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Fun / funky / celebratory in KC (north)

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We're heading to KC this weekend and hopefully we'll be celebrating the fact that my daughter and friend survived the 1/2 marathon!! (the 2 moms will be almost as impressive if we finish the 5 K!!)

We're looking for somewhere to eat Saturday night to enjoy our accomplishment. Calories don't count on race day so we can go all out. Budget - probably under $20 a person. The girls are only 20 so keep that in mind when thinking "celebratory".

We're specifically in Gladstone but will have a vehicle and I'm decently familiar with the KC area.

Thanks for your ideas.

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  1. KC is ribs country-- Oklahoma Joe's is the best!

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    1. re: thefoodbully

      I love KC barbecue and enjoy reading the debates about the definitive best place to eat. I'm a Gates gal myself but mostly because when I was in college in KC, it was so close that I had a lot of good times eating there.

      However, my daughter is a severe disappointment to us in that she actually dislikes bbq so looking for other suggestions.

    2. I think a Mongolian BBQ place would be fun for young people if you don't have one of those in your hometown. Ghengis Khan on Bell St. near 39th St. in midtown is my favorite, and they have a Northtown location I haven't tried at 8634 N. Boardwalk KC, Mo 64154 . There is also a new Ghenghis Grill in the power and light district, but I haven't heard anything about it.

      Another suggestion is Blue Koi also in midtown, or Nara for sushi.

      http://www.genghiskhankc.com/
      http://www.narakc.com/
      http://www.bluekoikc.com/

      1. Choices in KC (north) are limited, so if you are looking for something that is not a chain, I would venture toward downtown - its a quick drive from Gladstone.

        My favorite choice for a fun, casual night out is La Bodega. Its on the south side of downtown on Southwest Boulevard. It has really fun tapas, so the table can order a bunch of plates of things to share and while it can get pricey if you order too many things, you can easily stay under $20/person without alcohol. The restaurant itself has a funky decor and vibe. And they take reservations - always a plus. www.labodegakc.com

        1. One place to consider is the buffet at the Argosy. It's been awhile since we've been there, but I remember it as being pretty decent with a variety of delectable desserts. The price is in the $20 range and some famished runners could eat until they were too stuffed to move.

          1. I don’t know that the Northland is that much more limited than anywhere else outside the Westport to River Market corridor. However, for fun & funky I would head downtown.

            My first thought was Le Fou Frog ~ a fun little French Bistro in the River Market ~ but it doesn’t meet your budget requirement.

            As far as tapas goes...I prefer Extra/Virgin to La Bodega. But both are fun!

            If you do want to stay up North:

            In Gladstone you’ll be close to Briarcliff Village. I really enjoy The Cafe and don’t make it there nearly as much as I should, however, it has more of a lunch time feel to it (but that could be because I’ve only been there for lunch).
            Many people I know are big fans of Trezo Mare. My experiences there have ranged from excellent to dismal.
            A bit more pricey is Piropos. I haven’t been in a couple of years. It was one of my favorites...but my last visit was only so-so. Both the service and food were lackluster. It does have an excellent view of the downtown skyline. But I must say that I preferred the Parkville location.

            In and around Zona Rosa you have Swagat (excellent Indian Food) and Ixtapa (great Mexican – Margaritas that will knock you on your butt). I love both these places but not sure I’d consider them “celebratory”.

            There is also EM Chamas on 64th Street. One of those Brazilian Grill Steakhouses – loads and loads of meat. I’ve not been – but if that’s the kind of thing that floats your boat - it’s suppose to be good.

            Have fun! Good luck with your run and report back!

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            1. re: Mushroom

              Mushroom, your Northland suggestions are good, but Trezo Mare, Piropos and Em Chamas are way, way over the $20/person limit, probably by a factor of two.

              If you get to the Crossroads, Pizza Bella would be a great choice. You'll be right at the $20 when you factor in any starters or tips, but I think it would suit your other requirements.

            2. So many ideas - so little time. $20 budget is a guideline and definitely didn't include tax, tip and alcohol - the two adults think it's nice to have those 20 year old designated drivers :)

              I'll toss all these suggestions out to the group. I won't be surprised if we end up drawing out of a hat since no one will want to make a decision with all these great options.

              What about dessert? Where would be a good place to replenish all those calories we burned in the morning?

              1. So we ended up at a Japanese steakhouse (Tokyo Grill?) on Barry Rd. It was perfect for what we were looking for. The girls enjoyed the showmanship; the food was plentiful (which ended up being more important than I expected - we were starving!) and we enjoyed the flavors.

                Hopefully, the next time I'm visiting my sister, my husband and I can try out some of the other suggestions.

                Thanks.