Sometimes the treasures around us are tucked into slightly out-of-the-way corners and we forget they are there. Such is the case with Pierpont’s at Union Station. I never tire of taking in the architectural details of this amazing building and am so glad an establishment such as Pierpont’s continues to call Union Station home.

Their approachable lunch menu combined with a knowledgeable and polished wait staff make Pierpont’s the perfect destination for those who work downtown and need to entertain out-of-town clients. It is also the perfect place to share with visitors when touring area venues like the Money Museum, Liberty Memorial, Science City, Crown Center and Steamboat Arabia. The impressive marble staircase, dark wood, and soaring walls with plaster details unseen in today’s modern architecture will give your guests something to remember.

Entrees include extensive seafood offerings as well as pasta dishes, salads and of course an impressive selection of mouth-watering steak. If you’re looking for lighter fare, soups, salads and starters could be paired for those with lighter appetites.

I ordered the taleggio grilled cheese sandwich ($8) which is prepared with cherry jam, applewood smoked bacon fresh herbs, served on a sourdough roll. Just as I suspected, it was a grilled cheese classic created for the grown-ups. The flavors blended together perfectly. My husband opted for the 12-hour short rib sandwich ($10) which was dressed with honey barbeque sauce, poblano coleslaw and sliced pickles on a potato bun. A flawless Kansas City classic on a bun. Enough said.

Side dish options for sandwiches include sautéed forest mushrooms, steak or sweet potato fries, asparagus with garlic butter, sautéed green beans and garlic whipped mashed potatoes, all for just $4. I can’t recall the last time I enjoyed such a delightful lunch for just $12 and the ambiance was certainly worth every penny.

The next time you have a special event to celebrate and want to add a Fountain City icon to the festivities, remember this Kansas City treasure.


30 W Pershing Rd

Kansas City, Mo.