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- January 3, 2015: Linda and I checked out Lemongrass Thai Cuisine,
which opened 10 months ago in downtown Overland Park. It is an attractive
restaurant in a building which was completely remodeled before opening.
We tried a wide range of appetizers, bringing a couple of boxes of leftovers
service was very good and the food was fine, but no dish really stood out
for me. My favorite items were the spring rolls, tempura broccoli and the
chicken & pork Paad Thai.
crab Rangoon was made with thick, hard wantons. The tiger ribs had a good
flavor, but were very tough. The shrimp in a blanket came with a good spicy/sweet
sauce, but the "blanket" lacked flavor and was a little too crisp.
- January 4, 2015: For lunch, I headed back to Overland Park to revisit
Cafe, but it turned out to be closed for the holidays until January
7. I continued east to revisit Masalas Authentic Indian Bistro, but discovered
that it has closed and a new Indian restaurant is going into the space
- Paradise Biryani Pointe.
a little research online, it turns out that Paradise Biryani Point is part
of a fairly large chain on Indian restaurants. They are primarily in the
northeast, but are in 19 states and are opening several new locations,
including one in Singapore.
supper we went to Maloneys Sports Bar in downtown Overland Park. The large
bar & grill has town levels with large outdoor seating downstairs and
upstairs. There are TVs everywhere. All of them them were tuned to NFL
playoffs or Wichita State University basketball, but the sound was loud
music. Not painfully loud, but loud enough that a conversation nearly required
food was mostly average. The fries were inferior, crinkle cut, frozen French
fries that were not cooked particularly well. The Triple Crown (Triple
cheese roasted garlic sauce with pepperoni, Canadian bacon, jalapeños,
red onion, mozzarella and cheddar cheeses) and The Maluban (Thinly sliced
smoked ham, roast beef and roasted pork loin topped with melted cheddar
and provolone cheese. Served on a hoagie garnished with lettuce, tomatoes,
onions and a roasted red pepper aioli.) were both OK, but not nearly as
good as they sounded.
Paradise Biryani Point
Maloneys Sports Bar
- January 8, 2015: We are updating many older pages this week, confirming
hours and prices, replacing some photos and adding maps to some attractions
which didn't have maps, including: Key
Stone Gallery near Scott City, Fort Larned
National Historic Site, Heritage
Center of Dickinson County in Abilene, Powell
Observatory near Louisburg, 1879 Beaumont
Hotel in Beaumont, and Red Barn
Studio in Lindsborg.
- January 9, 2015: After researching Johnson County restaurants which
have been off our radar, we tried out the two year old Geo's Pizza in Overland
Park. Several people had said online that it was hard to locate, in a strip
center near a Pei Wei Asian Diner. They were right, with a small frontage
and the sign saying Deli n Subs, instead of Geo's Pizza.
night turned out to be a poor night to go to Geo's Pizza. They don't have
very many ovens and when they are busy, they get way behind. It was a bad
sign, when a few minutes after we ordered and sat down, we heard a couple
complaining that they had been there an hour and still didn't have their
pizza. I don't know if they had really been there an hour, but the chef
had to tell them that their pizza hadn't even gone in the oven yet and
pizza took 55 minutes (I checked the time stamps on the photos I took).
The thin, cracker crust pizza was fairly good, but not worth that long
- January 10, 2015: We have been hearing great things about Slap's
BBQ in the Strawberry Hill neighborhood of Kansas City, Kansas since it
opened last summer. But is is only open for lunch and the one time we went
there, there was along line standing in the rain.
I was there within minutes of their 11AM opening time and there were just
4 people waiting in line ahead of me. Better yet, I was able to get a table,
something that can be hard to do in the small dining room which has only
a little thought, I ordered the $14.99 burnt ends combo plate, plus two
ribs for $4. The combo comes with the choice of two sides and I went with
fries and cheesy corn.
meats were served dry (without sauce), and sauce was available in a squeeze
bottle on the table. My favorite item, by far was the ribs. They actually
gave me three rather small ribs. They were tender and had an excellent
slightly smoky flavor that had been well seasoned by rub or marinade. The
sausage was also very good. The large chunks of burnt ends were the weakest
meat. They tasted good, but were more mildly seasoned than is expected
in Kansas City burnt ends.
fries were lightly battered and the only part of the meal which I didn't
bother to finish. The cheesy corn need just a touch of salt to be very
sauce is the odd thing. Fortunately the meats did not need sauce. It was
a thin, very sweet sauce like that found in Chinese or Thai restaurants.
While it may have its fans, I believe they could use a second, less sweet
the meal, I drove around the block to check on a church with an onion dome
toped tower. It turned out to have no signage, but searching online this
afternoon, it turned out that this former Russian Orthodox church is the
studio used by Voler: Thieves Of Flight, the aerial acrobatic trope which
looked impressive a few years back at the Busker
Festival in Lawrence.
taking new exterior photos of St.
John the Baptist Catholic Church and the Strawberry
Hill Museum, I bought brats, Italian sausage and smoked Polish sausage
at Krizman's House of Sausages. In addition to getting some good meat,
it was a good chance to take fresh photos. Krizman's has been listed on
our Kansas Specialty Foods page for a long
time and is overdue for a page of its own.
at Krizman's House of Sausages, I received a recommendation for a restaurant
which I had never heard of before, El Pollo Rey in the Armordale neighborhood.
Linda joined me in going there tonight and we enjoyed some great chicken
in a packed 13 year old restaurant which serves only three dishes: a half
chicken, a whole chicken or chicken wings. Served with tortillas, rice,
salsa & beans, a meal is $6.50.
Voler: Thieves Of Flight studio
Krizman's House of Sausages
Wood fire grilled chicken
- January 17, 2015: I was up early and drove to Milford Nature Center
near Junction City. Today was Eagle Days (it was originally 2 days, but
the name stayed "days" when it went to one day. The Nature center hosted
programs with live eagles and other live raptors, kid's activities &
crafts, free admission to Milford State Park, free bus rides to eagle viewing
and free popcorn & hot chocolate.
were many eagles on the ice at Milford Lake, but they were all at great
distances. It was not necessary to take a bus to view the eagles, though
the bus did take visitors to locations where binoculars and spotting scopes
were available to better view the eagles. Photos with my longest lens were
to Junction City, I had lunch at two Korean Restaurants which have been
listed on this web site for many years: Korean
Garden and Pusan Diner. At Korean
Garden, I had Ojinguh Bokum (stir fried squid in a spicy sauce). It was
a little tougher than usual, but very good. Half of it was boxed up to
go home with me.
wanted to try something different at Pusan Diner and settled on something
which I have never had at a Korean Restaurant, chitterlings stir fry with
hot sauce & vegetables. All meals are served in styrofoam boxes as
Pusan Diner, even if they are to be eaten at the restaurant. Knives don't
do well with Styrofoam and my meal was accompanied by kitchen scissors.
meat was tender, but chewy and while the meal wasn't bad, the meat didn't
excite me and it isn't something I would order again.
Eagles on Milford Lake
Ojinguh Bokum at Korean Garden
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