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Re: “The Drop

The Drop used to be a great place, but now after the Chef left for the Westport burger joint, the food has changed for the worse. The olive plate is not as diverse, and presentation no where close to that of the previous times. Also, the bruschetta is a big heavy handed now. The service is good however.
Rating Detail:
Food: 1
Service: 3
Atmosphere: 2
Value: 2
Overall: 2

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Posted by Gareth on 11/08/2008 at 10:10 AM

Re: “La Bodega

i really wanted to like this place. the group of friends that went there last thursday meet once a month for drinks and dinner. there are varying numbers and so we always make reservations. it's apparently their policy not to seat those whose parties are not complete. even when you have reservations, even when their restaurant is empty and there is no discussing with the g.m. any variance from that policy. even when we're talking a party of 10-15 and there is no seating for these patrons at the bar. one of our group needed to get in and get out in 45 minutes. we asked if perhaps he and another could get seated just for this reason. let the others get seated later. nothing doing. their g.m. doesn't have the skills required of a person in his position. some of us left without being served and others stayed. apparently the wait staff was good but it's tough to make up for bad management. my understanding is that tapas bars are intended to be a place that friends can come and go and share the time they have together. especially when your tapas bar stays mostly empty all night. we went on to the bluestem and had great service and good food.
Rating Detail:
Service: 1
Atmosphere: 3
Value: 2
Overall: 2

Posted by disgruntled on 10/01/2008 at 9:46 AM

Re: “Aixois

9-24-2008: I just moved to KC and have been trying out the local eateries over the last couple months. I'm a huge fan of French bistro, but this did one did not satisfy my cravings. Overall, the food, service and ambiance were very average. No major complaints, just average. I'm not sure if the reviewer and I made it to the same restaurant, but this place did not feel sexy…it felt every bit of 4,500 miles from Paris. I'm still eating my way around the city, but the best bistro fare I have had thus far has been at Le Frou Frog.
Rating Detail:
Food: 3
Service: 3
Atmosphere: 2
Value: 2
Overall: 2

Posted by CEH on 09/25/2008 at 2:24 PM

Re: “Buffalo Bob's Smokehouse

It's got a nice location, lots of food choices, it's noisy but basicly it is a very uninspiring BBQ restaurant. I've been here several times with friends over the years (mainly because they wanted to go here ). I have never really been impressed with this place at all. The burnt ends are far from being great, the onion rings or Ok, the BBq sauce tastes does not have any zing to it. Maybe a lot of people like thsi place but compared to other BBQ places and meals I have had in the Kansas City area, this BBQ place does not have my vote for either a good restaurant,a BBQ place to eat, a restaurant where I want to eat with someone or a group, or has something new or different, or is memorable meal. Service is fine but when you are waiting for food that is not great, what's the hurry? And did I say the atmosphere sucks too?
Rating Detail:
Food: 2
Service: 3
Atmosphere: 2
Value: 2
Overall: 2

Posted by Eric on 07/20/2008 at 7:42 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: “Cupini's Italian Market

I have been a Cupinis fan since I moved to Westport three years ago. Correction, I was a Cupinis fan. Two words, Sell Outs. Ever since they expanded the food quality is horrible, the cooks that I used to know on a first name basis are no longer around, and on two seperate wedding occasions, catered by Cupinis, the food was unanimously disliked. They even showed up with entirely the wrong cake once, AND the cake was horrible. This just sux. Cupinis, you can do better. Don't go here to eat.
Rating Detail:
Food: 1
Service: 2
Atmosphere: 3
Value: 1
Overall: 2

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Posted by huh_1 on 04/04/2008 at 8:33 AM

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

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Posted by Jenny on 03/30/2008 at 10:33 AM

Re: “Garozzo's Ristorante

My husband and I ate for the last time at the Overland Park, KS Garozzo's. Having lived downtown for years we ate at the original location about once every two weeks. After moving to Overland Park we tried their location several times with much disappointment. The Tortellini Gina (which my husband normally orders) is not the same you would get from the downtown location, not near as good. Though I can't pinpoint exactly what it is missing. I always order the Linguine Alla Frutti di Mare and with a price tag of $18.99 you would expect it to have some flavor. I was disappointed with the very soupy, bland sauce and unseasoned seafood. The scallops and shrimp tasted as if they had been boiled in unseasoned water, yuck!! I know why there was no waiting to be seated at 7pm on a Saturday night!! No waiting to be seated on a weekend is always a sign you shouldn't be eating at a restaurant.
Rating Detail:
Food: 1
Service: 3
Atmosphere: 2
Value: 1
Overall: 2

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Posted by Myndi on 01/19/2008 at 7:48 PM

Re: “Smokestack Bar-B-Q

Amazingly unimpressive, at best. And I think that's on a good day. I tried the burnt ends -- chewy mumbles of salty meat that could have come from a bag marked "Kibbles and Bits." The sauce was perfect Dollar Store value brand, thick and gooey with too much molasses, brown sugar, fake smoke flavor, and ketchup. It was a perfect match for the pathetic burnt ends. Any better of a sauce would have been wasted on such a proletarian meal.
Rating Detail:
Food: 1
Service: 4
Atmosphere: 3
Value: 2
Overall: 2

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Posted by GrumpyQ on 01/07/2008 at 5:47 AM

Re: “Arthur Bryant's Barbecue

I've done my round of KC BBQ. Yeah, I heard about Bryants long before I arrived in KC. Unfortunately, the reputation acquired by proper cooking of simple, affordable, honest food, a reputation built for decades by Arthur Bryant himself, seems to have died with Bryant died. The restaurant isn't charming, or kitsch. It's a sloppy mess of grease slicked floors, flies crawling on the walls, dirty plates stacked to the roof in a greasy spoon/cafeteria atmosphere. The food is consistently inconsistent. I'm always pleasantly surprised when I get my food hot. Maybe the idea of a hot plate or an oven hasn't yet reached Bryants, but here's a tip to the cooks: just leaving a hunk of brisket on a cold countertop isn't going to keep the heat in. The most recent, and last time I will eat at Bryants, I ordered the sliced brisket. What I received: cold, chewey, gray slabs of flavorless meat that could have doubled as roast beef from a hospital cafeteria. One saving grace is the pulled pork -- Bryant's is one of the few places in KC to actually serve a proper pulled pork. It's the only item on the menu that is consitently edible. The sausage is a greasy slop of thick-skinned meat studded with about a billion mustard seeds. The ribs are rubbery and chewy. The rib tips, which are always on "special" are little more than bony nuggets of oversauced jerky. With a few weeks of power washing, a bath of muriatic acid, some ozone treatment, fly strips, the installation of a hot plate, and some food safety training for all employees, I think Bryant's has potential. Until then, it's yet another overrated and overhyped KC meat outlet store.
Rating Detail:
Food: 2
Service: 3
Atmosphere: 1
Value: 2
Overall: 2

Posted by GrumpyQ on 01/07/2008 at 5:31 AM

Re: “The Corner Café

What up with the corner lately??? Mi amiga and I went last week. I ordered some egg and lox thing. Ummm...we're out of lox. My amiga ordered banana pancakes. Ummm...we're out of bananas. Okay...you tell us what you have and we'll tell you what we want. Isn't this a menu??? Anyway...new ownership? I don't know what's going on but it's not the same as it used to be. Of course, I'm not 24 anymore either.
Rating Detail:
Food: 2
Service: 5
Atmosphere: 1
Value: 2
Overall: 2

Posted by mod on 12/13/2007 at 5:06 PM

Re: “Nara

(continued) Every waiter/waitress I liked has been removed as well. The bar staff has improved, immensely. But good luck getting a good seat! The bar is so tiny for them to be focusing all of the place's energy on it. The sushi is awsome. Very fresh. Takes a while but if you saw how small the sushi bar was you'd understand.
Rating Detail:
Food: 3
Service: 2
Atmosphere: 5
Value: 2
Overall: 2

Posted by KLFBasscadet on 12/11/2007 at 6:58 PM

Re: “Nara

Oh. My. God. Can you say clusterf***? The place is, to quote, "demented and sad but social". I've been there quite a bit. I will probably not go back except to drink, maybe. I've told my friends that we should eat somewhere else and really only go there for drinks if necessary. I'm telling you this too. Atmosphere is very pretty but just know that with all of it's glitz it lacks ev-e-ry-thing else. Then I first went there, last year, the place was awesome. They had this wacky chef who made very interesting cuisine, and he would come out and chat with you about it. The food was amazing. There was a pretty solid staff and the atmosphere was delightful. Since then every plate that I liked has been removed from the menu. A couple of wines I liked are no more. For this restaurant wanting to be known for sake, that menu certainly hasn't grown much. Cocktails have become bizzaro >Pernod tastes like liquorice people, just so you know
Rating Detail:
Food: 3
Service: 2
Atmosphere: 5
Value: 2
Overall: 2

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Posted by KLFBasscadet on 12/11/2007 at 6:54 PM

Re: “Aixois

I recently dined into Aixois for the first time yesterday (Monday 11/26) evening to celebrate my birthday. I am new to the Brookside area and was pleased when I discovered one of the Kansas City originals within walking distance of my home. I WAS WRONG. When we first arrived the hostess leads us to a table towards the back. Nice and quiet. The place was steady, but still relatively slow considering it's a Monday. The bus boy, who was very pleasant, presented my date and I with waters. Immediately after, an obnoxious waiter resembling Baloo from "The Jungle Book", greets us with a salutation similar to one you would expect at Macaroni Grill, or any other run-of-the-mill chain restaurant. Rude and over-anxious, he immediately wanted a drink order. My friend and I both needed, oh, maybe 45 seconds to look over the wine list. My date needed more time and I told him I was going to stick with water. Baloo did not seem pleased. At this point, although feeling rushed, the experience was not totally ruined. Baloo returned and my friend ordered a French beer. Again, I explained to Baloo that I only wanted water. Baloo not happy! My date and I ordered the two most expensive entrees on the menu and Baloo retrieved our menus. Baloo delivered our soup and salad and then delivered my entree. I ordered salmon and it was entirely overcooked. Our food had already taken such a long time, I really wasn't in the mood to send it back. My friend's Steak au Poives, however, was delicious. He checked back before we'd had a chance to taste our food, and offered my friend another beer. My friend said, "not now, but in a few minutes". I notice a man in a bad suit walking around to various different tables around the restaurant. Ours, you ask? Nope. Baloo finally returned about 15 minutes AFTER we had finished our meal to take our plates. There is nothing worse than having a plate in front of you, sitting there, fermenting like the bad wine list. Baloo did not offer dessert, which was a bit disappointing considering it was a birthday celebration. We asked for our check. The Bad Suit is still greeting other tables....apparently birthdays make you invisible. Fifteen minutes later, our check finally arrived. I am beyond irritated at this point. Our jolly waiter's tip is steadily dissipating. My friend never got second beer, and Baloo missed out on a $7 check increase. The credit card, in very plain view, was sitting on the end of our table for at least another 10-15 minutes. Let me reiterate, the place was not even close to busy, or full. Baloo must have used morse code to transmit the credit card, because, this, again, took about 15 minutes. My opinion of Aixios is ruined and Baloo will barely be able to afford a bunch of bananas with my paltry tip. Needless to say, the food was less than fair, overpriced and the service, was, well, you know now!
Rating Detail:
Food: 2
Service: 1
Atmosphere: 3
Value: 2
Overall: 2

Posted by Samantha on 11/27/2007 at 10:03 PM

Re: “Princess Garden

I went to Princess Gardens for the 1st time tonight. I went with the understanding that it was a simple, old-fashioned Chinese place. Which, it was. But I found the food somewhat bland, fresh... but bland. The service was just ok, it started very slow (10 minutes to order, 15 until we got any drinks), and sped up a bit towards the end. The place was pretty dead, so I didn't understand the wait for service. I ordered a glass of KD Chard, which was $9! I mean, a whole bottle at Costco is that much. I must also mention the music, creepy. Atmosphere, creepy. I felt like I was in a Tarantino movie and something weird was about to happen. Luckily, it didn't. I would not say it was a bad experience, but I have no desire to go again. Instead, I would recommend Blue Koi or Ghengis Kahn on 39th St. It's not near Princess Garden, but well worth the trip.
Rating Detail:
Food: 3
Service: 2
Atmosphere: 2
Value: 2
Overall: 2

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Posted by Jonas on 11/06/2007 at 7:41 PM

Re: “Nara

Sushi is not fresh. Other dishes are overpriced and bland. Chefs don't know how to make the rolls or sushi very well as they kept falling apart. Service is also abysmal. Atmosphere is great however. Go there to hang out and drink, just don't eat there.
Rating Detail:
Food: 2
Service: 2
Atmosphere: 5
Value: 2
Overall: 2

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Posted by Foodie on 11/06/2007 at 10:28 AM

Re: “Arthur Bryant's Barbecue

The Wall Street Journal recently said Arthur Bryant's is overrated. They were right. Oh, and watch out for the grease-covered floors, because you might bust your ass.
Rating Detail:
Food: 2
Service: 1
Atmosphere: 4
Value: 2
Overall: 2

Posted by Jeff on 08/12/2007 at 10:19 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

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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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