Your experience with 54th Street Grill is like a visit to Applebees on steroids. The walls are magnificently decorated with antiques and signage that has been collected from around the country. A toy train runs along a track that is seemingly floating in midair running a course around a series of ceiling fans that appear to be operated by a gigantic pulley system. Additionally, a collection of sports memorabilia and large screen televisions makes the dining experience a visual as well as culinary adventure. You could spend your entire meal taking in the surroundings and still not see everything that there is to see. This restaurant is, in terms of decoration alone, an antique lover's dream destination.
The menu isn't bad either. You'll find everything from chicken tenders, to pasta dishes to a fine collection of sandwiches, steaks, and other pub fare on a very nicely stocked menu. If I might make a suggestion, the "Goodfellas Sandwich" is a fantastic choice. Thick of an enormous breaded slice of Italian sausage topped with cheese and marinara sauce on a hogey roll with a side of seasoned fries. But the sandwiches aren't the only food items at 54th Street that are oversized. The pasta bowls are enormous. The chicken strips seem to be never ending and visit from Monday to Wednesday and several entrees are all you can eat for the regular menu price.
Additionally, they have excellent happy hour prices from 3-6 and then from 10-close that includes half price appetizers (like chips and salsa, mozzarella sticks, and potato skins) and half price drinks.
I'm usually not impressed by the same old fare that is typically found in chain restaurants but 54th Street Grill has chartered new territory and truly impressed me and I think they'll impress you too!
by Steve S.
Kansas City, Missouri
December 17, 2002
From journal Kansas City