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Re: “You can still get grease on your upholstery at a few drive-in diners

The glass mugs are still there at Mugs Up. Indeed, it's pretty much the same as it was more than 50 years ago.

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Posted by Jack on 06/01/2015 at 5:17 PM

Re: “You can still get grease on your upholstery at a few drive-in diners

Didn't know that Clem's and its famous brain sandwiches were gone. I used to go there with my uncle, who always had the brains. I never could work up the courage for that. But it was a landmark, and it's always sad to see those go, although Stack's looks pretty inviting. Less inviting is Mugs Up on 23rd Street, east of Noland. I grew up just a few blocks from there and that's where my dad would take the family for a treat. I don't remember ever eating there, but you could get a large root beer for a dime, a regular for a nickle and a baby mug for free. And you could get a gallon jug or a quart, which came in a cone-shaped paper container and cost 25 cents. The place looks pretty sad these days, and I'm sure they've ditched those cool glass mugs for paper cups. But it brings back a lot of memories. Ah, to be young again....

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Posted by wooz on 05/31/2015 at 6:08 PM

Re: “You can still get grease on your upholstery at a few drive-in diners

There is also a Maid-Rite Drive In in Lexington, MO. It has the loose meat sandwich plus also burgers, italian steak, hot dogs and nachos. It does the old fashion milkshakes, sundaes and blizzards. It is showing its age, but still puts out some damn good food.

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Posted by Brad Ford on 05/28/2015 at 7:59 PM

Re: “Bye-bye, Bear

It is interesting that your comments about the Berliner Baer seem to completely miss it's foundation. Having lived around the corner from it my young life, and celebrated both my sisters and my 21st birthday there. Joel's cooking was very good, with a real old world feel to it. Nettie was a wonderful woman, and my thoughts of her are so very fond. All of this with an old world decor, something so perfectly fitting Waldo, across the street from the former Art Bunker Porsche, where my father bought his only Porsche. With my parents gone, I treasure the memories, the food, the company.. To have but a momentary taste of goulash soup, and rouladen on my tongue again, would truly be heaven. To hear Nettie's voice greet my family once again, we the love and grace that is mostly gone from this world, would, and (the thought) brings tears to my eyes.

Posted by Erik Madsen on 05/28/2015 at 7:17 PM

Re: “You can still get grease on your upholstery at a few drive-in diners

All good choices Charles (well maybe not Teresa's, last time I was there it was below the Mendoza line).
Speaking of baseball idioms, two places you didn't mention are chaw spittin' distance from the ballpark - both just north of 40 Highway on Blue Ridge Cutoff - Lobito's Steakburger & Mexican Food (more a sit down or drive through) and HiBoy, a real old timey "put it in park - go in to order - eat in the car" joint. Great atmosphere, the "girls" working the counter can be a hoot.
I'm old enough to remember when you walked up to the window at Mickey D's, I swear the food there then actually had flavor! Mom always had us get extra salt for her fries; nobody was going to poach her's, eww. Loose meat sandwiches at B & G Tasty Foods on Dodge St. in the wilds of west Omaha, better'n White Castle slider or Mickey D burger.
The absolute best of the drive-ins of my youth was the A&W on 24th St. in South Omaha. Not only did they have the usual fare, nothing to sniff at, but they also had a KFC franchise, best KFC I've ever eaten. They had something I've never seen since, a deep fried dinner roll that was the perfect accompaniment to the chicken; original recipe of course, that crispy stuff was long in the future. A frosty mug or a root beer float, damn we had it good!
I think a trip to Mugs Up is in order.

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Posted by extremus on 05/28/2015 at 2:32 PM

Re: “You can still get grease on your upholstery at a few drive-in diners

It's a drive, but on the way to Lake of the Ozarks, try the Dairy Bar in Cole Camp, MO. Amazing plate-sized pork tenderloin sandwich, great burgers and the best milkshakes on the planet.

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Posted by MCSKC on 05/28/2015 at 10:44 AM

Re: “You can still get grease on your upholstery at a few drive-in diners

Don't forget BoBo's in Topeka KS

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Posted by NEK on 05/28/2015 at 8:31 AM

Re: “You can still get grease on your upholstery at a few drive-in diners

Back in the 1960's & thru out the 1970's era My mother used to take me to Smaks Drive In, located at well then it was 50 Hwy & Metcalf in overland park, Kansas.

Today its known as Shawnee Mission Parkway & Foster Street, where a Quik Trip now sits on the North Side of Shawnee Mission Pkwy.

Used to be a big ol' Green & Yellow sign lit up in Neon that said Smaks Drive In.

But it closed I think sometime in the early 1980's era.

Anybody remember the old Bar BQ Joint in Shawnee off Nieman road on the East side between 67th street and 63rd street back in the 1970's & 1980's era ??? it was fairly good too.

car lot now sits there next to quik trip.

and DAGWOODS Café on southwest Blvd, by I-35, was once popular back in the 1960's & 1970's era too !!

Ohhh do I remember the days !

and PETERS DRIVE IN on State Avenue in KCK, became a popular spot on Friday & Saturday nights in the late 1970's and early 1980's era for local Street Rodders & Hot Rodders to bring out there rides and cruise, just like in the movie American Graffitti.

Even Car Craft magazine showed up to highlight some of the Midwest street rods back in 1982 or 1983 for their magazine.

Those days are long gone, replaced by boring stale Corporate franchise fast food joints whose food tastes like it was warmed up inside a microwave and served to you all soggy and tasteless , pathetic how Low lotta those places have stooped compared to the past, the way things were done !!!

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Posted by Crazy Clown on 05/28/2015 at 6:19 AM

Re: “You can still get grease on your upholstery at a few drive-in diners

Just got back from lunch.

I splurged-had a chili whiz burger.

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Posted by Wink Dinklemeyer on 05/27/2015 at 1:09 PM

Re: “You can still get grease on your upholstery at a few drive-in diners

Whiz burger in my future $$$

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Posted by Michelle Hammack on 05/27/2015 at 11:36 AM

Re: “You can still get grease on your upholstery at a few drive-in diners

The pork tenderloin at Stacks is heaven battered and fried.

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Posted by Lux on 05/27/2015 at 11:32 AM

Re: “You can still get grease on your upholstery at a few drive-in diners

Teresa's Italian Steak and the Tacos. Teresa's and FunHouse Pizza Good Times.

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Posted by KCTexan on 05/27/2015 at 11:16 AM

Re: “You can still get grease on your upholstery at a few drive-in diners

Just remember Sammy Gallo has a long history of putting mustard-and-pubic-hair smiley faces on the burgers.

Ask him about the day the mechanic from the motorcycle shop put his face on the grill when he saw it.

The rest of the Gallo family has nothing to do with the punk.

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Posted by Orphan of the Road on 05/27/2015 at 10:41 AM

Re: “You can still get grease on your upholstery at a few drive-in diners

I believe a whiz burger is my near future....

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Posted by Wink Dinklemeyer on 05/27/2015 at 8:18 AM

Re: “The Zip Code

I would give anything for this recipe...aaah!

Posted by Ks on 05/21/2015 at 4:41 PM

Re: “Alex Pope's Local Pig offers Westport a choice cut

I wish they kept the pork tenderloin sandwich from the old Preservation Market menu, it was literally the best sandwich I'd ever had.

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Posted by Sam on 05/20/2015 at 12:40 PM

Re: “Alex Pope's Local Pig offers Westport a choice cut

Abe they probably saw you park your car and noticed you had Johnson County Kansas License Plates......

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Posted by honest-Abbie-Lincon-TownCar on 05/08/2015 at 9:32 AM

Re: “Chef Joe Shirley takes over the Kansas City Club's kitchen

Dear Tainty - the average Pitch reader couldn't afford to park at the KC Club, and generally has to dig under the cushions of their sofa's to get spare change enough to go to happy hour at Grinders in the Crossroads. Who the F want's to belong to any club that would let any one "average" join or participate.......least of all an "average Pitch reader?"

Posted by Richard"Dick"Gozinya on 05/08/2015 at 8:48 AM

Re: “Alex Pope's Local Pig offers Westport a choice cut

abe - blasphemer - anyone who disagrees with Charlie Feruzski's reviews and opinions of one of his "favs" will get his ip address blocked and flamed by Slobby Dave and that goof that looks like Wayne Newton's evil twin. Good luck with being honest on the Pitch website!

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Posted by PeterPiperPickedAFight on 05/08/2015 at 8:39 AM

Re: “Alex Pope's Local Pig offers Westport a choice cut

Paige - I've got a pickle cocktail for ya

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Posted by AndrewDiceClay-OHHHH on 05/08/2015 at 8:36 AM

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