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Ernie Miller Nature Center - Olathe, Kansas
Sunday - March 1, 2015: We went to Downtown Diner in Olathe to try the fried chicken and check on the current breakfast menu. A two white piece fried chicken dinner is $9.99 and takes about 20 minutes for preparation. The chicken was tender and moist with a crisp coating. 

 

Fried chicken at Downtown Diner in Olathe, Kansas Fried chicken dinner
 
Thursday - March 5, 2015: At lunch we went to The Other Place in Overland Park to consider it for our Overland Park Restaurant Guide. Their location in Olathe is in the Olathe guide. We tried the onion rings, chili and Canadian bacon pizza sub which was a daily special. It was a grilled sandwich which also had pizza sauce mozzarella cheese.

The onion rings were my favorite. They appeared to be freshly battered and were cooked just right. The $7 serving was enormous. We both had plenty of them and there were still many left over.

 

Onion rings at The Other Place in Overland Park, Kansas Onion rings
Friday - March 6, 2015: After a revisit to City Super Buffet in Olathe. It was added to the Olathe Restaurant Guide. This Chinese restaurant has been much improved since its change of ownership and name over a year ago. My favorite items were the butter shrimp and the salt and pepper squid. 

We paid our first visit to Taste of Africa in southern Overland Park. The African restaurant opened last summer in the space vacated by the Burnt End BBQ when it moved to 119th Street. The menu is somewhat limited, but had several items which looked appealing.

Linda has the Samaki wa Kukaanga (deep fried whole tilapia fish with seasonings topped with lime wedges) which came with the choice of two side dishes for $11.50. We didn't see or taste the lime, but that is OK, as I'm not a big lime fan. She chose Ugale (corn meal mush/ corn fufu) and fried plantains. The mush was a large white block with a texture and taste that made me think of a block of grits. The plantain slices were fairly thick and sweet. Very enjoyable.

I went with the Serengeti Platter - Ng'ombe (beef stew), sautéed cabbage, sautéed kale, rice and chapatti for $13.50. The stew was very good. Just meat and sauce with out vegetables. The sautéed kale was delicious. The cabbage was lightly seasoned with curry and I wasn't impressed with it at first, but it was much more enjoyable with a little of the sauce from the stew. The chapatti was a roll of thin bread. Not the spongy, sour bread from Ethiopia, but something filling the same place in a meal.

 

City Super Buffet - Olathe, Kansas City Super Buffet

Taste of Africa - Overland Park, Kansas Taste of Africa

Saturday - March 7, 2015: We drove to LC's BBQ in Kansas City, Missouri today. It is on the far side of Kansas City, only a few miles from Arrowhead and Kauffman Stadium. I really enjoy this restaurant (I think it is one of the top 5 BBQ places in the KC metro), but only get back there every couple of years.

The point of this trip was mainly to make sure there were no changes other than pricing and to update our photos. Also to see if there were any after effects from the fire in December. The pork ribs were dark & crispy on the outside, but still juicy and tender on the inside. This was the first time I have had LC's sausage, which has a somewhat coarse texture. I enjoyed it, but it was less of a hit with the rest of our party.

While we were eating, a Kansas City Barbecue Tour bus pulled up and the small restaurant filled up. Apparently it was either the $40 two restaurant "ribblet tour" or the $65 four restaurant "original KC barbecue tour."

Returning to Kansas, we visited the Johnson County Museum in Shawnee. We have had a page about the museum for many years, but they didn't permit photos in the museum, so it was limited. The museum recently contacted us to tell us that they now permit photos and are otherwise more visitor friendly these days.

 


 

LC's BBQ - Kansas City, Missouri LC's BBQ packed with the tour group

Johnson County Museum - Shawnee, Kansas Johnson County Museum

Sunday - March 8, 2015: I had lunch at Bangkok Pavilion in Overland Park, to update its listing in the Overland Park Restaurant Guide. Their $12.95 weekend buffet is the best Asian buffet which I have found in the metro area and competes with other types of buffets which are twice as expensive. My favorite dishes today were red curry flounder and the pad thai.

 

Bangkok Pavilion - Overland Park, Kansas Bangkok Pavilion
 
Monday - March 9, 2015: We drove to south Overland Park, to check out Stroud's new third location in the Kansas City metropolitan area. This one went to the space formerly occupied by a Mimi's Cafe and has the least charm of any Stroud's location.

However, the food is much like the other locations. The pan fried chicken, chicken gizzards, mashed potatoes, cottage fries, green beans, soup and gravy were all very good. The cinnamon rolls were good fresh, but don't do well when taken home and Stroud's large servings are largely about the food you take home. For example, after a generous meal, I took home enough gizzards and cottage fries for two more meals.

Are server was struggling a little, but other employees did a good job of covering for her and our service didn't suffer.

 

Stroud's Restaurant - Overland Park, Kansas Stroud's

Tuesday - March 10, 2015: We tried the new Saints Pub + Patio off Renner Boulevard in Lenexa. It had been quite a while since we last dinned at the other Lenexa location, so I'm not sure how this one compares, but neither the flat bread pizza or fries did much for me. The bone in chicken wings were OK. There is nothing wrong with this place, but there was nothing which would particularly bring me back. 

We updated our pages devoted to the Richard H. Schmidt Museum of Natural History in Emporia, Mount Sunflower, and Great Overland Station in Topeka.

 

 
Wednesday - March 11, 2015: This evening, I paid a second visit to Taste of Africa in Overland Park. This time I had the Mbuzi (goat stew with onions, tomatoes, peppers and African spices) with two sides for $12.50. I requested that they make it spicy, but it seemed no spicier than the beef stew which I had last Friday.

I would like this better with some pieces of onion and pepper, but it is still very good as it it.

 

Taste of Africa - Overland Park, Kansas Taste of Africa
Thursday - March 12, 2015: At lunch I made my anual visit to Fred P. Ott's Bar and Grill. The menu and its prices were unchanged since last March and I didn't notice any other changes. The pork tenderloin sandwich appeared to be hand breaded. It was quite good, with a large toasted bun. Beining able to doctor it up at the fixings bar really made this sandwich.

I followed up with a stop at the nearby Ernie Miller Nature Center. The largest exhibit gallery was being remodeled.

This evening, Mary and Linda helped me make a first visit to Twisted, a counter service sandwich, wrap and taco restaurant near Johnson County Community College. I had heard wonderful things about their Cajun Mahi Mahi fish tacos. The sweet, spicy taco lived up to the hype. The BBQ chicken wrap. Southwest chicken sandwich and Cajun chicken tacos were all OK, though the sandwich had too much pico de gallo which soaked the bun.

Listing for Taste of Africa and Twisted were added to our Overland Park Restaurant Guide.
  
  

Ernie Miller Nature Center - Olathe, Kansas Ernie Miller Nature Center
 

Twisted - Overland Park, Kansas Twisted

 
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