Monday, February 27, 2012

What to eat and drink this week

Posted By on Mon, Feb 27, 2012 at 10:15 AM

Fo Thais slow-cooked baby back ribs are half-price during happy hour.
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  • Fo Thai's slow-cooked baby back ribs are half-price during happy hour.
Happy Hour and small plates could be the best way to discover if you're going to be a regular at a new place. You get to sample a lot of what they have to offer without the concern of buyer's remorse. In that vein, Fo Thai (4331 W. 119th St., Leawood) has launched a new cocktail menu, happy-hour specials and Thursday small-plates deals.

Fo Thai now serves more than 20 kinds of martinis and a collection of intriguing cocktails — the Elder 1 ($8) being the top contender for a new spring drink. It's green tea vodka, elderflower liquor, Pimm's, berry juice, lime juice and mint. The Asian fusion restaurant has also launched a series of daily drink specials — mojitos are $4 today, and signature martinis, regularly $10, are $5 on Thursdays.

Happy hour is from 4 to 6 p.m. every day and from 9 p.m. to close Sunday through Thursday. All appetizers are half-price (the tempura rock shrimp should be ordered), and there are three $5 bar menu items — chicken curry balls, Thai chicken and Thai basil margherita pizza. On Thursdays, there are smaller versions of menu standards, including pork pot stickers ($5), an oven-roasted chicken breast with Thai eggplant in a coconut curry sauce ($11), and Peking duck breast in a massaman curry sauce ($15).

Freddy's Frozen Custard & Steakburgers is celebrating the 87th birthday of co-founder Freddy Simon this week. You can get an 87-cent custard cone or dish through Wednesday. There are Freddy's locations in Liberty (9800 NE Barry Rd.), Overland Park (7301 W. 135th St.) and Lawrence (2030 W. 23rd St.).

Great cheese can make a party. Case in point: “Un Hommage a Fromage,” a celebration of French wine, cheese and edibles, at the Better Cheddar (604 W. 48th St.) on the Plaza. The event, sponsored by the Kansas City chapter of the American Institute of Wine & Food, features tasting and demonstrations from 6:30 to 9 p.m. Thursday. Tickets (available online) are $40 for AIWF members and $50 for nonmembers.

Life is about taking the time to smell the chardonnay. Royal Liquors (1301 W. 103rd St.) holds its annual Spring Fling wine tasting event Thursday from 6 to 8 p.m. The free tasting features as many as 20 tables of white and red wines (with four wines at each table).

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