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Tuesday, June 1, 2010

To hell with expiration dates at Dirty Don's!

Posted by on Tue, Jun 1, 2010 at 3:00 PM

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I have a couple of friends who swear by the deals at Dirty Don's Bargain Center, that giant warehouse filled with salvaged products and close-out merchandise at 9700 E. 56th Street, right off Raytown Road. Me? I have to be in the right mood for prowling through all those boxes and shelves of stuff and refrigerated cases -- everything from shoes to cheesecake. And in the summer months, you have to go early, like when the place opens at 9 a.m., because there's no air-conditioning in that main warehouse room.

 

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Friday, May 28, 2010

Now you have plans for the weekend

Posted by on Fri, May 28, 2010 at 3:00 PM

Get your rubs out of the pantry, it's grilling season.
  • Get your rubs out of the pantry, it's grilling season.

You need plans. Fat City has a recycle bin full of listings. In this post, all our problems are solved. And because Monday's Memorial Day, we'll be back to our regularly scheduled programming on Tuesday. 

Who doesn't love the '80s? Martini Corner heads back to the beloved decade on Sunday with a Hot Tub Time Machine

event at Sol, the Drop, Velvet Dog and Tower Tavern. Dress in your

favorite period clothing to enjoy two-for-one drinks and half-price

shots. Of course, there will be plenty of '80s music from 6 p.m. to 3

a.m.

And since Memorial Day weekend is the unofficial kickoff for the barbecue season, you can start this year off right by meeting the authors of the Kansas City Barbeque Society Cookbook. Ardie Davis, Paul Kirk and Carolyn Wells stop at I Love A Mystery, an independent book store in Mission, on Saturday at 1 p.m. to sign their cookbook.

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Opening Soon: Chai Shai

Posted by on Fri, May 28, 2010 at 11:27 AM

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Chai Shai: a new tea and samosa shop near Brookside
The residents of the Rockhill Ridge neighborhood that surrounds the strip of shops at 59th and Holmes have been wondering for months what the new business in the eastern storefront was going to be. The sign said the upcoming business, Chai Shai, would offer Pakistani fare. But was it going to be a full-service restaurant? A tea house? A shop selling imported retail products?

"We get people coming in and asking us those questions every day," says Kashif Tufial, who will be running Chai Shai -- a combination retail shop, tea house and cafe -- with his brother Abdul. Both young men, who were raised in Kansas City, are full-time students. Kashif is a senior at UMKC studying environmental science; Abdul is a pharmacy and business major. Getting Chai Shai open is their summer project. Once the business is up and running, they'll have other family members working on day-to-day operations. Their mother, Aasma, will be running the kitchen.

 

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Thursday, May 27, 2010

Ribs: They're everywhere

Posted by on Thu, May 27, 2010 at 11:22 AM

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Ribs and pasta? Why not?

Last week we reported that Fat City was bursting with rib deals: Even Burger King is now selling barbecued ribs!
Since then we've discovered that Cinzetti's Italian Market restaurant -- the lavishl Italian-style buffet at 7201 W. 91st Street in Overland Park -- is now offering all-you-can-eat barbecued ribs on Friday, Saturday and Sunday nights.

Right across the parking lot, the modestly priced Bob Evans restaurant has introduced a new seasonal menu featuring Kansas City Baby Back Ribs and calling it Bob-B-Que (which has nothing to do with Robert Palmgren's namesake barbecue joint, RJ's Bob-B-Que Shack in Mission, which has very good ribs). The Bob Evans deal, only available after 4 p.m., includes a slab of ribs glazed in Wildfire sauce -- more sweet than fiery -- along with french fries, cole slaw and fresh-baked rolls for $11.99

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Tuesday, May 25, 2010

Barley's Brewhaus in Shawnee celebrates 14th anniversary this week

Posted by on Tue, May 25, 2010 at 2:00 PM

Barley's Brewhaus in Shawnee celebrates its 14th anniversary this week.
  • Barley's Brewhaus in Shawnee celebrates its 14th anniversary this week.

Nobody has 80 days to go around the world, but could you spare six?

Around the globe in six days is the theme this week as Barley's Brewhaus celebrates its 14th anniversary.

"The idea was to have a food, entertainment, and drink feature each day that focused on a different country," says General Manager Angelo Gangai.

Tonight is German night, which features a smoked sausage trio, potato salad and braised cabbage. All German pints are $3; we recommend the Fransizkaner, a wheat beer that's Barley's most popular German brew for a reason.
 

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Before Grunauer, there was the Salzberg Haus

Posted by on Tue, May 25, 2010 at 1:07 PM

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Hearty drinking on the 30th floor

Now that Grunauer -- the Viennese restaurant owned and operated by chef Peter Grunauer and his two children, Nicholas and Elizabeth -- is officially open in the old City Tavern location in the Crossroads, it's a good time to look back at another venue serving Viennese cuisine in the metro. Yes, there was one.

But until last weekend, I sure didn't know that. I attended the annual Postcard Show & Sale at the Lenexa Community Center a couple of days ago and found some great vintage stuff, including the color postcard from the 1970s, pictured above, of the Salzberg Haus. I wonder whether any Fat City readers recall eating there.


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Monday, May 24, 2010

We're not built for pay-what-you-want restaurants

Posted by on Mon, May 24, 2010 at 2:00 PM

Is your instinct to take a penny or leave a penny?
  • Is your instinct to take a penny or leave a penny?

A new cafe run by Panera Bread in Clayton, Missouri, is attracting a lot of attention for its unique payment option: "Take what you need, leave your fair share" in a lock-box at the front of the store. Panera hopes the restaurant can cover expenses from diners' donations while providing meals for those in need.

As Ron Shaich, the chairman of Panera, told The New York Times, it's a bit of a social experiment:

"It's a test of human nature," said Shaich. "The real question is whether the community can sustain it."

The concept of pay-what-you-want is not groundbreaking (remember Radiohead's album in 2007), but the potential for rapid expansion courtesy of a large corporate partner is a new concept. Panera has the distribution network and cost efficiencies that make it easier for the venture to break even. And yet, I still don't think this concept can work in today's society.  

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What we saw at the Rockhill Tennis Club sale

Posted by on Mon, May 24, 2010 at 12:00 PM

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No, it's not the duck pond...
I was never a member of the Rockhill Tennis Club, the cozy urban members-only enclave across Rockhill Road from the Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art. But I had friends who did belong to the club, which had opened in 1955 in the stone mansion once owned by Laura Kirkwood Nelson, the daughter of Kansas City Star founder -- and patron of the museum that bears his name -- William Rockhill Nelson.

Laura's home was built across the street from the property that had once been her father's estate, Oak Hall, a century ago. It was sold to DeVere Dierks in 1922 and donated to the Nelson-Atkins Museum in 1954. After more than half a century at 46th and Rockhill Road, the Rockhill Tennis Club was required to move out of the property when the Nelson-Atkins Museum chose not to renew the club's lease in order to use the home for offices.

Over the weekend, much of the club's interior decor and kitchen equipment was sold off at an estate sale. The once glimmering pool -- which traditionally opened Memorial Day weekend -- is covered with a sagging tarp and the water in the old kiddie pool, pictured above, is murky and home to two contented geese.

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Friday, May 21, 2010

Now you have plans for the weekend

Posted by on Fri, May 21, 2010 at 3:00 PM

All-you-can-eat pizza might make it easier to say goodbye to Hurley.
  • All-you-can-eat pizza might make it easier to say goodbye to Hurley.

You need plans. Fat City has a recycle bin full of listings. In this post, all our problems are solved.

The 4th Annual KC BeerFest

is set for Saturday in Westport. Between 1 and 5 p.m., you'll

find 200 craft and micro brews to sample, including Great Divide, Free

State and Dieu Du Ciel. Tickets are $25 in advance, $30 at the event.

If you're avoiding ribs from Burger King, I don't blame you. Find quality ribs, chicken and brisket at the Great American Barbecue Festival this weekend. This is the sixth year for the event at the Sandstone Amphitheater in Bonner Springs. The festival is from 3 to 11 p.m. today and 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday. A single-day pass is $10, a two-day pass is $15.

Don't miss the party when live music and vendors fill the 3100 block of Troost from noon to 10 p.m. for Saturday's Sixth Annual Troost Festival. Bonus: It's supposed to be 80 degrees and sunny.

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Widgeonwood Market is back in Prairie Village

Posted by on Fri, May 21, 2010 at 12:07 PM

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Widgeonwood wares include canned salsas and jams
David and Sally Calvin of Widgeonwood Farm in Jefferson City take up their Saturday-only spot in the enclosed courtyard at Prairie Village Shopping Center at 71st and Mission Road tomorrow.

They'll be selling their produce, jars of home-made jams, jellies, salsas, soups and such.

Sally Calvin says she's also bringing a few special things: parmesan spinach herb quiche, and two-layered sugared sponge cake, fresh pesto, olive tapenade, veggie foccaccia, caramel pecan rolls, banana pecan or apple raisin bread -- which, she says, "makes the best French toast."

The Calvins have their wares set up by 8 a.m. and usually stick around until 2 p.m. or so -- or until everything sells out.

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