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- March 1, 2015: We went to Downtown
Diner in Olathe to try the fried chicken and check on the current breakfast
menu. A two white piece fried chicken dinner is $9.99 and takes about 20
minutes for preparation. The chicken was tender and moist with a crisp
Fried chicken dinner
- March 5, 2015: At lunch we went to The Other Place in Overland Park
to consider it for our Overland Park Restaurant
Guide. Their location in Olathe is in the Olathe guide. We tried the
onion rings, chili and Canadian bacon pizza sub which was a daily special.
It was a grilled sandwich which also had pizza sauce mozzarella cheese.
onion rings were my favorite. They appeared to be freshly battered and
were cooked just right. The $7 serving was enormous. We both had plenty
of them and there were still many left over.
- March 6, 2015: After a revisit to City Super Buffet in Olathe. It
was added to the Olathe Restaurant Guide. This
Chinese restaurant has been much improved since its change of ownership
and name over a year ago. My favorite items were the butter shrimp and
the salt and pepper squid.
paid our first visit to Taste of Africa in southern Overland Park. The
African restaurant opened last summer in the space vacated by the Burnt
End BBQ when it moved to 119th Street. The menu is somewhat limited, but
had several items which looked appealing.
has the Samaki wa Kukaanga (deep fried whole tilapia fish with seasonings
topped with lime wedges) which came with the choice of two side dishes
for $11.50. We didn't see or taste the lime, but that is OK, as I'm not
a big lime fan. She chose Ugale (corn meal mush/ corn fufu) and fried plantains.
The mush was a large white block with a texture and taste that made me
think of a block of grits. The plantain slices were fairly thick and sweet.
went with the Serengeti Platter - Ng'ombe (beef stew), sautéed cabbage,
sautéed kale, rice and chapatti for $13.50. The stew was very good.
Just meat and sauce with out vegetables. The sautéed kale was delicious.
The cabbage was lightly seasoned with curry and I wasn't impressed with
it at first, but it was much more enjoyable with a little of the sauce
from the stew. The chapatti was a roll of thin bread. Not the spongy, sour
bread from Ethiopia, but something filling the same place in a meal.
City Super Buffet
Taste of Africa
- March 7, 2015: We drove to LC's
BBQ in Kansas City, Missouri today. It is on the far side of Kansas
City, only a few miles from Arrowhead and Kauffman Stadium. I really enjoy
this restaurant (I think it is one of the top 5 BBQ places in the KC metro),
but only get back there every couple of years.
point of this trip was mainly to make sure there were no changes other
than pricing and to update our photos. Also to see if there were any after
effects from the fire in December. The pork ribs were dark & crispy
on the outside, but still juicy and tender on the inside. This was the
first time I have had LC's sausage, which has a somewhat coarse texture.
I enjoyed it, but it was less of a hit with the rest of our party.
we were eating, a Kansas City Barbecue Tour bus pulled up and the small
restaurant filled up. Apparently it was either the $40 two restaurant "ribblet
tour" or the $65 four restaurant "original KC barbecue tour."
to Kansas, we visited the Johnson County
Museum in Shawnee. We have had a page about the museum for many years,
but they didn't permit photos in the museum, so it was limited. The museum
recently contacted us to tell us that they now permit photos and are otherwise
more visitor friendly these days.
LC's BBQ packed with the tour group
Johnson County Museum
- March 8, 2015: I had lunch at Bangkok
Pavilion in Overland Park, to update its listing in the Overland
Park Restaurant Guide. Their $12.95 weekend buffet is the best Asian
buffet which I have found in the metro area and competes with other types
of buffets which are twice as expensive. My favorite dishes today were
red curry flounder and the pad thai.
- March 9, 2015: We drove to south Overland Park, to check out Stroud's
new third location in the Kansas City metropolitan area. This one went
to the space formerly occupied by a Mimi's Cafe and has the least charm
of any Stroud's location.
the food is much like the other locations. The pan fried chicken, chicken
gizzards, mashed potatoes, cottage fries, green beans, soup and gravy were
all very good. The cinnamon rolls were good fresh, but don't do well when
taken home and Stroud's large servings are largely about the food you take
home. For example, after a generous meal, I took home enough gizzards and
cottage fries for two more meals.
server was struggling a little, but other employees did a good job of covering
for her and our service didn't suffer.
- March 10, 2015: We tried the new Saints Pub + Patio off Renner Boulevard
in Lenexa. It had been quite a while since we last dinned at the other
Lenexa location, so I'm not sure how this one compares, but neither the
flat bread pizza or fries did much for me. The bone in chicken wings were
OK. There is nothing wrong with this place, but there was nothing which
would particularly bring me back.
updated our pages devoted to the Richard
H. Schmidt Museum of Natural History in Emporia, Mount
Sunflower, and Great Overland Station
- March 11, 2015: This evening, I paid a second visit to Taste of Africa
in Overland Park. This time I had the Mbuzi (goat stew with onions, tomatoes,
peppers and African spices) with two sides for $12.50. I requested that
they make it spicy, but it seemed no spicier than the beef stew which I
had last Friday.
would like this better with some pieces of onion and pepper, but it is
still very good as it it.
Taste of Africa
- March 12, 2015: At lunch I made my annual visit to Fred
P. Ott's Bar and Grill. The menu and its prices were unchanged since
last March and I didn't notice any other changes. The pork tenderloin sandwich
appeared to be hand breaded. It was quite good, with a large toasted bun.
Being able to doctor it up at the fixings bar really made this sandwich.
followed up with a stop at the nearby Ernie
Miller Nature Center. The largest exhibit gallery was being remodeled.
evening, Mary and Linda helped me make a first visit to Twisted, a counter
service sandwich, wrap and taco restaurant near Johnson County Community
College. I had heard wonderful things about their Cajun Mahi Mahi fish
tacos. The sweet, spicy taco lived up to the hype. The BBQ chicken wrap.
Southwest chicken sandwich and Cajun chicken tacos were all OK, though
the sandwich had too much pico de gallo which soaked the bun.
Listing for Taste of Africa and Twisted were added to
our Overland Park Restaurant Guide.
Ernie Miller Nature Center
- March 14, 2015: Mary and Linda joined me in revisiting D' Bronx Deli
& Pizzeria in Overland Park. I had not been there since May 2013.
Italian susage and meatball submarine sandwiches were both good, but the
pizza was the standout. It is among the best pizzas I have had in Johnson
signature Ruben sandwich was disapointing. It had way too much bread for
the amount of filling and not enough dressing. It was mostly about eating
grilled rye bread.
- March 16, 2015: Burnt ends are only sold at Joe's
Kansas City Bar-B-Que on at lunch on Monday & Saturday and at supper
on Wednesday. It had been years since I last had their burnt ends and the
review didn't really talk about them, so I stopped by the the Olathe Location
burnt ends are good, though at $10.69 with one side, the serving of meat
seemed a little small. I would like the price to drop about a dollar and
a half, a second side dish added, or the meat serving made larger.
- March 19, 2015: For lunch, we thought we would visit an Olathe bar
and grill, so we could watch the Kansas Jayhawks in the NCAA tournament.
First we went to Freddy T's Restaurant
and Sports Bar, but we discovered that it had closed. We later learned
that it had permanently closed on March 8th.
we drove a couple of miles south to Austin's
Bar & Grill, but discovered that there would be a long wait for
up on the game, we then made our second visit to Foody's.
Veggie wrap and sweet potato fries
- March 20, 2015: I had lunch at the Double Nickel bar and grill in
Olathe. It had been several years since I was last there. The University
of Kansas versus New Mexico State NCAA tournament game was on every TV.
had the chicken fried steak sandwich special, $7.99 with curly fries. The
large, thick sandwich came without white gravy, but was still tender. The
breading was nothing special.
afternoon I drove to Wichita to revisit several of the places on our Unique
Kansas Restaurants page.
up was Bomber Burger on the south east side. The tiny bar & grill first
opened in 1951, and it has been in the Rickard family since 1985. Chris
Rickard, who presently runs it, took over in 1997 following the death of
his father, Paul Rickard. The burgers are grilled slowly, so they stay
very moist, though they are all cooked well done. They are spinkled with
a little garlic powder & other spices. The fresh cut fries are also
the meal, I drove along the Big Arkansas River from the Keeper
of the Plains, south to Watson Park, stopping several times for photos.
Much longer was spent at the fairly recently built Lincoln Street Dam &
Bridge, where a beaver was quite active.
heading to my motel, I also stopped at the original Nu-Way
Cafe, which has been serving crumbly burgers and wonderful in house
made root beer since the 1930s. I had a medium Nu-Way burger, small onion
rings and a pop. Much have they have done in the past, although I did not
have a coupon, they gave me the coupon price for the combination - only
$4.99. All of the food was good, with the handmade onion rings being the
menu is quite limited, the Nu-Way Cafe does a good job on those things
which they offer.
Beaver (Castor canadensis) below the Lincoln Street Dam
- March 21, 2015: The first restaurant which I revisited today was
Diner, which is only a few blocks from the Nu-Way Cafe. The popular
burger joint opened in the 1950s and there have been few changes over the
years. Long time employees, Dave and Kristen Hale purchased Ty's shortly
after the last visit in 2012. They have also been slow to make changes,
but just the day before, they posted a sign that there will be new hours
starting May 1. The previous hours (11 AM - 2:30 PM Tuesday - Saturday)
have been unchanged for years. Those will not change, but Ty's will also
be open Friday and Saturday evenings from 5-8PM.
first attraction visited today was the Kansas Aviation Museum. Although
I had photographed the museum many years ago, somehow a page had never
been made and some of those photos are now out of date.
museum occupies a beautiful WPA completed building which was the Wichita
Municipal Airport terminal from 1935 to 1951. The Aviation Museum displays
its larger aircraft outside the building, but there are many smaller aircraft
and displays inside the building. Wichita has long been called the "The
Air Capital of the World" and there are exhibits devoted to several of
the firms which have been head quartered in Wichita or had major facilities
here, such as Beechcraft, Cessna, and Stearman Aircraft. Volunteers open
a couple of the larger airplanes for viewing each day.
on to Hutchinson, I took new exterior photos of the Strataca.
The old photos said Kansas Underground Salt Museum, which was the original
name. I think the original name was better for marketing several ways,
or even Stratica Underground Salt Museum.
were several other stops in Hutchinson, starting with Roy's
Hickory Pit BBQ. The 33 year old family run BBQ has become almost iconic.
After taking some photos to update the listing, I had just the mild Polish
sausage which is my favorite meat at Roy's. I would have enjoyed it more
without so much sauce.
5th Avenue in Hutchinson was busy today, despite (or because of) a
sign that says it will be auctioned on April 1st. There is no mention of
the sale Google news and even the auction house's website doesn't mentions
Sacks by name. Sacks is a locally owned hamburger joint in an old gas station
building with the walls lined with old photos plus rock and roll and automobile
leaving town, there was one more stop at R-B Drive In, where I had a pork
tenderloin sandwich and a copy of the current menu. I noticed nothing new
here. The server made one major error, but was mortified when she realized
it and apologized several times.
was time to start a winding drive toward home, but there were several more
stops to make. The first was in Cassoday for some photography on block
long main street. Driving east on a dirt county road, I stopped to photograph
the fire that were being used to revitalize the range land. Despite it
being very dry, some of the fires were over a large area and I didn't see
anyone monitoring them.
paid my second visit to Teterville, a small community which formed
near the Teter Oil Fields in southeast Kansas in the 1920s. The community
is long abandoned and just a few foundations remain.
Rock was a pile of local rocks which James Teter erected at a high
point on his land as a guidepost for homesteaders searching for the Cottonwood
River. As Teterville grew, the rocks were used in the construction of several
of the buildings and the Teter marker disappeared.
Rock was reconstructed in 1954.
was at the Chicken House in Olpe.
It had been a few years since the last visit. Most things are unchanged,
but the pies are no longer baked in house and the Freedom fries are called
French fries again.
last community visited was Emporia, where I took many photos of the Soden's
Dam Falls, Soden's Grove Bridge and the nearby All Veterans Memorial. There
were also a few photos taken at Red Rocks, which was the home of the famous
journalist, William Allen White.
Kansas Aviation Museum
Sacks 5th Avenue
Soden's Dam Falls and Bridge
- March 27, 2015: I made one more trip to Joe's
Kansas City Bar-B-Que in Olathe to have the Lenten special soft shell
crab po-boy and update the review. Prices are still unchanged since March
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