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Ramp Racing at Kansas Children's Discovery Center - Topeka, Kansas
Thursday - February 1, 2024: I really liked the burger and onion rings at Cronin's Bar & Grill in Lenexa, Kansas last month and I'm ready to add them to our Kansas Best Burger List, but before doing that need to try out a couple more things. The bar stools were mostly full this lunch time, but there were also  people at several tables and I sat at an opion table near the pool tables. The bartender (Andrea) was doubling as the only server and did and excellent job.

The basic burger was great. Even the bun was good and toasted. The 1/3 pound burger is $9.50 with a side. I like to add my choice of cheese and grilled onions for 50 cents each. The fresh cut fries I selected were good as well.

 

Cronin's Bar & Grill - Lenexa, Kansas Burger & hand cut fries
Saturday - February 3, 2024: We drove to Kansas City, Kansas to have lunch at Ms R's Cafe, but although it said nothing about closing on their Facebook page, they were closed.

Coming up with a neraby alternate restaurant, we drove a little over a mile away to Mad Jack's Fresh Fish, which has been run by the current owner, John Reed, since 1987.

We last dined here in February 2020 and were surprised to learn that they removed their tables during Covid and they never returned. Not that the little booths they had were very comfortable, but there is no outside seating and the parking lot is not very pleasent. We decided to go ahead and eat in our car, but this change will probably mean that I will return less often.

We had fried oysters, fried catfish, hush puppies, French fries and potato wedges. Our food came with sliced white bread. The oysters, catfish and hush puppes were all great. The potato wedges were adequate, but the fries were limp sub standard. The only good thing to say about them is that a small order was only $1.99.

 

Ms R's Cafe - Kansas City, Kansas Ms R's Cafe

Mad Jack's Fresh Fish - Kansas City, Kansas Mad Jack's Fresh Fish

Sunday - February 3, 2024: We had dinner at Louie's Wine Dive and Kitchen in Overland Park, Kansas. It is part of a tiny chain, with the other two locations being in Clayton, Missouri and Des Moines, Iowa. 

The entrance is a little odd, in that you walk in at the back of the hostess stand and where the live music (singer with guitar) is located. We were seated at a booth at the edge of the bar space. The bar was loud, but the type of noise didn't make it difficult to have conversation.

There was 15 minutes remaining for Happy Hour and I ordered a Barrel Aged Old Fashioned for $8 instead of the usual $13. Described as cognac, rye whiskey, champagne syrup, and bitters, it was sweet and I very much enjoyed it. I have sampled cocktails at a number of nicer restaurants in the past few months and this was my favorite.

I feel like the price points on food are quite reasonable for a nicer restaurant. We ordered fish & chips for $20 and Filet Deburgo with whipped yukon gold potatoes, roasted broccolini, and deburgo sauce for $33. I researched the sauce in advance and learned that Steak de Burgo originated in Des Moines in the 1950s and is a butter or cream based sauce with garlic and herbs. This was butter based, quite garlicky and very nice. We aren't usually broccolini fans, but this was roasted more than some and the stem was more tender.

The fried cod was good if not standout. The fries were well cooked but very salty. I like salt, but suspect that many people would be happier ordering these unsalted.
 
 

Louie's Wine Dive and Kitchen = Overland Park, Kansas Louie's Wine Dive

Barrel Aged Old Fashioned at Louie's Wine Dive Old Fashioned

Friday - February 9, 2024: The Kansas Children's Discovery Center in Topeka, Kansas is only open to adults accompanied by a child 16 or younger, and children accompanied by a parent or guardian over 16, but in 2013, we received special permission to visit the center without children to review it for this website.

Today we had the pleasure of taking out two year old granddaughter to visit the Discovery Center. The first area she wanted to go into was restricted to prewalkers, but that was the only part of the interior of the center we didn't visit. There are also outdoor exhibits, which are more designed for older children and we didn't go to that area today.

Although there were several areas she visited more than once, her favorite appeared to be the Ramp Racing. While she didn't design her own magnetic raceway, she loved getting small cars from the bottom and setting them on the raceway.

Lunch was nearby at Herman's Meat & Smokehouse. There were out of the smoked half chicken I was looking forward to, so we had pork ribs, pulled pork and chicken wings. They were out of cobbler as well.

The counter service was slow. We ordered the food for dine in, but received it packed to go, which was less convenient. The fries were my favorite part of the meal and also my grand daughter's favorite. The wings were ordered buffalo style, but other than the smoked wings being sauced, there was buffalo sauce to dip them in and no blue cheese dressing.

Herman's is also a deli and I bought sweet horseradish pickles, ham salad and Polish sausages to take home.
 
 


 
 
 
 
 

Kansas Children's Discovery Center - Topeka, Kansas My granddaughter Ramp Racing as her great grandfather looks on

Herman's Meat and Smokehouse - Topeka, Kansas Chicken wings

 
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