Sometimes everything you need to know is in the name. Once a Smithville, Mo., pharmacy that operated into the mid-1950s, Justus Drugstore is now home of highly praised James Beard Award-nominated chef Jonathan Justus.
Traveling 26 minutes north of Downtown KC and grabbing a seat in the refurbished drugstore space feels like stepping back in time. The building, which has been in the Justus family for more than 175 years, maintains the charm of small-town life thanks to retro upholstered diner stools and simple furnishings. The fine-dining fare provides unpretentious contrast, though, as Justus carefully preps coursed dinners that feature new American dishes sourced from regional producers.