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Re: “Back in Westport, Blanc still piles it on — not always for the better

I stopped liking Blanc as well. This place gets more and more expensive, and the quality degrades, with every visit. All burgers are a 1/3 pound grind. For $12-$14 and a few shoddy ingredients, and your side (fries) not even included is insane. I feel shafted everytime I go here.

It's a sub par burger that they liven up with a few unique ingredients. Nick and Jakes is opening on the Plaza. You can get a 1/2 lb fresh ground burger that puts Blanc to shame that includes fries (regular or sweet potato) for about $10.

I enjoy local establishments and prefer to support them. The problem is, local KC establishments have this trend of thinking they've become something they aren't and end up driving themselves in the ground.

3 likes, 0 dislikes
Posted by Edward on 05/13/2014 at 10:21 AM

Re: “At Saki, some OK sushi, etcetera, etcetera, etcetera

Close to Saki Asian is Sakae Sushi, which is getting fantastic reviews.

1 like, 0 dislikes
Posted by karen g. on 05/11/2014 at 7:44 PM

Re: “At Saki, some OK sushi, etcetera, etcetera, etcetera

Great review Charles. Thank you!

1 like, 1 dislike
Posted by James on 05/10/2014 at 11:37 AM

Re: “Back in Westport, Blanc still piles it on — not always for the better

Get over it people....the place SUCKS! I've been there more than a handful of times and I've always been disappointed.

BRGR is better - assuming you're one of those people cool with spending $13 on a burger and fries.

Corner Cocktail all day long.

8 likes, 3 dislikes
Posted by Medium Dong on 05/06/2014 at 8:27 AM

Re: “Back in Westport, Blanc still piles it on — not always for the better

I came into this article expecting three things:
1. Charles Ferruzza to speak negatively of Ernesto Peralta.
2. Negative reviews of the food, followed by a smattering of positive commentary, and finishing negatively.
3. Some mention of Pete Peterman.

Like Meatloaf said, "2 out of 3 ain't bad."

6 likes, 3 dislikes
Posted by Rick Rickerson on 05/05/2014 at 6:59 PM

Re: “Back in Westport, Blanc still piles it on — not always for the better

They should have stayed in westport in the first place. Sellouts!

1 like, 1 dislike
Posted by anonymous on 05/05/2014 at 11:37 AM

Re: “Back in Westport, Blanc still piles it on — not always for the better

This menu is identical to the one out at Mission Farms. I actually really disliked the change to the Kobe burger. It used to have carmelized onions and was my favorite thing there. When I tried it's most recent incarnation, I found it too smoky, to the point of being unpleasant. Perhaps they've worked out the kinks. The BBQ one was too rich for me. Sometimes more is just more.

1 like, 1 dislike
Posted by Alix Augustine on 05/01/2014 at 3:51 PM

Re: “Back in Westport, Blanc still piles it on — not always for the better

Let's just all eat straight-up corporate burgers. Screw local

4 likes, 11 dislikes
Posted by j.c.nickels on 05/01/2014 at 3:34 PM

Re: “Back in Westport, Blanc still piles it on — not always for the better

I generally concur with your assessment. A former favorite, my wife and I have been underwhelmed the last few times we've been there, especially from the amount of times we found ourselves reaching for the salt shaker. Some proper seasoning would take many of their menu's offerings to a better level. The Au Poivre and the Dark Truth are my favorite burgers, while the truffle fries (admittedly greasy) and the cheese curds are my favorite sides. I'd be perfectly content if the rest of the menu didn't exist.

3 likes, 1 dislike
Posted by Aaron Crossley on 05/01/2014 at 11:23 AM

Re: “Back in Westport, Blanc still piles it on — not always for the better

"I'm no purist, but sometimes a cheeseburger should just be a cheeseburger." Thank you. This reason, along with the fact that I haven't heard a good thing about them, is why I don't go to this restaurant anymore. When I want a cheeseburger, I want a cheeseburger; not a meatloaf covered in every condiment available. I agree that they need to concentrate on making a good, normal burger instead of a shitty burger covered in more shit.

9 likes, 5 dislikes
Posted by anon on 05/01/2014 at 10:53 AM

Re: “Back in Westport, Blanc still piles it on — not always for the better

Said it a thousand times BLANC BURGER SUCKS! Who is attracted to a cross-dressing burger? It is what it is, a piece of beef between bread, do not over complicate it, do not make it something it is not. You take crappy beef, put it on a bad bun, and mask it in terrible toppings.

Give me a McGonigles patty on FTM Bread with mustard, ketchup, pickles, and onion, possibly a tomato and you've got a burger I'll pay $20 for.

10 likes, 5 dislikes
Posted by DRO1D on 05/01/2014 at 9:50 AM

Re: “Back in Westport, Blanc still piles it on — not always for the better

I love the truffle fries; that's what keeps me coming back and suffering through the burger. For a burger joint, Blanc has an overwhelmingly awful menu of burgers to choose from. My go-to is the Au Poivre, which admittedly, is simply the least bad and most stomachable; I'll give the Dark Truth BBQ Burger a shot next time. I could do without the onion ring though. Part of Blanc's problem is the lack of attention to making a good burger, and all the attention on making a 'unique' burger; stop throwing all that shit on there and just make a solid burger.

The atmosphere at the new location is cold. I'm shuffled to my pretty uncomfortable seat and just feel awkward. Plus parking in Westport? Don't get me started; at least at the Plaza there was that big garage right there to park in. There are fewer and fewer reasons to go to Blanc anymore. Those truffle fries are all that keep me coming back every once in a while.

Best burger I had there was a Daily Grind, and unfortunately, as a Daily Grind, it was a one time thing. Though I did implore the manager to make that burger a staple of the menu. He at least did mention the burger menu was being overhauled; thank god.

7 likes, 5 dislikes
Posted by Ike_S on 05/01/2014 at 8:34 AM

Re: “Jimmy Frantze unveils plans for a new JJ's Restaurant on the Plaza

Congrats Keith Richards...uh, i mean Jimmy.

2 likes, 0 dislikes
Posted by Jimi Fendrix on 04/30/2014 at 12:12 PM

Re: “Jimmy Frantze unveils plans for a new JJ's Restaurant on the Plaza

I hope there's a sign or a plaque somewhere inside that states that if MGE employees had done their jobs and followed simple procedures, then no deaths or injuries would have occurred. Let's make sure that no one forgets the price of this preventable carelessness and idiocy. Megan Cramer ought to be alive right now.

2 likes, 2 dislikes
Posted by And Christine on 04/30/2014 at 11:25 AM

Re: “Jimmy Frantze unveils plans for a new JJ's Restaurant on the Plaza

Let's name it after the guy that drilled the hole in the gas line.

1 like, 0 dislikes
Posted by Stink Finklestein on 04/30/2014 at 9:38 AM

Re: “Jimmy Frantze unveils plans for a new JJ's Restaurant on the Plaza

Maybe name the bar after Megan?

V's Italiano named their bar after Dave Smith, a long-time regular that passed away from cancer several years back.

The plaque reads "The Dave Smith memorial 'Are You Rockin?' Bar, after one of Dave's favorite sayings.

3 likes, 3 dislikes
Posted by Wink Dinklemeyer on 04/30/2014 at 8:35 AM

Re: “Back in Westport, Blanc still piles it on — not always for the better

It all sounds pretty gross. Sad result for an originally cool Kansas City creation. Maybe the operators should throw in the towel and accept what they've done to the concept; smothered it to death in pretension and ineptitude... and Gouda.

15 likes, 6 dislikes
Posted by Timtim on 04/30/2014 at 8:31 AM

Re: “Back in Westport, Blanc still piles it on — not always for the better

Their new strategy is let's feed em crap so they have a heart attack on the way home and then they can't write anything critical on any blog sites. Classy!

11 likes, 8 dislikes
Posted by Charles Frauduzza on 04/30/2014 at 6:42 AM

Re: “Back in Westport, Blanc still piles it on — not always for the better

How sharper than a serpent's tooth! Seriously, Charles,, was there anything you liked? Are the fries still truffle fries which are overwhelmed by the truffle oil? We were vastly underwhelmed by Blanc on the Plaza and I don't feel a real strong pull to visit the Westport location after reading this review!

12 likes, 5 dislikes
Posted by Dillo on 04/30/2014 at 6:42 AM

Re: “Blanc Burgers & Bottles elevates the proletarian patty

hey jackopff- if you like greasy limp fries because you think having local suppliers make them more appealing you must love failing schools, high murder rates, crumbling infrastructure, the airport the way it's been for 40 years and a billion dollar trolley car that goes around in a 4 mile circle. Keep on you hip urbanite - I bet you live in a poorly insulated overpriced condo in downtown KC Mo and pay for parking and the 'right' to crappy city services.

The snobs in OP are laughing at you everyday - and hoping like hell you never move into their neighborhood!

Posted by Surburb Dude on 04/23/2014 at 12:13 PM

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