Von Spreecken, Restaurant Manager

Valerie Gerhards, Restaurant Manager

Our People

Our Local Growers + Partners

American Slang has created several local food and beverage partnerships. And by ‘local,’ we mean vendors within a 150-mile radius! In doing so, the restaurant has access to the rich culinary offerings of Kansas, Missouri and beyond. American Slang’s motto?  Great product first; local as much as possible. + READ MORE

Our culinary vision is to deliver a superb dining experience to all American Slang Modern Brasserie diners. With loads of items and offerings locally sourced.

The passion and process starts with the products and ingredients themselves. We mindfully investigated where products grew, as they were cultivated, and as they were nurtured. We are in lock-step with each resource grower and partner who carefully, and with drive and passion of their own, delivers our restaurant and bar needs.

Several local and regional small brewers, distillers, bakers and businesses were thoughtfully considered and carefully chosen for their commitment to offering American Slang Modern Brasserie hand-selected superior products direct.

Among them:

Green Dirt Farm in nearby Weston MO has a mantra – “From Dirt to Table.” Their philosophy is simply this. Healthy soil grows yummy grass, which nourishes their ewes (Animal Welfare Approved) and produces the most delicious milk. That rich milk, in turn, creates wonderful cheeses and yogurts that our ASMB diners are delighted to enjoy…as to-go purchases in The Market or specific items on the Slang menus.

From Kansas City KS-based Bagel Works Bread Co. comes what else might you expect? Flavorful and fresh French breads, of course! It has been locally owned and operated here since 1985.

As for many other delectable pastries and baked goods, ASMB turns to Kansas City’s Westport area Baked in KC.  Boasting no shortcuts and creating all products from scratch, their items are proudly hand-crafted with passion, using only the best ingredients.

From Durham Kansas’ Jason Wiebe Dairy (via Paris Brothers) comes its beautiful raw, hormone-free, milk-aged signature Cottonwood River Cheddar.  You have to drop by and try it!

Speaking of Paris Brothers, specialty products including extraordinary gelato flavors and a variety of imported meats (for the signature Meats and Cheeses offering) are distributed through here.

And, as for local and area local brew partners, following are but a few. Come taste for yourself how they share and support the overall American Slang Modern Brasserie vision!

Many of American Slang’s robust spirit offerings had their ‘home’ first at Tom’s Town Distilling Co. (downtown Kansas City’s first legal distillery since Prohibition!)

With partnerships like these, it is no wonder American Slang Modern Brasserie fulfills its mission of providing a thoughtful, genuine dining experience.

Our Local Growers + Partners

Make sure "auld acquaintance" isn't "forgot" this New Year's Eve while you dine with family and friends at American Slang! Because we'll be ushering out 2018 and embracing 2019 in amazingly awesome culinary fashion. Take a peek at our scrumptious multi-course prix fixe menu; it includes a Champagne Toast, of course. For just $75 (excludes tax and gratuity.)

Make your dinner reservations soon by calling 816-303-2945. Welcome 2019 in style!