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Tuesday, October 7, 2014

Voltaire owner Wes Gartner becomes Internet-famous after firing back at a Yelp reviewer

Posted By on Tue, Oct 7, 2014 at 1:02 PM

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On Wednesday, October 1, a disgruntled hungry person left a heated one-star review of West Bottoms eatery Voltaire on Yelp. The reviewer, Sonal B., accused Voltaire of being the "most unfriendly and arrogant restaurant in KC," mostly because the place had refused to provide take-out. There's nothing too extraordinary about the review, but Voltaire's owner, Wes Gartner, felt the need for a rebuttal. 

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Wednesday, August 13, 2014

Novel nominated for Bon Appetit award

Posted By on Wed, Aug 13, 2014 at 2:13 PM

Chef-owner Ryan Brazeal's innovative entrees and desserts influenced the judges at Bon Appetit to choose Novel among Kansas City's new restaurants as a nominee for "America's Best New Restaurants." - ANGELA C. BOND
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  • Chef-owner Ryan Brazeal's innovative entrees and desserts influenced the judges at Bon Appetit to choose Novel among Kansas City's new restaurants as a nominee for "America's Best New Restaurants."

Until early this morning, chef and restaurant owner Ryan Brazeal was almost the last person to know that his 13-month-old restaurant, Novel, had been nominated by Bon Appetit as one of "America's Best New Restaurants." Fifty new restaurants from across the United States were nominated; the list will be winnowed down to 10 (and that list will be posted August 19).

"I hadn't even gotten an e-mail from Bon Appetit about the nomination," Brazeal says. "It wasn't until I began receiving text messages from chef pals like Patrick Ryan and Michael Corvino this morning — and Facebook messages of congratulations — that I knew that something was going on."


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Thursday, August 29, 2013

The St. Paul and Z-Man are Zagat's Missouri and Kansas sandwich reps

Posted By on Thu, Aug 29, 2013 at 7:51 AM

The home of the St. Paul -- Missouris sandwich representative.
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  • The home of the St. Paul - Missouri's sandwich representative.
I've always thought the official state sandwich should have to be made with the official state bird. But I'll admit, I've never tasted the Eastern Bluebird (Missouri) or Western Meadowlark (Kansas). Zagat has a more reasonable approach to its choice of 50 sandwiches to represent the 50 states.

For Kansas, Zagat picked Oklahoma Joe's Z-Man. For Missouri, it was the St. Paul - "hot egg foo yong smothered in mayonnaise and pickle, topped with lettuce and tomato and served on white bread," - served at Park Chop Suey in St. Louis. If you're looking for the ultimate sandwich, Red Eye has an entertaining bracket-style system to try and determine the style that reigns supreme. But let us debate the selections for both sides of the state line. Can you think of a better or different representative for Missouri or Kansas?

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Monday, August 5, 2013

Dear Applebee's, your Lunch Decoy is terrifying

Posted By on Mon, Aug 5, 2013 at 11:43 AM

The idea of an inflatable me is disconcerting.
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  • The idea of an inflatable me is disconcerting.
Dear Applebee's,

I'll admit that I'm occasionally scared by what I see in commercials. The eBay baby that Super Bowl audiences seem to love makes me find a reason to leave the room suddenly. And I believe that Hulu is a piece of alien technology. Still, even I wasn't ready to stumble across your Lunch Decoy - the inflatable doll-looking piece of plastic meant to stand in for me as I wolf down a plate of chicken fajita roll-ups.

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Wednesday, July 24, 2013

Little Freshie named to Yahoo's '5 Cities for Ultimate Snow Cones'

Posted By on Wed, Jul 24, 2013 at 9:30 AM

The watermelon basil is a classic flavor at Little Freshie.
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  • The watermelon basil is a classic flavor at Little Freshie.
The State, an erstwhile comedy group that peaked on MTV, had a classic sketch about the finest way to spend $240. And while I'm not ready for that amount of pudding, I can tell you that when summer in Kansas City arrives, I'm willing to spend that much on snow cones.

Yahoo Travel! named Little Freshie (811 West 17th Street) and Kansas City (alongside Baltimore, all of Hawaii, Providence and New Orleans) to its list of the '5 Cities for Ultimate Snow Cones.' The West Side shop that grew out of a Shasta trailer has mango-ginger, strawberry-rhubarb and from-scratch root beer among its flavors this week. Little Freshie is open from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. Tuesday through Sunday (and keeps the ice machine going until 9 p.m. Saturday during the summer).

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Tuesday, July 23, 2013

Genessee Royale, Oklahoma Joe's get some gas-station love from Bon Appetit

Posted By on Tue, Jul 23, 2013 at 8:19 AM

Fill up at the Gennessee Royale Bistro.
In a city of drivers, it's only natural that we would be good at repurposing old service stations. Bon Appetit has released a list of the "16 Great Restaurants in Old or Still-Functioning Gas Stations." Specificity aside, a pair of Kansas City restaurants - the Genessee Royale Bistro in the West Bottoms and Oklahoma Joe's in Kansas City, Kansas - cracked the list. Olio in St. Louis, housed in a former Standard Oil filling station, also made the cut.

If you're in need of inspiration, head over to the Genessee Royale for the Brown Shugga Bacon Monkey Bread (served only on Saturdays). It has the addictive properties of any food that alternates between salty and sweet. And the Gypsy Royale Market, a regular collection of artists and local food artisans, is held on Saturdays in the parking lot between the Genessee Royale and Amigoni Winery.

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Thursday, July 11, 2013

Jess & Jim's named one of The Daily Meal's 20 best steakhouses in America

Posted By on Thu, Jul 11, 2013 at 8:34 AM

Just head to Martin City and look for the big cow.
  • Just head to Martin City and look for the big cow.
The Kansas City steakhouse is back. Jess & Jim's Steakhouse (517 E. 135th St.) was recently named to The Daily's Meal's list of "America's 20 Best Steakhouses." The Martin City institution comes in at number nine in the rankings with points for its hand-cut steaks and Kansas beef:

In a town known for great steak, Jess & Jim's stands apart from the pack, and did so even before Calvin Trillin put it on the map in 1972, when he named it one of the country's best steakhouses in Playboy. Family owned and operated since 1938, this no-frills, casual steakhouse is no pomp, and all steak.

The Daily Meal says go for the 25-ounce Playboy sirloin. But if you're really feeling low on iron, you might as well take the 75-ounce challenge introduced this year for Jess & Jim's 75th anniversary.

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Tuesday, June 25, 2013

Twinkies back on July 15, Hostess HQ now in KC

Posted By on Tue, Jun 25, 2013 at 9:15 AM

Twinkies, like Goonies, never say die.
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  • Twinkies, like Goonies, never say die.
Twinkies have lain slumbering like carbohydrate giants just waiting for American's mass to dip below dangerous levels. Apollo Global Management and Metropoulos & Co. have now sounded the great horn of the corporate takeover. The giants awake July 15.

And Kansas City will play a bigger role in the production of the spongy cream tubes with the Associated Press reporting that Hostess will now be headquartered here. It will also have a new distribution network, meaning Twinkies will likely be available in dollar stores and convenience stores going forward. And for those who choose not to celebrate with champagne and strawberries, Apollo also owns Pabst Blue Ribbon. So keep an eye out for that combo pack: a Twinkie and a PBR.

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Tuesday, June 18, 2013

Aaron Sanchez and John Besh to collaborate on a restaurant named Johnny Sanchez?

Posted By on Tue, Jun 18, 2013 at 7:30 AM

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Mestizo's Aaron Sanchez and chef John Besh (author of My New Orleans and, for many, the culinary face of that city) are apparently considering opening a sit-down version of a taqueria together. Eater talked to Besh about his new book, Cooking From the Heart, and at the end of the interview, he mentioned that he and Sanchez (who based on this piece in Yahoo has a mutual crush on the New Orleans chef), the owner and chef behind the Mexican restaurant in Leawood's Park Place, are thinking about a new concept tentatively titled Johnny Sanchez.

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Friday, May 24, 2013

Oklahoma Joe's ribs named the best in the country by The Daily Meal

Posted By on Fri, May 24, 2013 at 9:09 AM

The ribs in their native habitat.
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  • The ribs in their native habitat.
Oklahoma Joe's ribs apparently stick with you. The Daily Meal has just named the pork ribs from OK Joe's the best in the country.

While no other Kansas City joints made the list of 20 barbecue spots, St. Louis has three restaurants in the mix: Bogart's (19), Roper's (18), and Pappy's Smokehouse (8), which led the St. Louis Post-Dispatch to ask if St. Louis was "America's Best Ribs city." Texas can claim bragging rights with six restaurants in the top 20.

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