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St. Joseph Catholic Church - St, Joseph, Kansas
Wednesday - March 2, 2016: I had supper at Choga Korean Restaurant in Overland Park, which I last visited in February 2015. I went with one of my old favorites, the Beef Kolbi (grilled beef short ribs, marinated in a spicy sauce, with onions, green onions and mushrooms). In the year since my last visit, the price of this dish has dropped from $23.95 to $19.95. The six side dishes were, tofu, steamed egg, sprouts, cabbage kimchi and two kids of radish kimchi. 

The side dishes didn't impress me as much as in the past. There were only two which I cared for, the tofu and one of the radish dishes. The ribs were good, though I would have liked them to be more spicy.

 

Choga Korean Restaurant - Overland Park, Kansas Beef Kolbi at Choga Korean Restaurant
 
Tuesday - March 8, 2016: Linda and I had supper at the new Fasika Ethiopian Restaurant in Lenexa. It is very reasonably priced, with a number of entrees under $9. Linda had the $9.99 Fasika Chicken (marinated chicken pieces with pepper, onion, garlic, tomato, rosemary and other spices). I went with the most expensive dish, the $13 Fasika Combo (spiced beef stew, mild beef stew, chicken stew and a sample of all 6 vegetarian dishes). The chicken was served with several rolls of injera (the spongy, sour bread) and my sampler was served on the flat injera with additional rolls.

I enjoyed the meal, but wouldn't say it was anything special. It is good for a change of pace, but not some place I would make a point of trying. There seemed to be less spice than I am used to with Ethiopian food.

 

Fasika Ethiopian Restaurant - Lenexa, Kansas Fasika Ethiopian Restaurant
Thursday - March 10, 2016: We had the pleasure of watching the Baylor/Texas and Kansas/KSU games in the Big 12 tournament from the Time Warner Suite at Sprint Arena in Kansas City, Missouri. Baylor easily defeated Texas and Kansas State was never in their game.

Thank you Time Warner for your hospitality!

 

Big 12 Basketball Tournament - Kansas City, Missouri KU - KSU tip-off
Saturday - March 12, 2016: Linda and I drove up to Leavenworth to check out Metropolitan Steakhouse. It is across the highway from the Federal Penitentiary and bills itself as the "little steakhouse across from the Big House." I had high hopes for the restaurant as it is old and serves things like mountain oysters, but the food really did little for me. We had an appetizer sampler with wings, mountain oysters & onion rings, plus ribeye, cheeseburger and two types of fries. The wings were the best thing we had.

We also visited the Carroll Mansion, which is operated by the Leavenworth County Historical Society, but they do not permit photography, so we cannot make a page promoting the museum.

From a Kansas Travel standpoint, the only good thing was when I noticed a sign saying Visitor Center as we passed the Fort. It turns out that security has changed since I was last there a year and a half ago and the procedures for visitors have dramatically changed. I took some photos and have updated my pages about visiting both Fort Leavenworth and Fort Riley

 

Metropolitan Steakhouse - Leavenworth, Kansas
Metropolitan Steakhouse
 
 

Visitors Control Center - Fort Leavenworth, Kansas Visitors Control Center

Saturday - March 19, 2016: Linda and I had lunch at Conroy's Public House in Overland Park. I have received several recommendations for this bar and grill, particularly for the fried chicken. The interior is quite dar and the walls are covered with Irish signs.

Linda had the Shepherd's pie. It was pretty straight forward, not bad, but she would have enjoyed it more if it had a crust. I had the fired chicken, substituting the house cut fries with curry for the mashed potatoes and gravy. The chicken was good, though far from outstanding. The curry could have used a little more spice.

The service was very good. They were accommodating about the substitution and good about changing a couple of the TVs to a basketball game which we wanted to see. After another visit or two, this place will probably find its way onto our Overland Park Restaurant Guide.
 
 

Conroy's Public House - Overland Park, Kansas Conroy's Public House
Thursday - March 24, 2016: We paid a second visit to Stagecoach Tavern in Overland Park. The best part of the meal was the appetizers, the onion rings in particular. Overall, I rate the food about 3 out 5 and the service 2.5. Not bad, but no treat. 

I like their other Overland Park location, Berg & Barrel, much more.
 
 

Appetizer Sampler at Stagecoach Tavern - Overland Park, Kansas Appetizer Sampler
 
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