Kansas City’s traditional,

hickory-smoked barbeque

Barbeque favorites can be

catered or delivered

Dine at any of the three Smokehouse locations

in Gladstone, Kansas City or Overland Park

Private banquet rooms

are also available at each location

Monday, May 18, 2009

One 80

Since both myself and my wife work in the downtown area we often try to meet for lunches and are always looking for new places. While out looking for Brunches for Mother's day I saw a restaurant I hadn't seen before in westport called One80 across from McCoys. It looked like a menu we would both enjoy. We had a excellent lunch my wife had the flatbread and soup and I had soup and half a sandwich. The service was great and quick, which is always a plus for lunch. The place was smaller but very well decorated and very comfortable. Both our entrees were excellent and we are definitely putting it on our short list of favorite places for lunch around town. I would highly recommend to anyone and already have to other coworkers and friends.
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Wednesday, May 6, 2009

INTERNATIONAL STORIES FROM LES BLEUS YOUTH SOCCER TEAM!

It’s very unusual, to find a kids’ soccer team made up of many boys with international backgrounds, right in the heart of suburban Overland Park, Kansas! But the draw of “Les Bleus” (The Blues) starts with their outstanding coach, Laurent Denis.

Laurent was born in France, and since he was a boy, he has loved soccer. In his youth, he was an enthusiastic team member of “Les Coqs Rouges” (The Red Roosters), a city football (soccer) club, and played until he was 18.

Laurent moved to America in 1995 to start his own business. (He and his wife Kathy own the magazine and website Restaurant Guide of Kansas City.) At the same time, he began teaching young children to play soccer. He earned his Advanced Regional Diploma in coaching and the NSCAA National Diploma. Since then, Laurent has been coaching some of the best youngsters at the soccer “rush.”

“Les Bleus were finalists in our first tournament in Topeka, and won our division at Heartland Soccer (http://www.heartlandsoccer.net/), undefeated!” this coach reports. “It was our first time playing competitive soccer, and we were able to move to a higher level of competition. It’s still all about having fun!”

Laurent has served as Director of Johnson County Park & Recreational Academy, and is currently coaching his premier teams of U10 boys. For him, coaching has never been a job, but a passion.

“My goal is to instruct, provide and increase coaching knowledge, in order to maximize the development of our youth soccer football players,” he says. “I want to create a great atmosphere for parents and kids. What we have is a big family. My kids and I play the same way. Next season, I will join the FC Porto Club. We will combine the international soccer team for guys like me with the U10 boys’ team next season.”

To read more about Laurent and the team, see his blog: www.kansascitysoccer.blogspot.com

Monday, May 4, 2009

Smokehouse BBQ

My son had the sliced meat platter with turkey and pork; both excellent. He shared a bit of the turkey with me. I ordered burnt ends and they were a bit dry, even with extra sauce. The waiter was outstanding and the restaurant clean. I would say the beans were outstanding and I took some home to share and had staunch "bean haters" tell me that these were worth the whole meal and they'd only eat the beans from this restaurant. Our appetizer was hot and the desserts were definitely worth saving room too. Although rich, we shared one and took the other home for later. Definitely worth going back for another visit.
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Pierpont's

Pierpont's bar menu has many tasty offerings at unbeatable lunch prices. The calamari is a generous and well prepared selection. I was happy to see this on the bar menu. The Philly sandwich on the regular menu is a great lunch addition. I have had this twice and it was very good both times. Pierpont's is a great place for lunch. The service is fast, the prices are reasonable and the food is always top notch. It is great to be able to go to such a nice restaurant for lunch, get great service and pay the same or even less than what you would pay at a 'lesser' restuarant or even some cafeteria or fast food establishments.
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