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GrandStand Burgers in Overland Park, Kansas
Wednesday - 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.

I 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.

In 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.

The prices have changed little in 5 years, making the prices very reasonable today. For example, a personal size deluxe pizza is only $7!

We 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.


Jumpin' Catfish Restaurant - Olathe, Kansas hushpuppies, slaw & beans

Pizza Man - Lenexa, Kansas

Friday - 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.
Kauffman Stadium - Kansas City, Missouri National Anthem
Saturday - 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.

We 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.

Unless 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 - Kansas City, Kansas Paul's Drive In
Saturday - 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.

For 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.

The 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.

With 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.

But 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.

For 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.

Linda 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.

At $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.


GrandStand Burgers - Overlnd Park, Kansas GrandStand Burgers

Sweet Siam Thai Bistro - Lenexa, Kansas Sweet Siam Snapper

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