- April 2, 2014: It had been a little over a year since I last dined
at Jumpin' Catfish Restaurant
in Olathe, so I had lunch there today. I could see no real changes since
the last visit. Service was good and family style servings of hushpuppies,
coleslaw and beans were brought to the table before I ordered. I like the
hushpuppies and the sweet, salty slaw, but found the beans to be tasteless.
ordered fried chicken gizzards and fried potato wedges. Both were good,
if not outstanding. The gizzards are cut very small, so they are easy to
eat with a fork but no knife. I would like the wedges better if they were
cooked a little longer. The smallest ones were crispy and my favorite.
the evening, Linda and I had supper at the Pizza
Man in Lenexa. Although I have eaten their more recently, I was surprised
to discover that the menu listed on their review had not been updated since
2009. That is now corrected.
prices have changed little in 5 years, making the prices very reasonable
today. For example, a personal size deluxe pizza is only $7!
split a large (14") all meat pizza. It was actually a little bigger than
two people would need. The thin crust pizza with Italian sausage, ground
beef, bacon, pepperoni and Canadian bacon is $16.00. It is one of my favorite
pizzas in the Kansas City area.
hushpuppies, slaw & beans
- April 4, 2014: We drove to Kansas City, Missouri for the home opener
of the Kansas City Royals. It was cold and windy, so I dressed warm, but
discovered that I hadn't dressed as warm as I thought. I wasn't miserably
cold, but it was uncomfortable. It was a good game and the Royals beat
the White Sox, but it was also a long game, nearly four hours.
- April 5, 2014: Linda and I tried a Kansas City, Kansas drive-in which
we had never previously visited. Paul's Drive In is 53 years old, 43 of
them at this location. There is no curb service, you walk into a small
space to place orders to go.
sampled an Italian steak sandwich, chili dog and a beef tender sandwich.
My favorite of the three was the chili dog, which was a little unusual,
the fairly small hot dog was sliced long wise twice and served on a hamburger
bun. Linda that the Italian steak was pretty good. Its sauce was kind of
a cross between Italian and BBQ.
you request otherwise, a basket comes with a combination of fries and onion
rings. The fries were crinkle cut and not very crispy. The onion rings
were my least favorite fresh made rings in a very long time. Very thin
slices of onion, coated in a thick pancake like batter. I ate only one.
Paul's Drive In
- April 12, 2014:
We are busy preparing our home for Easter and there was no time for exploring
Kansas this weekend. Still, we did want to at least visit a few restaurants
for this web site.
lunch we went to GrandStand
Burgers in far northern Overland Park. Actually it in a narrow section
of Overland Park that most people believe has to be Shawnee. Even Google
Maps gets it wrong.
13 year old restaurant is a tiny place with only 4 stools at a small counter,
plus picnic tables out in front. On a day like today, there isn't enough
room for people to order and wait for their food. Many customers have to
rely on other customers passing along which order number is ready.
the tiny kitchen, GrandStand Burgers is a bit restricted in what they can
prepare and may try to offer too much. Many items, particularly the sides,
are just prepared from frozen.
they do three things very well. the hand formed hamburgers, pork tenderloin
sandwich, and onion rings are all superior. There is a tendency to overcook
the burgers, but if you request that the burger be cooked to 168 degrees,
it still a touch more cooked than I prefer, but very good.
a change up, supper was at the two year old Sweet Siam Thai Bistro in Lenexa.
The restaurant was busy when we arrived at 7:45PM and although there was
no line, we had to wait for a party to leave and a table to be cleared.
Beverages were slow coming, as they had run out of clean glasses.
had the $12.50 Thai BBQ Chicken - a half chicken which had been marinated
in a sweet BBQ sauce, slow roasted and char grilled. It was served with
shrimp fried rice and sweet and sour sauce. She would have preferred that
the shrimp was cut up and mixed in with the rice, rather than whole shrimp
sitting on top, but that is a minor complaint.
$20, my dish was one of the more expensive on the menu, Sweet Siam Snapper
- two pan fried snapper filets, ground chicken, shrimp, asparagus, red
& green bell pepper. yellow and green onion, served in a spicy ginger
and garlic sauce.
Sweet Siam Snapper