KC visit round up (long)
Recently in town for a short visit. We ate bbq at Jack Stack (takeout from 95th & Metcalf, dine in at the Plaza.) Tried the prime rib bones for the first time, very plush and decadent. As usual, beans were the highlight. Beef a little poorly trimmed and greasy, pork sliced paper thin and blah. Also had lunch at Oklahoma Joes. Great Smoky Joe sandwich and I love the adult kids meal, perfect for lunch. Excellent fries. Thanks to a tip on this board, we also hit BlueStem for happy hour food on Thursday night and tried truffled fries, duck confit, shrimp and grits and a salad. All excellent. We also tried a manchengo and burrata cheese course but even at 50% off seemed like a teeny portion. A great bartender served all the food as well as an excellent Moscow Mojito ~ we returned the following night and a different 'tar served us an entirely different (and indifferent) version of the same cocktail. We also hit Westport Flea for a good burger and ok (over fried) tenderloin. The cooks were squabbling which I assume was the cause for over fry and incorrect side for burger but no big deal. Boulevard beer at Kelly's, yum. We also had a good dinner on an overly sunny patio at Joe D's. I had excellent braised beef short ribs and risotto, just the dish for a 90 degree meal. My rose heated up faster than I could drink it!
We visited the new Strouds and while it was not quite up to the old location, it fixed my bad memory from the North of the River spot last year, cheerless and skimpy. Prairie Village has the spirit back and hopefully the chicken livers will regain crispiness and the gravy a hit of black pepper, both of which I missed. As usual, leftovers were plentiful for later snacks. OK, meals, back at the hotel. BTW, we stayed at the Holiday Inn Express and it was just great, wonderful staff (even with our 2 dogs) reasonably priced and centrally located for us. Better than average breakfast as a bonus.
The best food memory I brought home was going to the Farmers Market early on Sunday (earlier than most vendors) and buying some dead ripe peaches and fat blueberries and pairing them with some absolutely knock out dried kiwis and lebna from a Medeterranean shop on the edge of the market with a drizzle of honey. Just great. I wish I knew a place hear in the Bay Area for the lebna (that shop brought it in from Chicago) and know now to keep my eyes open for dried kiwi slices for a snack.
Visiting from California, I always feel like I am eating too much meat and no vegetables or fruits but if that is the price to pay, I gladly cough it up ~ what a terrific time, I love coming back to KC.