Epilogue and Footnotes
Gee, I feel like I'm writing a thesis here...
I'm so thankful for my local coffeehouse. The owner of Main Street Coffee is a dedicated proprietor who is on the job by 5AM - I told him about my trip in advance and I was so thankful that he had my French Roast ready when I arrived at 5:20am (they don't open until 7AM!)
My 7AM flight out of TF Green took my to my layover at Midway in Chicago
With a couple of Atkins Protein Shakes under my belt- I was hungry!
I then realized, "hey I'm on vacation, I can eat now"
So......................when in Rome (or Chicago)
I made my way into one of these
A "Chicago Style" charred dog from Gold Coast Hot Dogs
I've said it before and I'll say it again- it was like a vegetable garden exploding in my mouth- although the charred version added some "zing" to the mellow taste of the dog.
I arrived in Kansas City shortly after 11am. I got my luggage and took the shuttle to the rental car agency. TTM and BB arrived and whisked me away and before I knew it I layed eyes on this sign
and realized "hey toto, we're in Kansas now!"
Here's a "somewhat" better photo of the Smokey Joe at Oklahoma Joe
's in Kansas City KS
As a "city boy" from "back east" I'm still amazed at the mode of transporation that people still rely on in "flyover country"
Unlike me he FAILED
to grab that bull by the horns- perhaps symbolic of a "special delicacy" he chose to decline during the latter part of our trip
After TTM and I went to the Nelson Atkins museum, we walked over to Jardines
a really cool Jazz Club across the street from my hotel- TTM didn't stay, but I did- it was young talent night and it's a pleasure to know that young folk are keeping Jazz alive-I heard some great musicians that evening while enjoying the local Boulevard Ale
I also rediscovered a fantastic coffee house in Kansas City called The Broadway Cafe
located in the Westport Neighborhood about a mile walk from my hotel- I walked there both Sunday and Monday Morning. Not only was the coffee strong and flavorful but they had an Oat Bran Square that really hit the spot...
My thoughts about the restaurants we went to weren't that different than TTM's or BB's.
Oklahoma Joe's was great- I really enjoyed the Smokey Joe but thought that the smokeyness was a tad overdone- the beans were great
LC's was just fantastic- I've had burnt ends before at Jack Stack's and found them bland- LC's had the right balance of flavor and smoke
and the Fries were the best I had in KC
Arthur Bryants was the biggest dissapointment of the trip- Bland Cold Dry Brisket and Ribs (well the ribs werent' cold) what a contrast from my first visit in 2000- well at least the fries were good
Strouds- outstanding as always...
I'm going to leave this portion of the trip with this...
Part of the Jazz Museum, this is The Blue Room
, which is where Jazz Musicians perform on almost a nightly basis.