Porto De Sul

Brazilian Steakhouse

Harvest Table

lunch, happy hour or dinner

Porto offers a menu

in the bar area

Best choice for traditional

Brazilian Steakhouse

Wednesday, May 24, 2017

Music Appreciation Night at the Gaslight Grill

Dick Hawk's Gaslight Grill 
Music Education Appreciation Night
June 14, 2017 

7 - 9 PM

An evening especially for music students, music educators and their guests to experience world class jazz and a three course dinner. Exchange viewpoints and enjoy an evening of Dixieland Jazz & Favorites from the 30's & 40's from Lynn Zimmer and the Jazz Band.

Or you can order from our regular menu.
Tax & a 20% gratuity to be added.

Reservations by phone are required.
Credit Card will be required when making a reservation as seating is limited and always a sell out.   
Call 913-897-3540
No discounts apply to this show. 

Tuesday, May 23, 2017

Make Creamy Concord Slushies

You would  sure would appreciate this sweet and delicious adult slushy
Concord wine

1 cup frozen blueberries or blackberries
1/2 cup vanilla ice cream
8-10 ice cubes
In a blender, combine wine, frozen fruit, ice cream, and ice cubes until smooth. Serve in a chilled wine glass. (For a thicker slushy, freeze for 30 minutes to one hour, then serve.)

Monday, May 22, 2017

The Bagel Wars . . . Or What’s a New York Bagel?

The Bagel Wars . . . Or What’s a New York Bagel?

Here in Kansas City, you might not be aware of the bagel controversy that’s raged for years. OK, rage may be an exaggeration. It’s been primarily the conflict between the Montreal and the New York bagel. In the Midwest, it’s been more about a “regular” bagel, the kind we’ve become accustomed to at Einstein’s and Panera’s, or the New York bagel that’s been introduced here recently by Meshuggah Bagels, first on 39th Street in a darling gray house set off the road by its parking. 
Meshuggah Bagels

Everyone knows the bagel came to us via eastern European Jewish emigrants who replicated this staple in their new country beginning in the 1800’s. The huge variety of flavors now available came later.  
The differences are in the size, the crust, and the cooking method. I’ll start with the one I’ve never had: the Montreal bagel. This is smaller though with a larger hole, thinner, sweeter because of its added malt and being first boiled in honey sweetened water, denser, and must be baked in a wood fired oven at high temperature. I read that there are two predominant varieties: poppy seed or sesame seed. 

The more common (for us) bagel, is proofed for at least 12 hours and then is baked in a steam injected oven. It’s typically fatter, fluffier, bigger, than the New York bagel. At Meshuggah (which means crazy in Yiddish for those who don’t know), the bagel is crusty – you have to have teeth – the inside is soft-ish but not doughy, and it comes in a gob of flavors (sweet, savory, and/or seedy variations) and it’s been boiled, as it should be. They have a variety of sandwiches as well which, because the bagel is not so thick, you can get into your mouth. 

Owners Pete and Janna Linde like to say they are bringing New York-style kosher bagels to Kansas City one bagel at a time. If you’ve not tried one, you should. Lots of us have and wanted more. That’s why they’re soon opening two more stores at 105th and Metcalf and at Liberty Commons on-35 and 152 Highway. Meshuggah is much more than a band and you’d be meshuggah if you didn’t try these New York bagels.

Tell us what you think! 

Monday, May 15, 2017

New Happy Hour - Grimaldi's Kansas City

Get Stoked 

There’s fun to be had at Grimaldi’s. They have what they’re calling Stoking Social Hour. It’s every weekday, Monday – Friday, from 3:30PM - 6PM (times may vary by location). Enjoy $2 off draft beers, $2 off glasses of wine (house wines excluded), and $2 off their Bruschetta Trio and Antipasto platters. 

Especially popular is their Coalition ($30) pairing of a bruschetta trio or a small antipasto platter with a bottle of wine. They have two new Coalition wines, Moonlight or Rubizzo – both delish.

5601 West 135th Street, Suite 2240 
Overland Park, KS 66223 
Ph. (913) 851-5062 
Located in Prairiefire

Wednesday, May 10, 2017

Spotlighting Brandon Winn

Brandon Winn
When I asked Webster House’s executive chef why he wanted to become a chef, Brandon Winn chuckled.  “I was in school to become an engineer but had worked in a kitchen since I was 15.  The more I learned, the more I liked it.  It just evolved.” Figuring things out, being precise, understanding quality, all remain as significant aspects of this chef. 

Webster House

That serendipity continued because, he says, he was fortunate enough to work with some fine chefs on his way up.  He started at the Kansas City Country Club as an apprentice, then was at Room 39 as sous chef and then chef de cuisine for a total of almost nine years, then a brief hiatus before he went to Webster House beginning in 2015 as sous chef and taking over there in January, 2016.
Winn likes the smaller restaurant mentality, even though Webster House has some very large events where his kitchen obviously plays a very large role.  He has worked with local farmers for a long time, and creating additional and maintaining those relationships is important to him.  The challenges of a chef are many he says, but he truly enjoys seeing his staff grow and learn.  That’s not to say that conveying his thoughts and processes to his staff is always easy, however. 

Brandon Winn

The hardest thing about his job, which I’ve heard from other chefs, too: having a balance between his personal and work time.  It’s nights, weekends, holidays and generally many, many hours per day.  It’s hard to control time – and it’s an industry where you must be dedicated, especially if you want to progress.  But he’s philosophical about that, shrugging that it’s just part of the job.
When he’s not on the job, a favorite thing to do is to tweak either current or future recipes.  The Sunday brunch menu shows some of those tweaks – and the Mother’s Day brunch is almost sold out and for good reason once you checkout the menu.  He likes the creative side on more than recipes:  the current series, 10 Chefs, 10 Countries, on Thursdays has proven very popular, with Greece, Israel, Peru, Hawaii, China, and Ethiopia, created by his talented team, remaining. 

Brandon Winn

His menu changes frequently and relies on whatever is fresh.  Right now that includes soft shell crab.  I had them last night – tempura fried on a cushion of chana dal (the split kernel of a kind of chickpea) flavored with several ingredients that all in all, combined for a perfect dish. I was in love with this chef’s creation, that is certain. If you’ve not been to Webster House lately, you’re missing out.  Truly. 

Webster House
1644 Wyandotte 
Kansas City, MO 64108 
Ph. 816-221-4713 

Monday, May 1, 2017

5/20: Appreciate a Military Person

Army Forces Day
Another thank you – Armed Forces Day is celebrated on the third Saturday in May as a result of combining the celebrations of the various branches of the military. It’s a day to pay special tribute to the men and women of the Armed Forces which was established under President Truman. It was declared a national holiday by President Kennedy in 1961. We cite it here as an opportunity to tell someone who was or is in the military that we appreciate his/her efforts and sacrifices.

Fogo de Chao
Present your military ID and receive a 15% discount for everyone in your group (food purchases only. Beverages, dessert, tax and gratuity not included.)

Jax Fish House 
All veterans receive 10% off.

Porto do Sul
10% off food for military personnel

Sunday, April 30, 2017

Best Cinco de Mayo parties Kansas City 2017

Cinco de Mayo is a holiday commemorating the victory of Mexican troops over the French in the battle over Puebla on 5 May 1862 which emphasizes the Mexican heritage among Americans. The symbol of the festival is the Mexican icon representing the Mother of God from Guadalupe - the patron of both Americas. 
Cinco de Mayo

There are several Mexican restaurants in the KC metro area celebrating Cinco de Mayo with drink specials and other fun events. Here is a list of a few in the area.

Margarita's – All five of this long-established restaurant group are offering drink specials, t-shirt and trinket giveaways (these last, until they run out . . . but they have lots!) 

Sullivan’s – From 3 to 6 pm enjoy $7 margaritas made with 1800 reposado and silver tequila and Sullivan’s Street Tacos for $13 

Ixtapa - food & drink specials all day.

• Genovese - Cinco de Mayo Tequila Dinner - menu here

Wednesday, April 26, 2017

Mother's Day Brunch - Kansas City

Something Different for Mother’s Day 

I’m here to suggest you do something a little unusual this Mother’s Day even if it’s in a place you have been many times. I’m talking Union Station and before I get to the feasts available that day, here’s my idea. Give yourself plenty of time and go to the far east side of the first floor and discover how it all came to be. There’s more information, drawings, photographs, and artifacts on the second and third floors (take the elevator). You can learn all about the original Fred Harvey’s Restaurant as you experience the Union Station Story – and its many stories. 

But don’t miss one of my favorite things – the Martin Rotach art piece done in 2012 as a “Homage to Hopper.” It’s to the right of Pierpont’s (with its own Mother’s Day three course prix-fixe brunch, $35) flanked by glassed-in cases that contain mostly Harvey House items. It’s a work that will take you back in time with its wonderful details. 

Once you know a little more about its historic roots, do try the buffet at Harvey’s which lives up to reputation of the Grand Hall. There’s a carving station with prime rib and ham, a made-to-order omelet bar, hot and cold buffet selections, and a huge array of desserts all beckoning, for $29. Both places have lower prices for kids, if you must bring them, it being Mother’s Day and all. The restaurant doesn’t look anything like Rotach’s picture anymore, but you can use your imagination – and the soaring views are still there, especially on its second floor. For reservations, call 816.460.2274 or via email contactus@harveyskc.com. 

Two final suggestions: take the street car, right outside that east door, for a loop and look at how downtown is growing. When you come back, go back inside and climb a few stairs to the link. Walk at least to the middle of Main, and take a picture of the Kansas City skyline. Maybe put the kids in front of it. A stranger will probably volunteer to take the picture of all of you having a Mother’s Day to remember. What a lovely day and way to thank a mom.

Harvey's at Union Station
30 West Pershing Road 
Kansas City, MO 64108

Saturday, April 8, 2017

You Sweet Thing, You XII

Sweet, Rich, and Decadent, All Together Now

One thing I love is the unexpected. Like when the sun miraculously appears on a day the weathermen have ALL said thunderstorms ALL day – just in time for your patio party. Or when a top political figure says something sensible – and doesn’t then immediately ruin it by injudicious explanation. Or when a pizza place offers something delicious besides their pizza – like dessert. 

I have that place for you: Grimaldi’s on 135th Street. They have a seasonal cheesecake selection in addition to their other goodies – and I’ve seen them make them. More cream cheese in one bowl (tub? vat?) than you can imagine. Whipping cream mountains. Caramel drizzled and coconut sprinkled like a tropical downpour. Their current specials include Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups Cheesecake chunked up with you can probably guess what. Their Caramel Coconut Cheesecake is a caramel cheesecake with caramel glaze and toasted coconut on an Oreo crust, all topped with chocolate and that whipped cream again. One more important fact: both are off the menu on April 30th so you should hurry on in. 

You can always get their dessert trio where you can pick any three of their desserts, including the seasonal cheesecakes special OR their so-called regular cheesecakes along with cannolis or tiramisu. I will just warn you, however, whether you pick one or three, such decadence is fattening – or so I hear. But splurge. Just this once. Or in my case, three times.

5601 West 135th Street, Suite 2240 
Overland Park, KS 66223 
Ph. (913) 851-5062 
Located in Prairiefire
Grimaldi's Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato

Thursday, April 6, 2017

Graduation Special Offer

Graduation Celebration on The Independence Square

Hey Graduates!

We want to celebrate your achievement! Let us treat you to a meal (up to $20.17) at one of these restaurants: Diamond Bowl, Cafe Verona, Ophelia's, Court House Exchange, Square Pizza - all located on the Independence Square! 

To redeem - Must have school ID, tassel, or graduation program 
Discount applies to party of 6 or more, per graduate
Good May 2017 - June 2017

Thursday, March 30, 2017

Fiesta Time at Pryde’s

Fiesta Time at Pryde’s

A true foodie knows that a delicious meal is about more than taste – there’s the ambience of the place, there’s the staff, the smell, and the visual, too. Recently, the visual has come to mean the arrangement and the sheer esthetic of the food. But wait, say I, what about the basis, the foundation?

Yes, I’m talking PLATES and their accompanying family, dishes and glassware. And silverware, too, if you must be exact.

But what comes first to my mind when I think of the well – dressed table? The plate. How does it fit the food item? Does the color make the food look more appetizing? Does the texture add or subtract from the flavor? And the first plate that has continually struck my fancy? The circa 1930s fabulous Fiestaware with its trademark bright – or light – colors and high gloss surface that almost beams its own light onto the food.

And if we’re going to talk Fiesta, we need to talk Pryde’s Kitchenware and Necessities. They’ve only been in that brick building in Westport since the late 60s, mere babes compared to Fiesta who proudly claims a 30s’ birthday. Pryde’s has the largest collection in the Midwest and when you’re looking at the shelves and shelves-ful, the only thing you can think is, “Why don’t I own some of this?”

The original five colors were yellow, cobalt blue, green, red. and ivory. Today, one color is retired each year and one is born. Scarlet was the most popular color for years, to be replaced by turquoise which has kept its lead for years after first appearing in 1937. Paprika was retired in 2016 and, trumpets please, the new go-to color this year is daffodil yellow. Boy, does it cheer you up!

Pryde’s is one of my favorite stores in Kansas City – it has everything you can think of for the kitchen, including a bakery in the basement. The jaw dropping selection of Fiesta dishes is only one reason to stop by.

Pryde's Old Westport

115 Westport Road, 
Kansas City, MO 64111 
Ph: 816-531.5588 


Tuesday, March 28, 2017


KANSAS CITY, Mo. – Easter Sunday is a foodie paradise at the restaurants at Argosy Casino Hotel & Spa with traditional holiday menus set for Journey Steakhouse and Terrace Buffet.
All nonsmoking restaurants are located off the casino floor offering hundreds of seating options for the whole family on Easter Sunday.
Starting with breakfast, Terrace Buffet has two prices for Easter (April 16) depending on a diner’s arrival time. Traditional breakfast favorites will be offered from 7 to 10 a.m. at 14.99 for adults and 9.99 for children.
With nearly endless options of made-to-order selections featuring fresh, local ingredients, the Easter Buffet is open from 11 a.m. to 9pm for $26.99 (adults) and $15.99 (children).
The Terrace Buffet Easter Special offers traditional Easter cuisine such as leg of lamb, sliced-to-order ham, slow-roasted strip loin as well as non-traditional favorites from throughout the world: Italian, Chinese, Japanese, as well as seafood, pizza and a large salad bar. The restaurant also offers a full lineup of house-made desserts, vegetarian options, and a variety of breads, side dishes, soups and pastries.
Argosy’s wood fired steakhouse, Journey, will spotlight an Easter special for $40 for Mesquite-grilled Colorado lamb loin with golden mashed potatoes, asparagus and natural jus, from 4 to 10 p.m.

About Argosy Casino Hotel & Spa Restaurants
777 Argosy Casino Parkway inside the Argosy Casino Hotel & Spa, Riverside, Mo. 64150

Journey features Mesquite wood-fired steaks and only the best selection of prime cuts of Certified Angus Beef as well as seafood options. This casual, yet upscale steakhouse is a journey of wines from around the world and an award-winning menu of traditional steakhouse options.

99 Hops House
New to Argosy in July of 2016, 99 Hops House Kansas City, is a craft beer destination restaurant featuring a self-serve beer wall with 28 unique draft brews along with a long list of local, regional and international bottle and draft beers. Along with the beer, 99 Hops House’s menu features food that is chef created in a made-from-scratch kitchen and perfectly paired with dozens of hard-to-find and local beer varieties. Situated between the main entrance of the casino and the casino floor, the restaurant features a refined, rustic atmosphere with a pub vibe and is open daily for lunch and dinner.

The Lucky Taco
The Lucky Taco, opened in the fall of 2016 featuring made-from-scratch authentic Mexican recipes, street tacos and a complimentary made-fresh-daily chips and salsa bar. The 140-seat restaurant is located just inside the main entrance to the casino and offers patrons a taste of authentic Mexican recipes developed specifically for The Lucky Taco by Argosy’s culinary team. The recipes are hand crafted from the freshest ingredients many of which are locally procured to create traditional selections alongside exciting and innovative new items. All of the entrees include charro beans and rice served family style.

Terrace Buffet
With nearly endless options, the Terrace Buffet covers the world’s cuisines including Mexican, Italian, Chinese and Japanese, in addition to seafood, pizza, chicken, deli and a beef carving station. The Terrace Buffet is open daily for breakfast, lunch and dinner and features a Friday Prime Rib and Seafood Night and a Saturday Crab Leg Night.

Leo’s Deli
Named for Leonardo da Vinci, Leo’s Deli sells New York-style sandwiches – both hot and cold, homemade soups and fresh-made entrée salads for a quick and hearty meal for guests every day.

Argosy visitors can stop in every day and select from specialty coffees, gourmet pastries, premium ice cream and more.

#KansasCity #Easter #Brunch #Easter2017 

Tuesday, March 14, 2017

Happy Hour, Mexican Style

Let’s Get Happy for an Hour (or More) 

You have probably noticed that Kansas City has a plethora of Mexican food restaurants. Some are specific to an area, some are, pretty commonly here, what we need to call Tex-Mex. That means, broadly, lots of cheese (queso) of one kind or another, meats, veggies, often with a variety of sauces ranging from mild to hot due to chili peppers but those are usually red or green. 

For a fuller explanation of the origin, don’t miss my current centerfold article, “Culinary Customs” in the newest Restaurant Guide, available all over town or right here. OK, done with shameless self-promotion. 

Anyway, I have a place for you to try for happy hour – it’s cheap, plentiful, vacation-y feeling, and very good. Ted's Café Escondido has a new (since January) happy hour from 3-6 p.m. weekdays. It’s a place where $5 goes a long way: 18 ounce schooners of house margaritas, Dos Equis Amber or Pacifico beers. Great way to start. Then there’s some regular menu items which are also only five American dollars – their chorizo cheese sauce or bean dip, guacamole, their bean and cheese nacho pate, or their spicy shrimp cocktail. These dishes are not small, folks! It can be a party really easily, that’s for sure. 

Ted’s has three locations currently -- -- 7001 W. 135th St. in Overland Park, 8300 N. Booth Ave. in Shoal Creek, and 636 NE. 291 HWY in Lee's Summit. Exciting news is that they are opening more locations – next one will be near Ward Parkway shopping center. Olé! I say.