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Comment Archives: Locations: Restaurants: Steakhouse: 2 Stars

Re: “54th Street Grill and Bar

When they first opened this 54th ST. location on NE Barry Rd. near Liberty, it was one of only a few restaurants in that area. Now it's very built up with many choices. Many have come and several have gone in the past 10 years. The 54th St. seems to attract the shoppers from the near by strip malls and Wal-Mart. In the early years, this 54th ST. was at least OK, nothing special, but decent enough and closer to Kearney where we live than most other restaurants. But we stopped going there after a waiter, botched our large group order. Example: "Oh you wanted the salad before your meal?" Complaining only got us a gift certificate for $10. off the next visit. No thanks. On an earlier trip, our waiter asked us to give him his tip before we were done, because he was ending his shift. Amazing! To be fair, the Liberty area is service worker challenged. and good help is hard to find and harder to keep given the low wages and poor management in many of these corporate chain boxes. The food at 54th St. is similar to other family American fare style boxes like Appplebee's, etc. We usually opt for The Corner Cafe which is a few feet away from the 54th St. location.

Posted by JaHepcat on 12/28/2011 at 12:15 PM

Re: “Em Chamas Brazilian Grill

My Father and I took some friends from Springfield,Mo. here,upon my suggestion.I had read a few reviews and they deemed it a worthy place to take these people.Boy!! We were disappointed on a large scale.We found the meat to be salty and overcooked.The salad bar was comprised of basic open the can and dump in a fancy bowl dishes and the soups were very much the same.We all agreed that you paid for ambience. Which was nothing more than the same fancy woodwork from the previous failed restaurant,that we also tried one Sunday for Brunch.The only word that comes to my mind is "Lackluster".
Rating Detail:
Food: 2
Service: 2
Atmosphere: 4
Value: 1
Overall: 2

1 like, 0 dislikes
Posted by brad breckenridge on 12/05/2009 at 7:30 AM

Re: “Jess and Jim's Steak House

I had heard really good things about Jess and Jim's since I moved to KC 11 years ago but never found the time to try it. Well I tried it and was extremely disappointed! The pickled beets as a complimentary appetizer were a nice touch, but the rest of the meal was not so great. The salad was bland and uninspiring. They might as well dump it straight from a Dole salad bag. The garlic toast was thick and somewhat soggy. Now we get to the entrees. The chicken was dry and overcooked with not a hint of seasoning. It kind of reminded me of Popeye's chicken at triple the price. The ribeye was pan fried and crusted. Again, without a hint of seasoning. Very plain and bland. It was something I could have done myself at home with a hot frying pan on the stove. Sadly, the twice cooked potato was the best part of the meal. Even the coffee was bitter and would be better served on a hunting trip. The service was adequate but nothing spectacular. The decor has probably not changed in 20 years. Old and dated. Overall, a very disappointing evening. Don't bother wasting your time or money with Jess and Jim's, there are a lot better places to eat in the local area.
Rating Detail:
Food: 1
Service: 3
Atmosphere: 2
Value: 1
Overall: 2

Posted by Dave on 10/25/2009 at 5:06 AM

Re: “Maker's Mark Bourbon House & Lounge

I love Maker's Mark, the bourbon, so much that several years ago I convinced my college friends to pile in a car an make the trip down to Loretto from Mizzou to see its place of birth. Marker's Mark the restaurant, unfortunately, did not even begin to live up to the wonderful product that made the name famous. The menu was expensive and extremely boring. It was essentially TGI Friday's with a better designer, better (but more expensive) cocktails, and slightly higher food costs. You would think a restaurant named after one of the country's greatest whiskies might attempt to incorporate some in at least one recipe. Maybe a KC strip with a great whisky sauce or whisky braised short ribs. Unfortunately, nothing of the sort exists. Instead, the menu consisted largely of tired "nice" restaurant staples. That wouldn't be a bad thing really if everything was well executed. But to this reviewer's disappointment, that was far from the case. I recently dined there with my wife and a friend who's love of Maker's Mark surpasses even my own. Everyone was disappointed. I had the cleverly named "duck squared," which was ok, but for $28 I was expecting something that had some more thought behind it. The breast was overcooked and the whole dish was, frankly, boring. Even worse was my appetizer, the "signature" onion loaf. Why someone thought baking onion rings all together in a loaf pan was a good idea, let alone a "signature dish," is completely beyond me. Imagine you purchased some wonderful onion rings from Sonic, put them in the fridge for a few hours, then smashed them together on a plate and micro-waved them for a couple of minutes. Sound like a good idea? Well, that is the best way I can think of to describe my experience eating "the loaf." It was a soggy, greasy mess. The rest of the table's food was similarly disappointing. The only bright spot was a very well-made Maker's Manhattan. The atmosphere was, in a word, odd. The bar area was loud, but fun. The porch out under the KC Live canopy was great. The small room in which we were seated, however, was uncomfortably quiet and strangely bright. The place would be better served by seating everyone in the main bar area. Though, at least our server was relatively attentive. With so many other restaurant choices in the downtown area, I cannot fathom ever eating at Maker's Mark Bourbon House and Lounge again. 1924 Main, Michael Smith, Le Fou Frog, Harry's Country Club, Phillip's Chop House, Bristol, and The Majestic all offer a much better dining experience for essentially the same price. Hell, I'd rather chomp down on one of Ted Turner's buffalo burgers or sip a wonderful milkshake at the fantastic, if a bit dirty, Town Topic before exposing myself to a place that considers the onion loaf a "signature dish" and then has the audacity to charge me to eat it. I may go back to Maker's Mark, but I'll be drinking my dinner.
Rating Detail:
Food: 1
Service: 3
Atmosphere: 3
Value: 1
Overall: 2

Posted by James on 07/19/2008 at 4:24 PM

Re: “J. Alexander’s Restaurant

The restroom was dirty. The service was lousy. The food was ok and the atmosphere was good. For the money there are a lot of restaurants out three with a much better dining experience
Rating Detail:
Food: 3
Service: 1
Atmosphere: 3
Value: 1
Overall: 2

0 likes, 1 dislike
Posted by Jenny on 03/30/2008 at 10:33 AM

Re: “Benton's Steak & Chop House -- CLOSED

This was a special dinner for four and it was so mediorce that it is hard to explain. Food with no garnishes, side dishes plopped down on a crowded table in gratinee dishes that looked cafeteria style. One out of two $85 wines was really great, one should not have been on the wine list. Total cost with tip $500. Excellent view and excellent service. There are just too many fabulous restaurants in KC to have to go here except for a cocktail and the view.
Rating Detail:
Food: 2
Service: 4
Atmosphere: 5
Value: 1
Overall: 2

0 likes, 1 dislike
Posted by kcwhitebird on 06/24/2007 at 6:09 PM

Re: “Benton's Steak & Chop House -- CLOSED

This was a special dinner for four and it was so mediorce that it is hard to explain. Food with no garnishes, side dishes plopped down on a crowded table in gratinee dishes that looked cafeteria style. One out of two $85 wines was really great, one should not have been on the wine list. Total cost with tip $500. Excellent view and excellent service. There are just too many fabulous restaurants in KC to have to go here except for a cocktail and the view.
Rating Detail:
Food: 2
Service: 4
Atmosphere: 5
Value: 1
Overall: 2

0 likes, 1 dislike
Posted by kcwhitebird on 06/24/2007 at 6:09 PM

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