Jennifer: A Jewel in Julian Splashes Down in Brookside

My experience at The American Restaurant under chef Celina Tio’s reign was always mediocre at best.

The grandiose nature of the American’s space paired with its unabashedly bold name cast a giant shadow for any chef. Maybe Celina didn’t find inspiration in shadows. When I heard that Tio was opening Julian, a casual joint in the former Joe D’s Wine Bar space in Brookside, I was intrigued. How would she handle the food, the presentation and the atmosphere? The answer: fresh, casual and low key.

Outside the entrance I was greeted by a sad, deflated, rotting pumpkin. My only reaction was the feeling that Julian was too busy putting customers and food first. The rotten pumpkin was a good sign!

I booked my reservation on Open Table, which ended up saving me a lot of hassle as we walked by a room full of hungry patrons straight to our two-top.

The space was clean, spartan and modern.

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2 Responses to Jennifer: A Jewel in Julian Splashes Down in Brookside

  1. Anonymous says:

    Rainbow Man
    Celina Tio is a class act and we should be thankful that when she broke her corporate chains, she chose to stay here. Not only is she a stellar chef by world standards, she is a good person who “gets” Kansas City.

  2. Anonymous says:

    Tina Corbell
    Lots of Good information in your posting, I bookmarked your blog post so I can visit again in the future, All the Best, Tina Corbell

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