This hot afternoon called for a cold milkshake. Not one of those bland boring (and probably chemical-laden) shakes at one of the conglomerate fast-food restaurants, but something a little more eccentric. Maybe a pineapple milkshake or a pina colada version. The 51-year-old Humdinger Drive-In at 2504 East Ninth Street (it's between Olive and Prospect) serves those flavors every day, along with banana, chocolate, strawberry, vanilla, and bubble gum.
At noon today, it was standing-room-only inside one of the last drive-in restaurants left in Kansas City's urban core (Harold's Drive-Inn at 1337 Admiral Boulevard, dating back to 1958, is the other); neither has a drive-through window. You park, get out of your car, go inside and order at the counter.
The line was long enough at the Humdinger that I had plenty of time to peruse what may be the very longest drive-in menu in the city.
Chef-restaurateur Ray "Pete" Peterman's decision to limit service in his midtown restaurant, Peanches (900 West 39th Street, 816-709-3032), to patrons with reservations proved controversial from the beginning. But Peterman, perhaps the most iconclastic - and sometimes combative - chef in Kansas City, stuck to his principles for months.
Now that Peanches is nearly a year old, Peterman has dropped the policy of no walk-ins. Customers without reservations can now get a table. It wasn't an easy decision.
The Royals are bringing back nachos, Topsy's popcorn and limeades, Sheridan's frozen custard, and hot dogs (including the Dugout Doghouse, which sells bacon and blue-cheese dogs), but Aramark has called up a few prospects that it hopes to still be selling in October.
My review this week revisits Cafe Sebastienne, the sophisticated bistro inside the Kemper Museum of Contemporary Art. It's the only restaurant in a metro museum that offers full-service dining every day that it's open. The Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art's celebrated Rozzelle Court offers full-service dining only on Friday nights, and Cafe Tempo, in Johnson County Community College's Nerman Museum of Contemporary Art, doesn't employ a waitstaff.
All three of those museum restaurants are appealing, and each has its own executive chef with a distinctive style. Cafe Sebastienne feels more like a traditional restaurant, Rozzelle Court gives off a theatrical vibe, and Cafe Tempo is sort of an upbeat coffee shop. Each also has its fans.
Chef Ray "Pete" Peterman's iconoclastic Peanches restaurant at 900 West 39th Street will finally begin lunch service next Wednesday. The lunch hours will be from 11 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Wednesday through Friday and - hold on to your seat - reservations will not be required for the lunch shift. (The dinner business is still reservation-only.)
Daniels' signature deviled eggs are joined by soft pretzels, fried pickles served with Sriracha aioli, and five wood-fired pizzas. When it comes to sandwiches, the Joel (pictured above), housemade corned brisket, Brussels-kraut, provolone and special sauce and the fried egg (prosciutto, smoked tomato jam, garlic aioli and cheddar) should compete for a spot on your plate. As for specials, Wednesday has been two-for-one burger day. The Good You had previously been at the Green Lady Lounge after a run at Czar Bar.
The Irish Soda Bread will be on sale tomorrow through Sunday, March 17. It's sold at Hen House, Cosentino's markets, the Hy-Vee in Prairie Village and Overland Park (135th and Metcalf), and Whole Foods. It may be better the second day, lightly toasted with a bit of blackberry jam.
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