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Dec 9, 2007 12:30 PM

JoCo (KC) Rec for Gift Card

I am looking for gift suggestions. I'd like to send a restaurant gift card to a girlfriend and family (husband + two elementary age kids). Their tastes are very middle of the road. When they go out, it's usually one of the mass market type places. So I'm looking for something a little different, but not terribly so, as the husband is quite picky. Something family-friendly would be a plus, although the kids are very well-behaved. They live in western JoCo. Any thoughts out there?

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      1. re: shannoninstlouis

        Paulo and Bill's is pretty close to De Soto, probably a 10 minute drive. I like the food, the restaurant is casual enough to take kids and, if nothing else, they have a great Sunday brunch.

        The other place that they may like, although this is a little drive but still in JOCO, is Chris Cakes, probably a 20 or so minute drive. It is new, although Chris has been flipping pancakes for fundraisers for ages. It is a breakfast joint. It is a one price fits all (I think close to $10/person) and you have all you can eat standard breakfast items as well as pancakes and eggs made to order. It is fun and JOCO funky.

        1. re: shannoninstlouis

          Yep, it's nothwestern JoCo. You might also consider Spin Pizza, which is admittedly all the way in Leawood, but from K10 to 435 to Metcalf, it's really only 20 minutes, maybe 30 if they go at rush hour. It's family friendly, and what kid doesn't like pizza? There are other options, too--salads, sandwiches, and a couple soups.

          There really aren't any good choices in DeSoto, and the only locally owned places are Wally's Cafe, which is pretty Sysco, and the Bleu Tomato, a sandwich shop. KT Fryer's in Lenexa hasn't reopened. The only other place I can think of that's relatively close and meets your criteria is the Quivira and 95th St. location of Bo Ling's, which is a local chain of Chinese restaurants. They do traditional as well as Americanized Chinese, and the service is always good, if tending towards efficient. Definitely family friendly if they like Chinese food. I have heard good things about Paolo and Bill's too, but can't personally vouch.

      2. Herford House, the new one in Shawnee? Paulo and Bills? I guess it does depend on southwest, or northwest.

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        1. re: WyCo

          Hereford House is a good one - there's one in Lawrence too - Desoto is about 1/2 to KC and 1/2 to Lawrence

          1. re: stellamystar

            Maybe I should have asked about Lawrence restos. I lived in Lawrence (Rock Chalk!) and KC for a number of years but I've lost touch with the scene. I hadn't thought about Spin Pizza. I'll have to check that one out.

            1. re: shannoninstlouis

              The only place I can recommend in Lawrence is Wheatfield's Bakery, but it's not a restaurant per se. Yes, they deliver your food to the table, but there isn't table service, really. You get your own drinks and we always bus our own table after eating when it's busy, to give people waiting for a table a break. Sandwiches, soups, quiche, empanadas, breakfast items (which are available a little longer on the weekends) and of course, breads, pastries, cookies, etc.

              I really haven't eaten out in Lawrence for years, excepting Wheatfield's. It's our standby while there, definitely. There is this site, but I have no idea whether it's up to date:

              1. re: amyzan

                I lived in Lawrence for 4 years (during school) in 2003 and now visit to see my friends. There are some new restaurants in town, but the one everyone is raving about is this pace called Ingredient on Mass Street. Have not been, but it looks yummy - it's a bit casual, fresh.

                And, Wheatfields is always good! LOVE the biscuits & gravy. LOVE LOVE LOVE it. Miltons's is also tasty for coffee & breakfast if Wheatfields is overrun, which it often is.

                Free State Brewery may be a good one, too.

                1. re: stellamystar

                  In Lawrence I second Free State, it has great variety, it's casual and definitely a place you could take kids.

        2. I would just get them a gift certificate to the KC Originals: Then, they can pick wherever they would like to go, and you can feel good about supporting independent restaurants! Either that, or you can get one from The Restaurant Guide of Kansas City, but not all of the options are locals:

          1. I am a big fan of KC Originals, I think that would be a great gift card. Lots of variety and you support local talent.

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            1. re: WyCo

              I second Katie Nell and WyCo. Terrific idea, Katie Nell!