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Great Cheese Store KC?

I don't know the downtown Cosentino's selection, but the Brookside store is doing good things with Midwest artisanal producers, Cowgirl & Rogue River among others from the West Coast.

Jun 20, 2013
BChow in Great Plains


Dave, I've always been very happy at LOS when we asked that the chef create a meal for us and match the wine. Maybe I'm just lazy but it has always worked out.

Sep 17, 2010
BChow in Las Vegas

Best hot dog in KC?

Haven't been there but it sounds as if it's worth a try...
Rock-n-Moroccan on 39th.

Sep 01, 2010
BChow in Great Plains

Manhattan, KS

Brookville Hotel.

Aug 30, 2010
BChow in Great Plains

lal erie perch or walleye?

It may be a little bit too far west, but the best perch on Lake Erie can be had at the Jolly Roger in Port Clinton.

Jun 22, 2010
BChow in Great Lakes

Pasadena to Northern California via the 395 - any good bakeries/natural food stores/fruit stands?

Don't miss the Whoa Nellie Deli in Lee Vining (it's in the gas station just west of the Yosemite turnoff. The Texas(?) BBQ in Walker is pretty good too.

May 18, 2010
BChow in California

if you could only go to one place in Kansas City for BBQ, where would it be?

I have been a long-time supporter of LC's as the heir to AB's as the Kansas City BBQ flagship. We stopped there Friday afternoon and I was extremely disappointed. After his recent dust-up with the Health Department, LC has gone too far. The place is very clean and the meat was still extraordinary. Portions are more Gates-sized than AB's and the price remains very high ($9.95) but worst of all he has totally changed the fries. Lost are the lard (?) laden very tasty fries. The replacements are a half-done frozen variety that you can find anywhere. I think the banner goes back to AB's.

May 17, 2010
BChow in Great Plains

Dinner in Gladstone, MO / North K.C. area.

I think you really need to go to Stroud's, a Kansas City institution. Check out the website below:

Apr 27, 2010
BChow in Great Plains

Kansas City

Please tell us more about Wabash BBQ, I haven't heard of it.

Apr 23, 2010
BChow in Great Plains

Burnt ends and a slab to go

Please include the location.

Apr 22, 2010
BChow in Great Plains

Another trip to Kansas.

I was at the new (location) Wheel Inn last month & can report that the food was just as good as the old place. It's not extraordinary but worth a stop if you're in Sedalia.

Wheel Inn
2103 S Limit Ave, Sedalia, MO 65301

Mar 23, 2010
BChow in Great Plains

dinner near uptown theater, kansas city

Sounds like you might enjoy one of the ethnic places in the 39th Street corridor just a few blocks west of the Uptown. Blue Koi, Saigon 39, Po's Dumplings all do fine food and are relatively inexpensive. These restaurants are just east of State Line and KU Medical Center. The Westport area a few blocks south off Broadway also has Korma Sutra (Indian), Thai Palace and a Vietnamese (a bit upscale) place.

Mar 08, 2010
BChow in Great Plains

KC Grocery Stores, Restaurant Recommendations, Jazz?

Harper's in the Jazz District is closed.

Feb 13, 2010
BChow in Great Plains

Simply Breakfast / Westport KCMO

We love breakfast. We love places where you know someone cares about the product and the place. We love Ortega's on the Westside for Mexican breakfast, we love Milton's in Lawrence, Eggctra in Brookside. 20 years ago we loved it when Steve had the Corner in Westport and still enjoy the other Corner in Riverside. When we heard that Simply Breakfast had opened in Westport we looked forward to having a new option nearby. Sadly, and no ill will toward the owners, at this point they haven't pulled it off. The space and location, near Murray's and Californos, are fine, in fact sunny and attractive. But the ordering at the counter, styrofoam plates,plastic utensils, packaged pancake syrup are off-putting. The food is slightly expensive, $7-$8 plates including coffee and underwhelming. A breakfast burrito in a cold ungrilled tortilla hints of being microwaved, the ingredients retaining their separate identities on the styrofoam. Pancakes look listless and undercooked. It may not fit the owner's business model, but to get us back they should eat at Eggctra, use that as a standard, get plates and coffee cups, forks and knives. Hire two waitstaff and if my suspicions are correct disconnect the microwaves and get somebody cooking in the kitchen.

Feb 13, 2010
BChow in Great Plains

BYOB in Kansas City

My sense is that it is relatively easy to get a beer & wine license in KC and not many places try to operate without one, hence few BYOB places as compared to Chicago for instance.

Dec 01, 2009
BChow in Great Plains

Great KC (MO) Lunch Spots

Two fine lunches in two days, in very different settings.
Hooray for Swagger at 85th & Wornall. I can't wait to go back on a Saturday with football on the TV's. The Beef on Weck was a perfect replica of the Buffalo original. Great fries and onion rings, wide selection of beers in a neat and tidy establishment. Don't be put off by the exterior, this is a promising neighborhood hangout.
Today, the Farmhouse at Third & Delaware provided a wonderful Corned Beef & Cabbage ruben and terrific chicken salad. We sat outside & enjoyed the mild August afternoon. If they had a liquor license, a bottle of wine might have kept us there for hours.
Neither place has any pretentions, but both are really trying to add variety to the standard lunch menu.

Aug 19, 2009
BChow in General Midwest Archive

I-70 Between KC and Denver?

If you're stopping in Hays, Al"s Chickenette is worth a try.

Jun 17, 2009
BChow in Great Plains

Cafe Sebastienne (KCMO)

The total bill for the food was $89 for the four of us. Here's a link to last Friday's dinner menu ( and it was couscous with the salmon!)

Apr 13, 2009
BChow in General Midwest Archive

Cafe Sebastienne (KCMO)

Four of us had dinner Friday night at Cafe Sebastienne at the Kemper Museum. If some have complained that the restaurant hasn't been up to an earlier standard, they need to return as soon as possible.
My seared diver scallops over lentils were perfect. Two others had grilled salmon on polenta and were very happy. The fourth had a wonderful asparagus salad and a spring vegetable soup.
And, to make things better, the Katherine's Vineyard (Cambria) Chardonnay was only $28 compared to the nearby McCormick & Schmick's recent price of $61!
Great meal, good service in a wonderful setting.

Apr 13, 2009
BChow in General Midwest Archive

Rice & Beans Cafe (KCK)

We had lunch for the second time at this friendly little Cuban place in KCK and were not disappointed.
The pork was very flavorful and fell apart with a fork. Spouse's Cuban sandwich with ham & pork was perfect. Sadly, the arepa's cook had departed for the day, but from our first experience these meat and veggie-filled corn pastries are worth the trip.
The restaurant is easy to miss, look carefully. It's on the south side of Central Ave, just west of 7th, across from the bank.

Apr 13, 2009
BChow in General Midwest Archive

Morel Mushrooms in Kansas City 2009?

Cosentino's Brookside Market had them Friday, probably available at the P&L store too.

Apr 12, 2009
BChow in General Midwest Archive

Where the chefs eat (article in KC Star)

We have been to the new version and found it as friendly as ever. The food was wonderful with more Cuban emphasis. We're going again tomorrow for lunch.

Mar 13, 2009
BChow in General Midwest Archive

Gov. Stumpy's - Kansas City

To me it's perfectly fine bar food, maybe a cut above the norm. I've had some kind of small steak special that was exactly what I wanted.

Mar 11, 2009
BChow in General Midwest Archive

KC- Friday Dinner Spot for (Catholic) Sports Watching Group

We love the fish tacos at Sol Cantina (31st & Gillham). Many HD TV's around.

Mar 10, 2009
BChow in General Midwest Archive

tamales in KC

Ortega's Grocery & Reataurant, 2646 Bellview (816) 531-5415 The best! We've had their tamales for parties many times. Call a day or so ahead to order. Be sure to have breakfast there when you're picking them up.

Mar 03, 2009
BChow in General Midwest Archive

Kansas City Breakfast

If you have a car, please think about LC's in place of Gates or Jack Stack. It's a straight shot east from the Plaza on 47th / Blue Parkway.
Bluestem is a great brunch suggestion, but if you really want breakfast the Classic Cup on the Plaza is very good and Eggctr ( south of the Plaza at 51st & Main) is a fine choice.

Feb 25, 2009
BChow in General Midwest Archive

Serrano ham in Kansas City

Cosentino's Brookside Market carries it and I'll bet the new Power & Light stire has it also.

Feb 24, 2009
BChow in General Midwest Archive

top 3 BBQ places in Kansas City, MO

Niecie's is still at 59th & Prospect and out past 435 on 63rd. They say they'll be in the new location south of Meyer on Troost in the next few weeks. After that the Prospect location will close.

Feb 16, 2009
BChow in General Midwest Archive

Kansas City - best "burnt ends"

I'd guess that the Gates at 12th & Brooklyn is probably the oldest existing location, although I don't think the food varies in quality from one location to the other. The original, in the Jazz District at 19th & Vine closed many years ago.
Although I'm not a burnt ends expert, I'd think LC's would be the best, authentic KC variety.
Be suspicious of Jack Stack and the hype it receives, people tend to patronize them for their "safe" locations more than for the authenticity of the Q. It's certainly edible but it isn't what put KC on the map. Arthur Bryant's used to give away the burnt ends as you placed your order and is still making decent Q at 18th & Brooklyn. To understand KC Q and real Q in general, you need to read Calvin Trillin and his search for authentic food in "Alice, Let's Eat".

Feb 15, 2009
BChow in General Midwest Archive

top 3 BBQ places in Kansas City, MO

Thanks for mentioning Snead's! We hadn't been there in years but went this afternoon. I think there may be another BBQ category, something like "Rural KC Q" as contrasted to "Urban KC Q"? Maybe a lighter smoke technique? I love LC's and would always recommend it for the best KC experience. But some of the rural places are good. (Like the airport place south of Paola) As to Snead's: Nothing impressive about the sides although the beans were interesting. But the meat was very good, ribs, turkey and beef. It's worth the trip out Holmes.

Feb 14, 2009
BChow in General Midwest Archive