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Shawnee Mission Off Leash Dog Park - Lenexa, Kansas
Tuesday - November 5, 2019: I had lunch at the new Doc Green's Salads & Grill, which opened last week in Olathe. This is the first Kansas City area location for the small Wichita based chain. There was a long line for ordering and I enjoyed listening to the woman behind me going on about how wonderful the menu is. She was already planning what she would order for her second visit on the following day.

I ordered the Dr. Detroit (baby spinach, roasted button mushrooms, bacon, sliced egg and chunky bleu cheese dressing), which is one of the least expensive items on the menu at only 7.95. I asked for it "chopped," which most people appeared to do, even though it isn't as attractive.

The spinach salad was served in a bowl designed to make the serving look larger. It tasted good, but I wish it had actually been larger. It wasn't a very large salad for a dinner salad.

The menu also includes sandwiches, wraps, soups and four entrees. The typical meal will probably be $10-13. More if you add meat to the salad.

We added a new page about Luigi's Italian Restaurant in Ottawa, Kansas. 

 

Doc Green's Salads and Grill - Olathe, Kansas Salad fixings at Doc Greens

Doc Greens spinach salad Dr. Detroit

 
Thursday - November 7, 2019: We added a new page about the Pratt County Historical Museum in Pratt, Kansas.

 

 
Saturday - November 9, 2019: We made a long overdue return visit to Fritz's Railroad Restaurant in Kansas City, Kansas. Having your order delivered by Skat Cat at the more than 40 year old Restaurant is almost as much a treat as the great food that is delivered. 

This is the original location, which we think has better atmosphere and food than the Kansas City, Missouri and Shawnee, Kansas locations. I've enjoyed their chili in the past, so today I ordered to of the sandwiches which include chili, the Poor Dan Senior (1/4 pound hot dog with cheese, chili, mustard and pickles served on a long seeded bun) and the Freddie Burger (1/8 pound hamburger topped with chili, cheese, grilled onions, mustard and pickles on a seeded bun). They are great if you like drive-in style food.

It was a beautiful Fall day, so we drove through Shawnee Mission Park on our way home. The fall colors are definitely past their peak, but it still a beautiful fall day. Many people were enjoying Shawnee Mission Lake this afternoon. The photo at the right shows part of the crowd at the Shawnee Mission Off Leash Dog Park.

 

Chili Dog at Fritz's Railroad Restaurant Poor Dan Senior at Fritz's Railroad Restaurant

Shawnee Mission Off Leash Dog Park Shawnee Mission Off Leash Dog Park

Saturday - November 16, 2019: For lunch, we revisited Sinbad's Grill in Overland Park, Kansas, which opened in April. The small Mediterranean restaurant has quickly developed a great reputation. Linda was delighted to learn that they have added unsweetened tea. We had shawarma and a gyro, but were very good. Their French fries are still so-so.

In the afternoon, I scouted southeast Johnson County for spots to photograph Big Boy steam locomotive No. 4014 when it is traveling between Osawatomie, Kansas and Kansas City, Missouri tomorrow. I saw other cars that appeared to have people doing the same thing, though I only compared notes with one of them.

I spotted the nice mural at the right on the building housing Rye Studio in Stilwell, Kansas.

 


 
 
 

Rye Studio - Stilwell, Kansas Rye Studio

Sunday - November 17, 2019: This afternoon, I returned to one of the spots which I had scouted yesterday, just northeast of Bucyrus, Kansas. On the way there, I saw many people waiting for Big Boy steam locomotive No. 4014, including a large group crossing a farm field on ATVs to get to a position.

There were already many vehicles parked at the intersection of Antioch and 215th Street, but their passengers were all crowded right next to the tracks. I selected a spot farther from the tracks where the light was coming from a better direction. As I heard the train approaching, I decided to video, rather than take still pictures. The video still gave me a chance to use stills like the one to the right.

 

Big Boy steam locomotive - Bucyrus, Kansas No. 4014
 
Sunday - November 19, 2019: We stopped by the home of Paulie's Penguin Playground in Olathe. It is one of the largest displays of inflated Christmas decorations that we have seen anywhere. A team was at work setting up the decorations, which takes several days. The Craig family Christmas display started off in 2004 with 15 penguins and a few Christmas lights, but has grown to nearly 150 lighted figures which fill most of his yard.

It is just one of the displays on our Kansas City Christmas Light Display Tour, which we have updated with as much info as is available prior to Thanksgiving.

 

Paulie's Penguin Playground - Olathe, Kansas Paulie's Penguin Playground
Saturday - November 30, 2019: Tonight was our first night visiting Christmas Light Display for our Kansas City Christmas Light Display Tour, but we started with a revisit of Rosedale Barbeque in Kansas City, Kansas. It has been a couple of years since the last tie we dined there and we tried the pork ribs and chicken wings. The ribs don't stand out as much as they did when I first dined here nearly 35 years ago. I don't think they have declined, it is just that the quality as gone up across the various Kansas City BBQ restaurants.

Our tour of Christmas displays started with checking on the displays in south Kansas City and far north Shawnee that were present last year. All but one was back as stony as last year, with the exception of the East Richard's Drive Xmas Display in Shawnee. It had been on the tour since 2016 and was one of the smallest displays on the tour, but it is smaller this year and is coming off the tour.

On the other had, we discovered that the 47th Street Christmas Display which had disappeared in 2018 is back and looking good again this year.

Our final stop of the evening was at the Haskins Street Christmas Display in Lenexa, which has many moving figures including Santa Claus on a teeter totter and a small Ferris wheel.

 

Rosedale Barbeque - Kansas City, Kansas Rosedale Barbeque
 
 
 
 
 

Haskins Street Christmas Display - Lenexa, Kansas Haskins Street Christmas Display

 
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