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2014/03/03 10:04:07 (permalink)

Kansas City, here we come

Mrs. Chicken and I are now committed to spending the first April weekend in Kansas City, and right now the plan is to take I-35 south from Des Moines despite Buddy Roadhouse's prediction of impending doom.  Right now the KC menu will consist of Stroud's for chicken, Deke's BBQ (52nd St. & Raytown Rd.), and Winstead's for burgers, with possible stops at Jack Stack, Go Chicken Go, or LC's.
 
Many thanks to Buddy Roadhouse, CNW, The Travelin' Man, and Wanderingjew for the off-board advice about Kauffman Stadium and KC in general.  Next year or maybe in 2016 our next roadtrip might be to St. Louis, Cleveland or Cincinnati, and eventually we'll get to Pittsburgh.
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    Re:Kansas City, here we come 2014/03/03 10:18:24 (permalink)
    ScreamingChicken 
    and eventually we'll get to Pittsburgh.
    Thanks for the early warning!
     
    You only mentioned Stroud's once, so I take it you aren't serious enough about going to Stroud's.  My advice:  go to Stroud's!!!
     
    If you and Mrs. Chicken are dessert lovers, Upper Krust is highly recommended! 

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    Re:Kansas City, here we come 2014/03/03 10:36:26 (permalink)
    You know the old saying, BB: "Pittsburgh. It's not a priority."
     
    If we can't get to Stroud's KFC will suffice, right? It'll probably be our Friday night stop and there's a Winstead's within walking distance of our hotel for an afternoon snack when we arrive, and what I presume to be the original Gates' location is just a skip and a jump away as well.
     
    Thanks for the Upper Crust recommendation but I think this is the link you meant to send - not one for the restaurant in Watertown!
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    Re:Kansas City, here we come 2014/03/03 10:38:40 (permalink)
    You know the old saying, BB: "Pittsburgh.  It's not a priority."
     
    If we can't get to Stroud's KFC will suffice, right?  It'll probably be our Friday night stop and there's a Winstead's within walking distance of our hotel for an afternoon snack when we arrive, and what I presume to be the original Gates' location is just a skip and a jump away as well.
     
    Thanks for the Upper Krust recommendation but the link is for the restaurant in Watertown, WI - I think this is the place you mean!
    post edited by ScreamingChicken - 2014/03/03 11:05:16
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    Re:Kansas City, here we come 2014/03/03 10:48:21 (permalink)
    I have been to both of those pie shops (surprise, surprise), so I should have known better!  Just so you know, on a Friday night Stroud's will be packed.  But, it is one of the few restaurants in the country I will wait any amount of time for a table.
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    Re:Kansas City, here we come 2014/03/03 10:53:09 (permalink)
    original gates was at
    and Brooklyn.


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    Re:Kansas City, here we come 2014/03/03 10:58:19 (permalink)
    12th :)
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    Re:Kansas City, here we come 2014/03/03 11:06:13 (permalink)
    I would choose LC's, Fiorella's Jack Stack, and Arthur Bryant's over Gates.  Just my opinion!
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    Re:Kansas City, here we come 2014/03/03 11:08:20 (permalink)
    1bbqboy

    original gates was at 12th and Brooklyn.
    Thanks, Bill.  The one at Cleaver and Virginia is just down the street from the corporate office and that's why I thought it might be the original.
     
    I suspected Stroud's gets busy - thanks for the confirmation, BB.  We can always alter our schedule and stop there first, with Winsteads being later or maybe even Saturday morning.
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    Re:Kansas City, here we come 2014/03/03 11:31:53 (permalink)
    Strouds is a must....If you love chicken livers, get a half order as an appetizer...they are awesome.  Can't go wrong with anything else on the menu.
     
    Never really seen the big attraction with Winstead's; been there quite a few times; and it's perfectly fine; but it's not outstanding; just good food.  Avoid breakfast there, though.
     
    Jacks Stack is a great place.  Nicer upscale BBQ; if you like lamb, try the lamb ribs as an appetizer or as part of a combo.  good baked beans, too.
     
    If you haven't been to Bryants or Oklahoma Joes', I would suggest Bryants for the experience; its a must do.  Joe's is probably better BBQ for a lot of folks, but Bryant's big beef sandwich with fries and a ice cold beer, just wow. 
     
    LC's is good, not a big fan of Rosedale.
     
    If you are downtown and want steak, Golden Ox is always good.  Hereford House can be a little spotty, and if I remember right, more expensive.
     
    been to the Cook Shack for breakfast; good diner type food.  And you can stop anywhere on the way at a Machine Shed, they have great breakfast, too. 
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    Re:Kansas City, here we come 2014/03/03 11:47:33 (permalink)
    Which Strouds are you going to go to? I've had really good luck going to the Strouds in Fairway, Kansas on Friday late in the afternoon (around 4 p.m.) and had no problem getting in, but then I had to head for the airport so I didn't linger to see how crowded it got at an actual "dinner hour."  Both the Oak Ridge Manor (North) and Fairway locations serve continuously starting at 11 a.m. on Fridays, so if you can get to either earlier than prime dinner hour, that's your best bet.
     
    Depending on where you are staying in Kansas City, the Fairway location might be closer.  It's a very quick drive from the Country Club Plaza area.
     
    post edited by rumaki - 2014/03/04 12:01:47
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    Re:Kansas City, here we come 2014/03/03 13:17:33 (permalink)
    I haven been there, but I have a friend who mail orders Jack Stack regularly. I have had it at his house and it's very good. I think trying it there would be great.
     
    PS---lamb ribs----yum!
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    Re:Kansas City, here we come 2014/03/03 13:57:10 (permalink)
    Rumaki, we're staying in the CCP area and the Fairway location was the one we're planning to visit.  And since it's a Friday they open at 11am, which makes a midafternoon stop all the more likely.
     
    We've decided to overnight in Iowa City on the way out and I'm hoping for a vacancy at the Brown Street Inn.  By happy coincidence it's within walking distance (in good weather) of Hamburg Inn No. 2 and Pagliai's Pizza!
     
    Thanks for all the suggestions and recommendations!
    EDIT: I just realized that this particular Friday is during Lent so technically I'm supposed to avoid meat.  I'll go meatless the following Tuesday instead.
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    Re:Kansas City, here we come 2014/03/03 14:51:33 (permalink)
    Oh, come on. Chicken isn't meat.
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    Re:Kansas City, here we come 2014/03/03 18:05:43 (permalink)
    Perhaps Stroud's offers pan-fried tofu that's equally as good as their chicken.
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    Re:Kansas City, here we come 2014/03/03 19:17:12 (permalink)
    I'd go for the Pagliai's pizza...haven't had that since college.   great thin crust pie.
     
    And EdSails, oh, the lamb ribs.   Small, tender; just a bit more assertive in flavor than the typical mild pork, smoky, with just a dab of the excellent Jack's Stack sauce...oh, yeah.
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    Re:Kansas City, here we come 2014/03/03 19:29:21 (permalink)
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     And EdSails, oh, the lamb ribs.   Small, tender; just a bit more assertive in flavor than the typical mild pork, smoky, with just a dab of the excellent Jack's Stack sauce...oh, yeah.

     
    And they mail order them!!!!

     
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    Re:Kansas City, here we come 2014/03/03 19:52:15 (permalink)
    I'd hit Woodyard if I was back in KC. Mentioned in these pages. And they have es salmon for Lent.
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    Re:Kansas City, here we come 2014/03/04 12:04:54 (permalink)
    I can't imagine eating seafood at Strouds, but they do have salmon, catfish and shrimp on the menu.  
    And their cottage fries are terrific!
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    Re:Kansas City, here we come 2014/03/04 13:06:40 (permalink)
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    Perhaps Stroud's offers pan-fried tofu that's equally as good as their chicken.

    If they offered that, they would have to choke their own soybeans.
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    Re:Kansas City, here we come 2014/03/04 13:07:45 (permalink)
    PP-
    Now that made me laugh!
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    Re:Kansas City, here we come 2014/03/06 14:53:48 (permalink)
    I was at Bryant's in 1982, 1990 and 2009, and didn't see any drop in quality in my 2009 visit. Still great, at least as of 5 years ago! Long line, though, as could be suspected.
     
    I'd recommend not having Bryant's for lunch and Stroud's for dinner, however, as we did. We were still too full from lunch to give our Stroud's chicken the true appreciation it deserved.
     
    And yes, Stroud's chicken is worth breaking your religious observations for. I typically celebrate Passover by not eating bread or bread-like products, but I have broken my observance for a day when I'm somewhere special in a different city and the bread is too good to pass up. You are crazy if you go to Stroud's and don't have the chicken.
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    Re:Kansas City, here we come 2014/03/06 14:58:05 (permalink)
    I should clarify - I was at the original Bryant's. I've never been to any other location.
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    Re:Kansas City, here we come 2014/03/09 14:35:36 (permalink)
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    Rumaki, we're staying in the CCP area and the Fairway location was the one we're planning to visit.
    After looking up the Oak Ridge Manor (north) location this might change.  We'll be going right by on I-35 and I estimate it'll be about 4-1/2 hours from Iowa City (roughly 295 miles), so if we start out between 8:00 and 8:30 things fall into place for lunch and dinner becomes a completely different proposition.
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    Re:Kansas City, here we come 2014/03/09 21:50:36 (permalink)
    Oak Ridge Manor definitely has more charm and history than the Fairway location.  Although, back when Stroud's was in its original spot at 85th and Troost, only timid suburbanites went up north.  If you wanted the true Stroud's experience you parked under the overpass or along the ravine, then went inside the old roadhouse to enjoy the live piano playing, an ice cold cocktail, and a mound of chicken under the Christmas tree hanging from the ceiling (only during the Holidays).
     
    They've maintained the quality of the bird, but they'll never recreate that atmosphere.
     
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    Re:Kansas City, here we come 2014/03/10 08:11:30 (permalink)
    Jack's Stack burnt ends---Yes!!!
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    Re:Kansas City, here we come 2014/03/10 11:37:41 (permalink)
    I agree that Oak Ridge Manor is a nicer setting than Fairway. 
     
     
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    Re:Kansas City, here we come 2014/03/10 17:13:26 (permalink)
    I was recently in KC for the first time for a business trip and, with only one opportunity for 'cue, our hosts took us to Jack Stacks. I am now a convert after my first encounter with lamb ribs. Their burnt ends were also excellent, as was the beef rib.
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    Re:Kansas City, here we come 2014/03/11 12:08:41 (permalink)
    Jack Stack is excellent. The only (I believe ridiculous) rap on them is that their restaurants are too clean and professionally run to provide top-notch que. The quality of their sides (the beans are especially fabulous), sauces, and meats say differently.
     
    By the way, the KC area Costcos sell 2-$50 Jack Stack gift cards for $79.99, a nice 20% discount.
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    Re:Kansas City, here we come 2014/03/11 15:28:16 (permalink)
    OK, it's starting to feel like I may be the subject of scorn and ridicule if we skip Jack Stack so it'll be the official dinner stop either Friday or Saturday.  I've been perusing the menu and regardless of what I ultimately choose it won't be an easy decision!
     
    One other possible stop that's turned up is Town Topic at 20th & Broadway.  Stroud's for a light lunch, Town Topic for a burger, and then Gates' at 32nd & Main for a little snack all before checking in.  Then after relaxing for a bit it's off to the Plaza location of Jack Stack for dinner.
     
    Then after the game on Saturday Deke's and LC's for an early supper and if the hungries strike later on a burger from Winstead's.
     
    When I started this thread I had no idea of the number of high-end dining options Kansas City offers.  We won't be visiting any of them but it was still interesting to learn that it's more than beef and barbecue.
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