French Restaurants in Kansas City

About Us

American Slang Modern Brasserie – located on the lobby level of the InterContinental Kansas City at the Plaza – is a 200-seat, open concept restaurant and 35-seat bar with additional outdoor patio seating featuring spectacular views of the renowned Country Club Plaza. It is a favored dining destination where French tradition meets American culture. And where ‘local’ collides with ‘European’ in a compelling and engaging culinary way.

Upscale café spaces are both ‘fresh’ and ‘minimalist’. Plus hand-painted abstract murals reflect Kansas City’s rich history and tradition. And, of course, there’s a traditional brasserie table!

American Slang 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:

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  • 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

Edward J. Hayes, Managing Director

Edward Hayes, Managing Director at InterContinental Kansas City at the Plaza’s American Slang Modern Brasserie oversees overall restaurant and bar operations, to ensure consistently exceptional individual and intimate group dining experiences.

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Together with the entire ASMB team, Edward brings a keen understanding of Midwest culinary traditions and current trends. His 20 years of food and beverage and sales leadership experience includes management roles at both The Westin Crown Center Hotel and InterContinental Kansas City at the Plaza, most recently as Director of Catering; DineEquity as General Manager and Big Sky Hospitality LLC as Managing Director. Edward has also held hands-on chef, chef de cuisine, sous chef and Executive Chef positions in main kitchen/banquet kitchen operations as well as time-honored KC dining establishments including Benton’s and Trader Vic’s.

Connecting his food and beverage staff with their restaurant and bar patrons is his passion. Under Edward’s direction, American Slang Modern Brasserie diners will savor classic French cuisine with a modern twist in one of the most sought after dining spaces on the Country Club Plaza.

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.

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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!