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Kansas City area- looking for the little places

goroe Feb 8, 2008 06:49 AM

I'm interested in finding those place in the area that are SMALL- I mean really physically small sized restaurants, hole-in-the-walls, tiny-but-nice, foodie kind of places that have little or no seating. Any type of food is fine. Where are they? and what should I try there?

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    WyCo RE: goroe Feb 8, 2008 07:20 AM

    Coyoacan at 5826 Merriam. Best tamales I have ever had. Tiny, most of the tamales at sold as take out.

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      steveb RE: goroe Feb 8, 2008 08:32 AM

      Lil's on 17th St. is small. An old beat house turned into a restaurant. Tapas, sangria, good vibe.

      1. Katie Nell RE: goroe Feb 8, 2008 09:33 AM

        The BBQ Shack in Paola was pretty tiny... the waitress kept answering all the questions my husband's uncle kept asking even though he wasn't talking to her! Town Topic is very small too.

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          asiansensation007 RE: goroe Feb 9, 2008 07:12 AM

          Theres a vietnamese place in city market that is small--its a converted garage. I really liked their food.

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            chileheadmike RE: goroe Feb 9, 2008 03:39 PM

            Joe D's in Brookside is pretty small. Really good food and wine list too. Last time I was there I had a roasted lamb tenderloin with bourdelaise, really really good

            1. amyzan RE: goroe Feb 9, 2008 04:02 PM

              The Classic Cookie is pretty small and is locally owned, and they're always crowded at breakfast and lunch. Good soups, pancakes, muffins, eggs, all done to order. Friendly service.

              Classic Cookie & Cafe
              409 W Gregory Blvd, Kansas City, MO 64114

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                jdl98 RE: amyzan Feb 10, 2008 06:31 AM

                i second the classic cookie - we walk there often for breakfast or lunch.

              2. stellamystar RE: goroe Feb 9, 2008 05:53 PM

                Okay - I have not been there - BUT, I drove by the Taste of Russia today (near downtown Overland Park), and it looks 1. small and 2. delicious! ANyone been? I love Russian food.

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                  Aaron Deacon RE: stellamystar Feb 13, 2008 07:54 AM

                  Yes, not as small as it looks, and it's a grocer rather than a restaurant. Oddly, it's run by Egyptians, and has a decent selection of cured meats, I think.

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                    stellamystar RE: Aaron Deacon Feb 13, 2008 10:10 AM

                    Good to know, but I am mad it's not a restaurant!!

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                  chileheadmike RE: goroe Feb 9, 2008 09:25 PM

                  Another small place is One Bite Japanese. Grilled drinking food. Good stuff

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                    stellamystar RE: chileheadmike Feb 10, 2008 05:53 AM

                    Chilehead - that sounds like lots of fun! I looked up the site --

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                      zataar RE: stellamystar Feb 10, 2008 07:35 AM

                      A very small, interesting place in the City Market is Tikka House. It's an interesting mix of Indian and Middle Eastern food with a very small seating area and take out counter.

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                      amyzan RE: chileheadmike Feb 10, 2008 07:46 AM

                      Yeah, they're great! The creative menu (think Japanese tapas interpreted a bit for American tastes) and the service is consistently good. There's really nobody like them here in the KC area.

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                      rweater RE: goroe Feb 11, 2008 10:17 AM

                      I just had a great lunch at Aladdin Cafe, on Wyoming at 39th. It used to be a garage. They may have had an upstairs seating area, but I'm not sure. The downstairs, though, was definitely hole-in-the-wall, but clean with prompt service.

                      I am from the Detroit area, so I am extremely picky about any food labeled Middle Eastern. But it was delicious, plentiful and flavorful.

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                        stellamystar RE: rweater Feb 11, 2008 03:20 PM

                        Yes - each time we have went for dinner we sat upstairs. Fantastic salad, soup, and the curry chicken is really good. Not creamy coconut Indian currry, but grilled smoky curry!

                        Aladdin Cafe is the brother of the Lawrence Aladdin Cafe. Also excellent.

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                          Milt RE: stellamystar Feb 25, 2008 04:14 PM

                          We ate at Aladdin last summer while visiting KC. We ate outside and found our meals to be very good. This time of the year, inside dining would be very appropriate. All three of us enjoyed our meals.

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                        Aaron Deacon RE: goroe Feb 13, 2008 07:55 AM

                        Grandstand Burgers in Shawnee is very small. The burgers are decent.

                        4942 Merriam Dr
                        Shawnee Mission, KS 66203
                        Phone: (913) 362-0111

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                          walteralias RE: goroe Feb 15, 2008 09:33 AM

                          Dixon's chili on 40th in Independence..or the Bamboo hut on 40th..try the fried chicken

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                            tiomano RE: goroe Feb 16, 2008 03:55 PM

                            Jones BBQ over in KCK just off downtown on 7th I think.

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                              BurtonBailey RE: tiomano Feb 18, 2008 06:29 PM

                              Damn good suggestions here. Dixon's...is that still good? One Bite rocks but their location is difficult for most. Worth the trip. What about some of the new places in Northeast KC?

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                              Lpflaum RE: goroe Feb 19, 2008 09:12 AM

                              In Lenexa at 87th and Monrovia (just off I-35) there is a hole in the wall mediterranian (sp?) place called Holy Land Cafe. The Shwarma is amazing, lunch is insanely cheap ($6 for shwarma sandwich, salad and soda)

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                                Jakevol2 RE: Lpflaum Feb 25, 2008 09:49 AM

                                Succotash in the River Market.

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