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bacon at Bichelmeyer Meat Market in Kansas CIty, Kansas
Sunday - September 8, 2018: We lunch at Char Bar in Kansas City, Missouri. The BBQ restaurant has a review on our Kansas City BBQ Restaurant Guide, but we had not been there since 2015. As we were driving there, Westport Road was closed and we learned that it was the annual Westport Art Fair weekend. The down side to that was that Char Bar's free parking had been bought up by the festival and we had to pay $10 to park.

The dinning room looked little changed in 3 years and the items I liked before seemed to still be on the menu. We sampled, pork ribs, burt ends, chicken wings, brisket, fries, baked beans and a burnt pudding dessert. All of the items were good, but the ribs and burnt ends were the standouts. Oddly the burnt ends were not that good, reheated at home a couple of days later.

I stopped by the Lenexa Spinach Festival at Sar-Ko-Par Trails Park in Lenexa in the afternoon. Due to rainy weather, the various booths and exhibitors had moved to a parking lot in another part of the park. This was the first time I had been to this one day festival, so I don't know if many exhibitors had failed to show because of the weather, but there really wasn't much there. There were more people in the part participating in the Pokemon Go Community Day event, then at the festival.

 

Char Bar - Kansas City, Missouri Char Bar
 
 
 
 

Lenexa Spinach Festival - Lenexa, Kansas Lenexa Spinach Festival

 
Tuesday - September 11, 2018: At lunch time, I went to Joe's Kansas City Bar-B-Que in Olathe. Joe's recently introduced a new specialty sandwich, The Rocket Pig (Pulled pork tossed in a sweet-hot BBQ glaze, bacon, pepper jack, BBQ mayo & fried jalapenos). This sandwich didn't look very attractive and while the description sounded very flavorful, I actually found it bland.

We added a new page devoted to the hand crafted folk art concrete and wire gravestones which have been places on unmarked graves in City Cemetery in Hoisington, Kansas. They were created by local grassroots artist, Phil Webb. 

 

Joe's Kansas City Bar-B-Que - Olathe, Kansas The Rocket Pig
Saturday - September 15, 2018: My favorite seafood restaurant in the Kansas City area has changed its name and menu, so we had lunch at Jarocho Authentic Mexican Seafood in Kansas City, Kansas. The former name had been Jarocho Pescados Y Mariscos and I suspect I wasn't the only customer who had trouble pronouncing it. 

We had fried charales as appetizer. They were small, whole, head on smelt which had been deep fried. I was a little skeptical of having smelt without the head and guts removed, but thoroughly enjoyed them. I had the Grilled fish filet topped with seafood cream sauce of shrimp, octopus, and crab. It was good, but not as spectacular as I remembered. Linda had an appetizer as her entree, Garlic Langostines, which were quite tasty.

We added a new page devoted to the Rediscover Pluto Miniature Golf Course in Burdett, Kansas. The reason the miniature golf course is now devoted to Pluto is because Clyde Tombaugh, who discovered Pluto in 1930, spent his teen years on a farm near Burdett and graduated from Burdett High School. 

 

Jarocho Authentic Mexican Seafood - Kansas City, Kansas Jarocho Authentic Mexican Seafood
Tuesday - September 18, 2018: For lunch, I went to a new restaurant on the west side of Olathe, BBs Grill and Bar, which recently moved into the location which had been long occupied by Fred P. Ott's. Is the 2nd location for BBs, which is also in Spring Hill. The dinning room has had some badly needed remodeling. The Ott's furniture had been falling apart.

I had the pork tenderloin, which had been significantly over cooked. The party at the next table returned two dishes to the kitchen and I overheard the server saying that at least for that shift, they have young, inexperienced chefs.

 

 
Saturday - September 22, 2018: We drove to Lee's Summit, Missouri to see if Jazzy B's Diner should be added to our Kansas City BBQ Restaurants Guide. The restaurant started several year's ago as Jazzy B's Food Truck and opend at this location in October 2016. It is a BBQ restaurant with southern influences.

We tried a wide range of the menu, taking a lot of uneaten food home with us: shrimp Po'boy, crab balls, armadilla eggs, brisket, sausage, baby back ribs, garlic cheesy corn, fries, cole slaw and blue cheese potato salad. We enjoyed the vast majority of the food, particularly the cheesy corn, sausage and ribs. The blue cheese potato salad was the only thing we didn't eat much of or take home. There was a LOT od garlic in the cheesy corn and I really enjoyed that. 

 

Jazzy B's Diner - Lee's Summit, Missouri Jazzy B's Diner
Monday - September 24, 2018: I went to lunch at the new Wahlburgers in Olathe and was pleased to learn that they don't actually open until tomorrow and everything but alcohol is on the house today. This is their first Kansas location and less than a hundred yards from what was the first 5 Guys west of the Mississippi River.

I ordered onion straws and the O.F.D. burger, a 1/2 lb burger made with Swiss cheese, bacon, sautéed mushrooms & house made tomato jam.  often carry a book and started reading. 

The time dragged on and on and at least where I sat, the room was very cold. They really weren't that busy, but I understood it was a training day and didn't say a word, until people at the next table, who came in maybe 20 minutes after me, got their food. 

It turned out the kitchen had lost my order and the server didn't notice. A new order was put in and the manager came by to apologize. The food came 46 minutes after my order was placed. The burger was OK, the onion straws had a seasoning that I wouldn't have picked.

When the bill came, I was charged for two meals, the one that didn't come and the one that did, though it was then zeroed out because it was a training day.

We updated our page devoted to Nelson's Landing in Leonardville, Kansas.

 

Wahlburgers - Olathe, Kansas Wahlburgers
Tuesday - September 25, 2018: My day job took me to south Overland Park, so I decided to have lunch at Smokeys On The Blvd BBQ on South Metcalf, only to find the building was vacant and there no sign. After researching on my phone, I discovered that they have a new location at Antioch and 135th Street and headed there.

Pricing has crept up, but the menu seemed otherwise unchanged. The BBQ egg rolls were as good as always, but had jumped from 2/$4.99 to 2/7.99!

We added a new page about Saint Joseph Catholic Church in downtown Topeka, Kansas.
  
  

 
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