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Dinner in Down Town Kansas City MO

+1 for Le Fou Frog.

Jun 13, 2007
KCRob in General Midwest Archive

NY Style pizza in KC?

Another vote for Grinders. Don't expect great service, but it's a wonderfully fun and funky place. The pizza is usually very good, but it seems to depend on who's tossing the dough that day. Make sure to order a whole pie made fresh and not a rewarmed slice.

Other than Grinders, I'd say D'Bronx, or Original Pizza.

Jun 06, 2007
KCRob in Great Plains

Review: Sauce - Phoenix (w/ photos!)

Just ate here for the second time last night. I had a panini the first time and I was quite happy with it.

I had a pepperoni and sausage pizza last night and wasn't too impressed. It just didn't have a lot of flavor, I think primarily because of the lack of sauce.

May 30, 2007
KCRob in Phoenix

Where to eat in Phoenix Airport

One comment re: go through the shortest security line. They no longer allow this. If you're on a Southwest flight, you can only go through the gate C or D security. This has been a huge source of frustration for me as I fly every week. There are 200 people in line for the C gates and 2 people in line for the B gates. But, even though they connect up after security, you can't go through the B line because "they're different airlines."

</rant off>

As for food, I've enjoyed both Oaxaca and Paradise Bakery, which are both kind of fast food, but fresh. Your only sit down options are Chili's or Flo's (which I will try next time I get to enjoy a 3 hour delay).

One more FYI, there is free WiFi available.

May 30, 2007
KCRob in Phoenix

KC - a little BBQ help for first-timer please

If you've got time, there's also Stroud's for famous fried chicken. the original location is now sadly gone, but the northland location is still open. Haven't been there in a while myself, but it's always a top recommendation.

If you like pork tenderloins, check out Jerry's Woodswether Cafe in the West Bottoms.

May 22, 2007
KCRob in General Midwest Archive

KC - a little BBQ help for first-timer please

Danny Edwards is still open, but not for much longer. Although I live downtown, I've never eaten at Danny Edwards since they're only open for lunch during the week. I need to find a way to at least try it once before it closes (being shut down as part of the massive downtown redevelopment).

May 22, 2007
KCRob in General Midwest Archive

KC OUTSIDE

It's in the west side, on 17th street. Right Near Blue Bird Bistro if you're familiar with that.

May 21, 2007
KCRob in General Midwest Archive

KC - a little BBQ help for first-timer please

You have to do LC's - the second location in KS shut down, so the original is your only, and best, choice. Jack Stack and Okie Joes are also excellent. If you do OK Joe's, you have to do the original one in the gas station. I'd do the freighthouse location for Jack's Stack as well. No need to drive all the way out to Martin City. I love the sauce at Gates, but the meat can be hit and miss. Bryant's is an institution, but not at the top of my list. If you're at Woodyard, see if they have their chicken wings available. They catered a party I went to and the girlfriend and myself could not pry ourselves away from these wings!

Town Topic or Westport Flea Market over Winstead's for burgers.

For fun, funky pizza and chessesteaks, try Grinder's on 18th ST. Really good pizza, but the service is usually bad.

May 21, 2007
KCRob in General Midwest Archive

Denver Weekend - LoDo/Cherry Creek

Well, last weekend was the big weekend. We had 3 great days in Denver - they certainly went by quickly.

We got in about noon on Friday. The first thing we see when we look out our window is a big rotating neon sign for the Cherry Cricket. An awesome burger!

Friday afternoon was spent walking around Larimer Square and LoDo. We were planning a late dinner at Rioja that evening and had even stopped by to check out the menu. But as reservation time got closer, we were running out of steam - little sleep the previous night, early morning flight and a long day of walking all caught up to us. We decided to stay closer to home and went to North instead.

I've been working in Phoenix all year, so I have eaten in some of the Fox restaurants already. We were actually pretty happy with our meal at North. We had a 9:30 reservation and the place was wide open, quite a contrast to the crowd we saw as we walked by late afternoon/early evening. We ended the night with a few drinks at Luxe and then hit the wonderfully comfortable bed at the JW.

We slept in and got a late start on Saturday. First up was brunch at the Egg Shell, then off to shopping at Cherry Creek Mall. Saturday dinner was at Sushi Sasa - something my girlfriend found and selected for her birthday dinner. They were slammed with parties that night which resulted in us waiting a little over a half hour after our reservation time to be seated. However, they treated us very well, giving us a free round of drinks as we sat on the front pation and enjoyed the crisp evening air. We had a great dinner of Dynamite Shrimp, Bluefin and North Atlantic Salmon sashimi, and other assorted sushi. the meal was capped of by not-at-all molten chocolate lava cake that was provided compliments of the management. We really enjoyed our meal and I can't say enough about the hospitality as well. The remainder of Saturday night was spent partying in the basement of the Jet Hotel.

Nothing special on Sunday. Had a relaxing afternoon meal at the Cherry Creek Grill. We were looking at going a couple of other places on Steele, but everything else was closed on Sunday. Houston's always puts out a good meal.

All in all we had a great time. Definitely wish we had more time to try out more of these restaurants. We researched just about everything mentioned here. Thanks to everyone for your help!

May 21, 2007
KCRob in Southwest

Help with Scottsdale restaurant choices

You might look into AZ88 for lunch. It's a fun place with a nice patio and pretty good food.

Apr 24, 2007
KCRob in Phoenix

Dntwn PHX lunch?

You're not too far away from La Tolteca. It's a great Mexican restaurant/bakery/grocery around 12th ST on Van Buren. It's just east and a little north of the musuem.

Apr 23, 2007
KCRob in Phoenix

Fun, Cheap and Wild in Vegas

Will be heading to Las Vegas shortly for a bachelor party. We're looking for a fun place to eat on Friday night. We've already got a big steak dinner planned for Saturday night, so we're looking for something more fun, casual, and not too pricey ($25-$40 for dinner and a drink or two). This will be for a group of about 15.

We're staying at the Palms. Anywhere reasonably close to there or on the strip would be great.

Thanks!

- Rob

Apr 15, 2007
KCRob in Southwest

Asia de Cuba

I went a few weeks ago. Got there about 6:15 on a Thursday and we were the first ones in there. Lucky, cuz we didn't have reservations.

There were 3 of us and we got 2 appetizers and 3 entrees. I think we had spare ribs and shrimp for apps and chicken, duck and salmon for the entrees. Everything was shared and it was all pretty tasty.

Just as a warning, this place can get real expensive. I think our shrimp appetizer was almost $25. Total bill for 3 people was $220 which includes the food and one drink each. I was glad to have an expense account for that meal.

Apr 06, 2007
KCRob in Southwest

Denver Weekend - LoDo/Cherry Creek

Thanks for all the comments so far. I've been checking out websites and everything looks great! I'm sure we'll be spending a majority of our time in either Cherry Creek or LoDo. No doubt shopping will be on the agenda and we really want to check out LoDo to see what downtown Kansas City might eventually look like in a few (or more) years.

We'll definitely be taking cabs to dinner (I understand walking long distances in skinny high heels is not desirable), but would like to keep it within a reasonable distance of the hotel so that we can maximize our fun time.

Apr 04, 2007
KCRob in Southwest

Denver Weekend - LoDo/Cherry Creek

I'll be heading to Denver in May to celebrate my girlfriend's brithday. We're going to be staying Friday-Sunday at the JW Marriott Cherry Creek.

I'm looking for any and all suggestions for great restaurants in the area - breakfast, lunch, dinner. Especially looking for a nice place for a great birthday dinner.

I'm not planning to rent a car, so the preference would be for places that easily accessible to the area, either by walking or cab.

And if you happen to have any favorite clubs/bars for going out afterwards, I'm all ears.

Thanks!

- Rob

Apr 03, 2007
KCRob in Southwest

Lovejoy's KansAZ City BBQ (Phoenix)

Wow, not representing KC very well. Too bad. The only BBQ joint I've been to in AZ is Honey Bears. It was passable, but if you don't smell the smoke when you walk into the place, you know there is a problem.

By the way, I was shopping at AJ's last week and noticed they had Gate's BBQ sauce from Kansas City. My all time favorite sauce - especially the Extra Hot for those that like it spicy.

Apr 03, 2007
KCRob in Phoenix

Good sandwich - Biltmore area (PHX)

Au Petit Four is a great little French cafe open for breakfast and lunch. It's right under the AMC movie theater at 24th & Camelback. Ate there for the first time last week and really enjoyed it. The sandwiches were really good.

Mar 20, 2007
KCRob in Phoenix

Vegas Steakhouse

My absolute favorite is N9ne at the Palms.

Feb 28, 2007
KCRob in Southwest

Review: Vincent's on Camelback - Phoenix (w/ photos!)

No problem. I didn't dislike it, but I got the feeling that my dining companions enjoyed their dishes much more. The filet was good, but not great. Nothing special about it. Little to no seasoning, or sauce, or slight char on the outside to give additional flavor. I was deciding between the tuna and the filet and was steered towards the filet.

However, it didn't detract from the excellent experience that we had at Vincent's that night.

Feb 26, 2007
KCRob in Phoenix

Review - Elements, Sanctuary Resort - Scottsdale/PV

I was really hoping to go to Elements for Valentine's Day, but by the time I found out I would be in Phoenix for work, they were already booked. However, I was able to get a 9pm reservation for the Saturday before (we went to Lon's for Valentine's Day).

In a nutshell, WOW - it was great! It was nice and dark when we arrived, so we didn't get to experience the beauty of the valley. Definitely want to go back before the sun goes down and see the sunset.

We got in early enough to grab a drink at the bar and sit outside on the patio before our reservation. We later went in the dining room for dinner. We had the calimari for an appetizer. It was fried just right and not at all greasy. We then had a coupel salads before our entrees came. I had the salmon and JJ had a seared ahi-like fish dish. I can't remember what it was called - kampachi maybe? Whatever it was, we both loved our dishes. The salmon was cooked very nicely. for dessert, we went with the waiter's rec and got the fluffernutter. It was different. We ate it all, but I think I would have gone for the chocolate peanut butter decadence. Our meal was accompanied by a bottle of Camus Conundrum. Total bill with tip was $200.

After dinner, we went back to the bar and had a few more drinks before taking off.

We really, really enjoyed our meal here. I'm sure we'll go back the next time JJ comes down to visit me again.

Feb 25, 2007
KCRob in Phoenix

Review: Vincent's on Camelback - Phoenix (w/ photos!)

Vincent's was one of the first places that I ate when I came to Phoenix to work in mid-Janaury. The salesman took our team of about 8 people there to celebrate starting a new project. We had a really enjoyable experience and a great meal. Our waiter was an older Persian gentleman and he was really good. He pretty much told us what we were going to be enjoying that night rather than taking our orders. This would normally probably turn me off, but I wasn't paying :-).

He started everyone off with an appetizer sampler that was great. I think I had the filet for my entree. I probably would have been better off getting something else. Then we had a dessert sampler afterwards.

We had a great meal and I have been telling my girlfriend that we need to go there when she comes to town to visit. I hope we can get the same great service that I experienced before.

Feb 25, 2007
KCRob in Phoenix

PHX: Lon's at the Hermosa - Thanks!

We did Lon's for Valentine's Day as well. I had never been, so wasn't sure what to expect. It rained that night, so they had to move everyone from the patio inside. It was pretty cramped inside. However, we were seated right away. Our service was a little bit slow. We weren't overly impressed by the appetizers, but our steaks were great.

Feb 25, 2007
KCRob in Phoenix

Review: Salty Senorita - Scottsdale, AZ (w/ photos!)

We're new to town and just stumbled across this place a few weekends ago. We went for a hike at Squaw Peak on a Saturday morning and took our first drive to Scottsdale afterwards. It was a beautiful afternoon and the Salty Senorita's patio was pretty crowded, so we decided to give it a try.

We enjoyed the chips and salsa and had a couple of margaritas to ease the post-hike pain that was setting in. I tried to order the fish tacos, but they were out of fish. So I got the shrimp tacos instead. Seth's review above is pretty accurate. JJ got the street tacos or something like that. She didn't like the extra veggies in the rice either.

Since that time, we've been to better Mexican restaurants. But I did enjoy hanging out on the patio in the afternoon sun, enjoying some drinks, and watching the motorcycles and people go past.

Feb 22, 2007
KCRob in Phoenix

Review - Elements, Sanctuary Resort - Scottsdale/PV

I'll be eating there this Saturday. I can't wait - it sounds great.

Feb 07, 2007
KCRob in Phoenix

Phoenix - Valentine's Day

Thanks Seth, I'll check these out. I think I read some good stuff about Coup des Tarte. My girlfriend is going to be spending the weekends before and after with me in Phoenix as well. Guess I better start working on those reservations too!

Jan 31, 2007
KCRob in Phoenix

Phoenix - Valentine's Day

Yes, Open table was the first place I went. Most of the nicer non-chain restaurants were already booked.

I did manage to get a spot at Vu and Fermier. Any comments on either of those?

Jan 31, 2007
KCRob in Phoenix

Phoenix - Valentine's Day

I just started working temporarily in Phoenix (live in Kansas City). I need to find a place to eat dinner for Valentine's Day. At this point in time, most of the nicer restaurants are pretty well booked up. I was really hoping to do something like Elements - great food with a view to match.

So, now I'm looking for alternative suggestions to the big name, romantic restaurants that have been mentioned on this board - Lon's, T. Cooks, Elements, Vincent, etc. Perhaps something fun, unique, good food, views if possible, a bit of romance, etc.

I was also hoping to maybe pair this up with a spa day for her so that she doesn't have to sit around the corporate apartment all day while I'm at work.

I'd welcome any and all suggestions. Thanks!

- Rob

Jan 31, 2007
KCRob in Phoenix