Monday, March 8, 2010

Contest: The Plaza's Past

Posted By on Mon, Mar 8, 2010 at 12:17 PM

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The Country Club Plaza has been a dining destination for more than 80 years, although it currently boasts more chain restaurants than independently owned dining spots. But this neighborhood has rich restaurant history -- including the location of the very first Houlihan's Old Place.

We celebrate the Plaza's culinary history with this week's Fat City quiz. The first reader to post all five correct answers in the comments section by midnight, March 9, will win a hardback copy of Sharon Tyler Herbst's The Food Lover's Guide to Chocolate & Vanilla.

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Do you remember what took over this location?
1) For years Putsch's 210 -- pictured right -- was the fanciest restaurant on the Plaza. After it closed, Kansas City's most legendary restaurateurs Paul Robinson and Joe Gilbert turned it into a cosmopolitan, French-style bistro that served pommes frites, mussels and creme brulee. What was the name of that once enormously popular boite?

2) What was the name of the little cafe with the shady outdoor deck that served German sausages, potato salad and apple strudel?

3) This very formal French restaurant was a fixture on the Country Club Plaza for many years. What was its name?

4) Long before Bo Lings moved to the Plaza's south end, another Chinese restaurant in the very heart of the Plaza was the place for chop suey and egg foo young. What was the name of the restaurant?

5) This Polynesian-style restaurant was considered part of the Country Club Plaza dining scene, even though it was located at 45th and Main. People still talk about the appetizer assortment, which included puffed shrimp and cho cho. What was the name of the restaurant?

6) This Mexican restaurant at 100 Ward Parkway was named after Kansas City's most famous 19th-century prostitute. What was the name of the restaurant?

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