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Re: “At the American, Michael Corvino perfectly balances ambition and formality

I went for a wedding and the onion bisque was literally one of the best things I've ever ingested. The rest of the meal was exquisite, and I cannot wait for my next meal there. Now if they can only hire Bluestem's designer....

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Posted by M on 11/05/2014 at 3:58 PM

Re: “At the American, Michael Corvino perfectly balances ambition and formality

It is a great place to eat.
I love the Review.
You cover all the bases.
I am saving my pennies for my next visit.
Plattner created the lofty interior of The American to evoke and celebrate the spatial dimensions of Windsor Cathedral.
A Cathedral dedicated to the lesser, needy and more corporeal Gods of Gastronomy.
Remember Helen Mirren in 'The cook, the wife, the thief, the lover' ?
The delights of The American are certainly are of a more genteel culinary persuasion; less lust, sweat and breathy drama but every bit as saliently memorable as that delicious black comedy.
The only false note on my last visit was the uniform grime on the light bulbs above. They need to be wiped clean of dust and fingerprints.
I looked up from the bar and the bulbs twinkled faintly with what looked like the remnants of a CSI crime Scene.

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Posted by Will B. Good on 11/05/2014 at 1:29 PM

Re: “Stroud's pans for new customers in southern OP

Any fried chicken is mediocre at best, with mashed potatoes and cooked to death green beans, and you have to PAY for it? No thanks.

6 likes, 6 dislikes
Posted by Buster Hyman on 10/29/2014 at 8:41 PM

Re: “Stroud's pans for new customers in southern OP

I've been to Strouds more times than I can count. Then I went to college at Pittsburg State. Sorry but Strouds can't touch chicken in SEK. Bartos, Mary's, and Annie's all have better chicken than Strouds and it's not even close. It has ruined me for Strouds. Now I get chicken fried steak when I go because the chicken can't compare. I do remember the Food Channel saying Mary's fried chicken was the best they've ever had.

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Posted by newbaum turk on 10/28/2014 at 9:46 PM

Re: “Stroud's pans for new customers in southern OP

You need to take a road trip to outside Emporia, KS and try the chicken at Olpe Chicken House.

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Posted by Deanna Messerschmidt on 10/28/2014 at 8:24 PM

Re: “Stroud's pans for new customers in southern OP

Stroud's chicken is almost as overrated in KC as Gates BBQ.
Add some damn seasoning please.

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Posted by portly fellow max on 10/28/2014 at 11:03 AM

Re: “Stroud's pans for new customers in southern OP

Just curious which Southeast Kansas Chicken restaurant you dined at & then compared to Banquet Chicken TV dinners? Chicken Annie's, Chicken Mary's, Pickler's Chicken Annie's Barto's Idle Hour, Girard Chicken Annie's or Gebhardt's Chicken? When you are served at any of the restaurants listed above you can be sure the owners are in the kitchen cooking your food from the highest quality food available from scratch/homemade. In a world of pink slime high school student staffed fast food restaurants & chain restaurants, these longtime successful family owned restaurants that have been passed down from generation to generation would be insulted by your comments & so called Banquet TV dinner comparison review. How can you compare SEK famous fried chicken to Stroud's since they serve different fried chicken, different sides & their is a huge price difference between Stroud's & SEK fried chicken. Don't forget the locally baked bread they all serve which is baked daily from the Frontenac Bakery, the homemade onion rings & their famous German Potato salad & German Coleslaw. I remember when all the SEK chicken restaurants pan fried their chicken but most people don't want to wait 45 minutes for their chicken to be fried & all went to the same method of cooking their fried chicken & it tastes the same due to how the chicken is prepared before cooking. It's safe to assume you have insulted SEK chicken restaurant owners & their customers by comparing their fried chicken to the frozen mass produced Banquet chicken TV dinners. These restaurants have thrived for several generations, packed restaurants especially on the weekend from locals & out of state customers along with the owner of the KC restaurant you compared it to along with other locally owned KC restaurant owners that drive to SEK to dine on SEK fried chicken. I know several of them & they would not be happy with your Banquet Chicken TV dinner comment since they also love the SEK fried chicken. A real reporter would have done their homework before printing a review & you would have discovered how may longtime successful KC restaurant owners eat SEK fried chicken, past & present Presidents, Governors, Famous TV & Movie Stars, FOOD NETWORK personalities, chef's & exec's & other famous people that sit at the table next to the locals. How many restaurants open & close each month but 1 SEK fried chicken restaurant just celebrated their 60th anniversary a couple months ago. Picking up SEK fried chicken tonight since Monday night is the only night they make their homemade from scratch chicken & noodles for $7.00 a quart (or dine in for a huge plate for $7.00 with creamy buttery mashed potatoes) & a 5 piece wishbone or breast dinner with German Potato salad & German Coleslaw for $10.50. Stroud's serves excellent Pan Fried Chicken & Mike Donegan is a wonderful man & local KC business owner & we have talked about SEK fried chicken many times & how good it is. Another KC long time successful business owner travels to SEK to eat fried chicken & he owns a longtime famous KC BBQ restaurant & I know neither men would ever compare SEK fried chicken to Banquet Chicken TV dinner.

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Posted by SEK CHICK on 10/27/2014 at 3:51 PM

Re: “Stroud's pans for new customers in southern OP

I can relate to what Chuck is saying about not all trips for good home-style chicken being as good. My last trip to Stroud's I didn't think was as good as in past and said so to the group I was with. Well silly I as they pointed out, because they all thought it was an excellent meal. The next day after some thought I came to gripes that it wasn’t the meal I wasn't happy about, it was the overall crappy day I had just went through. So I have tried to turn over a new leaf in my life and unless in a good mood while full of jocularly, I will refrain from saying a meal at a local establishment was bad until I have really gave the matter some thought. I mean when your mood is foul, won’t one’s tastes as well tend to be a little fouled?

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Posted by David Superdave Larson on 10/27/2014 at 11:21 AM

Re: “Stroud's pans for new customers in southern OP

Pan fried chicken lunch special at Cascones Diner is 1st rate. Thursday and Saturday only.

2 likes, 3 dislikes
Posted by Leigh Huddleston on 10/27/2014 at 10:10 AM

Re: “Get ready for The Pitch's first Burger Week with these five simple rules

Tanners charged a $1 for fries even though it says it's included. No biggie just thought id note the discrepancy.

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Posted by Mark Pesek on 10/22/2014 at 2:42 PM

Re: “Stroud's pans for new customers in southern OP

When are they going to do a spicy chicken recipe?
All KC people wish to know because while the plain fried recipe is OK a spicy recipe would make it that much better. Please make this happen Charles.

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Posted by the dude on 10/22/2014 at 12:58 PM

Re: “Stroud's pans for new customers in southern OP

well done Chuck

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Posted by Kernel Sanders on 10/22/2014 at 10:45 AM

Re: “Get ready for The Pitch's first Burger Week with these five simple rules

Everybody think a minute before you complain about the participants. This is a list of restaurants that agreed to participate in what is apparently a sales promotion by The Pitch. This is not a popularity contest. If you want your favorite to be on the list next time, mention it to the owner.

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Posted by Samalicious on 10/16/2014 at 12:06 PM

Re: “Get ready for The Pitch's first Burger Week with these five simple rules

Yes Grady mine too.........great buger

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Posted by outlaw biker on 10/16/2014 at 8:18 AM

Re: “Get ready for The Pitch's first Burger Week with these five simple rules

Could always have a good burger.........and yes Grady. .....that is my favorite burger

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Posted by outlaw biker on 10/16/2014 at 8:10 AM

Re: “Get ready for The Pitch's first Burger Week with these five simple rules

I was devistated not to see my go-to spot Furburger....maybe next year.

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Posted by shady grady on 10/15/2014 at 12:54 PM

Re: “Get ready for The Pitch's first Burger Week with these five simple rules

I was surprised not seeing our favorite burger place, KC Smoke Burgers. I know I'm just one person but everytime I'm in that place it is packed with people so they gotta be doing something right? Every burger I've tried from there has been excellent and the fries are amazing. I don't know how this place didn't make the list but places like The Well (bleh) and Chubby's (gross) are listed.
To each their own I guess. I'm sticking with my love of top quality meat and fresh tasting ingredients.

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Posted by SMASH on 10/15/2014 at 11:51 AM

Re: “Get ready for The Pitch's first Burger Week with these five simple rules

Hereford House in Zona Rosa is North of the river.

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Posted by Lisa Kelley on 10/15/2014 at 10:30 AM

Re: “Get ready for The Pitch's first Burger Week with these five simple rules

No Northland resturants :(

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Posted by Matt Johnson on 10/15/2014 at 8:01 AM

Re: “At Harrah's, '37 Steak tries to lure high rollers

We stopped in on Saturday night for a drink, and Michael did a great job of finding one my wife would like as well as serving me a housemade soda that I'd be happy to drink at any of my favorite restaurants. There is definitely some degree of disconnect between the current lighting/decor and what many think of as the hipster craft cocktail/dropper bottles on reclaimed wooden surfaces aesthetic, and that is not necessarily a bad thing. It's a casino, so we watched a lot of people come in for their usual drink, which they got, but then ended up trying something new and being delighted with it. From a business perspective, people stayed longer and drank more, and from a service perspective they learned their bartenders name and there was a lot of great talk about booze. Win-win.

The one thing I'd add in case the Yelp/Urbanspoon/Review sensitive corporate powers that be are checking back, and they usually are.....as God is my witness, you have got to change that fucking soundtrack in the bar. It has been the same Night at the Roxbury, droning, PTSD-inducing horror of early 90's former Soviet bloc shit the last two times I've been in there. If you are trying some sort of Manchurian Candidate experimentation, or have an inordinate number of mail order brides coming in from said former Soviet states and want it to feel like home for them as they meet their new husbands, you literally could not be doing a better job. But if neither of those things are required in order for you to satisfy your key demographic, then change the goddamn music. To anything. The theme from Barney would be a step up. I'm not the guy who mentions things like this just to be a smartass. I'm the other guy.

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Posted by Zeemanb on 10/14/2014 at 9:35 AM

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