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

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 

www.prydeskitchen.com

Tuesday, March 28, 2017

ARGOSY’S TERRACE BUFFET, JOURNEY STEAKHOUSE FEATURE EXCITING EASTER SELECTIONS

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.
TERRACE BUFFET
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.
JOURNEY
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
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.


Zoe’s
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.