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AJ's NY Pizzeria - Topeka, Kansas
Sunday - December 2, 2018: We drove to Topeka to check on Christmas light displays. Dean Wilson joined in making the first pass, to update our Topeka Christmas Light Tour. On our way to pick him up, we happened to pass a nice display based on the 1983 movie "Christmas Story," with representations of several of the iconic scenes from the movie. We returned at the end of the evening to get photos after dark.

As we waiting for the evening to turn darker, we checked out AJ's NY Pizzeria in Topeka. This pizza place has been getting good comments online and also has a location in Manhattan, Kansas.  We bought the large, thin crust pizza by the slice. Pretty good, but not really a candidate for our Unique Kansas Restaurant Page.

The photo at the right shows the little street signs are used to designate which table orders go to at AJ's NY Pizzeria.

With it now dark enough to photograph displays, we proceeded to check out the displays on our tour. One nice surprise was that the large Croco Road Christmas Display which was not up when we checked in 2017, is back in 2018. 

 

Christmas Story - Topeka, Kansas Christmas Story - Topeka

AJ's NY Pizzeria - Topeka, Kansas AJ's NY Pizzeria

 
Friday - December 9, 2018: We continue to verify Christmas Light decorations for our Johnson County Christmas Light Tour and make changes daily. Today I checked a hone in south Olathe which has a display based on the 1983 movie "Christmas Story."  This one is at a much larger home than the one we saw  week ago in Topeka and the combination of the larger yard and the house being set back much farther from the street is keeping it from getting on our tour. But the owner upgrades this display each year and we will keep an eye on it going forward.

 

Christmas Story - Olathe, Kansas Christmas Story - Olathe
Tuesday - December 11, 2018:  Updated our page about Nu Grille in Fort Scott, Kansas following last month's revisit.

 

Thursday - December 13, 2018: While checking on light displays for the our Johnson County Christmas Light Tour, this evening, we stopped for dinner at Fred P. Otts in Overland Park. It is listed on our Overland Park Restaurant Guide and it had been nearly 3 years since we last investigated it. The food is still much the same, but I miss the condiment bar which used to be one of their signature features.

 

Fred P. Otts Menu - Overland Park, Kansas Fred P. Otts Menu
Friday - December 14, 2018: Added a new page devoted to Chancy's Grill & Shake in Moran, Kansas.
 
 
Friday - December 21, 2018: At lunch I checked out Dub V's across from the Johnson County Courthouse in downtown Olathe, Kansas. The small bar and deli is a hangout for Kansas State University fans and I had read some good things about the food. I had "The OG," a large burger with garlic aioli, grilled onions, cheddar, lettuce & tomato for $8.49. Good as that sounds, the burger wasn't very juicy and I would rank it only average. The $1 seasoned French fries were quite good and there are several other items on the menu which look interesting, so I will definitely be back.

 

The OG - Dub V's The OG
Sunday - December 23, 2018: While checking on light displays for the our Johnson County Christmas Light Tour, this evening, we stopped for dinner at Smokey's BBQ on the BLVD in south Overland Park. I've like this restaurant for years and followed them to this location from another that was farther south on Metcalf. I had just the BBQ egg rolls appetizer, which I think is wonderful and just the right size when I do not have a big appetite. Linda got a half chicken and onion rings. The 1/2 smoked chicken is typical of area BBQ restaurants and the onion rings were quite good.

Added a new page devoted to Gerth Cabin & Wagon Bridge in Greeley, Kansas.

 

Smokey's BBQ - Overlnad Park, Kansas Half chicken and onion rings
Monday - December 24, 2018: The final restaurant investigated for 2018 was Wyandot Barbeque 2 in Overland Park, Kansas, Kansas. The restaurant is in a somewhat run down building which appears to have one housed a Pizza Hut, but I have enjoyed the food here for over 30 years and it has listing in both our Kansas City Barbecue Restaurant Guide and Overland Park Restaurant Guide.

It had been a over a year since my last time here and I went with my usual, which allows me to try a number of meats, the generous mixed plate of beef, ham, ribs and fries for only $11. It is a generous serving and I usually have meat to take home. All of the meats were good and the fires were well prepared, though only from frozen. I am usually not a fan of ham at BBQ restaurants, but this has smoke and is somewhat juicy. A real treat!

 

Wyandot Barbeque 2 - Overland Park, Kansas Wyandot Barbeque 2
 
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