Friday, January 27, 2012

Wish Kansas a happy birthday and other weekend possibilities

Posted By on Fri, Jan 27, 2012 at 8:30 AM

Were going to need a bigger cake.
Kansas has reached the grand old age of 151 years. And while you might not have been able to have a glass of wine in its honor around Prohibition, you’re free to drink a glass (or bottle) this Saturday. Holy-Field Winery (18807 158th Street, in Basehor, Kansas) is holding a Home on the Range party from 2 to 5 p.m. to celebrate Kansas’ statehood. The free party features birthday cake and music from RagtimeX2.

One of the contenders for the best fried chicken in the city isn’t actually at a fried-chicken joint. The fried chicken at Anthony’s Restaurant & Lounge (701 Grand) is a special occasion because it’s offered only once a week. The downtown restaurant has fried chicken, with a secret blend of herbs and spices, on Sundays between 12 and 8 p.m. The fried-chicken dinner, which includes three pieces of chicken, a side, salad and bread, costs $11.95.

Kansas City Restaurant Week runs through Sunday. There are more than 100 restaurants offering two-course lunch specials ($15) and three-course dinner deals ($30). If you can get in, make a reservation at Michael Smith (1900 Main), which has its braised rabbit with gnocchi, shiitake mushrooms and parmesan on the lunch menu and its eight-hour pork with scallion risotto and Jaliscan pico de gallo for dinner. The local showcase of restaurants is also a benefit for Harvesters, with 10 percent of the purchase price going to the community food bank.

Forget taco Tuesday. The best day of the week for righteous tacos is now Sunday. That’s because Port Fonda — the Airstream taco-slinging food truck — is holding a pop-up dining experience at Twin City Tavern from 6 to 10 p.m. Sunday.

Barley's Brewhaus (16649 Midland Drive, Shawnee) will be tapping a special firkin of Sexy Buffalo — Tallgrass Brewing Co.'s Buffalo Sweat with cocoa nibs and cherries. The first 40 customers get free glasses, and the firkin starts flowing at 4:30 p.m. today.

What have you got on tap for the weekend?

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