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Comment Archives: stories: Dining

Re: “Avenues Bistro gets bigger, goes smaller — and tastes better

I was there this past weekend and the food was fantastic. Our server was terrible though. The place was busy, but he couldn't have had less of a sense of urgency - we sat for more than 15 minutes before we even ordered our first drink, after finishing those drinks they sat empty for a good amount of time before we were ever able to order a second round. I can't say enough about the food though, everything we had was excellent. I will definitely be going back and hopefully will have a different server.

7 likes, 0 dislikes
Posted by BKSian on 02/11/2015 at 11:29 AM

Re: “Jimmy Frantze's new J.J.'s is just that — an original

That's just too much money to spend on a meal. $50 for a steak? I could buy 5 pizzas for $50. I won't be going there.

4 likes, 10 dislikes
Posted by Paul B on 02/04/2015 at 3:46 PM

Re: “Jimmy Frantze's new J.J.'s is just that — an original

I have been racking my brain trying to remember the name of the first JJ Malones. Thanks for the flashback! Loved that place and was disappointed when it became JJ's but, not for too long. Soon my heart was won over. Mostly I liked the first sign better, I thought the first JJ's sign looked painted by a 3rd grader and figured the food was the same. Once I started going though it didn't take long to fall in love. Fast forward...The new JJ's is wonderful, though just a tad more pretentious. And, the Paco Shrimp is, well, my mouth is watering just typing Paco Shrimp. Jimmy needs to poll some of his female clients. Females eat the desserts. We went with 4 couples and all the females ordered a dessert that the males were required to "help" them with. Still Iconic!

5 likes, 1 dislike
Posted by foodsnob on 02/04/2015 at 12:30 PM

Re: “Char Bar Smoked Meats & Amusements is killing it in Westport

Ollie Hates - be careful, when you call Charles FakeReviewer out he get's your email and ipaddress blocked by the not very liberal Pitch. But what do you expect from a reviewer who has no objectivity, talent or taste.

1 like, 16 dislikes
Posted by CalvinShillin on 01/26/2015 at 3:39 PM

Re: “Char Bar Smoked Meats & Amusements is killing it in Westport

The quality of food is superior to Rosedale to be sure. I'll always pay more for quality.

0 likes, 3 dislikes
Posted by Jill on 01/26/2015 at 10:35 AM

Re: “Char Bar Smoked Meats & Amusements is killing it in Westport

Haven't been here yet, but excited to try it. So much of the credit goes to the chef Jeremy Tawney, who is a super talented and inventive chef. Glad the owners are letting him do his thing.

Higher prices at BBQ joints seems to be the new standard. Ate at Q39 last week and for a sandwich, fries and 2 beers it was $30 (great food, though). The server asked us "Have you guys been to Char Bar? I hear the service is terrible but the burnt ends are good." I thought it was odd that an employee there was trash-talking another spot. Almost liked he'd been told to do so. A little cue rivalry, perhaps?

2 likes, 1 dislike
Posted by Scoots86 on 01/23/2015 at 11:20 AM

Re: “Char Bar Smoked Meats & Amusements is killing it in Westport

This place isn't trying to be Joe's. It's Hipster Jack Stack (not that there's anything wrong with that)....A two meat plate at Jack Stack is $14.00.

6 likes, 0 dislikes
Posted by Medium Ween on 01/23/2015 at 8:33 AM

Re: “Char Bar Smoked Meats & Amusements is killing it in Westport

Ollie Hates I stand corrected. I didn't look far enough down the dinner menu. My apologies to you.

2 likes, 0 dislikes
Posted by Cowtown Fan on 01/22/2015 at 4:33 PM

Re: “Char Bar Smoked Meats & Amusements is killing it in Westport

Half chicken at Char's Bar is $12. Same at Rosedale is $8.75 and it comes w fries, slaw, and beans! Get real, hipsters.

11 likes, 1 dislike
Posted by Billy Hoal on 01/22/2015 at 3:17 PM

Re: “Char Bar Smoked Meats & Amusements is killing it in Westport

Can't we just love Joe's and Char Bar? Is that such a crime? :D

8 likes, 1 dislike
Posted by Cody Newill on 01/22/2015 at 9:39 AM

Re: “Char Bar Smoked Meats & Amusements is killing it in Westport

http://www.joeskc.com/oklahoma-joes-bar-b-que-restaurant-menu/

actually a 2-meat plate plus side and toast is $11.99. and it's better and you get more of it. not knocking char bar, really, just thought it odd that, of all the petty things that Ferruzza often bitches about, he failed to mention that Char Bar is quite expensive. i have lived in KC all my life and have been to dozens of bbq places, and Char Bar is the most expensive I have ever been to (granted I have not yet been to Q39).

11 likes, 2 dislikes
Posted by Ollie Hates on 01/22/2015 at 8:11 AM

Re: “The Golden Ox goes to pasture, JJ's returns, and more restaurants open and close

where am I going to get Ox tails now? Kokopelli's sucked - but your PV folks still can get your fake Mexican at Salty Iguana.

Posted by ChuckChuckBoBuck...FeFiFoF*** on 01/22/2015 at 3:15 AM

Re: “Char Bar Smoked Meats & Amusements is killing it in Westport

Hey Ollie Hates....a 2-meat plate with a side at Joe's Kansas City is $13.29 to $13.89. And you get a VERY limited beer selection there with nothing in the way of atmosphere. You might do some research for similar BBQ joints before posting a concern about the prices.

9 likes, 10 dislikes
Posted by Cowtown Fan on 01/21/2015 at 6:03 PM

Re: “Char Bar Smoked Meats & Amusements is killing it in Westport

good food, great beer selection, fun atmosphere - but no mention of the extremely high prices? a "2-meat" plate with a side is like $14. it's BBQ, so you get plenty full, but the portions are about 1/4 what you get at places for half the price. obviously this is more of a "scene" and not traditional Q, but still i think it's worth mentioning. a basically meat plate + beer + tip was like $25 for me recently.

12 likes, 8 dislikes
Posted by Ollie Hates on 01/21/2015 at 3:15 PM

Re: “Char Bar Smoked Meats & Amusements is killing it in Westport

It really IS that good!

5 likes, 1 dislike
Posted by Jill on 01/21/2015 at 1:18 PM

Re: “Lawrence's Ladybird rewrites the rules for a great diner — starting with the pie

I also work across the street and eat there at least once a week. The breakfasts are very good. I have had almost everything on the menu. I highly recommend the hot roast beef plate, the egg salad sandwich, and the chicken fried steak. As for the pies, the peanut butter is fantastic. I am also a fan of the coconut cream and the London Fog which is a lavender cream pie flavored with lavender and Earl Gray Tea. Delicious. The service is friendly and the prices are awesome! #wewantpie

Posted by Me on 01/21/2015 at 12:47 PM

Re: “Reimagining the Plaza with savory local fare

I don't live in KC anymore, haven't since 2003-- but the Plaza was where I worked, lived and played. Now, whenever I am back, I rarely even go near the Plaza. It's just not even recognizable anymore. All chains, no boutique shops, no real fine dining. What a shame. But--- the only thing for certain in life is CHANGE (as they say). And, man... did it change! :(

1 like, 0 dislikes
Posted by Reta B. Saffo on 01/16/2015 at 9:16 PM

Re: “Can a hit restaurant's kid sister survive growing pains?

I've only been to the new Lulu's once, and it was about 50/50 good and bad. My boyfriend and I love the original Lulu's.. (Lawrence anyone?!).. but the SW Blvd spot has gone downhill. My usual is the peanut noodles, and always has been (although I tried a new dish at the new Lulu's), and I can definitely say that the portion size has decreased by HALF from when they were still in their first SW Blvd spot. The last time I got noodles with chicken in them, the chicken tasted like it had been boiled two nights before and left out to dry up on the counter. LuLu's... what happened to you?!?!

4 likes, 1 dislike
Posted by KC BBQ on 01/08/2015 at 4:56 PM

Re: “Can a hit restaurant's kid sister survive growing pains?

I have found my last two trips to the crossroads location and my one (and only) trip to the bistro to be terrible experiences. My wife used to be their biggest fan but she won't go back to either also.

3 likes, 1 dislike
Posted by joshbrady on 01/08/2015 at 3:20 PM

Re: “Can a hit restaurant's kid sister survive growing pains?

Eh, the Crossraods location ain't that great either so at least the brand is consistent.

12 likes, 6 dislikes
Posted by the dude on 01/07/2015 at 1:42 PM

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