Fiorella’s Jack Stack Barbecue

most popular restaurant in Kansas City

3 Ways to enjoy

lunch, happy hour or dinner

highest rated barbecue restaurant

in the country by the Zagat Survey

cooked to perfection over hickory wood

in an authentic brick oven pit.

Saturday, July 16, 2016

NEW OLATHE RESTAURANT OUT TO PROVE:

Fast Service, Quality Food, & Living Wages CAN co-exist!
Strip's will feature Chicken Strips, Pork Burgers, & Donuts

There’s a new restaurant concept emerging in Olathe, bringing together previously opposing concepts: made-from-scratch recipes, the blazing speed and convenience of  “fast food”, and employees making living wages. Mix all that together and top it with a business culture of social responsibility and community involvement and it seems the old saying “you can’t please everyone” may become a thing of the past.

Strip's is scheduled to open in August 2016, at 1110 East Santa Fe in Olathe, Kansas, breathing
new life into a former Wendy's building. “The Wendy’s building is perfect for this concept because it already has 4 exhaust hoods and a large kitchen to allow for the extensive amount of prep work that will need to be done. Our pork burger will be custom-ground for us by Fritz’s Meats and they will also create our bacon. Our chicken strips will be hand-cut from 5 oz breast that are naturally small and tender. We will have real smashed red potatoes with their skins on.

Only all-natural cheese will be used in our restaurant, even in our “Wagon Wheel Mac &
Cheese”. The grilled kabob will feature seasonal vegetables. In our freezer will only be fries
and tots, everything else will be served fresh, never frozen.” All full-time employees of Strip’s Chicken are paid a living wage plus bonuses and insurance benefits. “In this day and age, you can’t survive on $7.25 an hour. It’s just not possible and quality employees will be critically important to the success of this concept.” says Todd Johnson, Proprietor.

“My two passions in life are Food and Family. Strip's is going to bring both of those together in a
way that I think really resonates with people in this community,” says Johnson. This groundbreaking new restaurant is adamant about giving back to the community in which it resides. Johnson remarks “My parents are nearly perfect but not everyone is this lucky. A foster child once told me, ‘Kids like me need lots of hugs’ – and they do!” Strip’s will allow customers to “Roundup-a-Hug” by donating their change to charities that supports foster children and at-risk families. Strip’s will be matching donations up to $1,000 per month.

Hot Baby Donuts will be served throughout the day from 6am to 10pm every day. Strip’s Donut
Robot will create the mini cake donuts with flavors ranging from Lemon Zest Sugar to a S’mores
Topping. Looking for a healthier option? Featured salads will have a choice of Romaine or Spinach instead of Iceberg lettuce. Grilled chicken, portabella mushrooms, and avocado will be options to
replace the burger.

There will be a “pop-up” event at Olathe Lanes at 303 N. Lindenwood, Olathe, KS. 66062 on Thursday, July 21st from the hours of 11am until 1pm. Pork Burgers, Chicken Strips, and Fries will be featured along with Strip’s “Secret Sauce” and Strawberry BBQ Sauce. Everyone is encouraged to attend the event.

In order to help complete building renovations, Strip's is currently fund raising through the
crowd-funding website Kickstarter.com and is set to open in August. Prizes range from getting
tickets to a VIP pre-opening party to becoming the “Strip’s Donut Czar”.


For more information about Strip’s along with links to the Kickstarter campaign check out www.StripsChicken.com

Strip’s Chicken and Pork Burgers: “Completely Different… and Absolutely Better!”

Friday, July 8, 2016

There IS excitement in South KC!

Adventures in Leawood and South OP 


Now you may think using the words adventure and Leawood and South Overland Park in the same sentence are incongruous. Not so.

A couple of weeks ago I had an evening that combined two fab experiences. One was eating of course. Along with a Kansas City Restaurant Guide crew, I ate first at Sullivan’s Steak House, who treated us to a divine dinner. There appeared like magic from our excellent server: crispy calamari done just right, tender prime rib (on the menu weekends), broiled salmon that still managed to taste just caught, corn casserole, some veggies, and a dark, rich, decadent chocolate cake (can I get in more adjectives here?) in a strawberry puree full of flavor. Yum. Repeat that. I was sorry I was full – I could have done it all over again. 

What I didn’t remember about Sullivan’s is that, with about 18 of them from Anchorage to Baton Rouge, they are a member of the excellent Del Frisco’s group but their executive chefs have creative freedom as well. That’s nice. Their steak menu is extensive of course, but their other choices are comprehensive as well – one of the few places to serve stone crabs in season for instance. They also have a combo called The Sure Thing which is a three-courser for only $44 which includes a filet or New York (tisk, tisk) strip or salmon, and choice of soups and greens and dessert. 

Anyway, back to the adventure. Since Sullivan’s was a bit of a new delicious discovery for me, I figured that was it for the evening. But, no, the adventure continued, this time in Overland Park. 

Off we went to Tick Tock Escape Games not too far away on College Boulevard. This is a team escapade where up to six or so people act together to escape from a cleverly designed room full of hidden devices, secret compartments, tech-gizmos, too. You’re shown a short video to get you started and then the fun begins. This is puzzle solving that is challenging, interesting, and entertaining. Even if you’re largely clueless. That would be me. I’m sure if I had a couple more hours, I could have been more helpful, ha!, but you have basically an hour. About then, the hints began – you’re being watched! Very helpful. There were many ah-ha’s and many ha-ha’s and the hour (plus) sped by. 

Tick Tock would be enlightening for corporate groups and entertaining for (non-dysfunctional?) families, parties, groups of friends or just acquaintances.You can find out more about it at http://www.ticktockescapegames.com. It’s only about $30 per person, or less, and is an enjoyable pursuit. An adventure, really, one that makes you even think. Egads.