Showing posts with label food. Show all posts
Showing posts with label food. Show all posts

Thursday, August 22, 2013

El Pollo Rey

I finally made it to El Pollo Rey this week and I wasn't let down one bit. The chicken at this place is probably the best in the city (including Strouds) and the service was equally as good.  


Things of note

  • The Argentine area presents a sense of community that is hard to find in the metro.  
  • The number of open businesses in that area is amazing.  Kudos to the hard working people of the Argentine area for building a community full of small businesses that employ locals. 
  • You must order the whole chicken because the half wont last once you get a taste.  
  • The wings are good but nothing special 
  • The fresh tortillas were Awesome!  Half of them didn't make it home.
  • If you are afraid of going to places where english is the 2nd language then you wont like this place.  A plus to that though is that there isn't a single person from Prairie Village or Leawood there.   



Tuesday, September 08, 2009

Bistro Les Minots - Now Open


I got an email from the owners of Bistro Les Minots today asking me to throw up some info about their restaurants recent opening. The place looks pretty nice so next time you are out in NY give it a shot and let me know how it is.


Les Minots Bistro

47-16 30th Avenue

Astoria, NY 11103

718 606 2535

Sunday, July 26, 2009

KC BBQ UPDATE - ADAMS RIB

If you haven't checked out Adams Rib on 87th street yet then you are missing out on some great food. I went for the first time on Tuesday of this past week and it was so good that I had to take the family there again yesterday. This place is a pleasant change from the usual BBQ in this town.

I recommend that you get the Baby backs, sweet potato fries, beans and use their spicy sauce.

ENJO
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9148 Santa Fe Drive
Overland Park, KS 66212

MENU
KIDS EAT FREE ON MONDAYS

Friday, July 03, 2009

KCWIRED DROPS 2 REVIEWS FOR THE WEEKEND

Wil Jenny's
The perfect combination of Mexican and Barbecue.; who would have thunk it! Their baby back ribs are ecstasy and their enchilada's are rock and roll. What else would you want? Well, they have great chocolate cake too! Sit in the bar area for the most fun; It's all non-smoking, so you can take your kids with you!
6700 West 135th
Overland Park, KS 66223

(913) 897-1114

Stoud's
Stroud's was kicked out of their old location when Mr. Eminent Domain decided it needed a million dollar bridge to connect one crappy part of town to another crappy part of town. In doing so, a Kansas City landmark was forced to relocate. Stroud's, formerly in South Kansas City is now located on Shawnee Mission Parkway in Fairway and I decided to check it out for Father's day.
When we arrived at Stroud's at 5PM there was a 30 minute wait. We happily walked to the bar, ordered a round of Miller Light, and proceeded outside to sit on the patio and get a little sun while we waited. After being seated, the waitress quickly arrived and took our drink order as we started perusing the menu. I ordered the 3 piece chicken meal, my wife ordered the same and shared hers with our girl. My mom ordered a half order of livers (I know). Our meals came with all of the mashed potatoes, gravy, and green beans you can eat , and maybe a dinner role but I can't be sure because I was too busy with the pan-fried chicken and gravy. This place has the best gravy I have ever had, I mean, I am not a gravy aficionado by any means but this stuff is addictive. Everyone enjoyed what they ordered and everyone was completely stuffed with plenty of leftovers. I even tried the livers (dipped in gravy) and they were... well lets put is this way, they could have been pieces of monkey turd and tasted like a million bucks as long as they were covered in Stroud's gravy! Highly recommend. Expect to pay $15 per person not including drinks. Dress anyway you feel comfortable, preferrably something loose so you can breath after eating.

4200 Shawnee Mission Pkwy
Fairway, KS 66205
(913) 262-8500

http://www.kcwired.com

Tuesday, January 13, 2009

DID COWS & PIGS BECOME EXTINCT?


I never thought I would see the day that there was an actual market for raccoon meat in the metro area, I guess I was wrong.



Eating Raccoons should be restricted to Nuclear Holocaust and Road Warrior movies. We aren't freaking settlers exploring the wild west here. The last time I checked we could still purchase meat at the grocery store. Hell even KCMO residents can now purchase prekilled and cut meat from the butcher.

Thursday, January 17, 2008

TOP TEN BBQ JOINTS IN KANSAS CITY (revised)


Over the past few weeks as more and more people have been bookmarking this site I have been getting several requests for a BBQ top ten list that ranks them in order. So here they go, this time in order along with the most over rated/ worst BBQ in town.

1. Gates - There isn't even a close 2nd. Items to order: Short ends, fries, beans.
2. Oklahoma Joes - Best Pork & Fries in town. Items to order: Pulled pork, fries, beans, coleslaw. They also make a pretty decent chili
3. Bryants - Best meat in town - sauce is different Items to order: Burnt ends & Fries. Beans are just ok
4. LC's - Legend
5. Woodyard BBQ - Nothing is bad here and it is CHEAP
6. Jack Stack - Getting a little to fancy for a BBQ place but still the best sausage and beans in town.
7. Quicks BBQ - Legend
8. B.B.'s Lawnside - Great food, terrible location
9. Famous Dave's - It is sad that a National chain beats out many of our local places
10. ADAMS RIB - This is a new joint(2009) off of 87th street. AWESOME food.

On the bubble
Filling station BBQ, Johnny's Hickory house, KC Masterpiece, Wyandotte, Stonewall, Danny Edwards, Smoke stack, Stillwell Station

MOST OVER RATED BBQ IN TOWN
1. Smokehouse - Terrible sauce that drowns out the flavor of the meat.
2. Big Bubbas - I went back to give these guys a 3rd chance and was completely underwhelmed. If you are in Olathe GO TO Johnny's BBQ, it is your only safe bet besides Oklahoma Joes.
3. Rosedale - The meat there is terrible but they have incredible fries
4. Smokin Joes - Another Olathe crap house but once again they have incredible fries.
5. 135th street BBQ - This might be the worst on the list.
6. Haywards - I have had deli meat that tasted more like BBQ than this place.
7. Brobecks - Getting better but not quite there. Another 6 months and the smokers will be up to the challenge.

The above mentioned 7 places are a complete waste of money when you compare them to the other choices out there.

Thursday, November 08, 2007

10 BEST PLACES TO EAT IN KANSAS CITY - DINNER


These are my battle tested full proof places to grab a nice meal in the Metro area for dinner.

If you need reservations try Open Table KC

1. The Melting Pot - Great atmosphere and good food. If you have a couple of hours to kill for dinner this is the place to go.

2. Abuelos - Some of the best mexican food in town and it isn't located in the crappy SW Blvd area. This little gem is up in North Kansas City at Zona Rosa.

3.
Pierponts - Excellent food and great atmosphere. Located at Union Station.

4.
McCormick & Schmick's - Best seafood in town and great location on the Plaza

5.
Wil Jenny's- This place is the best family restaurant in JOCO hands down.  Awesome food, great atmosphere and great kids meals. 

6.
J. Gilberts - Awesome Steaks in Overland Park and one of the best in the metro

7.
Golden OX - Across from Kemper this gem is a throwback to the boom days of the West Bottoms. Great food, atmosphere and service.

8.
Yard House - Best casual place to eat on this list

9.
Jaspers - In my opinion the Best Italian place in KC. Located at 103rd and State line.

10.  Piropos - Argentinean food up north that is well worth the drive.  

Wednesday, October 24, 2007

What could be the last BBQ of the season


This weekend we have a visitor coming in from London for a couple of days so we are having one more BBQ.

The Menu

Starters
1. BBQ Wings - Mild
2. Jalapeno Cream Cheese Dip
3. Spiced Pickles
4. Cheese & Cracker Spread
Main Course
1. BBQ Ribs - 4 slabs (cooked with Hickory wood using a Memphis style rub and sauce)
2. Pulled Pork - 10lbs (cooked with Hickory & Apple wood using a Carolina rub and Texas sauce)
3. Smoked Sausage - 5lbs roll (cooked with Hickory wood using a KC rub and KC sauce)
4. Turkey Legs (cooked with Hickory and Apple)
5. Italian Sausage
5. Burgers for the kids and lunch
Side Dishes
1. Beer Cheese Potatoes
2. BBQ Beans
3. Coleslaw
4. White Bread

I am going to be trying something different on the Ribs that I hope will be a hit.

Friday, September 28, 2007

LUNCH THIS WEEK


This was not a strong effort on the part of my clients for lunches this week. With the exception of the Cajun place the others were below average.


Tuesday - Harley Davidson BBQ in Topeka
Wednesday - Red Robin - Topeka
Thursday - Boudros , New Cajan place off of 107th and Mission. Pretty good

Monday, September 24, 2007

WEEKEND THINGS OF NOTE


  • I went 7-3 in my office Pick Em which once again put me in 2nd place. This will be the 4th straight week that I finish 2nd. The first place winner has not been the same all year.
  • I went to the Plaza Art Fair and didn't see any Art. That is a win in my book.
  • We went to the Bristol for dinner on Saturday night and dined on Steak, Lobster shrimp etc for free thanks to some gift cards my employer gave me awhile back. The food was good but I still prefer McCormick & Schmick's.
  • The lawn mowing in my neighborhood is pathetic.
  • The Rhythm Rockets are a worth seeing.
  • The Chiefs defense is the best I have seen since Marty left. They are currently ranked #4 in the NFL.
  • Nebraska is the most over rated team in college football. Ball State???
  • It is possible to watch 4 NFL games on Sundays.
  • I still have not fired up my new smoker!
  • It is time to start planning my October Chili/Sausage event.
  • My wife spent over 10 hours on the computer yesterday. I have realized that I am a scrapbooker enabler. She is now going to be hooked on digital scrap booking due a new tablet that I got her.

Wednesday, September 19, 2007

LUNCH


My job is to entertain current and future clients which means that I have an expense account that I get to abuse on a monthly basis. This includes Golf, Royals Games, Gift Cards, Donuts, cookies and the most important thing, Lunch. Having free lunches at nice restaurants everyday use to be a nice perk. How many people get to eat where ever they want for free 4 days a week? One day I could be eating at the Plaza III and the next some good Sports Bar Food and then some BBQ.

After nearly 9 years of entertaining people it has become old. I actually hope that the clients will have to reschedule just so I can get some down time. It is tough to be "on" all the time and to continually make excuses for the people that work for me. I have an excellent client base and it is no longer necessary for me to "whine and dine" them, yet it is expected.

So I figured once a week I will post where I have eaten and what I had so I can reflect back at the end of the year on the variety of food I have had. So just to get caught up here is a list of places I have been in September.

1. Fox & The Hound
2. YaHooz - Town Center
3. Parabskis deli - Topeka
4. Glory Days Pizza - Topeka
5. 1924 Main - Downtown
6. Manny's - SW Blvd
7. Arthur Bryants - Downtown
8. George Brett's - Plaza
9. Hereford House - Downtown
10. Pierponts - Union Station.

Today I am heading back down to Manny's

Tuesday, September 11, 2007

Sunday, September 02, 2007

Great Saturday!!!!!!!!!!!


1. Got all of my errands done in a quick manner.
2. Kick off of College Football. This will be the first season of football with my new TV
3. KU won, K State lost. Only thing missing from this is an MU loss.
4. Won new Leather Jacket at the Harley Dealership ($300).
5. Cleaned Motorcycle.
6. Saw Kynzie & Max at my parents house.
7. Went out to dinner with Kerry - Yardhouse at Legends has great food and great music.
8. Discovery of Chocolate dipped Twinkies. This could be dangerous.
9. Lawn did not need to be mowed
10. Found the Blues Brothers Soundtrack.

Friday, August 24, 2007

Fast Food joints that we don't have.


This city is littered with McDonalds, Taco Bells, Sonics etc.. but we are missing the cornerstones of healthy nutrition.

1. White Castle
2. Whataburger
3. Taco Tico
4. Braums
5. Jack N The Box
6. Del Taco

In good news the addition of Taco John's and Taco Bueno have finally ended Taco Bells dominance in this city.

Thursday, August 23, 2007

WHAT'S FOR DINNER?


This question seemed to be the only conversation that my wife and I would have every night when I came home. It would then be followed up with the following roll call of choices. McDonalds, Burger King, Winsteads, Wendys, Applebees curbside and Taco Bell. So for the past 11 years I have had a hamburger every weeknight for dinner. My wife has some challenges in the Kitchen (she once had to call someone to figure out how to make instant rice) and I knew this going into the deal but assumed that with a little practice that she might actually get a little better.

Another problem that we have is that I like my food to have flavor while my wife likes bland foods. She will not eat a cut up vegetables. If we go out to dinner you can look down at her plate and see a pile of ingredients sitting on her plate that she has expertly picked out of the food. I don't even notice this act anymore it is a rapid fluid motion a lot like a hummingbird feeding and can only be seen in slow motion.

All of this changed about a month ago when I came home and smelt actual food cooking inside our kitchen. At first I thought my kids had fired up there easy bake oven but it wasn't, there was an actual meal being prepared in my kitchen. I was excited but in the back of my head the Lasagna incident of 1996 cautioned me. At this point I didn't care what it was as long as I didn't have to hear the question "what is for dinner?" and eat another fast food hamburger. Dinner was served and on my plate was a Jambalaya with sausage and cut up vegetables. It was incredible. So for the last month I have enjoyed a nice variety of meals cooked in my kitchen by my wife and I would like to take this time to thank the very special person that made this possible.










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