BB, WJ, & TTM June 2008 Baseball & Roadfood Saga

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BB, WJ, & TTM June 2008 Baseball & Roadfood Saga - Tue, 06/17/08 8:42 PM
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There were so many possible titles to use for my weekend in Kansas City with wanderingjew and The Travelin Man. This thread was called CHICKEN & PANCAKES, but it has outgrown the original title.

ATTENTION Baseball Roadfoodies (BB-WJ-TTM)...

Cliff, Dale, & Steve, Please put all your reports into this one thread so as to give the audience a clear idea of the magnitude of your journey!!

Thanks- Al

Friday June 13

The report by all rights should be started by The Travelin Man, who was the first one to arrive in Kansas City. I know he had dinner at The Golden Ox. Obviously, he will have to fill in with that meal later.

TTM and I had spoken earlier in the day and we agreed to have a very late meal at Town Topic, Kansas City's all night burger stand. As my flight got delayed more and more, I was wondering if TTM would still be up for it. Being the Roadfood trooper he is, he didn't let me down. Once I reached the restaurant at 1:30AM, he was standing outside waiting.

Great neon sign at Town Topic!

This place is small with all counter seats. Even at 1:30AM they were packed, but we had only a short wait until a couple seats opened up. Here is a bad pic of the menu.

But we knew we were here to eat burgers. Both of us got doubles.

These are nice small patties with crispy edges. With all the onions on them, it reminded me of the onion burgers I recently ate in El Reno, Oklahoma. Very happy with this burger.

Since I hadn't eaten a huge steak dinner a few hours earlier, I also got a Coney. Obviously, I was expecting a hot dog, but got this instead.

There is a wiener on there buried underneath the chili and beans. Although I enjoy trying different things, this burger/dog combo just didn't work for me.

To drink, we both had shakes, with TTM enjoying the chocolate, I believe, while I sampled the banana.

Delicious shakes! Note the classic boomerang pattern on the counter.

TTM enjoyed seeing me snap photos of my neighbors tater tots.

Hey, if he didn't want his tater tots to end up in a trip report, he shouldn't have sat them near me.....that's what I always say!

There were plenty of signs advertising pie, but once again, I passed. I hope CajunKing and billyboy forgive me. I promise to make it up to you guys later in the trip!

After chatting in the parking lot for a while longer, we headed off to our respective hotels.

Town Topic gets a thumbs up from us!

By the way, what is with the weird little imp guy on the sign in the parking lot?

That's just creepy!

Much more to come.....

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RE: BB, WJ, & TTM June 2008 Baseball & Roadfood Saga - Tue, 06/17/08 9:21 PM
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Again - no pie! Watch for lightening!

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RE: BB, WJ, & TTM June 2008 Baseball & Roadfood Saga - Tue, 06/17/08 9:23 PM
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I'll Let you slide this time, knowing you will make it up in the coming days


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RE: BB, WJ, & TTM June 2008 Baseball & Roadfood Saga - Tue, 06/17/08 9:28 PM
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BB - Here's a place in Chicago that puts a 1/4lb. dog on a half pound burger along with a few extra toppings...

GOBLIN COCK Bacon, Cheddar Cheese, ┬╝lb. Vienna Hot Dog, Tomatoes, Onion, Neon Green Relish, Sport Peppers, Pickles, Celery Salt Mustard - $12

Kuma's Corner names each burger with some pretty funky names. This one is sorta a Chicago style dog on a burger!

www.kumas-corner.com

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RE: BB, WJ, & TTM June 2008 Baseball & Roadfood Saga - Wed, 06/18/08 3:28 AM
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How come there are red x's where the pictures should be?

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RE: BB, WJ, & TTM June 2008 Baseball & Roadfood Saga - Wed, 06/18/08 8:20 AM
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morningglory-
Sorry to read you can't see the photos. They seem to be perfectly fine on my laptop and my work computer. Is anyone else having trouble seeing the pics? I wish I could offer a solution for you.....

CTD-
No lightning strikes, yet. But I am keeping my eyes peeled to the sky! Chicago style dog on a bun? I'd try that.

CajunKing-
Maybe I spoke too soon, since I don't think I had any pie the entire trip. Would you settle for lots of cake and ice cream? Almost makes it sound like I was at a kid's birthday party.

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RE: BB, WJ, & TTM June 2008 Baseball & Roadfood Saga - Wed, 06/18/08 10:26 AM
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Saturday June 14

After being up so late, neither TTM nor myself had any interest in arising too early for breakfast. Unfortunately, I received a call from work at 7:00AM, which woke me up. I waited until 9:00AM to call TTM, who was up and willing to meet me at Niecie's for breakfast.

I arrived at Niecie's

at the designated time, but TTM decided it would be more fun exploring the less than lovely neighborhood. When I first walked in, one waitress saw the piece of paper (the Roadfood review) in my hand and asked what it was. Not thinking, I just replied that it was something to read. I didn't realize until later that it was Myra C., so prominently mentioned in the Stern's review and who waited on me when I was here in February. Seriously, what were the odds that she remembered me?

Once TTM arrived, he took very little time to look at the menu, since he had his heart set on that soul food classic, chicken & waffles. Bad news, the waffle iron is at Niecie's other location. The waitress offered chicken & pancakes as a substitute. I'm not really sure why we found this so amusing, but chicken & pancakes just doesn't have the same ring to it, does it? What makes it even better is this sign outside of Niecie's, which TTM just had to pose next to on the way out.


Once the initial shock wore off, TTM took on the challenge of chicken & pancakes. Here is the chicken,

the pancakes,

and together.


I did not try any of his meal, but TTM seemed extremely happy with his food. The portion size was huge, by the way.

I was too busy wrestling with my eggs and potatoes

and some seriously delicious country ham.

Salty, chewy, with a powerful flavor, this is something you would expect to see in Tennessee, not Mizzou.

As the meal progressed, we engaged the waitresses in friendly banter, with TTM hassling them about the lack of waffles. At this point, our waitress threatened to pour the pot of hot coffee in his lap! Eating here is so much fun!

They have plenty of good options for dessert. I quickly settled on the lemon cake,

since it was closest to the fantastic caramel cake I had last time. Moist, with a subtle lemon flavor, this was really good cake. But, it was no match for TTM's chocolate cake.

Also incredibly moist, with a strong chocolatey flavor and perfect icing, this is one of the great simple desserts anywhere. Absolute cake perfection!

On the way out, Myra C. complained we had taken a photo of everything but her, so here she is with TTM.


With the quality of the food and the friendliness of the staff, Niecie's is a real Roadfood gem! I would never come to Kansas City without at least one meal here.

http://www.roadfood.com/Reviews/Writeup.aspx?ReviewID=4488&RefID=4533

We got back in our cars, dropped my car (and the leftover chocolate cake) at my hotel and headed to the airport to pick up wanderingjew.

Much more to come.....

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RE: BB, WJ, & TTM June 2008 Baseball & Roadfood Saga - Wed, 06/18/08 11:12 AM
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Wow...I look miserably uncomfortable in that picture.

Niecie's was one of my favorite stops of the trip, so far. I have some more photos to add - and I am editing them as fast as I can. But, just to give you an idea....yesterday, I downloaded about 200 photos from my camera - most were not keepers, but they still take time to go through.

Also, I discovered that my camera has a 14x optical zoom while I was at the ballpark yesterday. I am pretty sure I could tell what brand of bubble gum the Carolina pitcher was chewing.

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RE: BB, WJ, & TTM June 2008 Baseball & Roadfood Saga - Wed, 06/18/08 11:20 AM
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quote:
Originally posted by The Travelin Man

Wow...I look miserably uncomfortable in that picture.
Considering everything you had eaten in the previous eight hours or so, I'm not surprised!

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RE: BB, WJ, & TTM June 2008 Baseball & Roadfood Saga - Wed, 06/18/08 3:09 PM
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Awww, it looks like you guys had a good time! And everything you ate was beautiful. Cliff, I like the way you lay these out.

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RE: BB, WJ, & TTM June 2008 Baseball & Roadfood Saga - Wed, 06/18/08 4:11 PM
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What a great report, as usual! Your servings of cake look delectable. Niecie's is a cool place.
I'm really disappointed I couldn't connect with you all this past weekend. I was occupied making cakes for 220 people among other food and desserts.

I'll be looking forward to the rest of your report, it sounds like you guys had a great time

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RE: BB, WJ, & TTM June 2008 Baseball & Roadfood Saga - Wed, 06/18/08 6:56 PM
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I am spending time catching up on Roadfood today and this is a great looking food trip.Thanks!!

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RE: BB, WJ, & TTM June 2008 Baseball & Roadfood Saga - Wed, 06/18/08 9:17 PM
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Cliff

I am definately going to let you slide, that cake looks AWESOME, I don't think I could have stopped with just one piece though.

It looks like you both have enjoyed your trip thus far. can't wait to see more from TTM and WJ.



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RE: BB, WJ, & TTM June 2008 Baseball & Roadfood Saga - Thu, 06/19/08 1:50 PM
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Saturday June 14 cont.

After picking up wanderingjew at the airport and getting their car rental, we headed into Kansas and Oklahoma Joe's.

This is a very good barbecue parlor, inside a convenience store/gas station. Obviously, the word about this place is out, because the line was long and out the door.

What is shown in the photo is maybe 1/4 of the length of the line. But it did move fast and it gave us time to plot our strategy of what we were going to order. By the time we reached the menu,

we had already devised a gameplan.

WJ ordered the Smokie Joe, (sorry about the poor photo)

which is a chopped beef and pork sandwich. I had this when I ate here in February and loved it. WJ was happy with it, although he thought the meat was a little overdone.

TTM went for a special, the burnt ends sandwich,

and a side of fries.

I got the rack of ribs


and a side of the beans.

One of the nice things about having three of us is that we can order different items and share, which we did.

Before we left, I had a guy snap a photo of the three of us.


I believe all three of us give Oklahoma Joe's high marks!

http://www.roadfood.com/Reviews/Writeup.aspx?ReviewID=4478&RefID=4527

Much more to come.....

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RE: BB, WJ, & TTM June 2008 Baseball & Roadfood Saga - Thu, 06/19/08 1:57 PM
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great report guys...food looks fine...the company I'm sure was,too!

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RE: BB, WJ, & TTM June 2008 Baseball & Roadfood Saga - Thu, 06/19/08 2:15 PM
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Those prices look pretty reasonable for what you're getting as well--and geez, your ribs look like Fred Flintstone's.

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RE: BB, WJ, & TTM June 2008 Baseball & Roadfood Saga - Thu, 06/19/08 2:17 PM
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The ribs look great.

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RE: BB, WJ, & TTM June 2008 Baseball & Roadfood Saga - Thu, 06/19/08 2:36 PM
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exsquidao & Nancypalooza
I agree that those are some fine looking ribs and Fred would have been right at home eating those. We originally talked about getting three different meals and then the rack of ribs to split between us, but I think that would have done us in! And no, you can't complain about those prices.

zataar-
We certainly wish you could have joined us for a meal while we were in KC, but there will be other opportunities.

CajunKing-
I would have loved to had more than one dessert, but those slices of cake were huge! This is now twice I have been to Niecie's and not tried their homemade peach cobbler.

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RE: BB, WJ, & TTM June 2008 Baseball & Roadfood Saga - Thu, 06/19/08 2:55 PM
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I received a phone report from the two westward travelers this morning. All is well as they head West. No Heartburn from the previous activities!!

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RE: BB, WJ, & TTM June 2008 Baseball & Roadfood Saga - Sun, 06/22/08 4:23 PM
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Saturday June 14 cont.

After leaving Oklahoma Joe's, WJ suggested we go to an ice cream shop he has visited previously in Independence. Who am I to turn down ice cream? So, we headed back into Missouri and after a construction related detour, we found Clinton's Soda Fountain. For the record, TTM possesses mad navigational skillz.


This place is best known for the connection to the Truman's.

Apparently, Harry and Bess were regulars here. The inside is attractive, but doesn't have as an old timey feel as would be expected. Here is a shot of the inside, with TTM & WJ visible at the counter seats, charming the young lady soda jerk.


I got a butterscotch sundae, with chocolate ice cream. I believe this was called "Harry's favorite".

WJ went for the mint chocolate chip malt.

Truthfully, I can't remember what TTM had, but here is a photo of it. Maybe, he can tell us what it was.

By the way, the ice cream used here is Edy's.

As an added treat, a gentleman who looked just like Captain Lou Albano was also eating here at the same time. Good for him!

As we left, we spotted this cool looking church in Independence.


After all that food, we were no longer hungry. Or even hugry!


All of us were feeling tired, so each went to our respective hotels to relax.

Much more to come.....

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RE: BB, WJ, & TTM June 2008 Baseball & Roadfood Saga - Sun, 06/22/08 4:34 PM
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All looks good, my roadfood travelers!!!!So far, so good.

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RE: BB, WJ, & TTM June 2008 Baseball & Roadfood Saga - Sun, 06/22/08 6:07 PM
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The cool church is the Community of Christ, formerly the RLDS Church. Independence is the home headquarters of the Community of Christ. They split from the Mormons here in the 1800s. The inside of the church is quite beautiful. It spirals up similar to the Guggenheim.
We catered an after concert reception there after a YoYo Ma performance. It was a great place to cater and I got to meet YoYo Ma

I'm looking forward to more reports!

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RE: BB, WJ, & TTM June 2008 Baseball & Roadfood Saga - Mon, 06/23/08 12:16 AM
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quote:
Originally posted by buffetbuster

Saturday June 14 cont.
All of us were feeling tired, so each went to our respective hotels to relax.


RELAX!!!!!!!!!!

Who relaxed?????!!!

I ended up taking a 3 mile walk from my hotel through Country Road Plaza, then to Westport and finally back to my hotel in 88 degree weather with 88% humidity!

(from the hotel computer in Albuquerque)

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RE: BB, WJ, & TTM June 2008 Baseball & Roadfood Saga - Mon, 06/23/08 1:01 AM
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WJ-
Oh trust me, my comments on THAT are coming!

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RE: BB, WJ, & TTM June 2008 Baseball & Roadfood Saga - Mon, 06/23/08 1:39 AM
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The plot thickens!! (nyah-ha-ha-ha-ha!!)

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RE: BB, WJ, & TTM June 2008 Baseball & Roadfood Saga - Mon, 06/23/08 8:13 AM
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zataar-
Thanks for the info on that church, since I was curious about it. It sounds like I would really enjoy seeing the inside.

Meeting Yo Yo Ma? How cool is that?!?

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RE: BB, WJ, & TTM June 2008 Baseball & Roadfood Saga - Mon, 06/23/08 12:59 PM
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bb.........another great trip report, but man, I don't know how you do it! When are you going to "wander" up here to Alaska?

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RE: BB, WJ, & TTM June 2008 Baseball & Roadfood Saga - Mon, 06/23/08 2:39 PM
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buffetbuster,

Very nice pix of Clinton's. I've got a brother in law in Indpendence who prides himself on knowing all the little hidden gems in town. The no good so-and-so has never mentioned Clinton's, so either he is not aware of it or he is holding back! Either way, Mrs. Roadhouse and I will be checking it out next time we're in town.

As for that church, I remember reading somewhere that the parishioners believe that their church is where Jesus will land in his spaceship when he returns to Earth. I could be wrong; maybe zataar or one of the other locals has better info on that situation.

Good stuff!

Buddy

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RE: BB, WJ, & TTM June 2008 Baseball & Roadfood Saga - Mon, 06/23/08 7:40 PM
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Saturday June 14 cont.

I felt much better after the couple hour nap I took at my hotel. TTM also napped at his hotel. Despite the fact he only got a few hours sleep the night before, WJ decided to powerwalk to Topeka in the heat. More about this later.....

Our next dining destination was LC's Bar-B-Q.

Since I had never been here before and it had received rave reviews, I was really looking forward to this one.

Not much to look at from the outside, but the inside looked exactly like it should.

That would be a much better photo is he was invisible.

Lots of interesting stuff on the menu I would have loved to have tried.


But, Kansas City is a burnt ends town, so all three of us ordered the burnt ends sandwich.




This is a sandwich that obviously requires a fork. Good smoky, crusty pieces of beef, we were all very happy with our sandwiches. WJ told me he preferred LC's over Oklahoma Joe's.

TTM ordered a side of fries and these hand cut beauties didn't last too long.

Good fresh cole slaw, too.


As good as the sandwich was, I wish I had ordered something else, so we all could have tried a few more things. I will chalk that up to poor decision making on my part.

The lady here who waited on us was particularly shaking her head at the sight of all three of us snapping away with our cameras, trying to get the perfect shots. I can only imagine what we looked like!

http://www.roadfood.com/Reviews/Writeup.aspx?ReviewID=4477&RefID=2640

More to come.....

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RE: BB, WJ, & TTM June 2008 Baseball & Roadfood Saga - Mon, 06/23/08 8:08 PM
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lleechef-
As we discussed before, I never had a good meal in my two trips to Alaska. Obviously, I didn't have someone to point me to the good places like you. Actually, Alaska is one of the few states my cousin Johnny has never visited, so that should be in the near future.

As always, thanks for the kind words!

buddy-
Give wanderingjew the credit for finding Clinton's. It should prove to be worth the stop.

If that is true what you said about that church, maybe I don't want to see the inside afterall!

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RE: BB, WJ, & TTM June 2008 Baseball & Roadfood Saga - Tue, 06/24/08 7:43 AM
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Saturday June 14 cont.

Our next stop was McCoy's Public House in Westport, so WJ & TTM could enjoy a microbrew. The place was crowded, especially with what seemed to be several bachelorette get togethers. Since we all wanted to watch the college baseball World Series game on the tv and there were no chairs available, we stood at the bar.

While we were chatting, I felt someone trying to burrow their way between WJ and myself. I turned around and an attractive 25 year old was now between us and she asked if we minded her smoking. Usually, yes, but, now.....not so much. Anyway, she was very outgoing (and a little drunk) and somehow the conversation turned to how much she enjoyed ice fishing when she went to college at St. Cloud State in Minnesota. The idea of this petite young lady sitting out on the ice in the cold, waiting to land fish was extremely funny to us. And yes, you know who, did ask her about lutefisk! I will never be able to think about ice fishing again without thinking of her.

After two beers each for TTM & WJ and a couple of iced teas for me, we decided to move on. By this time, WJ was very tired, so we dropped him off back at his hotel.

WJ, you should have napped instead of taking your walk in that heat. You missed the fun of the rest of that night! Actually, I think you were just trying to get out of pushing a van in the middle of traffic, like we ended up doing. So maybe you are the smart one after all. I'm just glad you didn't incite another brawl like you did in Mobile.

http://www.mccoyspublichouse.com/kansascity/

Since WJ was staying in Country Club Plaza, TTM and I myself had talked about going to Winstead's. This is another famous late night burger joint and there was one located right down the street. Considering how much we both had eaten earlier in the day, neither one of us was hungry. But, being dedicated Roadfooders, we thought we should at least go see what the place looked like. Then I started thinking, I could at least have a milkshake. So, TTM parked and we took some photos of the outside.


Love all the neon!

Since this is one of Kansas City's most popular entertainment areas, the streets were quite crowded. So instead of going in, we headed over towards the other attractive buildings and the fountain. Noticing a van at the intersection, with two teenage boys trying to push, we jumped in to the situation to help.

This is a very busy intersection and it was quickly arranged with the cars next to us that they would wait once the light changed to let us push the van onto a side street. The light turned green, we start pushing and no Travelin Man! I look back and he is playing chicken with the bus behind us trying to retrieve the lens cap off of his camera, which fell into traffic. That was very brave! Wait, is brave the right word? Anyway, we got them parked on a side street and they were very grateful.

After walking around the Plaza for a while and taking lots of photos that didn't turn out of the beautiful fountain, we headed back to Winstead's.

More to come.....

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RE: BB, WJ, & TTM June 2008 Baseball & Roadfood Saga - Tue, 06/24/08 8:20 AM
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We are headed to Lynn's Paradise Cafe this morning for a breakfast before TTM heads back to Nashville for his flight home. I will add some photos of the Louisville chapter of his journey after he gets his report tagged into this thread. Let it be said that one young Waitress at Huber's Farm Restaurant now had dreams of days enjoyed with a visiting stranger...and the wife of another Bat's Fan has a memory of a ball game that she won't forget for a Long time...The TTM has left broken hearts in Louisville, but he takes his mighty Bat home !


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RE: BB, WJ, & TTM June 2008 Baseball & Roadfood Saga - Tue, 06/24/08 9:42 AM
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Very, very nice Al. And I can't wait to hear these stories about what a hearbreaker TTM is.

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RE: BB, WJ, & TTM June 2008 Baseball & Roadfood Saga - Tue, 06/24/08 2:59 PM
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Al-
Good idea and thank you! I will finish my part of the trip report in this thread.

Saturday June 14 cont.
The inside of Winstead's also had plenty of cool, interesting things to look at.




Though neither TTM nor I were particularly hungry, neither one of us was going to back down and let the other one be the eating champion. Besides, I think TTM was still stinging from when I called him an "amateur" earlier in the day when he didn't finish his chocolate cake at Niecie's.

We both ordered single steak burgers, which come wrapped in paper.

These are nice little crispy edged patties.

They also had 50-50 on the menu, meaning a french fries/onion rings combo.

Though, looking at the photo, it is more like a 75-25, in favor of the french fries. The fries were just fine, but the dark crusted, greasy o-rings were delicious.

To drink, TTM ordered the strawberry shake,

while I went for the cherry.


Notice how his came in an attractive glass, while mine came in a paper to-go container? We naturally assumed this was a hint from the waitress that she wanted him to stick around and me to leave. But, her explanation was that the small comes in a glass, while the mediums are delivered in paper.

Our waitress seemed to be especially amused by our picture taking and antics and spent a lot of time chatting at our table. When we found out she had never been to Stroud's before (can you imagine living in KC and never visiting Stroud's?), we invited her to go with us. But, she didn't think her husband and three kids would appreciate that!

The waitress suggested a place called Chubby's not too far away that also served late night burgers, but we both had punished our bodies enough for one day. Besides, I still had some leftover chocolate cake waiting for me back at my hotel!

http://www.roadfood.com/Reviews/Writeup.aspx?ReviewID=2632&RefID=2641

More to come.....

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RE: BB, WJ, & TTM June 2008 Baseball & Roadfood Saga - Tue, 06/24/08 3:04 PM
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Nice job on the extra stop...I know the feeling...one more! Ummm Cherry - my favorite! How was it BB?

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RE: BB, WJ, & TTM June 2008 Baseball & Roadfood Saga - Tue, 06/24/08 3:05 PM
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CTD-
Maybe a little thinner than I would like a shake to be, but it did have a very strong cherry flavor. I liked it!

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RE: BB, WJ, & TTM June 2008 Baseball & Roadfood Saga - Tue, 06/24/08 3:18 PM
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BB - At our Cozy Dog Drive In stop last weekend, they had self serve cherry and vanilla syrup for making your own strength cherry coke! Let's just say - we indulged! Very, very cherry...

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RE: BB, WJ, & TTM June 2008 Baseball & Roadfood Saga - Tue, 06/24/08 3:22 PM
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BB

That steak burger looked awesome, those shakes looked good too.

So you didn't take the hint to leave and let TTM & his waitress have some fun.....

Your trip looks like you had a great time, I can't wait to see the rest of the adventures and hear the others join in on thier adventures too.

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RE: BB, WJ, & TTM June 2008 Baseball & Roadfood Saga - Tue, 06/24/08 3:39 PM
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A funny little moment that I am going to stick in here, because I am afraid I will forget it.

When we first got in WJ's & TTM's car rental at the airport, TTM started plugging in the name of our destination in the Hertz Never Lost GPS. When he put in restaurants, Kansas City, Kansas, the first thing that came up, was it asking if we wanted a listing of popular chains! All three of us got a laugh out of that. If it only knew!

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RE: BB, WJ, & TTM June 2008 Baseball & Roadfood Saga - Tue, 06/24/08 4:34 PM
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What a fun report-I am enjoying the on going contributions.You guys must have had a riot, from the sounds of it!

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RE: BB, WJ, & TTM June 2008 Baseball & Roadfood Saga - Tue, 06/24/08 6:14 PM
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Sunday June 15

I was quite happy to sleep in late and relax in my hotel all morning. TTM did the same. WJ walked to a coffee shop near his hotel. By the time we all got moving, Arthur Bryant's was already open.

One of the most famous barbecue parlors in the country, we were very curious to see if they were still that good.

Various shots from the inside.



Here is the menu, if you have really good eyes!


Once again, I went for the burnt ends sandwich,

with a side of baked beans. Honestly, this sandwich was just okay. Maybe I was expecting more. It definitely did not have the flavor of the one I had the day before at LC's.

Both WJ & TTM got the beef and ribs meat trays. The only difference, I think, was TTM got half the portion size.


I will let both of them chime in on the particulars, but neither one of them liked their food. TTM especially, was disappointed, since he had loved the food on a previous visit.

The fries were also a notch or two below what we had at LC's.


Well, at least the drinks were big!


Maybe Arthur Bryant's was just having a bad day. I don't know. I can tell you out of the three barbecue parlors we tried, we all agreed that it was an easy dead last.

http://www.roadfood.com/Reviews/Writeup.aspx?ReviewID=213&RefID=213

After a very short drive, we arrived at the Negro League Baseball Hall of Fame.

Since all three of us are big baseball fans, this was a very enjoyable way to kill a few hours. Sorry, no picture taking on the inside, a policy they were VERY serious about.

We did spot a young lady in a red St. Cloud State t-shirt, but alas, it wasn't our ice fisher.

More to come.....

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RE: BB, WJ, & TTM June 2008 Baseball & Roadfood Saga - Tue, 06/24/08 7:24 PM
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BB, I've catered several large events at the Jazz Museum. The last one was for 450 people, last month. It is a wonderful place with a great staff. I hope you enjoyed your visit.

Sorry to hear about Arthur Bryant's. I grew up with AB's, but haven't been much in the last several years because it just isn't the same as it was. I've decided I truly hate that sauce!

LC's is my favorite. Followed closely by Oklahoma Joe's.

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RE: BB, WJ, & TTM June 2008 Baseball & Roadfood Saga - Tue, 06/24/08 8:04 PM
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beffetbuster, for years I have been among those who rejected the notion that Arthur Bryant's has been going downhill.

Until Christmas, 2007 that is, when we had a similarly disappointing meal. Mrs. Roadhouse and I split a burnt end sandwich and a variety of sides, all of which were subpar.

While I too am a fan of LC's, my current favorite in KC is BB's Lawnside BBQ. It is an absolute perfect balance of good food and great ambience, representing, IMHO, everything a great greasehouse should be.

Love the report, BTW. Lot's of familiar haunts making me just a little but jealous. That's okay, I'll be there in October for the American Royal and I'll get my fix.

Buddy

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RE: BB, WJ, & TTM June 2008 Baseball & Roadfood Saga - Tue, 06/24/08 9:34 PM
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Not to give away TTM's Story... But look closely at the look our young waitress was givingTHE TRAVEL' MAN. You could write a Romance Novel based on that look !!


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RE: BB, WJ, & TTM June 2008 Baseball & Roadfood Saga - Tue, 06/24/08 10:22 PM
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Dang! She's looking at Steve the way Al looks at a full rack of ribs!

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RE: BB, WJ, & TTM June 2008 Baseball & Roadfood Saga - Tue, 06/24/08 11:01 PM
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Man, I have to say I loved reading this far, thanks.

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RE: BB, WJ, & TTM June 2008 Baseball & Roadfood Saga - Wed, 06/25/08 4:41 AM
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LC's burnt ends had some great looking crust!

I see what you mean about Arthur Bryants; that sliced beef looked much too dry to me..

Those burgers from the Town Topic and from Winsteads both look real good, and even real similar.
And they both look griddled to me.

It's good if you always put the name of the city next to the name of the restaurant when you first descibe the place. ("LC'S, Kansas City") . It took me a little while with some of the places to realize if you were still in Kansas City, or if you moved on. Cause I know you guys are usually continuously on the move..
(Plus the fact that lots of Roadfooders just SKIM these reports, or just look at the PICS...)

Great job! I know how much work goes into these trip reports, (tons of editing, pasting, and posting)
But it's fun, cause it comes from the heart.... and it's like a grass roots thing.
(unlike reading some mainstream Frommer book on Kansas City) (ugh)

Look forward to the next excerpt!

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RE: BB, WJ, & TTM June 2008 Baseball & Roadfood Saga - Wed, 06/25/08 6:36 AM
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quote:
Originally posted by Poverty Pete

Dang! She's looking at Steve the way Al looks at a full rack of ribs!
Or the way a lion looks at an antelope!

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RE: BB, WJ, & TTM June 2008 Baseball & Roadfood Saga - Wed, 06/25/08 8:46 AM
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Sunday June 15

We had very much wanted to go visit the sculpture gardens outside of the art museum, but a thunderstorm rolled through KC, so we were limited to indoor activities. TTM was disappointed, since he had wanted to go snap some photos of the giant shuttlecock, and no, that is not a euphemism. We headed back to McCoy's Public House for a few more beers and watch the college World Series.

Unfortunately, the tvs were tuned in to soccer and something else. An uneventful visit, except I did spot a table across the room where I saw someone actually photographing their food. Boy, did they look stupid!

Time for one more stop before I had to fly home. And the trip couldn't have ended at a better place than Stroud's, home of the world's best fried chicken!

We went to the Oak Ridge Drive location, since this one is closest to the airport. After an unexpectedly short 20-30 minute wait, we were seated.

Meals here start with excellent, comforting chicken noodle soup.


Everything here is served family style, like the green beans,

cottage fries,

and mashed potatoes and gravy.


Cinnamon rolls are supposed to be delivered to the table at the beginning of the meal. Our waitress said they were out at the moment and they would bring us some as soon as they were ready. We were well into our dinner, when they arrived.


I have always enjoyed the cinnamon rolls, but coming out piping hot, straight from the oven? It blew me away how good it was. This was better than any other dessert I had over the weekend. Yes, even better than the cakes from Niecie's!

But the reason to come here is for the pan-fried chicken.



Incredibly juicy and delicious, this is fried chicken perfection!

I think Stroud's is on the short list of places any Roadfooders should try to visit at least once in their life.

http://www.roadfood.com/Reviews/Writeup.aspx?ReviewID=189&RefID=189

Time was getting short for me, so I said my goodbyes to the guys and dashed off to the aiport. Unfortunately, my flight back to Pittsburgh ended up getting delayed for over two hours. I didn't get home until after midnight. Had I known, I could have spent that extra time eating more cinnamon rolls and chicken at Stroud's!

The baton has been passed.....

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RE: BB, WJ, & TTM June 2008 Baseball & Roadfood Saga - Wed, 06/25/08 8:53 AM
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quote:
Originally posted by ChiTownDiner

BB - At our Cozy Dog Drive In stop last weekend, they had self serve cherry and vanilla syrup for making your own strength cherry coke! Let's just say - we indulged! Very, very cherry...
It sounds like you showed at least some restraint. If I was there, I would have had you provide a distraction, while I stuck my head under the spigot!

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RE: BB, WJ, & TTM June 2008 Baseball & Roadfood Saga - Wed, 06/25/08 9:11 AM
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So you're still in Kansas City? How many days were you in Kansas City for?
I went to that famed Jess and Jims steakhouse awhile back, for their famed Playboy steak...
did'nt think it was all that, though...

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RE: BB, WJ, & TTM June 2008 Baseball & Roadfood Saga - Wed, 06/25/08 9:40 AM
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BBuster,

What, no fried chicken liver appetizer at Stroud's? Shame, shame!

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RE: BB, WJ, & TTM June 2008 Baseball & Roadfood Saga - Wed, 06/25/08 9:45 AM
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Waitress' thought bubble:




"That guy looks like he has six pounds of undigested
red meat in his colon. I gotta get me some of that. "

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RE: BB, WJ, & TTM June 2008 Baseball & Roadfood Saga - Wed, 06/25/08 9:51 AM
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LOLOL. Between that and the euphemism crack from Mr. Cliff up there, you guys are bringing the funny today! You guys should have a Fark contest with that picture.

Oh Cliff, those cinnamon rolls just about brought tears to my eyes. Loverly.

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RE: BB, WJ, & TTM June 2008 Baseball & Roadfood Saga - Wed, 06/25/08 11:20 AM
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Travelin Man-
Some attractive young woman is making googoo eyes and you can barely keep your eyes open! What gives? Did the Scotties keep you up all night?

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RE: BB, WJ, & TTM June 2008 Baseball & Roadfood Saga - Wed, 06/25/08 11:48 AM
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Travelin' Man's thought bubble:




"I've got six pounds of undigested
red meat in my colon. I can't even look at this cute waitress until I get rid of some of that. "


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RE: BB, WJ, & TTM June 2008 Baseball & Roadfood Saga - Wed, 06/25/08 12:18 PM
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Excellent report, y'all. Awesome trip!

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RE: BB, WJ, & TTM June 2008 Baseball & Roadfood Saga - Wed, 06/25/08 1:08 PM
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Totally enjoyed every minute of it! The laughter... the tears (brought on by not being able to taste any of that delicious looking food!!). What a fantastic trip report! Sue

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RE: BB, WJ, & TTM June 2008 Baseball & Roadfood Saga - Wed, 06/25/08 3:43 PM
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BB - Those photos are so clear...great, great job! I can really appreciate them as I get started with the camera. Not quite just point and shoot!

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RE: BB, WJ, & TTM June 2008 Baseball & Roadfood Saga - Wed, 06/25/08 4:23 PM
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It looks as if you guys had a terrific time. Thanks.

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