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KC-Favorite dive restaraunts

Looking for new "Dive" restaurants in KC Metro. What are your favorites? Will drive for good food. Thanks, D

Mar 14, 2013
dmatt in Great Plains

Kansas City Dinner Clubs?

Hey all. Back in 2011 shortly after posting this I found Test Kitchen in a Google search. Did 3/5 Vagabonds and have done 2 of the Test Kitchen dinners. If you are not part of it you should Google and sign up. Planning starting dinner club with existing friends/friends due to enough interest. Thanks for replying.

Mar 14, 2013
dmatt in Great Plains

Kansas City Dinner Clubs?

Interested in forming or joining an existing Dinner Club. Only want serious home cooks so that excludes most of our friends. Any ideas on how to start group or find an existing group? Google search didn't yield anything. We are late 30's just want to cook, eat and have some drinks with folks that enjoy the same. This sounds like a personal ad doesn't it? Really we are very normal professional people. BTW we live in Lee's Summit but will drive for good food. We usually drive all over metro for food in order to avoid chain eateries in our area. Sorry this sounds so strange.

Jul 24, 2011
dmatt in Great Plains

In NOLA over Spring Break with kids . Need feedback on my picks.

After spending some time researching which restaurants might might provide a really great meal and still work with kids I have come up with Bon Ton and Couchon. The kids are 8 years old and 19 months. The 8 year old will be fine anywhere if he can have a big piece of meat or spicy food. The 19 month old is the issue/wildcard. Are these good choices for a young child or should I make different choices? We just want to eat some really good food that you can only get in NOLA. We will be dining on Wednesday and Thursday nights. We plan go early around 6pm. Does anyone have any other ideas. Thanks.

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Bon Ton Cafe
401 Magazine St, New Orleans, LA 70130

Feb 19, 2011
dmatt in New Orleans

Sonic is coming!

The drinks served over crushed ice in foam cups (bad for envirnoment of course) is what most people I know go for. The heart attack in a sac food is mediocre at best. I will eat just about anywhere but Sonic. The ones around KC have a 99 cent drink Happy Hour daily from 1-4pm which is nice for the Route 44 size drinks. Don't wait for more than 5 minutes for anything at Sonic or you will kick yourself.

Aug 15, 2009
dmatt in Chains

Taco Via in KC

Lee's Summit has a Taco Via. Strange atmosphere however. Family that runs it are very polite and hard working however extremely, extremely religious. To the point I find it uncomfortable. Christain music over the speakers. Jesus picutures and Christian sayings on the walls. The ten commandments are printed as the tray liners. Good food if the rest doesn't bother you.

Oct 12, 2008
dmatt in General Midwest Archive

Good Thai in KC or Overland Park?

If you are curious about The Thai Place but don't want to drop a bunch of cash to find out if you like it you might try Wai Wai Thai at 135th and 69 Hwy by the movie theater in OP. It is the Thai Place's counter service concept. The menu is not 100 percent the same but many items from the original are available. King and Ann Chicken and Phad Thai is on the menu. My husband and I like the Thai Place but find the regular concept a little pricey for what it is. I will but TO on our list of places to try.

Oct 12, 2008
dmatt in General Midwest Archive

Which range is best: Wolf, Viking, or DCS?

I don't know what your timeline is but I purchased the 6-burner 36 inch Viking in 2002 during a remodel with open burners. The cleaning lady hated it. So when we sold the house and built in 2005 I purchased the 6-burner Viking (36 inch) with closed burners. Both were dual fuel ranges. I would never select the closed burner again. The ingnition is very unreliable. If so much as a crumb is near the ignition the burner won't light. Crazy for a $5000 plus stove. And the rings around the burners do not come clean. Once some grease gets on the silver ring around the base of the closed burner good luck. If anyone has been able to make theirs look new again I would like to hear about it. Quite frankly I have cleaned both myself too and the open burner is not bad. It disassembles easily.

Aug 17, 2008
dmatt in Cookware

Anyone BBQ competition folks done a "Buck a Bone"?

My husband and his BF have started entering BBQ competitions around KC and some have what is known as a "Buck a Bone" where one evening we can sell items to folks visiting the competition. Last year they entered the Blue Springs Blaze-Off for the first time when I was out of town and they were ill prepared for the "Buck a Bone" part. If anyone has participated in one before and would like to share some secrets we need help. I was thinking of selling funnel cakes made in a turkey fryer but on further investigation an doubting how well that will work. Do we need a more shallow fryer for funnel cakes? We are planning on pop and bags of chips forsure. Maybe we should stick with cookies or brownies wrapped in plastic. I don't know. Additionally we will have to try and sell some of our amazing Que. Any suggestions would be fantastic. Or if you have attended one of these competitions in the past what was missing that you would like to have seen offered?

Jun 09, 2008
dmatt in General Topics

New Winebar at 119th and Nall? Or great place for small plates in JoCo? (Leawood, KS)

I don't know the name of the wine bar but yes it would be in Leawood,KS in the new retail just west of California Pizza Kitchen just before Nall. Last time I went to the Learning Tree I noticed it was open.

Sorry I didn't specifly label this post with a KC but 119th and Nall and JoCo are easily identifiable to anyone that lives in KC metro.

Thanks, D

Jun 09, 2008
dmatt in General Midwest Archive

New Winebar at 119th and Nall? Or great place for small plates in JoCo? (Leawood, KS)

We are attending a winetasting at Lucas on 135th on Sat night. Afterwards our group would like to find a place nearby to enjoy some small plates and nice wines? Any suggestions? Thanks.

Jun 09, 2008
dmatt in General Midwest Archive

Pork tenderloin sandwich in KC

Johnny Ray's Drive Inn in Lee's Summit does a nice PT. Also a co-worker of my husbands belongs to the Jim's Tamales family and they own a small drive inn type place near the old Independence regional hospital either on 23rd street or Independence Ave. I think it is 23rd street and theirs are truly the best. I will find out the name and post it. They have been written up on the KC Star before.

Feb 07, 2008
dmatt in Great Plains

60th birthday in KC!

Sorry I was just rereading the posts to your request and the bar at Pierpont's in Union Sta. is really cool for before dinner drinks. Haven't personally eaten there in a bit because I don't like the food that much so I can't tell you what the desserts are like (Pierpont's is owned by the same group that runs the Hereford House's in KC. Just OK but better than the Majestic.)

Oct 19, 2007
dmatt in General Midwest Archive

60th birthday in KC!

Personally I am not a fan of the Majestic. My husband gets free tradeouts from the Majestic from his job and we throw them away. Piropo's in Briarcliff is one the best places in town and offers truly great prime steaks even though it is not billed as a steakhouse. Nice views and atmosphere. Starkers Reserve on the Plaza is great as well for a special dinner. Le Fou Frog is fun for a drink or dinner and would have nice champange. The indoor bar area is very small but they have a tent area that is open most of the year you might call ahead to verify. Otherwise McCormick and Schmick on the Plaza has a popular and fun bar area but am not sure it is really the place to sip champagne. Michael Smith of 40 Sardines and The American Rest. fame just opened a new place in the Crossroads District called Michael's??? haven't been there yet but it should be good. Check for reviews on this board.

Oct 19, 2007
dmatt in General Midwest Archive

Sun Ray Café at 17th Street and Summit, KCMO

Does anyone have some feedback about this place? I saw it mentioned in the Pitch and had never heard of it. Decent Greek food is hard to find in KC and was wondering if this place is worth a visit?

D

Oct 18, 2007
dmatt in General Midwest Archive

Outdoor Grill Help

We are in the beginning stages of designing an outdoor kitchen and was wondering if anyone had found a built-in gas grill they love. We want our grill to be 36 inches, fueled with natural gas and cost around $2500-3000 (less $$ is great too if the quality is good). Also has anyone had a Weber Kettle built-in to an outdoor kitchen? If yes, what did you think of it versus the traditional stand? We live in the midwest and will use the grills year-round but obviously not as much as if we lived in a more temperant climate.

Apr 04, 2007
dmatt in Cookware

Does anyone eat rabbit on Easter?

Chuckling.

Apr 04, 2007
dmatt in Not About Food

Casual Dining for Sat???

We have a reservation at Perbacco Sat night but now that is time to pack I don't like any of my clothes and don't have time to go shopping. I am thinking of canceling my Perbacco reservation and going somewhere I can wear jeans. Any thoughts??? We are staying near airport.

Is Perbacco worth the pain of figuring out an outfit? I know SF has so many good places to eat there might be a good casual one we can go to instead. We can go before 6pm since I know we are not going to get a 7pm reservation now anywhere. Thanks for any advice.

Mar 15, 2007
dmatt in San Francisco Bay Area

Need One Good Meal...Staying at Gateway Sheraton

OK, so I know this is not the most welcome type of post to the board. If nothing else can someone please tell me what this area would be called so when doing research I will have a reference point? What would be the closest area to find good dining? Thanks, Deena

Feb 09, 2007
dmatt in San Francisco Bay Area

Need One Good Meal...Staying at Gateway Sheraton

We are a couple in our early thirties that have one free Sat (3/17) night during a brief visit to SF. We are staying at Sheraton Gateway for conference and will have to rely on cab for transportation. Going into the city is not a requirement but would be nice. I want to spend approx. $150-200 with wine. I don't want to dress beyond business casual. Would like someplace where we can talk privately. We are from Kansas City so a steak type place is not what we are looking for. Love seafood and sourdough. Pasta is nice too. Loved Sea Blue by Michael Mina in Vegas if you want to know what we have liked in the past. Doubt we can $$$ him during this visit. Thanks in advance if anyone can be of assistance.

Feb 09, 2007
dmatt in San Francisco Bay Area

Need cranberry recipe from Saveur Nov 2004

Thank you so very, very much!!!!

Deena

Nov 23, 2006
dmatt in Home Cooking

Need cranberry recipe from Saveur Nov 2004

I am desperately seeking the cranberry sauce recipe from Saveur's Novenber 2004 issue. We recently moved and I can not find my issue anywhere. The recipe is part of a feature on a guy from Berkley, CA that makes a Thanksgiving every year with an ever changing menu. Thanks to anyone that can provide this for me!!!! Dmatt

Nov 22, 2006
dmatt in Home Cooking