Dinosaurs dwarf the customers at the entrance to the T-Rex Cafe
The T-Rex Cafe at the Legends in Kansas City, Kansas is the first in what may become a chain of restaurants. The second T-Rex Cafe opened recently at the Downtown Disney's Market Place in Orlando, Florida. The theme of the restaurant is dinosaurs, ocean, ice age, meteors and fire.
T-Rex Cafe solidly meets the criteria of being a memorable Kansas Restaurant on the basis on atmosphere, but they do better than the typical theme restaurant on the food. The food does take second place to the entertainment and marketing, but it is still very good. More about the food on page 2.
The exterior of the large restaurant has plants, water, smoke, and several dinosaur skeltons. The largest feature is the 125' long skeleton of an Argentinosaurus. The T-Rex Cafe interior is filled with giant creatures from dinosaurs, to mammoths, to nautilus, to an enormous octopus that looms (and moves) above much of the dinning area. The sound level is always high at the T-Rex Cafe, and some may find the noise of the periodic "meteor showers" to be a little too much.
T-Rex Cafe is worth visiting, even if you are not ready for a meal. In addition to walking through and viewing the many moving creatures, there is a large gift shop with a Build-a-Dino, and the Paleo Zone where you can pay for your children to dig for hidden fossils or pan for precious stones.
The wait for a table at the T-Rex Cafe can be long at times, but if you are in a rush, there is open seating at the Ice Bar.
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