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Día de Muertos Parade - Kansas City, Kansas
Wednesday - November 3, 2021: I had lunch at Jazz a Louisiana Kitchen, a Cajun restaurant in the legends in Kansas City Kansas. It has been many years since I dined here and I felt it was time to give them another chance. I went with two appetizers, jambalaya and voodoo chicken wings. 

The jambalaya did little for me. The wings were spicy and I enjoyed them a lot, though I would like a little more the 6 wing thirds for $8.

 

 
 
Friday - November 5, 2021: I had lunch at Talk of the Town in Overland Park, Kansas. It has long been on our Overland Park Restaurant Guide, but it has been a couple of years since I dined here.

Wanting to try something new, I selected The Overlander (Prime rib, ham, melted cheddar and jack cheeses,
grilled onions, mayo, local BBQ sauce on an onion roll) which comes with the choice of waffle fries or pub chips for $11. It is a good sandwich, but not as wonderful as it sounds. I believe I would enjoy it much more with horseradish sauce instead of BBQ sauce. The waffle fries were slightly above average.

 

Talk of the Town - Overland Park, Kansas The Overlander
Saturday - November 6, 2021: I spent the morning taking autumn photos in Lenexa, Kansas. I started with Shawnee Mission Park and continued on the west side of Lenexa, taking photos of the metal art of the late Albert E. "Bert" DeBrabander on 87th Street Parkway. In addition to Bert's sculpture, there is the large boot sign from the old Boot Hill Cafe.

In the evening we drove to Kansas City, Kansas to have supper at Poi-o a wood fired chicken and Mexican BBQ restaurant which opened a few months ago. I tried Poi-o last month, but hadn't had large enough sampling to decide what I thought of it. We had wood fired chicken, braised black beans, lemon pepper potatoes and kimchi fried rice. The fried rice had interested me the most, but I wasn't particularly a fan.

to photograph the Day of the Dead / Día de Muertos Parade. It was the crowning part of a celebration sponsored by the Central Avenue Betterment Association. Last year they had stationary displays which you drove past, but this year there was a large full blown parade. When the parade had passed us, we walked along the route to see some of the venders and Día de Muertos displays.

 

DeBrabander Art
 
 

Día de Muertos Parade - Kansas City, Kansas Día de Muertos Parade

Tuesday - November 9, 2021: I returned to Woodyard Bar-B-Que in Kansas City, Kansas to update their review. I was disappointed to see that chicken and chicken wings were no longer on the menu. Hopefully this is just a supply chain issue and they will return.

I ordered pork ribs, cheesy corn and French fries at the counter and took them to a picnic table outside. I saw little change from recent visits. The corn was peppery, the fries are thinner than I would choose and the ribs had good flavor and texture.

 

Woodyard Bar-B-Que - Kansas City, Kansas Pork spareribs
Saturday - November 20, 2021: We drove to Eudora, Kansas to have lunch at Barbwire Barbecue. After several years of operating as a food truck. they opened this restaurant in 2020 and we have been hearing good things about this restaurant. particularly about their burgers. The menu is posted on the wall and you place your order at a counter before finding a table.

We ordered a fried devil egg appetizer (6 seasoned & breaded half eggs served with secret deviled egg mix and topped with smoked paprika), half slab of pork ribs and The Modern Burger (a 7 ounce patty with caramelized onion jam and smoked Gouda).

The $7.50 deviled eggs were my favorite part of the meal. The ribs and burger were both rather dry. The $11.50 burger came with a generous serving of fairly good French fries. There was a little BBQ sauce on the ribs, but no additional sauce was on the table or offered.

 

Barbwire Barbecue - Eudora, Kansas Barbwire Barbecue

Ribs, develed eggs. Modern Burger - Barbwire Barbecue Ribs, deviled eggs & Modern Burger

Tuesday - November 23, 2021: Our Christmas Light Tours in Johnson County (Kansas City), Lawrence and Topeka are among the most popular pages on Kansas Travel each year. Today I began checking to see if the larger displays in north Johnson County/ south Wyandotte County were going up. Along the way I discovered a new display to add to the tour on County line Road and several other displays which may quality. I will need to visit those in a few nights.

As I drove by Pearson display on Johnson Drive in Merriam, I saw that someone was in the yard setting up. After parking on a nearby side street, I walked back and introduced myself to the man, who turned out to be Steve Pearson.

Although his house has been on our tour since 2008, this was the first time we have met. Steve started making large displays in 1989 and has won the Merriam Festival of Lights Contest at least 3 times. He generously took a break to show various features of the display and the clever way he has arranged the electrical service and timer.

Lunch today was at Gus’s World Famous Hot & Spicy Fried Chicken. The second Kansas location recently opened in Overland Park. The tables in the dining area were nicely spaced.

The hot chicken thighs ($3 each) were fine, but not enough of a fast food treat for the price. The fried green tomatoes ($6.75) did little for me. Perhaps if they had a more interesting dip than ranch dressing.

 


 
 

Steve Pearson -  Merriam, Kansas Steve Pearson

Monday - November 29, 2021: I had lunch at Joe's Kansas City Bar-B-Que in Leawood, Kansas. Our Kansas City BBQ Restaurant Guide has listings for Joe's other two Kansas locations, but not this one. The menu is already familiar and the their product is quite consistent. I enjoyed the half chicken and spicy fries, though I actually like the fires better with out the salty seasoning.

I wish they didn't have so many tables squeezed into the space.

I drove to Topeka, Kansas to check on the Christmas displays which were on the 2020 Topeka Christmas Light Tour. Although I will be check on new displays a little later in the season, I wanted to check on last year's displays to confirm if they are back and equally impressive this year. I started in the afternoon and several of the displays were going up as I went by.

Vincent Cook's Christmas Display has been one of my favorite displays in the past three years. The display is back for  2021, but construction on Southwest 12th street, on the south side of the house has resulted in a bit small display. The front yard always has a sports theme and this year the deer and showmen are playing volleyball.

After finishing in Topeka, I drove back, stopping in Lawrence to have supper at Terrebonne Po' Boys. It is a small restaurant and due to Covid they are presently carry out only. but they have a few tables in the adjacent alley and it was warm enough for me to eat outside tonight.

I got a $7.50 Reuben sandwich and $4 poutine fries. I asked for water and there was no charge for a bottled water. I would have liked to have more dressing on the sandwich, which was a little dry. The poutine had a generous serving and was actually quite good. I enjoyed it and there was more than I cared to eat.

I had already confirmed many of the Christmas displays in Lawrence, but email, but drove by the rest before leaving town.

 

Joe's Kansas City Bar-B-Que - Leawood, Kansas Joe's Kansas City Bar-B-Que
 
 
 
 
 

Vincent Cook's Christmas Display - Topeka, Kansas Vincent Cook's Christmas Display
 

Terrebonne Po' Boys = Lawrence, Kansas Reuben and poutine

Tuesday - November 30, 2021: I was going to revisit Mom's Kitchen in Olathe, Kansas today. but as I pulled into the driveway I discovered that a new seafood restaurant, Mariscos KC, had opened Saturday in the former Smokin' Joe's BBQ location across the street. 

They have made the place nicer inside, but it is still crowded. Printed menus are not available. You must have a smart phone with QR code reader to access the menu, but the server loaned me her phone to see the menu. I am not a fan of this.

I had the $15 shrimp fries and $18 mussels in House Sauce. Both dishes seemed expensive for this style of restaurant and I felt there should have been a larger serving of the small shrimp in the fries dish. I enjoyed the food, but it didn't stand out enough to make me return in the near future.

 

Mariscos KC - Olathe, Kansas Mariscos KC

Shrimp fries and mussels - Mariscos KC Shrimp fries & mussels

 
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