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  • inbiz Jun 22, 2009 12:32 PM
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Anyone eaten there yet?

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  1. Twice.

    I like the concept but think it has come toether that well yet. http://www.kansastravel.org/lenexa/ca...

    1. Once, will go again. We had a dog emergency one day, had to get lunch with a dog in the car (hot day.) We were impressed by the courteousness of the hostess/server, who helped us out. She brought our dog water not once but twice, as well as a couple pieces of bacon!, and came to check and make sure our to go order was okay. We didn't really even expect them to let us eat out front, but they were super nice. Other than the fact that a entree salad was a little on the small side, everything was fresh and tasty. We'll go back.

      1. a friend and i had coffee and pastry at cafe augusta this morning. i asked for iced coffee, which was very good. frozen cubes of coffee were used instead of regular ice. my friend had a lovely apricot danish, while i went for the cranberry/almond scone. both were warmed and served with butter and a fan-sliced strawberry. we saw the cute, very sunburned waitress transferring what we throught was honey from one container to another. nope, not honey, but homemade caramel sauce. she spooned some into a saucer for us to taste. a light drizzle over the scone was a perfect touch. all in all, a good experience and we'll go back again.

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        1. re: spanish moss

          Frozen cubes of coffee for an iced coffee drink? That's attention to detail you usually don't get anywhere. I'm gonna eat there this week. Will report back.

          1. re: inbiz

            fyi, in biz, you do have to ask for the coffee "ice," otherwise you get regular ice. had a lovely chocolate croissant with my coffee the other morning. pastry was buttery and flaky. the chocolate was dark. yum. their pastry chef is a graduate of the culinary program at jccc.

            1. re: spanish moss

              I was going to post after I had dinner there, but I just wanted to tell you I had a "frozen latte" there made w/those coffee cubes and a little chocolate and it was awesome. Oh, and skim and 2 shots of espresso of course.

              1. re: inbiz

                Finally got there for dinner. I didn't know that they used organic and local when available, but I didn't ask about each menu item 'cause we ordered a lot. We had Brie en croute, shrimp/asparagus cakes w/a creole mustard and sherry cream sauce, a side salad (made w/romaine and house made bleu cheese dressing), Thai pork soup (which was awesome), Basque steak, tilapia, 2 really good quality desserts, a bottle of malbec and a bottle of some South American white. The service was extremely friendly and accommodating and I thought it was crazy inexpensive. The entrees were all $17 and they came w/soup or salad and 2 sides. The lunch menu looked good as well. It's not in a hip part of town but the food is really good and I can't get over the desserts. It reminded me of a less expensive Pangea Cafe w/better service.

        2. We went there a few weeks ago. The staff was friendly, but seemed very confused as how to manage the three tables (each with a couple, so 6 people in the place). My food was decent; my husband's chicken came out raw. I will say that the manager was quick to correct and comped his meal. We used the savings to try a dessert...I should write "try to try a dessert" since most of the dessert menu was sold out.

          That said, I would try them again. We're wondering if the publicity from the recent review has thrown them in a tailspin. Definitely worth trying, just be patient. If you go, be sure to get the butternut squash soup...worth it.

          1. We went for dinner at Cafe Augusta last night, and enjoyed the meal for the most part. Their menu isn't very descriptive, and even after asking about dishes, what came out wasn't what we were described. The cook was accomodating, making a different vegetable for us than the du jour offering. A chicken roulade was good, juicy, flavorful, and tender, but I would have appreciated being told it was smothered in mushroom gravy, as I would've asked to have that left off. So, it was one of those mixed bag experiences, and I think the restaurant has some tweaking to do.

            The service was also decidedly quirky. When we walked in around 5 p.m. there were no diners and it took the three people seated at the table nearest the door a little time to greet us, much less stand up to show us a table. The manager on duty that night was even yelling back to the kitchen about the menu before our server came. I recognize that family restaurants often treat the business like a second home, but this was unusually inconsiderate in our minds. Someone's purse sat on the entrance bar the entire time we were there for our meal. Our server was attentive at first, but seemed a little flustered by more tables to serve as our meal continued. I'm no stickler for professionalism, but because it seems if they're going for a higher price point at dinner service, someone should really correct these problems.

            High points are the butternut squash soup, which is the best I've ever had, and dessert. I took home a piece of frankfurter kranz that was just divine after it'd come to room temperature in the car. Silky buttercream sprinkled with crushed praline cooked just right to offset a dense textured cake's sweetness, wow. I was glad to see that they were about a third full early on a Monday night, because I think they are offering a good value in the neighborhood. I hope that if they work on the details, they will become a great spot with good food and service for the area.