Jubie St Clair 
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Re: “Chuy's: Will it become the new Annie's Santa Fe?

From my many trips to Austin: Chuy's is a great restaurant. They don't smother everything in tons of cheese & actually know how to make a great enchilada. Their hatch green chili sauce is to die for. I like my Tex-Mex HOT.

Usually -with crowds like you find standing outside Chuy's in Austin- something gets lost. Either food quality, service -some part of the dining experience will suffer. But not at Chuy's in Austin. What I like about their Tex-Mex is it's tasty fare at a great price & their bartenders know how to make a great margarita.

Fast-forward to now, after Chuy's has been open on the Plaza for what, a year? I go there regularly, with friends or solo. STILL order my favorite dish, The Southwestern. It's an open-faced (two layers?) enchilada w/fried egg on top, with freshly stewed white meat chicken. They use their handmade blue corn tortillas -substantive & delish. You can order Chuy's delicious refried beans, or outstanding charro beans (like a bean soup with lots of cilantro & quite spicy). Comes with rice, too.

This dish is substantive, filling & SPICY. Since I'm a gluten-free eater out of necessity, it's inoffensive to my system & satisfies my spicy-HOT food cravings. I've tried other dishes on their menu, but what originally drew me to Chuy's & will keep me coming back? Their enchiladas, various sauces & delicious charro beans.

If you like spicy-hot, don't be afraid to ask your server for a sample plate of ALL their sauces. Trust me on this.

A few notes on their servers: Hayley is AWESOME, as are most of their servers. If I have a complaint, it's how Chuy's has their bar set-up. They need to devote ONE bartender & bar space to making drinks for table service. Too many times I've had drinks come to my table that are watered down because they sat too long at the bar. I've watched servers get to the bar & wait to be acknowledged, while the bartenders make chit-chat. This is NOT how you run an efficient bar & especially when tequila costs so much these days (what's up with that?)! Restaurants make a ton of $$$ off bar service. Get it together already. In a restaurant that seems busy all the time, this is inexcusable. If you don't know what you're doing there, you have no business being there.

Some servers just don't get it. They're chatty with their co-workers, they forget to be attentive to their customers. I get it -waiting tables is not an easy job, so I tip well. The service has to be absolutely atrocious for me to tip less than 20%.

We actually had one server argue with my companion about her coffee with Bailey's Irish Cream being cold. On a VERY cold night. "Well, the Bailey's is cold, that's why the coffee is cold...." he said, like a caveman. Duh. We're paying for HOT coffee. Heat it up before serving it. Sheesh.

On other occasions, the servers were inattentive to minor details. One of my companions remarked she would never go to Chuy's again because of it. This is disturbing to me & shouldn't happen. Not on the Plaza, not at Chuy's. The Manager should be watching these things, not chit-chatting with other servers & checking text messages.

I have given them multiple reviews indicating these problem-areas. I can only assume that their FOH manager doesn't have the cajones to run the ship the right way. Chuy's will suffer if they don't get it together & by that I mean, their service will drop off to where they are unable to meet their overhead. Which will ultimately cause them to close. It would be a pity if this happens.

To other (Mexican or Tex-Mex) restaurateurs out there in the KC area who are reading this ->take note. What Chuy's does best is they don't try to hide their poor-quality food under a mound of cheese & they're not afraid of HOT & SPICY.

Posted by Jubie St Clair on 08/06/2014 at 10:55 AM

Re: “Checking in with four of the bartenders about to pour at The Pitch’s Margarita Wars

To "Because Boulevardia Sucked": Look for the Pitch's half-price deal here, you can get a ticket for $12.50! Now that's worth the price of admission -if you love margaritas like I do!!

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Posted by Jubie St Clair on 08/06/2014 at 9:24 AM

Re: “Checking in with four of the bartenders about to pour at The Pitch’s Margarita Wars

Hint to bartenders: I discovered last Summer that kalamata olives and/or their juice taste great in margaritas. I like mine on the rocks with salt, and the kalamatas add flavor with salt, without making the drink too salty (which many find distasteful). When I go to Chuy's, I now order my margaritas with olives -they only have jalapeno-stuffed green, but it's no biggie. It all tastes great!

Posted by Jubie St Clair on 08/06/2014 at 9:22 AM

Re: “Streetcar loses on Tuesday, and other election news

Hey, "bunch of dummies" ->who are you to tell us how to vote on this proposal, that was so poorly worded & looked to stick City Hall's or the County's hands in the pockets of property owners who just happen to fall within the boundaries of this project? We want to move ahead, certainly, but WHY was this proposal so vague about HOW MUCH property owners would be on the hook for? Sure, we had some estimates, but that's not the point. Voters don't much like being asked to pony up more $$$ just because they happen to live within a certain distance from where this line is going in. What about fares?

It was a poorly-written proposal, and piggy-backed our State's inability to fund public roads & bridge repair projects onto it. Oh, so IF we vote for this poorly-worded proposal, not only will we get stuck at the cash register every time we buy something, but *some* property owners will be on the hook for who knows how long on some special assessment for it.

Look at how much you pay in sales taxes sometime. We voters, who also LIVE here, are paying out the whazoo for all kinds of special projects, from Downtown all the way East to the Sports complex. We don't need to spend this kind of $$$ on a light rail system until we get out priorities straightened out ->like the entire East side of KC. They need help over there, which has been slow to come about. Until we do get our priorities in better focus, we still have public transportation buses.

Also, a very good point was made by KC voters, who are mostly democratic, but surrounded by lunk-headed Republicans who continue to underfund our local, County, and State budgets by granting tax breaks where they need to tow the line, or raise taxes ->TAXES serve a purpose, and Missouri's Republican State legislators seem to forget this time & again. They will do to Missouri what those apes with poor math skills over in Kansas have done to that State. Don't believe me? Just read the news.

This proposal failed because of how it was worded & structured. KC voters saw thru this & voted it down. We did as much to poorly-worded, open-ended, we don't know when that tax will expire proposals put before us in the past. This one was NO different.

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Posted by Jubie St Clair on 08/06/2014 at 9:05 AM

Re: “Want some contest-quality barbecue in KCK? Hurry up – you're already late

Oh well, guess you gotta get in line with the other early birds! My favorite place right now -and their burnt ends are to die for, but really, all their offerings are of stellar quality- is Next Year's Winner, up there near Briar Cliff. Trust me, the trek is worth it, and I've eaten at every barbecue joint that's worth a mention in the KC area. I like KC-style barbecue, and NYW gets an "outstanding!" in my book.

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Posted by Jubie St Clair on 08/06/2014 at 8:49 AM

Re: “Johnson County won't appoint public health official that anti-abortion group doesn't like

Brownbackistan........that's priceless, and oh so accurate.

Posted by Jubie St Clair on 08/05/2014 at 9:27 AM

Re: “Streetcar foe Dan Coffey sticks foot in mouth with comparison to slavery

Hey, I support streetcars, monorails, public transportation in general. However, I don't like the City, County, OR State sticking their hands in MY pocket (unless it's for a fare, hello...?) for a special property assessment. For this reason alone, I will vote no. Just because I live within their special assessment zone doesn't mean I should have to pony up additional $$$ for this project. I don't like the way this project's funding was put together. This is my only objection.

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Posted by Jubie St Clair on 08/05/2014 at 9:21 AM

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