- April 1, 2017: We revisited the ABC
Café in Overland Park, Kansas this evening to update its review
in the Overland Park Restaurant guide.
Although every table was occupied, a couple left just after we arrived
and we were seated shortly. That was good, as there is really no space
to wait for a table to open inside the restaurant.
first thing we learned was that the restaurant is now closed two days a
week (Tuesday & Wednesday). In the past, it was closed only on Tuesday.
There have also been several small changes in the menu and prices have
also gone up. Unfortunately, our photos of the new menu did not come out
well enough to use for our update. I guess I will just have to eat there
sampled the Stuffed Egg Plant, Beef Short Rib with Black Pepper, Seven
Flavor Mushroom, Chicken Dumplings and Shrimp Fried Won ton. The check
came to only $23.65 with tax.
- April 7, 2017: Mary joined us in paying a second visit to Antojitos
Del Peru Peruvian restaurant in Lenexa, Kansas. We had a seafood stew,
steak and two appetizers - fired yucca and papa rellena. The papa rellena
is only available on weekends and is described at mashed potatoes filled
with sautéed ground beef, hard boiled egg, olives and raisins, rolled
in seasoned potato flour and deep fried - served with creole sauce. Unfortunately
it was almost all mashed potato, with one olive, a tiny bit of meat &
egg, and no raisins or creole sauce. Much as I like the idea of this restaurant,
the dishes we have sampled in our two visits have been bland and not nearly
as appealing as they sound and look on the menu.
"Cau Cau De Mariscis" pictured at the right is fresh mixed seafood and
potato stew that looked and sounded good, but had little flavor. I really
wanted to like this dish, but it did little for me.
Cau Cau De Mariscis
- April 22, 2017: About 20 people who participate in Roadfood.com,
from across North America, are in town for 4 days of the "2017 Kansas City
Roadfood Crawl." I can't eat at the pace these people do, but did join
them for 6 of the Kansas City restaurants where they ate today. This site
already has pages devoted to 5 of those 6.
they had breakfast at 3 restaurants in the Kansas City, Missouri City Market,
I caught up to them at Danny
Edward's BLVD BBQ, the first of the BBQ places they visited this day.
I ordered 3 ribs and fries, enjoying one of the ribs and the fries, while
putting the other two ribs in the cooler I had brought along. After we
ate, Danny gave us a short tour of his Ole Hickory Pits Smoker.
up was food to go from two places which are about 4 blocks apart in Kansas
City, Kansas: Tacos from Bichelmeyer
Meats and fire gilled chicken from El
Pollo Rey, which we took to Shawnee Park for sampling and about a half
hour of conversation. Most of the people participating in the crawl have
done several of these events and have come to know each other well. I was
active at Roadfood.com years ago, but recognized only a few names and had
only met one of these people before, but they were all welcoming and I
enjoyed the 6 hour tour of KC dives with them.
a short intermission, we moved on to The Lunch Box, about 150 feet from
the State Line in the West Bottoms of Kansas City, Missouri. It is basically
a small liquor store which serves deli sandwiches. I sampled about 1/6
of pork tenderloin sandwich and 1/2 of a Mexican Hot Dog (deep fried Nathan's
hot dog topped with bacon, ketchup, mustard, jalapeno, diced tomatoes,
with grilled onions and peppers). They are better known for the tenderloin,
but I was impressed with the hot dog. The deep fry gave the dog a slightly
crispy texture that made the sandwich.
Stuff Antiques, adjacent to The Lunch Box, is interesting eclectic mix
of classic cars, collectibles, vintage motorcycles, trailers, bicycles,
pedal cars, motor scooters, coin operated devices, musical instruments,
oversized items, furnishings, neon signs ...
caravan drove across Kansas City to another great BBQ restaurant, LC's
BBQ. I had the 5 wings and thick fresh cut fries. The fries and smoky
wings work well with the sweet, spicy sauce.
south and back across the state line to Brobeck's
BBQ in Overland Park where I had only a little of the smoked ham salad
& house made barbecue potato chips. I picked up more ham salad for
our house and both of my step daughters.
this point, BuddyRoadhouse, who was one of the principle organizers of
the long weekend, called an audible and the next two places were dropped
from the days tour. There were still two more stops, but they would be
in the evening, 3 hours later, and I dropped out of the rest of the day.
Danny Edwards & his Ole Hickory Pits Smoker
Shawnee Park Picnic
The Lunch Box
Road Food gang outside Weird Stuff Antiques