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Sep 20, 2007 03:44 PM

Fabu-LESS in KC

I broke the bank this month with my vacation and this weekend I have some foodie friends coming to visit. What to do and where to go?

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  1. Poco's on the Blvd for breakfast (can't say enough about that place).

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    1. re: heatherkay

      Poco's is a great recommendation! Also, if your friends are into other ethnic foods, but not so much atmosphere, try the Salvordorean place at Johnson Drive and Merriam. Great food, seriously cheap prices. How about Jerry's Woodswether on 9th Street? Wonderful food at reasonable prices. I don't believe they are open on Sundays.
      We had fabulous Indian chaat at Taj Grocer a couple of weeks ago. It's at 149th and Metcalf, way far away from us, but worth every mile. Nothing we had was over 4 bucks! Indian home cooking at its finest.

      1. re: zataar

        I've been wondering about Taj Grocer. We happened upon it after already eating dinner, but got a menu. Unfortunately, I haven't been that far south since. What did you all have?

        We usually go to India Cafe at 91st and Metcalf, way back in the corner of the shopping center where TJ Maxx and Walmart are. They make great dosas, and the sambhar and coconut/cilantro chutney isn't shabby either. Their chaat is pretty good and everything's inexpensive, especially from the menu above the buffet. I hope your friends aren't particular about ambience, because IC is quirky.

        1. re: amyzan

          We had at least 4 items at Taj Grocer while enjoying a bollywood movie called Dhoom on the very large tv that was hanging on the wall. We had mango shakes, much richer than lassi. They were terrific. We had a garbanzo bean curry with puri and a little salad of cucumbers, not really a raita, chicken 65, which was chicken nuggets that had an unusual red tint, also with chutneys and paratha, and lamb samosas with chutneys. No forks were provided, we just scooped everything up the the breads provided. All the food we had was extremely tasty. It was about $20 total. It was a lot of food! The grocery part was very nice. I bought some atta flour to make chapati and parathas at home and some spices. The owners were very cordial. We will go back, but it is so far south for us it may be awhile. It took 40 minutes from midtown...

          1. re: amyzan

            I love India Cafe enough to go there at least twice a week! If you're really really hungry, go for their Thali. It's like your own personal buffet, and if you want more of anything, Pradip will be glad to bring extra. I usually have to take some of it home. (I don't have any problem with the atmosphere there, either.)

      2. How about a trip to Lawrence for a meal at Wheatfields? It's not cheap on a per calorie basis, but it is pretty inexpensive in an absolute way. And some of the best bread in the country.

        ETA -- Not sure if your friends will be here during the week, but both Le Fou Frog and JP Wine Bar have excellent happy hours.

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        1. re: heatherkay

          First of all, the Plaza Art Fair is this weekend, so all of the Plaza restaurants will have portions of their menu available, it's a great way to try some of them for cheap- here's a list of who's serving what (
          For other recs, try Tarantino's down on McGee, excellent calzones, the sweetest lady ever!
          All of the Mexican places are pretty cheap, but for a good atmosphere where you can sit outside, try Sol Cantina in Martini Corner ( They have some good specials (Even Sat. 12-6), and the outside seating is great.
          I could give you more Italian, Cupini's, Papa's Kenos in Westport.

        2. Not sure if you are only looking for recs on the MO side or not, but the place I always take foodies when I don't want to spend a lot of moolah is Spin Pizza. On the MO side, if you don't get crazy on the drinks, The Drop is really fun! It's a finger food kind of place, so I would just order a bunch and let everyone share.

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          1. re: Katie Nell

            I think The Drop has decent happy hour specials too.

            Also, you might think about Pangea. It's kind of a goofy world small plates concept, but I liked the food pretty well last year. People certainly have mixed opinions on its value, I guess. I thought it was pretty good value.

          2. So, where did you all go, Amy? Please report when you get a few minutes!

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            1. re: amyzan

              Friday Night: Cheeseburger in Paradise (UUUGGGHHH) to meet some other friends who picked this Godawful place!
              Saturday: Big Mamma's for awesome, ginormus donuts and cinnamon rolls
              Sol Cantina for some nachos and margaritas
              Plaza Art Fair. My favorite offering was the fruit tart from the Intercontinental. I also enjoyed the Pork Sliders from the Raphael.
              Sunday: We planned to go to Poco's, but we were all too tired...I've gotta get down there!

              Thanks for the many recs. I'll try some more cheap-eats until my wallet recovers.

              1. re: amy_rc

                Thanks Amy! If that Cheeseburger in Paradise is the one in the Legends in KC, KS, it's godawful like every other place I've been up there. (The one exception I can think of is Caliente Cuban, because those yucca fries are great.) Every other meal I've had up there was mediocre at best, and some of them much worse than mediocre. I haven't yet gone to Hash House a Go Go, and next time I'm up there am planning to give them a try.

                1. re: amyzan

                  I have had good meals at Yardhouse and Stix at the Legends

                  1. re: WyCo

                    What did you have at Stix? We made the mistake of choosing sushi. BIG mistake.

                    1. re: amyzan

                      We did the Habachi. It wasn't bad.

                      1. re: WyCo

                        Do you mean teppanyaki, where they cook in front of you, Japanese steakhouse style? or do they actually bring a little habachi to the table for you to cook your own food? The latter would be unusual for KC, and lots of fun. My brother has an indoor habachi which he uses bintochan in, and anything off of it is really tasty. Very clean burning charcoal flavor, yum!

                        1. re: amyzan

                          Sorry, it was teppanyaki. We had a good time, the food was fine, and the presentation was good. No one was at the Sushi area, quite a few people at the Chinese part and it was full where we were.

                      2. re: amyzan

                        Stix is not so good. We had a similar experience with the sushi, amyzan. I wouldn't have called it fresh. The habachi didn't work out for me either, my food was over peppered and inedible. I filled up that night by ordering fruity cocktail drinks and eating the pineapple and cherries out of them.

                        I must confess I think that the Yardhouse is good. I've been twice and had great service and my food was better than I expected. Love the beer selection.

                    2. re: amyzan

                      I've eaten at H-H-A-G-G in Las Vegas. The food was ok, the portions were eye-poppingly HUGE! I ordered some type of french toast with bananas and this oversized plate came out with enough french toast for three people. It was a meal fit for a giant. I guess that it was a fun, over the top experience in Vegas.

                2. I was just in KC over the holidays and can heartily recommend the Tea Garden for affordable Chinese food in Olathe (I'm not from the area and don't remember the street-- sorry!) A friend took me there and I was struck that not that many people were around on a Friday night, considering that the food is really, really good. I live in DC and would love to have a place like this in the city-- actually, places like this one sometimes make me want to move to KC! Anyway, definitely seems undiscovered and the prices are very recession-friendly!

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                  1. re: DCism

                    Its at the intersection of Mur-Len Road and 127th Street. I live a half mile from Tea Garden.

                    Love their lunch buffet. The selection isn't huge, but every dish is good and it turns fast enough that the food stays very fresh. Only $7 including beverage and tax. The apetizers are particularly good. My favorite is the garlic chicken wings - which are not on the regular menu..

                    The atmosphere is good and the owner (Ann) must know a third of the customers by name.