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Comment Archives: Locations: 2 Stars

Re: “Cinzetti's Italian Market Restaurant

1.Cinzettis pizza was so nasty for a place that is suppose to perfect all things Italian. When I called to make a reservation a rude gentlemen answered the phone, I was able to make a reservation though. When we arrived our reservation was not available and we had to wait in the foyer with about 10 other nice sized families. 20 min later we were taken to our seat and greeted by our server who was a very friendly young lady. Food was not good for almost 20 dollars a person, it lacked personality. Very easy to tell the dishes were made in extreme bulk. When I was walking to get a plate for my daughter I heard yelling and cussing and realized it was a boss or manager degrading a Mexican cook because something was burned, I just took my daughter to the desserts and ended the night. I will not go back and do not recommend this corperate money maker, this day in age we should patronize smaller more meaningful local restraunts instead of a giant corp ready to degrade anyone and spit them out as long as bottom dollar is good.
Rating Detail:
Food: 2
Service: 3
Atmosphere: 3
Value: 2
Overall: 2

0 likes, 3 dislikes
Posted by Laura Elden on 06/20/2009 at 6:02 PM

Re: “Hayward's Pit Bar-B-Que

I haven't been going here long, but have heard the food and service has really declined over the years. The wait staff is always friendly and helpful, but I haven't been impressed with their meats. The brisket and burnt ends are fatty and doesn't have much flavor. The pulled pork was bland. One thing they do well, though, is an excellent sausage. A sausage sandwich and fries for lunch will run you about $12-14 though, so value-wise, its not so great. The place is usually only about 1/4 full when I hit it for lunch. I've never been there at suppertime.
Rating Detail:
Food: 3
Service: 3
Atmosphere: 2
Value: 2
Overall: 2

Posted by John J. Knoll on 06/19/2009 at 10:55 PM

Re: “Llywelyn's Pub

We ordered couple pitchers of beer, and were billed $30, put $40 in cash in the folder, got change back and than in 3 minutes a girl from behind the bar jumps out and grabs the change (~$10 or over 30% which we did not intend to leave - too much of a tip) and mumbling something about them needing the little folders for checks runs away with the $10. While not much of a loss - the impression it left on us was such that we never visit this pub again. It stinks. Otherwise - a regular cheap pub.
Rating Detail:
Food: 3
Service: 1
Atmosphere: 2
Value: 2
Overall: 2

1 like, 7 dislikes
Posted by Samorodok on 05/22/2009 at 5:44 PM

Re: “Chaz on the Plaza

The happy hour at the Raphael Lounge was a weekly affair. One happy hour at the Chaz and we are looking for a new place. Happy hour consist of $1 off wine and appetizers. We had the cheese plate for two and it was a joke. For $19 there was a small appetizer for one. No bread or crackers or mustard. Don't waste your time one this place. Music was ok but far too loud. We mentioned this to the waiter but nothing happened. It is a small area and the loud music made it impossible to talk.
Rating Detail:
Service: 2
Atmosphere: 4
Value: 2
Overall: 2

0 likes, 1 dislike
Posted by Dennis Reese on 03/16/2009 at 1:14 PM

Re: “B.B.'s Lawnside BBQ

As far as BBQ goes, I'm done with BB's Lawnside BBQ. Even if it were slightly beyond mediocre I'd be reluctant to wait through their hellish service. Unless you're drinking some kind of booze, or have a party of 4 or more people, don't expect your drink to be refilled quickly. Also, do not dine out on the deck. Your server will in all likelihood, forget you're out there, especially if the music is going. I've had three separate servers who, when viewed from the deck, were just standing idly enjoying the music while I was dying of thirst, needing something to aid in choking down their tough ribs or their dry brisket. I shouldn't be too harsh. The BBQ is hit and miss. I recall once having a brisket sandwich that wasn't offensive, and some short ends that were somewhat tender. The BBQ sauce is good as are their skillet fries. But BBQ shouldn’t be a gamble. Most of the time their ribs were tough and their meats were dry. I mean, meat isn't supposed to effortlessly fall of the bone, but I mean I was tearing at these ribs to get the meat off. I couldn't even taste the smoke the last few times I went. Come here for the atmosphere sure. The music? Definitely. The booze? Okay. But don't expect to get good BBQ or attentive service here.
Rating Detail:
Food: 2
Service: 1
Atmosphere: 4
Value: 2
Overall: 2

0 likes, 2 dislikes
Posted by Z on 03/12/2009 at 8:31 PM

Re: “Elephant Bar

Shame on me for trying this place twice, the first time my food was overly salty and not cook properly, second time food still wasn't great and the expensive drink i ordered was not drinkable, I will never go here again, all hype, not what it's cracked up to be.
Rating Detail:
Food: 2
Service: 4
Atmosphere: 3
Value: 3
Overall: 2

0 likes, 2 dislikes
Posted by Pancake on 03/12/2009 at 5:16 PM

Re: “Elephant Bar

Shame on me for trying this place twice, the first time my food was overly salty and not cook properly, second time food still wasn't great and the expensive drink i ordered was not drinkable, I will never go here again, all hype, not what it's cracked up to be.
Rating Detail:
Food: 2
Service: 4
Atmosphere: 3
Value: 3
Overall: 2

Posted by Pancake on 03/12/2009 at 5:16 PM

Re: “Soho 119

The store is pretty much empty. Everything is 70% off or more which is good but since they have almost nothing new when other stores are full of new merchandise tell me they are going out of business.
Rating Detail:
Service: 3
Atmosphere: 2
Value: 3
Overall: 2

Posted by JoAnn on 03/10/2009 at 6:58 PM

Re: “Location-less Comments

We (6 friends) came to dinner at your restaurant in the Power and Light. We heard good things so decided to check it out. For the sake of argument, I watched my watch to see how long we were waiting. Reservations at 6:30, 4/6 of us showed up at about 6:20. We were seated immediately. After a few minutes wait staff (female..but forgot her name I'll call her Jenny for this email) came to our table as did someone with bread. "Jenny" took our drink order as well as an appetizer order by about 6:25. About 5 minutes later "Jenny" returned to take our dinner order. We informed her we were still waitng on our drinks and appetizers. Very soon after that, a person of possible management came to our table to see how things were going. We told her how long we were waiting. She said to have a nice evening and left. We never saw her again. About 10 minutes later the final two people we were expecting joined us. They waited several people before "Jenny" came to take their drink order. Our late friends B&P, asked if we had ordered drinks and where were they? We're still waiting. "Jenny" returned asking us yet again for our dinner order. We then informed her that we were relaxing, taking our time, and we haven't had our appetizer or drinks. We waited over 20 minutes for our drinks and another 10 (for a total of 30 minutes) for our appetizer. "Jenny" for a 3rd time, asked for our dinner order. We just looked at her telling her we weren't going anywhere else after dinner. This was our night out and we were taking our time. Around 7:30 "Jenny" returned, took our order as well as a second drink order. We asked "Jenny" about some of the items on the menu but she couldn't answer our questions because she hasn't eaten anything except the macaroni and cheese. We thought that was bad that someone on your wait staff hadn't eaten your food and couldn't help us with our questions regarding your menu items. You had one bartender working on a Friday night and even though there was no one actually sitting at the bar, it took forever to get cocktails. Dinner came to the table timely. I had Salmon croquettes which to me looked like Salmon patties, with Green beans and Sweet Potato fries. The fries were good, the beans good as well. That "Croquettes" were ok and the sauce ok. 2 of our friends had the fried shrimp which we all tried and it was good. Another friend ordered the baked chicken and was asked if she wanted white, dark or mixed meat. She asked for white and got mixed. It was also quite dry. Another friend had steak (medium) which came well done. She also got the mac and cheese which tasted cold and gritty. The 6th person had Salmon which he wasn't impresed with. We didn't address the issues for fear of how long we'd have to wait. We ordered the Peach Cobbler and the Medea Bread Pudding to share with the table. We thought these two items would be excellent considering the ratings we've heard. They were both cold and tasted like they had been sitting. We refused them and they were taken from the bill. Very disappointing evening. Very slow service and food not that great.
Rating Detail:
Food: 3
Service: 1
Atmosphere: 3
Value: 2
Overall: 2

Posted by DAR on 03/02/2009 at 12:28 PM

Re: “Encore Cafe

Encore cafe is one of the best restaurant in the Larence area. i would definitely recommend going there
Rating Detail:
Food: 3
Service: 3
Atmosphere: 1
Value: 5
Overall: 2

Posted by Jamie on 03/01/2009 at 3:50 PM

Re: “Paradise India

I've checked this place out a couple times and the food is pretty good. The service is very slow so dont come here in a hurry. Also the restaurant worker come to your table very often and they all ask them same questions over and over so its hard to have a good conversation with others. Overall its ok. There are always coupons online but everytime you use them it seems to be more expensive then with out them i think there are some pricing issues going on and you never know what you are paying for. But check it out if you are into Indian food.
Rating Detail:
Food: 4
Service: 2
Atmosphere: 2
Value: 3
Overall: 2

Posted by Tasha on 02/27/2009 at 11:48 AM

Re: “Paradise India

I've checked this place out a couple times and the food is pretty good. The service is very slow so dont come here in a hurry. Also the restaurant worker come to your table very often and they all ask them same questions over and over so its hard to have a good conversation with others. Overall its ok. There are always coupons online but everytime you use them it seems to be more expensive then with out them i think there are some pricing issues going on and you never know what you are paying for. But check it out if you are into Indian food.
Rating Detail:
Food: 4
Service: 2
Atmosphere: 2
Value: 3
Overall: 2

Posted by Tasha on 02/27/2009 at 11:48 AM

Re: “Jardine's

I went to Jardine's For my 18th birthday party with a group of 10.The food was pricey but well made and music was great. The server was very kind and on point. Everything went well until we were leaving, most of our party reached the car with an exception of two. Several minutes later they arrived at the car, informing us the bartender, not even our server followed them out of the restaurant complaing about the $10 tip we left. She said a 10 dollar tip is what you leave a waiter who didn't do well, when really thats all we could afford to give after spending $160. She kept on, asking if anybody in the party could give more... She ruined any chances of anybody in our party ever returning there, even though the music was beautifully done.
Rating Detail:
Food: 4
Service: 2
Atmosphere: 4
Value: 1
Overall: 2

0 likes, 2 dislikes
Posted by Morgan on 01/21/2009 at 10:51 AM

Re: “R.A. Long's Sawmill

This restaurant has a great atmosphere but the food and service leave much to be desired. I have eaten here twice with different levels of service ranging from good to horrible. The food has never been good. I have had to send my entree back both times I was there. The tuna was a horrible cut and was inedible. The KC strip was served rare instead of medium well and was very balnd as if there was no seasoning what-so-ever. We did not recieve our appetizer and other people at our table did not recieve their side dishes. The menu is limited and overpriced.
Rating Detail:
Service: 1
Atmosphere: 3
Value: 1
Overall: 2

Posted by Dusty on 01/17/2009 at 9:41 AM

Re: “RC's Back Door

When were seated at 3 36" square wobbly tables, a for sure smell of something not so good. 30 min for drinks to arrive look down & there is a cockroach on my beer glass. SO I do the smart thing, I smash it on the table with a splenda packet. So I get a hold of waitress attention, ask for manager. He was happy to supply another beer, but other than that. His reply " what ya gonna do?" Well 98% of anyone would have just got up & left. I had been coming here to RC's since it opened. Well lets just say when you have to find your waitress, then when you get up for a refill from the kitchen. Yourself. Food was pretty much like it used to be, portions are smaller. If it were not for the food, I doubt I would even speak of the old place again. Please for the love of apple butter, get rid of the dam carpet. Geeze, that is the same stuff from how long ago? Clean, clean the heck out of the place. Refinish, redo, repaint. All that being said, maybe a different waitress.. & No cockroach. Just an old memory, still better than any dam applebee's,chili's or any other of those dam yuppie joint's.
Rating Detail:
Service: 1
Atmosphere: 1
Value: 3
Overall: 2

2 likes, 0 dislikes
Posted by jewwells on 01/11/2009 at 3:23 PM

Re: “Urban Mining Vintage

Flea Market like. Prices were all over the board and I couldn't get much help when I wanted to purchase a large piece that needed to be unloaded.
Rating Detail:
Service: 1
Atmosphere: 2
Value: 2
Overall: 2

Posted by Lucinda on 12/18/2008 at 7:26 PM

Re: “The Red Balloon

So the Karaoke Clique took a trip to celebrate a birthday at the Red Balloon Bar & Grill in Shawnee, Kansas. This bar is a hole-in-the-shopping-center joint off 75th Street and I-35. Typically these kind of places scream friendly, down-home fun, and after reading a few reviews on the net prior to the occasion, I was eager to see what this place had to offer. Now the Red Balloon is strictly a karaoke bar that offers the joy of amateur singing 7 days a week, 365 days a year. It was even voted as the Pitch's Best of Kansas City 2006 for karaoke bars. You would think this would be the karaoke junkie's heaven! Well the clique and I agree that this is a place that any true karaoke fan should NOT go. Is that harsh? Perhaps. But so is sitting at the back of a cramped little bar for 3 hours, watching people singing 3 and 4 times and never getting your chance to sing even once. Now I know there are people who just go to karaoke once in a while and enjoy letting loose and singing in front of everyone. However, there are those people who are diehard karaoke participants. They go weekly, sometimes daily and expect to be able to sing at least 2 or 3 songs during the course of an evening. The Karaoke Clique is obviously one of those that truly go to karaoke bars to sing while releasing some social butterflies and enjoying a few drinks. We do not go to a karaoke bar to sit and watch the regulars and the Johnson County yuppies who paid the KJ to move up on the song list sing repeatedly. Now I will say that the wait staff was incredibly nice. They were prompt and friendly with our bar orders and interestingly enough, they do not get an hourly pay, but simply work for tips. I guess that might explain their kind nature. After hours of sitting and waiting to sing though, I asked our waitress why I have seen some people sing repeatedly and none of us have been called to sing even once. She informed me that the karaoke DJ (which in karaoke terms we call a KJ) allows singers to pay him in exchange for a quick move up the list. Now, I am not sure if the bar owns the karaoke system and the KJ works directly for them or if they hire a company to come in and handle the karaoke. It appears to me that the bar would own it because any respectable karaoke company would not allow such greedy practices to take place. So for all you true karaoke lovers, the Karaoke Clique does not recommend taking a trip to Shawnee and investing in a rude KJ’s five-year plan. The crowd was diverse and the wait staff was friendly, but the behavior of the KJ makes it impossible for someone to come off the street and enjoy a night at the Red Balloon. THE LOW DOWN KJ: Rude & greedy SONG CHOICE: Large selection ALCOHOL PRICE: Average WAIT STAFF/BAR STAFF: Friendly & prompt ATMOSPHERE: Cramped BATHROOMS: Tiny & dirty, though pleasantly scented and apparently there was a pair of panties tossed in the trash (those naughty JoCo girls) FOOD: N/A – Grill had already closed CROWD: Very diverse www.MySpace.com/KaraokeClique
Rating Detail:
Service: 4
Atmosphere: 2
Value: 3
Overall: 2

2 likes, 4 dislikes
Posted by Karaoke Clique Writer on 12/15/2008 at 12:54 AM

Re: “JL Stephenson's Santa Fe Inn - CLOSED

wish i could say it was good, but i cannot. service was good but food was not.
Rating Detail:
Food: 1
Service: 4
Atmosphere: 1
Value: 1
Overall: 2

0 likes, 1 dislike
Posted by pu on 12/11/2008 at 2:09 PM

Re: “76th Street Bar and Grill -- CLOSED

I would like the $3.00 off my next meal.
Rating Detail:
Service: 2
Atmosphere: 3
Value: 3
Overall: 2

Posted by Debby Manning on 12/03/2008 at 6:26 PM

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

0 likes, 1 dislike
Posted by Gareth on 11/08/2008 at 10:10 AM

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