|Friday - October 31, 2008:
Visited the new location of The BBQ Shack in Paola, Kansas. I really hated
to see them leave the wonderful old dive the BBQ Shack was located in but
the food is still worth the trip.
Added new pages fo Bangkok
Pavilion in Overland Park & Pickering's
Restaurant and Pub in Olathe. Reworked the page devoted to the BBQ
Shack, replacing most of the photos.
The BBQ Shack
|Thursday - October 30, 2008:
Revisited Bangkok Pavilion
Thai Restaurant in Overland Park, Kansas. I enjoy the large lunch buffet.
The items on the buffet are a but more mild than I would choose, but there
is a nice selection of spices to pep it up. I particularly like the Thai
fresh chili pepper in fish sauce. Salty and very hot. It only takes a tiny
|Monday - October 27, 2008: Still on vacation,
but added a page devoted to Sylas
& Maddys Homemade Ice Cream in Olathe, Kansas.
|Friday - October 24, 2008: On vacation in
Florida for a long weekend, but added a page devoted to Oklahoma
Joe's Barbecue in Olathe, Kansas while changing planes in Atlanta,
|Thursday - October 23, 2008:
With the recent launch of the Olathe
and Overland Park Restaurant Guides
I have been visiting or revisiting a larger number of restaurants in the
Today a friend joined me for lunch at KC Masterpiece in
Overland Park, Kansas. Although I have dined at KC Masterpiece many times
over the years, my last experience was not very good and it had been over
a year since the last visit.
This visit was much better. The service was almost too
attentive and the food was all very good. We split a sparerib combo and
a small order of onion straws. We had burnt ends, a half slab of pork ribs,
French fries and baked beans.
All of the sides were great. I thought the ribs were only
average, but loved the burnt ends. My friend thought the ribs were the
This evening, I continued to sacrifice for this website:-)
Supper was at Oklahoma Joe's Barbecue
in Olathe, Kansas. I dine at Oklahoma Joe's about every other month, but
have been in a rut, always having 1/2 smoked chicken and unseasoned French
fries. I enjoy them both and they are a generous meal for only $6.49.
But tonight it was time to try something different. I
ordered the Z-Man Sandwich, unseasoned French fries and a small side of
smoked chicken gumbo. The Z-Man is brisket, smoked provolone topped with
two onion rings on a kaiser bun ($5.99). The huge order of fries is $2.39
and the gumbo is $2.79
The gumbo was good, as always. It may be too spicy for
some. The Z-man may have been the best sandwich I have had any time in
Looks like I won't be getting chicken the next time.
After diner I drove across the street to Sylas & Maddys
Homemade Ice Cream. This is the second location for the ice cream parlor
that started business in Lawrence, Kansas. Sylas & Maddys makes 150
flavors of homemade ice cream, and features 40 of them each day. I've only
tried a few flavors, but have liked every one that I have tried. A single
dip of ice cream in a homemade waffle cone is $3.19 and includes a 1/4
pound of ice cream. Be sure to check the bottom of the cone for a surprise.
Oklahoma Joe's Barbecue
Sylas and Maddys Homemade Ice Cream in Olathe, Kansas
|Wednesday - October 22, 2008: Had lunch
at Fred P. Ott's Bar and Grill in Olathe, Kansas. It is one of a small
local chain owned by Kansas City, Missouri's Haddad Restaurant Group. Haddad
also owns Winstead's, the Plaza III, and Timbercreek Bar and Grill in Louisburg,
The formula hasn't changed at this restaurant in many
years. They have a nice variety of daily specials and several standbys
including Fred P. Ott's "Biggie," a 10 ounce hamburger. The meat served
at Ott's is the same as the Plaza III, but I am afraid that the cooking
is not the same. No matter how I have tried ordering the Biggie, it always
comes well done.
Added pages devoted to the Quayle
Rare Bible Collection and the Midland
Railway. Added a short review of Fred
P. Ott's to the Olathe Kansas Restaurant
Fred P. Ott's Bar and Grill
|Tuesday - October 21, 2008:
Visited Papa Keno's Pizzeria for lunch, with a friend. The pizza and sandwich
shop has been operating in old town Overland Park, Kansas since 1995.
My friend ordered a calzone. They run $6.50 or $7.50 with
a regular drink. But that includes only sauce and cheese. Other fillings
cost 75 cents each, which quickly adds up. Still, the calzone was good
and nearly 12" across.
I ordered a campinella sandwich: cream cheese, turkey,
sun dried tomato, provolone, onion, lettuce, tomato, oil and vinegar. It
was also large, at least 8" across, and the roll (which I assume was baked
on premises) was good. There was lots of cream cheese. $7.50 or $8.75 with
potato chips and a drink.
We would both order the same thing again. But I guess
I better try the pizza next time.
Papa Keno's Pizzeria
|Monday - October 20, 2008: Visited Overland
Park's newest Indian restaurant - Masalas Authentic Indian Diner - located
across the parking lot from Cinzetti's Italian Market Restaurant. Masalas
has the nicest dining room of any Indian restaurant I have visited in the
region. Modern, attractive, with a small fountain. The service was great
and the lunch buffet has a very large selection.
So what is wrong? The food did not impress me. The chef
made choices that I don't care for. In particular, he uses very little
dairy in preparing the dishes.
My favorite dish was one I have never had before - shrimp
masala. Perhaps because I don't know how it would taste if it was prepared
by another. The buffet was $10, but did include my beverage.
Added short reviews of Masalas, D' Bronx Deli, & Choga
Korean Restaurant to the Overland Park
Restaurant Guide, plus a longer separate page devoted to Choga
Masalas Authentic Indian Diner
|Sunday - October 19, 2008: Visited
two restaurants: Ingredient in Lawrence, Kansas and Choga Korean Restaurant
in Overland Park, Kansas.
Ingredient's name comes from the option of choosing which
ingredients go into your sandwich, salad or pizza. A bit pricey, but not
bad. But they also offer items they have designed. I had a Sausage
Grinder, which was a little milder than I would choose again. My friend
had a Apple Wood pizza with smoked chicken sausage, and gouda cheese. The
personal pizza came in only about 5 minutes.
I have been to Choga before, but not for 2 or 3 years.
I was encouraged to try them again, by a review in The Pitch by Charles
Feruzza. I have never met Charles, but feel like I know him after years
of hearing his restaurant reviews on The Walt Bodine NPR radio show.
The food was pretty good, perhaps a little better than
I recall. I had a sweet and spicy octopus dish that I liked a lot. The
meals come with the chef's choice of 6 side dishes and there were three
kimchi, tofu, sprouts and a kind of scrambled eggs. They didn't have the
crispy, tiny anchovies that I really liked when eating there years before.
The servings were generous, but I still managed to eat
One nit to pick with Charles Feruzza's review. He said,
"may be the most unattractive dining room in Overland Park." Charles must
have never visited Chung's
Rainbow Restaurant, which is only a block away.
Choga Korean Restaurant
|Saturday - October 18, 2008:
Visited the 51st annual Maple Leaf Festival in Baldwin City, Kansas. The
leaves hadn't changed colors yet, but the weather was beautiful and there
was a large crowd.
We started by touring the crafts and food vendors. I was
surprised how many Kansas families have started making jellies and butters
for sale. Every one of them seem to offer a hot pepper jelly. One of them
had 3 different varieties.
The parade began at 11AM and lasted about 50 minutes.
There were more bands than I expected, at least 7 or 8. But there were
fewer floats and most of those were just people standing on a trailer.
There were many politicians - no big surprise.
We followed watching the parade with lunch at Hickory
Creek Bar B Que. With the huge crowd in town for the Maple Leaf Festival,
they were serving only three meats and two sides. They offered a sandwich,
side and drink for $7, but we had coupons for only $5 that were given to
us by another vendor.
So we tried pulled pork and brisket sandwiches, along
with baked beans and coleslaw. The coleslaw was good, but the beans were
better. The pulled pork was as good as I have ever had. I need to return
when Hickory Creek is offer its full menu.
Next we stopped by the 160 year old Baker University campus
to tour the Quayle Rare Bible Collection. I found the bibles for the blind,
and the autographed bibles the most interesting.
We also tried to visit the Osborne Memorial Chapel, which
was moved to the campus from England in 1995. But although the University's
brochure says it is open, it was all locked up both times we tried.
The last stop of the afternoon was the Midland Railroad
on the west side of Baldwin City. For only $5/person, they offered a 50
minute excursion ride, including an old West gunfight along the way.
Maple Leaf Festival Parade in Baldwin City
Quayle Rare Bible Collection at Baker University
Midland Railway in Baldwin City
|Friday - October 17, 2008:
Added short reviews of Santa Fe Cafe and India Palace to the Overland
Park Restaurant & Attraction Guide.
|Thursday - October 16, 2008: Revisited Sam's
Tastee Treat in Olathe, Kansas. This cool little dive has been open since
1963. All the drive-in style food is good, though not as interesting as
Added a new page
to the Olathe Kansas Restaurant Guide
devoted to Sam's, a separate page devoted to the Olathe Go
Chicken Go, and a page devoted to the Greensburg, Kansas 5.4.7
Sam's Tastee Treat
|Tuesday - October 7, 2008: Visited J Gilbert's
Wood Fired Steaks in Overland Park, Kansas with two friends. I had the
bone in ribeye steak. Usually I have to order medium rare, to get medium,
but the waiter confirmed what I wanted and they brought a perfect medium.
My acorn squash soup was interesting. Glad I tried it, but probably would
go for the classic Caesar salad or Crab Bisque.
The chocolate Pompeii soufflé which requires 15
minutes preparation time was good, but I like the similar dessert without
the dried cherries at Cinzetti's Italian Market Restaurant (across the
For a steak house, the prices were reasonable. The three
of us got out for $120 before tip, with no alcohol. The service was impeccable.
Added J. Gilbert's to the Overland
Park Restaurant & Attraction Guide.
J. Gilbert's Wood Fired Steaks
|Monday - October 6, 2008: Launched new Olathe
Restaurant & Attraction Guide.
|Sunday - October 5, 2008: Launched new Overland
Park Restaurant & Attraction Guide.
Stopped at Luther's Jerky
in LeRoy, Kansas to stock up on summer sausage, jerky and Pemican. I am
a particular fan of Luther's buffalo pemmican which is slightly sweet from
dried fruit used in its preparation.
After a family gathering during Homecoming weekend in
Fredonia, Kansas we visited "The Mound." Actually it is one of two twin
mounds that rise up in the community. This South Mound has long had an
observation deck, lighted Christmas Star and is a popular location for
couples to park.
In 2000, the community raised funds to place a 40 x 60
foot American Flag on a 100 foot flagpole at the to Fredonia's South Mound.
The flag has become a symbol for the community.
With few restaurants open on a Sunday evening, we went
to Western Diner for supper. A big disappointment.
When we entered the Western Diner, there were many empty
tables, but none that were cleared and clean. We stopped to talk to friends
that were finishing their diner. After 10 minutes, there were still no
clean tables so we sat a one that had been at least cleared. This story
could go on for several more paragraphs, but suffice to say, it was one
of the poorest restaurant service experiences I have ever had. So bad I
could only laugh about it. With mediocre food, to boot.
Luther's Jerky AKA: JerkeyUSA
Fredonia's South Mound
|Saturday - October 4, 2008: Started the
day with a visit to Artisan Francais, a French bakery in Overland Park,
Kansas. Artisan Francais fills much the same niche as the nearby Andréís
Confiserie Suisse. It was too early for lunch, but I purchased a number
of baked goods to sample or share. The Pain au Chocolat (Chocolate Croissant)
looked great, but could have used a few more chocolate chips. The Tarte
aux Abricots (Apricot Tart) was better, as was pastry called chocolate
French toast. (note from December, 2009 - Artisan Francais went out of
buisness shortly after this visit)
The chef, Sebastien Saint-Ouen, is from Nimes, France
and came to the area because his wife is from Kansas City, Missouri.
Artisan Francais is open from 7AM until late afternoon,
Monday - Saturday. In addition to baked goods and candies, the cafe serves
coffees, sandwiches, crepes and soup.
After photographing a number of Overland Park restaurants
and attractions for the new Overland
Park Restaurant & Attraction Guide, I revisited Chung's Rainbow
Restaurant, a small Korean restaurant in Overland Park. I've long enjoyed
the food at Chung's.
Chung's has a new, much larger menu. I selected KanPungOhTingOh,
deep fried squid with jalapenos in spicy and sweet sauce for $11.99. Very
nice, and not quite as hot as the "hard core" Korean dishes I have usually
been trying. It came with kimchi, steamed rice, clear broth and daan moo
ji (sweet, yellow pickled radish).
I need to start going to Chung's more often and sample
more of the new menu.
Chung's Rainbow Restaurant
|Thursday - October 2, 2008: Went to Paola,
Kansas, intending to have lunch at the BBQ Shack,
but discovered that the old location was closed and the sign said that
the new location at 1613 East Peoria Street would open the next day. A
lot of work was taking place at the new location and I wondered if they
would be open. (Note: called the next day and they are)
Tried Cactus Jack's on the strength of their sign saying
"Home made pork tenderloins." Jack's large menu is 1/2 Mexican food,
1/2 grill. Warm corn chips and salsa are brought to the table as soon as
you sit down. My food was all good, though nothing outstanding: spicy chicken
wings, chicken fried steak sandwich, and "Mexican fries." To my taste,
the fries could have been more seasoned.
I was too full to try their desserts, but asked about
them as I was paying my bill. The pies are not made on premises, but the
cobblers are. I really need to try Cactus Jack's again.
In the evening, a friend and I had supper at Bristol Seafood
Grill in Leawood, Kansas. This was the first time I had visited the Bristol
in several years.
The service was impeccable and this pleasant upscale restaurant
does a lot of things right. It is a bit pricey but we kept our expense
down by having fixed price diners which are offered before 6PM. They consist
of choice of soup or salad, a smaller serving of meat with starch &
vegetable, and choice of 3 desserts. $30/each.
The house & Caesar salads were both large. The house
salad included walnuts & dried cherries. I had (4) seared scallops,
which were very good, as was the garlic mashed potatoes. My friend's crab
cakes looked great, but she didn't share. Our desserts were Key lime pie
and creme brulee. The creme brulee was a surprisingly large serving, and
my second favorite part of the meal.
My favorite part was the biscuits. A server grabs the
pans as soon as they come out of the oven and comes through the dinning
room serving the biscuits. They are sweat & buttery and would make
a wonderful strawberry shortcake. I have to confess that I had 3!
And I rarely eat breads.
Cactus Jack's restaurant in Paola, Kansas
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