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    Brazilian Steakhouse

  • Kansas City’s traditional,

    hickory-smoked barbeque

  • Family atmosphere. Barbeque favorites

    can be catered or delivered

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    for those in the mood for a lighter meal

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    fave been preparing authentic barbeque for 30 years

First Friday August 1

Hello Art First Friday Reception & Trolley Tour Sponsored by BKD LLP & Hosted by C3 Capital 

You're invited to join us for a memorable First Friday rooftop reception at the stunning Three Points Event Space, located above the Sporting KC offices in the Historic Lowe & Campbell Building.
  • Enjoy live music including performances by Mark Lowrey beginning at 7 p.m.
  • Enjoy an outstanding selection of complimentary wine and hors d'oeuvres prepared by the Three Points culinary team. A cash cocktail bar will also be available.
  • Take Hello Art's First Friday trolley tour to local galleries hosted by artist and curator Cory Imig. The first trolley departs at 6:15 p.m., with multiple departures throughout the evening.
After the trolley tour, guests can return to Three Points for a nightcap until 10 p.m., and take in the beautiful sunset/skyline views while enjoying an intimate performance by Mark Lowrey.
Tickets for this event must be reserved in advance.

Friday August 1, 2014 from 5:30 PM to 10:00 PM CDT

Three Points Rooftop Event Space at the Historic Lowe & Campbell Building 
(above Sporting KC offices)
1511 Baltimore
Kansas City, MO 64108 

Baked in KC - New(ish) Restaurant in Westport

Baked in Kansas City is a quite good place for brunch!

But the first thing any place serving breakfast or a facsimile thereof is that when you sit down, or maybe 15 seconds later, the waitress should show up with the menu AND the coffee pot. The cups and cream should somehow also miraculously be there. And that cup should never go empty until I am in my happy buzz land.

Now that may be asking too much: I've brilliantly discovered that very few places are able to manage this trick. But when they do, I am immediately impressed.

Baked is an interesting combo place -- it's a very good bakery, very good, a "patisserie featuring exceptional French pastries," they say. It's also a deli, a lounge with all that normally means, and a grill with dinner choices . . . pretty much all you need. It is especially great that they open at 7 a.m. all the days they are open (which just excludes Mondays).

I have had lunch there also which was also really good: kale salad with pancetta just because I like mixing the current/too trendy/ healthy with not.

But again, brunch. Most of the lunch menu is, it seems like, on the brunch menu, other than pizza, so it's quite extensive. You can get soup and salad or cream cheese filled French toast or prime rib hash or a salmon BLT, or a sausage baguette, or . . . you get the idea. Lots of choices; lots of good tasting food. The Eggs Benedict had an excellent homemade hollandaise, but they (someone) did not manage to toast my English muffin first as I'd asked. Oh well. Everything else was done right.

Baked is a convenient Westport restaurant -- you don't really have to go INTO Westport as it's on the far west side at 706 Westport Road between Belleview and Pennsylvania and there is usually parking to be had on the street right by it. Long green awning in front of it. It used to be Napoleon Bakery (twice) and is owned by Frank Sebree who also owns the Majestic downtown, explaining why Baked also serves a burger whose meat is the same as what is served there (BTW, YUM).

Baked is high on my I'mgoingback scale. Maybe for dinner. If you've tried it, tell me what you think and also what you had so I can put it on my here'swhatI'meating list.

706 Westport Road
Kansas City, MO 64111
Ph. (816) 561-BAKE

Baked in Kansas City on Urbanspoon

Summer - Canteloupe

I don't know about you, but I have a hard time to find a good Canteloupe at the market. When my family goes to France, we love to eat "melons" because they have a sweet taste.

The currently accepted protocol is to divide all melons into two categories -- melons and watermelons. Melon fruit show extreme variations from the common muskmelon, sometimes looking more like an orange, banana, or cucumber! Fruit may be oval, oblong or very long and slender. They may vary in length from three or four inches to more than three feet (snake cucumber-which is really a melon). The surface may be white, grayish green, golden yellow, orange or black! It may be sutured (ribbed or grooved), smooth, or netted (covered with a network of corky tissue). When it occurs, netting may be rope-like and prominent or flat-surfaced, fine, and less conspicuous. The flesh may be white, green, salmon pink or orange. It may be sweet, aromatic, spicy, bland, or a combination of these.

Cantaloupe, generally available from May through September, are produced principally in California, Arizona, and Texas. Some are also imported early in the season.

It is generally eaten as a fresh fruit, as a salad, or custard, or as a dessert with ice cream.



Presented by Ameristar Casino Hotel Kansas City, comedy show to benefit

Gilda's Club Kansas City Aug. 23

Tickets are on sale now for Gilda’s Club Kansas City’s annual comedy fundraiser, Giggle with Gilda.  Presented by Ameristar Casino Hotel Kansas City, the comedy-improv benefit featuring nationally recognized comedians and Whose Line Is It Anyway? stars Colin Mochrie and Brad Sherwood will be Saturday, Aug. 23, 2014 at Ameristar Casino Hotel Kansas City.

Additional sponsors of Giggle With Gilda 2014 include American Century Investments and Lathrop and Gage.

The "two man group," Mochrie and Sherwood, have emerged as two of America’s most popular comedic personalities. The most recent concert DVD released by the Emmy-nominated Whose Line Is It Anyway? stars is the culmination of seven successful years of touring theaters, colleges and corporate events across the country. Using their razor-sharp wit and amazing improv skills, the duo takes contributions from the audience to create hilarious and original scenes. An extraordinary evening of improvisational comedy, the show becomes truly interactive as audience members are called to the stage to participate in the fun.
In addition to the comedy-improv, the show will feature the gifted Kansas City entertainer, Missy Koonce, as emcee and legendary Kansas City musician Lonnie McFadden will perform with his band, trumpet and signature tap dancing.  Kansas City magician Todd Lamanske will provide pre-show entertainment as guests arrive.
The extraordinary evening of entertainment will benefit Gilda’s Club, a Kansas City cancer support community offering support groups, educational opportunities, social events and workshops in a home-like setting.

“With more than 60,000 people in the metro area living with cancer, there is a tremendous need for the Gilda's Club program in Kansas City,” said Penni Johnson, president of Gilda’s Club Kansas City Board of Directors. “This event is such a great way to connect with residents of Kansas City who are living with cancer and their family and friends. When people laugh more, they worry less, and that is a very encouraging thing for the tough times that our members are experiencing or have experienced.”
Tickets are on sale now for $60 and $45. A limited number of $200 VIP tickets are available and include access to the private after-party with special guests, Mochrie and Sherwood. (A portion of the VIP After-Party ticket is tax-deductible. Service and facility fees may apply.) Doors open at 6:30 p.m. and the show begins at 7:30 p.m. All ticket levels may be purchased through
All proceeds from Giggle with Gilda will benefit Gilda’s Club Kansas City, which is an affiliate of The Cancer Support Community. In 2012 Gilda’s Club KC officially opened its doors to become the 55 North American affiliate with the mission of ensuring that all people impacted by cancer are empowered by knowledge, strengthened by action, and sustained by community. Located at 21 W. 43rd Street in Kansas City, Mo., just northeast of the Country Club Plaza, Gilda’s Club offers social and emotional support to all people — men, women, teens, and children — living with ANY cancer, along with their families and friends, as a critical complement to their medical care. The program is always offered free of charge and the core components include support, education, healthy lifestyles, social connections, resources and referral.
For more information about Gilda’s Club Kansas City, visit  For event sponsorship information, call (816) 531-5444.

Quite Remarkable - 801 Group

And so I feel compelled to remark. The other night the Kansas City Restaurant Guide did one of its “Dine Arounds.” This is an innovative approach to showing Kansas City’s front line – hotel staff – what some of the best K.C. restaurants serve. The purpose: so people like concierges, event planners, front desk staff, even cab managers, can actually know and experience the restaurants around town. Then, when they are asked for recommendations, as they so frequently are, they will actually be able to say they’ve been there and what kind of experience they had.

 I’ve been to all three restaurants (801 Fish, Pig and Finch Gastropub, and 801 Chophouse [downtown also] at Park Place in Leawood) in the 801 Restaurant Group before and was so happy to see that my pleasure-filled dinners were replicated for our group – though I can tell you I’ve never tried THAT many delish dishes at one time. 

I cannot remark upon all the food we ate – too long a list but I will mention the stand-outs, at least to me. Most surprising: the fried pickles (which I’ve never liked before!) with buttermilk ranch dressing; the Maytag blue cheese potato chips (which, sadly, I always usually like), the smoked salmon and crème fraîche, and the short rib mac & cheese all at Pig and Finch. Next, at 801 Chophouse, I was especially thrilled by the perfect shrimp, the prime KC strip, the Duroc pork chop, the creamed fresh corn, and the grilled asparagus. Oh, yes, the cheesecake was too yummy. We finished at 801 Fish with an artful display of chubby oysters (and they’re only a dollar each for happy hour), Pacific Hamachi, a beautiful branzino, and just when we were sure we could not eat one more bite, the salty caramel ice cream was a sweet finish. What a night!

You may already know that the 801 Group hails from Des Moines and they have only eight (extremely high quality if the three I know are an indication) restaurants, all in Nebraska, Iowa, Missouri, and Kansas. You may not know this: all three have their own pastry chef which definitely is a huge plus; 801 Chophouse is the only steak house in KC that serves all prime beef; their only fish restaurant is the one in Leawood; AND although I’m still not sure of the definition of gastro pub, I now know the reason it’s so good – it’s part of the remarkable 801 Restaurant Group.

Pig & Finch
 11570 Ash Street
 Leawood, KS 66211
 Ph. (913) 322-7444
Pig & Finch on Urbanspoon

801 Chophouse
11616 Ash Street
 Leawood, KS 66211
 Ph. 913-322-1801

801 FISH
11615 Rosewood
Leawood, KS 66211
Ph. (913) 322-3474

801 Chophouse on Urbanspoon

July's Wine Month

Talisker Storm Limited Edition Isle of Skye Single Malt Whisky 750ml

Whisky Advocate's "Highlands/Islands Single Malt Scotch Whisky of the Year" (2013) The new American release of Talisker Storm is finally here -- a non-age statement expres...sion featuring a marriage of both young and old Talisker whiskies. Still bottled at the trademark 45.8% ABV, the fruit of the Talisker is front and center, with soft vanilla and malty goodness, but the finish is much more peaty than the other Talisker malts. That's not to say smokier, but rather peatier -- earthier, saltier, and more briny. The finish is surprisingly un-storm-like, making this whisky one of the more ironic releases of 2013, but that's not to say it isn't delicious. Fans of the distillery will be pleased with the extra punch, but those looking for sheer power should stick to Islay. The Storm is a punchier version of Talisker, but it's a mere blip on the weather radar for big peat fans. For fans of more integrated and balanced peat, this is a great choice. 5 out of 5 stars from F. Paul Pacult's Spirits Journal. Double Gold Medal San Francisco World Spirits Competition 2014
 —  at Ensminger Retail Liquor.

On Sale!
Graffigna 2012 Reserve Malbec, Centenario, San Juan, Argentina Wine Editor for the Augusta Chronicle recounts "When the Riedel glass company partnered with Graffigna wines to design a Malbec glass, I wanted to try it...I drank the Graffigna Centenario Malbec Reserve 2011 because Graffigna had commissioned the new glass, so it seemed appropriate. I liked the glass, but I loved the wine." Graffigna is a new world winery with old word history. Established in 1870, the family saw the potential of for great winemaking in San Juan, Argentina and left Italy to pursue their dream. Now, the oldest winery in the region, vineyards are located on steep hillsides at extremely high elevations of 2,000-4,000 feet. The unique microclimate is extremely dry with abundant sunshine. But underground streams running off the Andes Mountains provide enough water for the grapes to develop fully. This Centenario bottling is 100% Malbec, 50% of which is aged for 12 months in French oak barrels resulting in a complex and beautifully balanced wine. Drinks superbly now and will over the next 3-5 years.
Graffigna 2012 Reserve Malbec, Centenario, San Juan, Argentina

801 FISH and skip the fish

No. Don't really skip the fish! Everything I've had at 801 Fish is scrumptious. Including the beef. But more on that in a different blog. 

But if you're looking for a soothing place to finish your night out and want something scrumptious, try 801 Fish in Leawood's Park Place. First, the atmosphere is terrific there and later in the evening, it hasn't been crowded. We like to sit at bars (oh, you've noticed?) and this one is slickly cool and the bartenders always accommodating and friendly. I especially like the fact they give opinions and do not reply with that highly irritating response, "Oh, everything is great here." Come on, buddy, you work here, help me out. 

Second, the desserts. No matter what you like, all here (I've tried 5 so far) are excellent. They have their own dessert maestro in the house, Chef Megan Fatseas, who is doing a remarkable job. Always seasonal, desserts currently include creatives like peach frangipane and compressed melon and rosemary lemon bars with blueberry coulis and ohsomuch more! 

Third, go with the wine pairings for the dessert. They won't be what you might choose otherwise, and they are uniformly just perfect.


11615 Rosewood
Leawood, KS 66211
Ph. (913) 322-3474

If you go, especially for dessert - no matter if it's late or not - tell them Chris sent you.

They'll look at you blankly and shrug, but . . . 
801 Fish on Urbanspoon

RA Sushi's new summer menu

Just in time for summer, RA Sushi is introducing a new appetizer as well as several new sushi rolls and hand rolls that will only be available June through September.

The perfect shareable starter to any meal, the Edamame Wontons are lightly fried wontons with a creamy edamame cheese filling ($8). Also great for sharing, four new creative rolls will be offered on the limited time summer menu. A unique twist on a classic salmon presentation, the Seared Dill Salmon Roll features cucumber, avocado and arugula, rolled and topped with seared salmon, lemon and truffle salt ($11). Heat up your summer with the Chili Shrimp Roll with kani kama crab mix and cream cheese rolled in rice and seaweed, lightly tempura battered and topped with spicy kani kama crab mix, crispy shrimp, cilantro and jalapeno ($12).

For a tropical style roll, try the Lobster Salmon Roll filled with lobster, mango, avocado, and cucumber, rolled and topped with lobster, salmon and a lobster cream sauce ($13.25). Tempura lovers will enjoy the Shrimp-Calamari Tempura Roll featuring calamari and shrimp tempura, cucumber, avocado, and cream cheese, rolled and topped with crunchy tempura bits, then drizzled with sweet eel sauce ($9.50).

Recently offered as a limited time menu item, RA Sushi is bringing back three of its most popular hand rolls for only $5.50 each. Perfectly portioned for one, the rolls make the ideal light dinner item or a great lunch to-go sushi option when on the run. Each hand roll is wrapped in lo bok and soy paper and filled with rice and romaine lettuce. The Spicy Tuna Hand Roll features spicy tuna mix, avocado and cucumber. For those craving a little heat, the Chili Ponzu Yellowtail Hand Roll is filled with spicy yellowtail mix in a chili ponzu sauce, cilantro, jalapeno and cucumber. The Shrimp Tempura Hand Roll is a combination of shrimp tempura, kani kama crab mix, tuna mix, creamy wasabi sauce, avocado and cucumber.

Beginning in July and available through the end of September, RA Sushi will be adding four refreshing summer salads to its menu. The Asian Chicken Salad features mixed greens tossed with chicken, cucumbers, onions, and tomatoes in a seasoned soy vinaigrette, topped with sweet cayenne cashews, fried ramen noodles and sesame seeds ($10). The Grilled Shrimp and Pineapple Salad is a tropical-inspired combination of mixed greens, shrimp, pineapple and green onion, tossed in a Suehiro vinaigrette and topped with sweet cayenne cashews ($11.75).

For sushi lovers, the Sashimi Salad is the perfect choice. Tuna, yellowtail, salmon and shrimp sashimi are paired with mixed greens, seaweed, cucumber, avocado, lo bok, and poke dressing, then topped with sesame seeds, wonton chips, and thinly sliced red pepper ($12). A creative take on a popular salmon presentation, the Dill Salmon Cucumber Salad is seared salmon tossed with mixed greens, tomato, cucumber and asparagus, tossed in a house dressing, and topped with dill, lemon and truffle salt ($11). 

10 Best Restaurant in KC

USA Today Names Kansas City’s 10 Best Restaurants

USA Today’s 10Best travel section recently turned its attention to Kansas City’s food scene, naming the metro’s 10 restaurants with the most appeal and best reputations.

Bluestem is #1
Progressive American cuisine using cutting edge technique and new varieties of American desserts.

The American Restaurant is #2:
has been consistently awarded both the AAA Four Diamonds and the Mobil Travel Guide Four Stars ratings— recognition of the highest levels of cuisine and hospitality.

Justus Drugstore - A Restaurant #3
Jonathan and his wife Camille returned to Smithville from France in 2006 and turned the empty building into a sophisticated restaurant specializing in exquisitely prepared dishes made from regional meats, fruits and vegetables.

Story. #4:
Story is an elegant, upscale neighborhood restaurant serving fresh, local, seasonal creative American cuisine with Spanish, French and Italian influences.

Michael Smith #5
Michael Smith provides an intimate, European scale setting in which to enjoy regionally inspired dishes from France, Italy and Spain.

Piropos #6
The foods of its capital city, Buenos Aires, are grilled meats, seafood, fresh salads and vegetables.

The Rieger Hotel & Grill Exchange #7
The Rieger can be summed up as a “Classic American Grill”.

The Farm House #8
Local, Organic, Seasonal, Eat Good Food! Serving Brunch, Lunch and Dinner!

Port Fonda #9
Authentic Mexican cuisine served from custom Airstream trailer

Avenue Bistro #10
Featuring a distinctly European atmosphere and intimate casual fine dining experience.

What about Cafe Provence Top 100 Restaurant by Zagat? Or what about barbecue? America's Best Cities for Barbecue by Travel + Leisure

Did your favorite restaurant make the cut?


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