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Dining in JoCo, OP?

bkath Oct 10, 2007 10:59 AM

Bmore hounds coming to KC to visit mom; I lived there for a long time but that was a LONG time ago & now don't get back but once/year. She lives in Lenexa. Have been to the Thai Place which I don't remember where it was but think I could find it again, it was worth it!

Other places I've gleaned from this board: La Cocina Puerco, 40Sardines, Cassis, Yia Yia's (what a name, but we went a few years ago & had a great dinner).

Anything else not to be missed? We all love a good Margarita. Will of course go for que, probably Hayward's; mom also likes Zarda & it's nearby. Sushi is a non-starter, also probably Indian in that category, don't really care about breakfast.

If we head into KC, Bluebird? Lidia's?

Thanks in advance!

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  1. pie RE: bkath Oct 10, 2007 12:15 PM

    I would skip Haywards, I don't think that it as good as it used to be. Try Oklahoma Joe's or Jack Stack in my opinion.

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      FergMePleez RE: pie Oct 11, 2007 07:43 AM

      agreed on the Haywards. Try the new Smokehouse BBQ located at 135th/ Metcalf. I'm also a fan of Bates City BBQ located in Shawnee, right across from the Police Station (just north of 67th/ Quivira). You won't be disappointed.

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      WyCo RE: bkath Oct 10, 2007 12:48 PM

      Panzon's (Mexican) is always crowded and it is on 87th St in Lenexa

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        dodgerfoodie RE: bkath Oct 10, 2007 01:19 PM

        Thai Place is on 87th and Grant in that little shopping center...Bluestem and Blue Koi in Westport are great and Westport Flea Market if you want a great burger!

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          FergMePleez RE: dodgerfoodie Oct 11, 2007 07:43 AM

          There is another Thai Place at 119th/ Quivira.

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            vsoy RE: FergMePleez Oct 11, 2007 01:01 PM

            Goodness, I believe there's a Wai Wai Thai Place Express down on 8351 West 135th Street too, I keep seeing coupons and ads for it, but haven't made it down there yet:

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              Katie Nell RE: vsoy Oct 11, 2007 02:21 PM

              It's pretty good, and they were extremely nice. There was some confusion on what we thought we had ordered, and they offered the dish they thought we had ordered for free.

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          tiomano RE: bkath Oct 10, 2007 04:22 PM

          On 119th near the Sprint offices is Artisian Francais bakery, Great stuff even for breakfast. They do sellout so don't go too late.
          Sushi Haru on Stateline down around 120something. Try the crispy rice sushi.

          Bluestem by all means. If you don't want a full dinner, you can order tapas like plates in the wine lounge.

          Room 39 has opened a new place down in OP, check it out for lunch.

          Oh, and Bellapizza on Baltimore in the Crossroads, Great wood fired oven pizzas. Better I think than Spin out in OP.

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            amy_rc RE: tiomano Oct 10, 2007 06:24 PM

            Even if you just go for a little mid-afternoon treat, Artisian Grancais bakery is good. I love their desserts! I don't think they are open very late, though.

          2. FergMePleez RE: bkath Oct 11, 2007 07:46 AM

            I hear the new OneBite pan asian restaurant in OP is excellent. There is also a new Brazilian steakhouse at approx. 119th/ Blue Valley Parkway. I've heard it's excellent. Try the Bonefish Grill if you're looking for decent seafood. 135th/ Roe.

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              amyzan RE: FergMePleez Oct 11, 2007 12:20 PM

              I definitely second the rec of One Bite. I didn't understand what you (bkath, OP)meant by "sushi is a non starter" but this isn't a sushi place, anyway. I wouldn't describe it as pan asian, either, so please don't expect touches of Thai, Vietnamese, Korean or Indian along with your Japanese food. It's an izakaya, the equivalent of tapas or little plates, but I don't find the servings particularly little, and many dishes are served entree style. It is largely limited to grilled and fried items, but there's a good variety. The food is all homemade, and her recipes are great. I've been trying to guess some of her secret ingredients, without luck yet. The restaurant is small but I've never waited long for a table, and only then on Friday or Saturday night. Service is outstanding.

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                vsoy RE: FergMePleez Oct 11, 2007 12:55 PM

                Are you referring to the Amor steakhouse in this thread:

              2. Katie Nell RE: bkath Oct 11, 2007 10:42 AM

                I'm not sure I can wholeheartedly recommend La Cocina del Puerco anymore... by the way, it is now called Austin's Cantina. I'm sure the margaritas are still good, and the carnitas were still good the last time I was there. (I don't think the carnitas were quite as good, but it might of been my attitude going into it too.) I just think they lost some of their soul with the name and menu change.

                Here's my previous post on One Bite with a few other Johnson County tid bits thrown in: http://www.chowhound.com/topics/397745

                Spin Pizza is a casual favorite of ours in Johnson County... be sure to try the flatbread with the roasted red pepper dip.

                For the MO side, I always recommend 1924 Main, especially if you can get there for lunch because it is so cheap at lunch!

                One Bite Japanese Grill
                8602 W 133rd St, Overland Park, KS 66213

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                  dodgerfoodie RE: Katie Nell Oct 11, 2007 11:32 AM

                  Definite testimonial for 1924...did a biz lunch there and it was great

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                  bkath RE: bkath Oct 11, 2007 05:46 PM

                  Thank you all so much! So many restaurants, so little time. I have such fond food memories of KC & will add to them & report back.

                  Keep up the good work!
                  (btw OneBite sounds too intriguing to pass up; by non-starter I meant mom don't do raw fish; dh & I LOVE it but we can get at home).

                  Baltimore has some great restaurants - y'all come visit!


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                    Katie Nell RE: bkath Oct 12, 2007 07:08 PM

                    After tonight, it is TOO good to pass up! We went there again and had a fabulous time, courtesy of the great food and the Spring U-la-la Martini! Make sure you save room for dessert- we love the mango ice cream and they have a new dessert that's not on the menu yet- a fabulous cream puff kind of thing! Ask for it!

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                    Milt RE: bkath Oct 14, 2007 12:56 PM

                    Casa Paloma, 8220 Metcalf Ave. hasn't been mentioned yet, but is worth considering. More information is available at: www.casapaloma.com

                    The founding owners are in the process of retiring and have sold the restaurant. At the moment, everything should be exactly as it has been - but that may change soon. Maybe not!

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