In response to Buffetbuste
r's request to report back, I wanted to let you know how my visit last Friday to Stroud's in Fairway, KS
I left my conference early and arrived at Stroud's
at about 3 p.m. (Stroud's
serves continuously starting at 11 a.m. on Fridays). There were quite a few people there, even at an odd hour. I got a window booth easily, but there were at least 8 other parties eating.
I ordered chicken noodle soup, white meat fried chicken dinner (2 wings, 2 breasts), mashed potatoes and gravy, green beans, and cinnamon rolls, with iced tea.
The tea and soup arrived almost immediately. The soup was very good, but had just a little too much black pepper for my taste. I ate about half of it. I would have finished, but I knew there was lots more food to come.
The rest of the food was a bit slower in coming -- I'd say at least 25 minutes after I ordered. The green beans and the mashed potatoes and gravy were excellent. They were much better than the versions at Hollyhock Hill
on April 29. I ate most of them -- and the portions are very generous, so that was a lot of food.
The fried chicken was a mixed bag. The breast that I ate was delicious -- crispy skin, and moist, but still thoroughly cooked, white meat. The wings were not quite as done as I like. The way I gauge that is how easy it is to disjoint the wing. If the cartilege at the joints is hard to separate, then I don't think the chicken is as "done" as I prefer. I'm not saying it was undercooked, objectively, and I'm sure it was safe to eat. But I like my wings really done -- some would say overdone -- and these weren't quite there. So for me, Hollyhock Hill
still has the edge in terms of the chicken itself.
I couldn't eat the second breast. The breasts they serve are huge, and one was enough.
Although my iced tea was refilled promptly, I had to ask for the cinnamon rolls. (I mean my initial portion, not extras.) Two were brought to me shortly after I asked for them, but it seemed odd that I had to ask at all, based on the service I've received in the past both at this Stroud's
and at the one at Oak Ridge Manor
I ate one roll; it was delicious.
When I was about done, I went to the restroom (I was heading for the airport), and while I was away from the table, the waitress brought containers for me to take away the leftovers. I put the remaining cinnamon roll in a small plastic bag. When the waitress came by the pick up my check, she said she'd been waiting for me to box up the rest of the food; I explained I was traveling by air and couldn't take the other food with me, but was taking the cinnamon roll to my husband in Minneapolis. She said "oh," and didn't offer any additional rolls.
Overall, the experience was fine. The restaurant itself is at the side of Shawnee Mission Parkway and is a pretty unprepossessing building -- functional roadhouse-style, but not charming like the Oak Ridge Manor
restaurant. The waitress was brisk and reasonably friendly, but didn't really engage with me. This is in contrast to when I visited the Fairway Stroud's
in 2010; on that trip, the waitress couldn't have been more accommodating, and voluntarily brought me extra rolls to take home to my husband. There were fewer people there on my visit in 2010, though, so that may have been a factor.
In short, I would go back, especially when I'm staying near "the Plaza" in Kansas City, MO, as I was this time and the last time. It's only about three miles from the Intercontinental Hotel on the Plaza to the Fairway Stroud's
. And it is quite easy to get to the Kansas City airport from the Fairway Stroud's
by driving up through Kansas. But if I were staying farther north or on the east side of Kansas City, I'd return to Oak Ridge Manor
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