Dean and Deluca

Ok so Dean and Deluca technically isn’t a restaurant but rather a cozy “gourmet grocery store.”  Sorta like Martha Stewart meets Whole Foods meets William’s Sonoma.  Even then, it still doesn’t do it justice so you’re just going to have to go.  And with only five locations in the U.S., it is a real treat that Dean and Deluca decided to give Kansas City a try.  We hope they are here to stay!

In addition to D&D having gourmet and specialty foods for sale, you can also dig in right at the store at their bakery, butcher, cheese counter, and sandwich or salad bar.  For practical purposes, I will be basing my quality control from my experience at their salad bar.

Dishin’ It

Taste: 9

Presentation: 8

Originality: 10

Service: 9

Appearance: 7

Value: 8

Restrooms: 9

Some Details For Ya

Taste: Always fresh and lovely, their salad bar is prepped by their chefs behind the counter.  You can choose either from one of their set menu salads or a custom dish of greens.  Either way, I guarantee you, your experience will exceed expectations.  D&D pays close attention to details like the way their veggies are chopped up, the order that they put it all together and the way it is mixed.  God is definitely in the details and it shows with their commitment to give everybody a gourmet experience.

Presentation: Most of the time, presentation is excellent.  Sometimes though, it can be a little hit and miss because it can get pretty crowded for those chefs behind the counter.

Originality: There really isn’t another place like D&D.  Period.

Service: They are quick, friendly and know their food.  A great resource but also not snobby about the quality of their work.

Appearance: Dean & Deluca is primarily a grocery store that happens to have fresh food available for your lunch.  Even though they have seating for that lunch, with the bustle of any successful grocery store, it does not present the most ideal dining experience.  And I’m ok with that.

Value: It’s pretty easy to drop $10 for their salad without flinching an eyelid so just think “gourmet” and you’ll be just about right.

Restrooms: These folks are way classy so they keep the powder rooms as nice as the rest of their store.

In addition to great salads and sandwiches, be sure to check out their catering department for your next big event.  Next time you hit them up, let us know how you liked it!
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About Michelle

Michelle and Kyle have lived in Kansas City since 2007, with their four beautiful children. Kyle is a CPA and runs his own firm in Lee's Summit. Michelle is a violinist and music teacher at Summit Christian Academy. When not working, the Nagys can be found eating out or binge watching Netflix.

2 responses to “Dean and Deluca

  1. You may want to add a category for service. Sometimes that outweighs the food for me. Just a thought. Love your blog!

    • Thanks for stopping by, Amy! You are totally right, we do need to include something for service because it is often a make-it or break-it experience for me as well. Keep your eye out for some changes in that direction and let us know what you think. Have you been to any of our reviewed restaurants before?

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Food for Thought

"Nothing would be more tiresome than eating and drinking if God had not made them a pleasure as well as a necessity." Voltaire

"One of the very nicest things about life is the way we must regularly stop whatever it is we are doing and devote our attention to eating." Pavarotti

"Part of the secret of success in life is to eat what you like and let the food fight it out inside." Mark Twain

"One of the secrets of cooking is to learn to correct something if you can, and bear with it if you cannot." Julia Child

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