First, service in restaurants, at least the starred ones, is much more “professional” or at least it appears that way, than in Paris. Staff are alert, not distracted, not lackadaisical, very much “doing their jobs.”
Second, everything’s up-to-date in Kansas City. In other words, the thing of the moment in Paris – whether it’s slate plates, moelleux of chocolate or locavore products – is universal. Even on the loire.
Next, for some reason, they’re more into two complicated amuse gueules before your plates. And the more complicated the better.
Then too they’re very into asking “who tastes the wine” in a gender egalitarian manner, more of the time than in the 20.
Finally, when the food is good is good, it’s really good and when it’s bad it can be pretty horrible.
Three one-stars I would recommend without hesitation are:
12, rue Gambetta in Saumur
Closed Sunday night, Mondays abd Tuesdays
Menus = 27 + 82 €
La Chanceliere “Jeu de Cartes”
1 pl Marronniers in Montbazon
Closed Sundays and Mondays
Menus 25 and 45 €
101 ave Tranchee in Tours
Closed Saturday lunch and Sundays
Menus 32 and 90 €