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Justus Drugstore, a restaurant

106 W. Main St. Send to Phone
816-532-2300 | Menu
Fresh, local ingredients are the foundation for dishes at this Smithville destination.
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Justus Drugstore, a restaurant Restaurant Review

: Hometown boy Jonathan Justus and his wife Camille Eklof moved back to small-town Smithville and opened this Modern American cuisine restaurant. The menu changes frequently but always focuses on seasonal, local ingredients such as a goat cheese fritter salad or Campo Lindo chickens roasted until the skin is tawny-brown, served over caramelized fennel mashed potatoes. Everything is made in-house, from the still-warm loaves of peasant bread to the black walnut pralines that accompany the roasted beet and blue cheese salad. The last of summer sweet corn is turned into an ice cream to accompany pecan tartlets, made with Missouri pecans. The wine list is creative, and guests can opt for wine pairings in two sizes. The cocktail list, too, is full of topnotch quaffs, including a Piedmontese Pirate, made with spiced rum, Moscato d'Asti and fresh orange and lime juices.

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STAY AWAY!!!!
by Kimberly S on Tue May 29, 2012 7:20 pm
 
Our server was friendly and very competent, but what Justus delivers doesn't even begin to justify their arrogance. The space has the look, feel, ambiance, and noise of a cheap cafe. The food isn't bad, but it isn't fine dining by a long shot; it is wildly overpriced and ridiculously overhyped. I ordered a ribeye; I got two strips of meat on some boringly cooked vegetables. My husband ordered the two-way pork; he made this decision by looking at the online menu, but at the restaurant, it was version 16, which wasn't the same thing. Guess the chef is still experimenting because he hasn't gotten it right yet.
 
Would have liked to try the food but....
by Robyn on Sat Jan 21, 2012 1:15 pm
 
I'm sure the food is good if you can get them to serve it to you, unfortunately we couldn't. After waiting 30 mins before even having a server come to our table, then another 30 mins for our drinks to come and still not seeing even our appetizers of soup and fried jalapenos a full 2 hours after we were seated we left. The table next to us sat a full hour and their order wasn't ever taken, they finally also left. The manager was nice and apologetic saying they were slower then normal due to restaurant week and that we should have expected a 3+ hour meal for 4 courses. I was ready to have a longer meal but when our first course hadn't arrived after 2 hours we didn't want to see how long it would take to get through all 4! We were comp'd a gift card and our drinks but honestly I don't plan on driving the 45 mins it takes to get there just to sit and not be served, no matter how good everyone says the food is its not worth it!
 
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