I was in Kansas City for two days with my boyfran, and we looked up unique places to eat. Lidia's sounded like the perfect place, and it was very near our hotel at the Power and Light district.
We began with 2 kinds of bread and 2 kinds of spread served in olive oil. One spread had black olive, the other was a pesto blend. This was curious and good, though a little bland. It was just getting us warmed up. The first exciting part was the soup. I cannot find the recipe, but I know that one soup was tomato-based with garbanzo beans(chickpeas) and sage, with a hint of honey. The other soup had spinach, leeks, and fennel, I believe. They were both so flavorful that the cup-sized servings were plenty.
For the entree, I chose the lobster, potato, and leek frico, which was one of three dishes our waitress recommended for an ""unforgettable"" meal. I had been eyeing it anyway, so I ordered that. Boyfriend had the wild boar ravioli in rosemary-infused white wine sauce. The frico, frankly, was awful. It was overcooked, the lobster was tough, and the mixture of cheese and potatoes was overwhelming to anything else in the dish. I found one slice of leek. I actually sent it back, which is not something I am wont to do. I tried the wild boar ravioli, which were huge and so intensely tasting of rosemary and sage and pork. The texture was just right, too, doughey outside/meaty cheesy inside. I said, ""I've got to have this."" It was amazing. Our waitress seemed a little miffed that I sent the food back, but was polite nonetheless.
We had recently had a conversation about tiramisu and so that was our dessert to satisfy the craving, though they had some really fancy and interesting ones I will try the next time I am in Kansas City.
If you like overpowering cheeses, I recommend the frico!