Monday, January 30, 2012

Closed: C. Withers Restaurant & Catering

Posted By on Mon, Jan 30, 2012 at 2:20 PM

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Earlier this month, Fat City took a look in the rearview mirror and bid farewell to all of the restaurants that closed in 2011. It was a bittersweet list, to say the least. We're already keeping a tally of the restaurants that have been declared morte in 2012 (not nearly as many, we hope). You see, in the Killa City, even beloved restaurants go away, some by natural causes, and some get bumped off.

In the case of the very endearing little family-operated barbecue joint at 3613 Broadway, C. Withers Catering and Restaurant, the owner Cardell Withers decided that it was time to seek new challenges after selling modestly priced smoked meats and excellent side dishes for several years. He hopes to return to food service again — in some capacity — soon.

In the meantime, some interesting things are shaking on this stretch of Broadway. The OutaBounds Sports Bar & Grill now has new owners and is serving food again beginning each evening at 4 p.m. "We've got sandwiches, grilled items, appetizers, and chips and salsa," said one bartender. "All kinds of good stuff."

Now Open: The Pie Bakery in Overland Park

The Pie Bakery is now open in Overland Park.

Posted By on Mon, Jan 30, 2012 at 1:14 PM

The Pie Bakery in Overland Park sells big pies and little pies.
  • The Pie Bakery in Overland Park sells big pies and little pies.

Don't worry if you can't find Whitney Davison's two-month-old Pie Bakery right away. The former librarian opened her baking business last November in a former Pilates studio at 12635 Metcalf — it's in the same shopping center as House of Denmark, Chosun Korean Barbecue, and Shahrazade Cafe & Market — but she hasn't been able to afford a real illuminated sign yet. There is a banner, but frankly, you can get pie-eyed looking for it. Just follow the fragrance of baking pie crust.

Davison checked out of her library career last year after realizing that her passion was pies, not research. Interestingly enough, she's from Derby, Kansas — it's a small hamlet outside Wichita — and her signature pie is a New Orleans-style pie made from chocolate, walnuts and bourbon that sounds like the famous "Derby Pie" (a recipe now exclusively made by Kearns Kitchens in Kentucky), but tastes completely differently.

Since opening, Davison keeps her top sellers in constant supply (apple, cherry, a "magic lemon cake pie," a gooey brownie deluxe pie, derby pie) with rotating specials and a long list of specialty pies that she bakes to order. Davison also sells fresh challah bread, thickly iced cinnamon rolls and dinner rolls.

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  • The Pie Bakery is now open in Overland Park.

'We are Mizzou' music video may be the worst thing to ever come out of Columbia

Posted By on Mon, Jan 30, 2012 at 12:05 PM

If Missouri hadn't left the Big 12 for the SEC, this dreadful video should have gotten 'em kicked out. Fifth Down, did you really have to give KU fans more ammunition? Hang your heads, Antlers.

Update: Click here to see three Kansas fans' parody of this god-awful video.

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Sweet Siam is bringing a unique take on Thai food to Lenexa

Sweet Siam opens in Lenexa.

Posted By on Mon, Jan 30, 2012 at 10:06 AM

The dining room at Sweet Siam.
  • The dining room at Sweet Siam.
Michael Brillhart is hoping to make Thai food a bit less intimidating with his new restaurant, Sweet Siam, which opened this past Friday in the former Mezzaluna space at 7809 Quivira in Lenexa.

"We want to have something for everyone, and that includes people that have been dragged to a Thai restaurant," Brillhart says.

For those unsure about what to order, Sweet Siam offers Thai BBQ chicken served with shrimp fried rice. Lovers of Thai food are more likely to be drawn in by the curries, pad Thai, pad prik or stir-fry dishes.

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  • Sweet Siam opens in Lenexa.

Americans will yield to our sugary, gordita masters

Posted By on Mon, Jan 30, 2012 at 9:30 AM

The unholy progeny of Cinnabon and Taco Bell.
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  • The unholy progeny of Cinnabon and Taco Bell.
We American eaters may be collapsing under the weight of our own appetites, yet up until now, we've been fat but functional. Taco Bell may be ending the gravy times, however, with its foray into breakfast, aka FirstMeal.

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Lisa Irwin's parents set to appear on Dr Phil this Friday

Posted By on Mon, Jan 30, 2012 at 8:35 AM

This is where we are with Lisa Irwins story.
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  • This is where we are with Lisa Irwin's story.
At some point in nearly every tragic story, the media seem to lose sight of the reason that the story was tragic in the first place. Allow us to call this the Dr. Phil moment.

The case of Lisa Irwin — a baby who has now been missing for a quarter of her 13-month life — will officially have that moment this Friday. That's when, as the Associated Press reports, Jeremy Irwin and Deborah Bradley appear alongside attorney Joe Tacopina and private investigator Bill Stanton on the Dr. Phil show.

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Flying Saucer taps a cask of Bell's Hopslam tonight

Posted By on Mon, Jan 30, 2012 at 8:30 AM

Does Bells brew for you?
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  • Does Bell's brew for you?
Regular folks have Christmas. Beer nerds have Bell's Hopslam Ale. The annual winter seasonal from the brewery in Kalamazoo, Michigan, is made in limited quantities that seem to be gone all too quickly.

Tonight at 7 p.m., the Flying Saucer Draught Emporium (101 E. 13th St.) is tapping a cask. Bell's calls Hopslam Ale a Double India Pale Ale; you'll call it delicious. But be forewarned: Behind the fruity, hoppy wonder beer is an alcohol by volume of 10 percent. Charlie Hooper's, Waldo Pizza's Tap Room and the Martin City Brewing Co. all had Bell's Hopslam on tap this past weekend. Has anybody had a chance to try this year's batch?

Friday, January 27, 2012

Craig Crook is the victim of Thursday's homicide at 61st and College; eight homicides in KCMO in 2012

Posted By on Fri, Jan 27, 2012 at 12:08 PM

Craig Crook is KCMOs latest homicide victim.
  • Craig Crook is KCMO's latest homicide victim.
The victim of Thursday's homicide at 61st and College has been identified as 31-year-old Craig Crook of Kansas City, Missouri. KMBC Channel 9 reported that one person is in custody in connection with Crook's killing. We'll update if and when charges are filed and the names and details are released. But from KMBC's report, the story sounds as senseless as most of the city's killings.

Crook was reportedly killed when someone walked up to the vehicle he was sitting in and opened fire.

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Australia discovers Arthur Bryant's; hilarity ensues

Posted By on Fri, Jan 27, 2012 at 11:42 AM

The red and white awning means something different to everyone.
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  • The red and white awning means something different to everyone.
Sometimes it's hard to see the big picture from the barbecue pit. And while Kansas City's culinary profile is evolving, most out-of-town diners are still looking for that one perfect smoky and sauced bite when they come to the City of Fountains.

The Australian's Global Gourmet Tony Perrottet recounts his visit to Arthur Bryant's and Jack Stack Fiorella's in a piece about his recent visit to Kansas City, Missouri. While Perrottet seems hellbent on placing the barbecue joints he visits in the state of Kansas, the rest of his research is a delightful road map into how a barbecue ingenue experiences a visit to the meat mecca that is this city.

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Anthrax, last night at the Midland

Anthrax had the crowd on its feet at the Midland.

Posted By on Fri, Jan 27, 2012 at 11:19 AM

Can somebody explain why it seemed like a good idea to bring in the chairs for a thrash show? I know Anthrax has been around a while, but their fans aren't so old as to spend time on their keisters. Once the long-running thrash-metal act took the stage at the Midland last night, audience members took to their feet and stayed there all night long.

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  • Anthrax had the crowd on its feet at the Midland.

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