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Where would you go for a girl's weekend out in KC?

Katie Nell Jan 16, 2007 09:50 PM

One of my good friends is coming up this weekend from Pittsburgh, KS (!) and I was trying to think of fun things to do. I had kind of wanted to take a cooking class at the culinary center but they can be pricey (which I'm not sure if she'll want to spend the money) and it's only a muffin class. Any other day activities you can think of? Where would you go for dinner? I was thinking La Bodega, because she's kind of into unique food experiences. Any new ideas?

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  1. heatherkay RE: Katie Nell Jan 16, 2007 10:13 PM

    Make sure you go to Pryde's Old Westport!

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      Katie Nell RE: heatherkay Jan 16, 2007 10:46 PM

      On the roster, as is Penzey's and 10,000 Villages... anywhere else?

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      KCJ RE: Katie Nell Jan 17, 2007 02:39 AM

      I think La Bodega would be a fine dinner choice because it's the kind of place one is able to linger with friends. If you want it to be a true lingering experience, do an all mezze/tapas menu and don't order all dishes at once. Order one or two to share and then when you're nearly finished with them, order the next "course." Of course, you need to tip accordingly if you're tying up a table the waiter could have turned in the time you linger there and it might be discourteous to do such a linger if there are lots of people waiting for a table, too.

      How about 17th and Summit Saturday morning to Fevere for **marvelous** fresh artisan bread (call to confirm hours, likely will be sold out by at least early afternoon so go early for best selection). Then you could lunch at Bluebird next door.

      Not sure if they are still doing this, but if you two are into coffee and/or beer, call the Roasterie and Blvd Beer and see if they still have Saturday tours and sampling.

      If you're into hot sauces and salsas and spicy stuff, check out Original Juan's outlet store on SW Blvd just east of Rainbow. Fun stuff and samples, too. Be sure to check out the Cheesecake-In-A-Jar!

      If gambling is your game, there's always the boats. Since I only do casinos once every few years in Jackpot, NV, I don't know right now what the KC boats offer for food options but seems to me there are a few decent restaurants in the mix. I'm sure someone on this board can review the top ones.

      If you're doing Pryde's anyhow, call and see what time pie is served. Delicious stuff!

      Have fun! :)

      1. Irishbeer4me RE: Katie Nell Jan 17, 2007 03:47 AM

        When my mother, aunt and sisters came to town to visit, one of there favorite places was the Webster House downtown. They said they had a great lunch and loved the shopping.


        1. heatherkay RE: Katie Nell Jan 17, 2007 02:38 PM

          I'm really keen on JP Wine Bar right now, and I think it would be an ideal stop on a girl's weekend. You can order a couple of wine flights (between you or each ;) and sample a lot of different wines for a very reasonable price. The nibblies are good -- we had an excellent cheese plate the other day with lots of dried fruit, candied nuts, and crackers. The atmosphere is very grownup -- sophisticated but comfortable. And you can show off downtown.

          I think they also have lunch/brunch, but I've never been there during the day.

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            Katie Nell RE: heatherkay Jan 17, 2007 03:10 PM

            Thank you for the pointer- I've not been there! My husband adores cheese plates, so I'll probably have to take him there first!

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              Katie Nell RE: heatherkay Jan 17, 2007 03:51 PM

              It looks pretty nice, but would you feel comfortable in jeans there? Also, do you think reservations are necessary on a Sat. night?

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                heatherkay RE: Katie Nell Jan 17, 2007 03:58 PM

                Definitely -- maybe not cut-offs, but definitely jeans. I don't know about reservations, since it's really more of a wine bar with snacks/small plates rather than a restaurant.

            2. Katie Nell RE: Katie Nell Jan 22, 2007 12:48 AM

              Well, things didn't turn out as planned, as usual! My friend ended up not getting into town until 4:30 on Sat. (not surprised with her, but still... :-( ). So, we didn't really have time to do anything that I had planned, i.e. Penzey's, 10,000 Villages, Pryde's, and Original Juan, plus the snow was coming down pretty good by that time. I really wanted to go to JP Wine Bar, but neither one of us is comfortable driving in the snow much (wimps)! We went down the block to Kyoto's and ate our weight in sushi and grill food and then walked over to Nick and Jake's for dessert. I really like Kyoto's, not a huge fan of Nick and Jake's, but all in all, it was all about the girlfriend time and we had a lot of fun! I'm making my husband take me to JP Wine Bar this week for sure! Thanks for all the help- sorry to disappoint, next time!

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                KCJ RE: Katie Nell Jan 22, 2007 02:00 PM

                Katie - Well, bummer! I thought about you two all weekend and hoped the weather wasn't putting too much crimp in your plans.

                Well, now you have a list for for future adventures of places you'd forgotten or not really known about.

                Glad you two got some quality time together even though it was brief.

                1. amyzan RE: Katie Nell Jan 22, 2007 07:45 PM

                  It sounds like you two had fun, anyway! (BTW, I don't think you're a wimp for not driving while it's snowing. You're smart--it was really coming down, and visibility is so limited, even if you take it slow.) I've gotta try JP Wine Bar by the description...

                  1. Katie Nell RE: Katie Nell Jan 23, 2007 10:02 AM

                    Thanks KCJane and amyzan... you're right, lots of new places to head to, hopefully soon! I sure hope they fix Chowhound soon, because I will miss you guys if they don't! :-(

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                      asiansensation007 RE: Katie Nell Jan 25, 2007 05:20 PM

                      katie what part of kc do you live in?? how often do you eat out? i see you contribute a lot on this board and although i cant really eat out all that often, i read what you have to say and make a mental note...one day when i have enough money i will try it all! being from kansas city myself (more gladstone area) i appreciate all your helpful feedback!

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                        Katie Nell RE: asiansensation007 Jan 26, 2007 04:25 AM

                        Thanks asiansensation! I'm in Overland Park and we've actually been making an effort to eat at home more. Way too many crappy meals on the fly were being had! Lately, we've only been eating out a couple of times a week, but this is so much better, because then we can really think about where we are eating and make a concious decision to eat at better (not necessarily more expensive) places. As much as I love 1924 Main, I also love a good cheeseburger from L.C.'s hamburgers!

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                        asiansensation007 RE: Katie Nell Feb 2, 2007 03:45 PM

                        I havent been to either, but L.C.s is definately on my list as well as jack stack...mmm i used to be anti-bbq and anti-hamburger as a kid...what was i thinking?!?!

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