Dinner with Nikki – Hawaiian Bros Island Grill

Hello!  Welcome!  School has been all consuming this semester on top of life.  Dad and I haven’t been doing lunches as a sad, sad result.

I recently joined a “KC Eats” group on Facebook that highlights restaurants in the area.  I saw a couple posts about Hawaiian Bros Island Grill and decided I NEEDED to check it out.  I grabbed Nikki, who loves to explore new restaurants too, and made the drive there!  It’s in Belton, so not close, but definitely not too far!

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The menu is pretty straightforward and small.  Short and simple.  We both opted for the Traditional Classic Plates.  For a small upcharge you could get two meats instead of one so thats the option we both tried.  Every meal comes with rice and macaroni salad and you choose the meat(s).  I went with the Molokai Chicken and the Honolulu Chicken.  Nikki got the Molokai Chicken and Luau Pig.

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Honolulu chicken on the left, Molokai on the right

The meals were great.  The rice was cooked perfectly and the chicken was cooked perfectly and flavored well.  I’m still on the fence about the macaroni salad.  It was pretty bland, with pepper being the predominant flavor.  They had a BBQ type sauce and a teriyaki sauce on the table which I used to kick up the macaroni salad and that really perked it up!

It’s a great little place and I can’t wait to go again!  I will have to hit it up on our way to or from Clinton once and awhile.

Highly recommended!

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Lunches with Dad – The Quaff and Caddy Shack

Ok guys, hang in there.  I am going backwards thru all the food pictures in my phone to get caught up.  Pardon me if details are a little sketchy.

A Dad pick we tried was The Quaff.  It is downtown on Broadway.  I honestly always thought it was a nightclub/bar establishment all these year I have driven by.  Turns out its a restaurant too!  My sister had mentioned it to my dad as a place to check out and off we went!

We have gotten into the habit of ordering appetizers when we are out just so we can sample more of the menu.  That day was no exception.  We ordered the nachos with beef on them.  They were plentiful and very tasty.  I would order them again as my meal.

Dad and I both had decided we wanted a french dip with fries so we both went for it.  Usually we try to order different things but not today.  French Dips were in our hearts.  We both enjoyed them.  They were hearty sandwiches with good fries.  I had to abandon the bread halfway thru so I could finish the meat, which was tasty.

Dad and I both enjoyed it with no regrets and I will definitely be back again.  In fact, I have tried to take Josh there a couple of times but both times they were closed due to holiday hours.  We will make it there when they are open one of these days!

Mid November we checked out Moretina’s Caddy Shack Pizza.  This was a choice of mine.  I was (and still am, lets be honest) going thru a pizza phase and took this recommendation from a friend.  She is one that when she makes a recommendation, you listen.

We both ordered side salads to start and they were your basic, run of the mill salads.  But lets be honest, theres not much to get excited about with side salads usually.  It’s something you get so you don’t feel like a total glutton when the pizza comes.    We ordered a pizza with (I believe) canadian bacon, pineapple, mushrooms and onions.  In the picture it looks smallish but I don’t remember it being so.  It had a great crust and the toppings were cut to a good size and had the right amounts.  I was told w

e should have tried it St Louis style with provel cheese but will have to do that next time, which I anticipate there being!  We both were happy and full when we left.

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Have you tried any of the places we have?  I would love to hear your comments and experiences!

Lunches With Dad, breakfast style

Apologizes its been so long.  Life happens and I have lots of excuses but lets not bore you with those.

Dad and I have still been going out to lunch regularly, but the last few weeks we had to switch it up due to schedules and do breakfast instead.

This week we went to The Big Biscuit which neither of us are strangers to.  We needed a sure thing and it delivered.  I didn’t take pictures but it was a filling and good meal.  Super fast, too!  We had taken schedules to hash out and exchange and we didn’t even have a chance to finish that before the food showed up.  The bacon I had deserves special mention though.  It was perfectly cooked.  Yummmmmmmmm.

 

The Thursday before Christmas, we went to Chubby’s on Broadway.  My BFF joined us as we had big plans for the day (hence the need for breakfast instead of lunch that day).  Turns out there they start you off with cinnamon rolls.  They were perfect!  The icing was great and they were nice and soft!  I could’ve probably eaten just a plate of those with a glass of milk and been happy.

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Alas, we did order food too.  I ordered a smorgasboard type plate that had hash browns and eggs (over medium for me) and biscuit with gravy.  Dad got fancy and decided to try, for the first time ever, Eggs Benedict with fruit.  He also got a biscuit and gravy (any breakfast place is judged by its biscuit and gravy!) which came also with hashbrowns.  Carrie got french toast with bacon and eggs.

 

It was a good meal overall.  Solid breakfast options and decent biscuits and gravy.  Dad even enjoyed his foray into the world of eggs benedict.  It is a bit far south to frequent but I would go there again if we were in the neighborhood.

The week before Chubby’s we went to a new neighborhood spot, Sissy’s Breakfast and Lunch.  The place where it is was a long time Northland restaurant, then was Crown Pointe Tavern (which moved to a bigger location, then Taco Luchador which wasn’t there very long at all.

It is a clean open space with nice people working there.  We were brought a plate with some fresh baked house made bread samples to try.  We both ordered pretty standard breakfast fare.  Dad got a plate with bacon and eggs (over easy) and hashbrowns and, of course, a side of biscuit and gravy.  I got a plate with eggs (scrambled with cheese), bacon and pancakes.  And a biscuit and gravy, you know, for research purposes.

The food came and we dug in.  The gravy is…different.  It has a different spice to it that neither of us could put our tastebuds to.  They say its a mix of two different kind of sausages, but the flavor is more than just that.  Dad was not a fan of it at all but I liked it enough.  The rest of the food was decent.  I would go again but dad says it was “so-so” (I think the gravy really threw him off ).

Dinners with Josh – Homeslice Pizza & Pints

Josh and I (mostly Josh these days) enjoy going downtown to get our walking in.  You can park close to the streetcar line and take off.  As long as you can get back to the streetcar, you are never far from your car.  There’s always interesting people watching and plenty of things to see.

On one of these walks Homeslice Pizza & Pints was noted and the other day we decided to finally check it out.  It sits on the corner of Truman Road and Grand, right across the highway from the Sprint Center.  It was a beautiful evening and they had the garage door/windows open so I chose a seat next to the window.  I beat Josh there and ordered us some waters and the Chicken & Hummus appetizer.  He got there shortly and we decided also on “The Wise Guy” pizza for dinner.

The only real problem I had with the whole experience is the pizza came out before our appetizer, which was ordered at least 15 minutes before the pizza!  They apologized and we ate it anyway.  The pizza was good!  I’m not a fan of fennel sausage so we substituted it for pepperoni on the pizza and that was the right choice.  The whole thing was delicious.  It was a decent size for the price too.  I had expected it to be skimpier than it was.

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The Chicken & Hummus appetizer was also yummy.  It came with four skewers of chicken, some pita slices and a healthy sized dish of roasted red pepper hummus which was really good.  There weren’t enough pita pieces so I resorted to using the pizza crust.  Yum!  There was some even left over after everything else was gone and I may have ate some with a fork too, it was that good!


Overall it was great and I would definitely go again!  It gets a 4.5/5 from me!

Spring time in the city! A winter round up of restaurants.

Lets try this again.  I started this post a couple of months ago one day before class and its as far as it got then.  Let me sum it up for you…good weather, went back to school (business classes so I can become a Certified Veterinary Practice Manager),  not a lot of time for crafts and such.  There!  You’re caught up! 🙂

Summer has been much of the same.  I am not taking classes this summer as they are all online only and me and strictly online classes aren’t a thing that work!  Work has been busy and good as is life.

Dad and I have went to lunch most weeks over the winter.  I know I have posted a couple of things but left out a lot.  I will try to catch up with the other places we have tried in between.

Zaxby’s

This one was my pick.  I had heard about it from a friend on Facebook and I am always down to try a new chicken place.  It was a new building and was very clean and spiffy looking.  They had a pretty varied menu, but all were chicken options.  They had fried tenders, wings, salads and some sandwiches.  They also had some shakes and other desserty options although we didn’t explore those at all this time.

Dad and I both went with a chicken tenders platter.  It came with your choice on number of tenders, fries, coleslaw, a piece of texas toast and a drink for a fairly reasonable price.

I thought everything was pretty good.  There was a good flavoring to the breading on the chicken but not overpowering.  A decent fast food chicken meal option.

Sorellas Deli

This was a Dad pick!  Sorellas is a little deli right off the square in Liberty.  The first thing that hit me when we walked in was that the place smelled delicious!

They had your usual fare of sandwiches made to order, soups, salad and mouthwatering looking desserts.

I went with a soup and sandwich combo choosing their homemade minestrone soup a mufaletta sandwich.  It also came with a pickle spear and a bag of chips.  Dad got a house salad and half of a sandwich.  When we were ordering, there was a pedestal with these amazing looking “Amaretto Brownies” on them just looking all sultry and amazing under that glass dome.  They were calling my name.  I ordered one.  What was I supposed to do?  Just leave it there?  You’re a monster if your answer was yes.  Dad also got a cupcake, but my brownie was better. 🙂

I will definitely go back to Sorellas!

Salvatore’s Restaurant

This gem was a pick of mine (I think).  It is in Independence on 40 Hwy in its own building.  Its been there a while and I can see why after visiting.

We were greeted and seated and met our waiter.  He was engaging and fun which is always nice.

We ordered an appetizer to start that day and chose the Melanzane Fritti which is basically fried eggplant with marinara and cheese.  It was very good!  Eggplant can be tricky to cook (I think so, anyway) and this was done really well.  They also bring bread and butter to the table for you to enjoy.  You can also order the olive oil and spices service for extra.

I got Chicken Spedini Samantha.  It was cooked perfectly and served with Fettuccine Alfredo and artichoke hearts.  Yummy.

Dad got the Beef Spedini (the special that day) and it came with a side of Fettuccine Alfredo as well.

 

We both enjoyed our meals and I have actually been back a couple of times with Josh for dinner.  It’s good.

Franks Italian Restaurant

Franks sits along Main Street in downtown Parkville, Missouri.  It is a small and unassuming place.  Mom, Dad and I went on a lovely Thursday afternoon.  We started with the fried ravioli with sugo sauce appetizer.  I got the lunch chicken alfredo, dad got the lasagna roll and mom got the Italian Steak Sandwich with fries.  We also had bread pudding for dessert, one shared between the three of us.

All the meals were good and at a decent price.  I need to remember this place when we are looking for lunch options at work!

Picklemans Deli and Doughnut Lounge

We went to the Picklemans location in Westport and had an OK lunch.  If i’m being completly honest, I don’t remember much about it.  It’s a sandwich shop and wasn’t bad.

After we had lunch we needed some sweet reward that day so walked around the corner to Doughnut Lounge and got what else besides a couple of donuts!  Smores for me and something with pretzels on the top for dad.  They were both delicious!

Rheinland

Rheinland serves authentic German food on the square in Independence MO.  This was a dad pick and he has been there several times (and swears I have been there too – but too long ago for me to remember!) and he decided that I needed to try it out to remember this time.  I agreed.  One of our favorite dishes is Sauerbrauten.  Sadly they didn’t serve it at lunch time, which is understandable given the time it takes to prepare.

We started with an appetizer of Käsespätzle (cheese spätzle).  That was a dish of cheesy, oniony goodness!

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I ordered the Reuben with hot potato salad and dad went for the beef stroganoff.  Both meals were great and we had to finish up with dessert!  It was a boozy, chocolately, ice creamy thing.  Yum!

Granite City

Granite City was an adventure Mom joined us on too.  It was decent food and I had eaten there a couple of times.  Never a bad meal, just nothing to write home about in my book!

Cascones

Cascones is a Northland Kansas City staple.  Many pre-dance dinners have been had there as well as celebrations of all sorts.  Its much more subdued there at lunchtime but a solid choice.

In interest of full disclosure I don’t remember everything we ordered but I know dad got a parmigiana (maybe veal?) and I got the lasagna.  I do remember by lasagna being AMAZING.  I’m usually pretty picky when it comes to my lasagna, preferring mine (my mom’s recipe) to others but this one was great!  Who wants to go to Cascones for some lasagna with me?!?

I think that wraps it up for now.  Check back soon for some more!  I promise it won’t be months this time!

 

Lunches with Dad – Mudbugs

Hello again!  Today I decided to take us both out of comfort zones.  I figured that it was what our plan with our weekly lunches was really about.  Sometimes I just have to force us out there.  We are guilty of picking more “safe” choices and I decided to go outside the comfort zone with Mudbugs.

We walked in to the restaurant and its is set up in the style of a food truck, Mudbugs original set up.  You order and pay at the front counter and pick up your food at the back pickup window.  One look at the menu and Dad leaned over to me and said “I don’t have a warm fuzzy feeling about this”.  I just laughed at him and told him to try something new and pointed out some “safer” options.

I decided to go all in (well, almost…) and go for the Shrimp Po’boy.  I did opt out of the sauteed craw fish that comes on the sandwich…I just wasn’t feeling THAT adventurous!  Dad opted for the Classic Roast Beef Po’boy (also without the craw fish).  I got fries to go with mine and dad opted for the fried okra.

Our meal came out pretty fast and the person that took our order actually brought us our food to the table.

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Much to both of our surprises, it was pretty good.  The shrimp on my sandwich were perfectly breaded and fried and they were generous with the amount of shrimp.  The toppings on my sandwich were well paired, although i’m not sure what the polenta added to my sandwich, but it wasn’t bad.

Dads sandwich was very good too.  The roast beef was nicely seasoned and was generous in the portions of it.  We combined the fries and okra and shared.  Both items were good.  The okra wasn’t slimy and was well breaded.

We heard that they would give samples of their other items such as the red beans and rice and gumbo.  When we were checked on we asked for a red beans and rice sample and they obliged.  It was good!  I don’t even like red beans!  Dad really enjoyed it and wished he had ordered some.

Later in the meal the Chef had a break in the action and made his rounds.  He was warm and friendly and got us some gumbo samples to try too.  It was good!  I don’t know that I would eat a whole bowl but it was nice to try it.

Over all we had a good meal and didn’t have to resort to emergency back up fast food (which I told dad we would if we had to).  We were both full and don’t regret a thing!  Wait…dad regrets not ordering the red beans and rice, but that just means he needs to go back!  I will definitely go again!  Maybe next time I will let them put the crawfish on the side to try it out.

Lunches with Dad (and Grandma!) -Milwaukee Delicatessen Company

Another week, another lunch!  Grandma was up for the week and Dad worked hard at getting her to plenty of new places to eat (She lives in a small town with limited options) and he succeeded!

For lunch this week Dad picked Milwaukee Delicatessen Company to try out.  I had actually discovered this place a couple of weeks ago, unbeknownst to Dad as Josh and I were driving around downtown on a Pokemon hunting adventure. (Don’t judge!)  I even snapped a picture of the front then so I wouldn’t forget it!

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We arrived at our normal “early” lunch time to find that parking was sparse around there.  We ended up in the garage across the street that is $2 per 20 mins, which was fine.  It’s in a cool old building with a lot of what seems to be original decor.  I only got one pic of the decor, with a guy in the pic too.  Next time we go there I want to sit upstairs!

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They had a menu of yummy looking sandwiches and salads but I spied someone at an adjacent table with pizza and I was sold.  Their slices were huge!  They had specialty slices to choose from or you could “build your own” slice.  I went with the build your own and chose my favorite: pepperoni, pineapple and cream cheese.  Yes, you read that right.  Cream.  Cheese.  If you ever have the option, you should try it.  You won’t regret it.  It’s hard to tell in the picture but they actually cut it into diamond pieces for easier eating.  It’s on a New York Style Crust.  YUM!!!!

Dad and Grandma had big dinner out plans that evening so they decided to split the Central Branch Ruben with German Potato Salad.  They both enjoyed the sandwich and it was a decent ruben.  The German Potato Salad was cold (we always think of it being hot).

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It was a good meal overall and I will definitely go back sometime!  Maybe i’ll carry out a pizza from there.  You can get a 26″ pizza for very reasonable.

Until next time!

Lunches with Dad – The Capital Grille

It is Restaurant Week here in Kansas City which means that its time to try a fancy restaurant we normally wouldn’t go to because its out of the normal budget.  For those of you who don’t know what restaurant week is, its a set week in January where all participating restaurants offer a special menu for lunch and/or dinner that let you sample their dishes.  Lunch is $15 and Dinner is $33, usually per person but there are a few exceptions.

Since we were going fancy, I decided to try The Capital Grille, a place I’ve heard of many a times but never had the chance (or funds) to go to.

I did make one mistake with the choosing of The Capital Grille, that was not making a reservation.  I suspect its a popular lunch spot anyway with its location and when you add restaurant week on top of it, they are SUPER busy.  Luckily we always go early and we got there before the bar filled up and were able to get seats with full service at the bar.

We had very prompt service from Jenny the moment we sat down at the bar.  Sitting at each seat was a Restaurant Week menu.

First, you got to start of with a Wedge Salad or Lobster Bisque soup.  I chose the salad (with ranch dressing instead of the listed blue cheese – because, NO) and Dad went with the soup.  The salad was basic but good.  What is the point of a wedge salad anyway?  They are just being lazy in the name of fancy in my opinion…  Anyway, Dad was taking a risk with the soup as he wasn’t sure he would like it.  He was right.  He tried a couple of bites and was not impressed.  Jenny noticed this and offered to exchange it for a salad for him.  What a sweetheart!

For the entree portion, they had four different choices.  I went with the Dry Aged Sirloin with Roasted Pepper, Fresh Mozzarella and Arugula Salad.  Jenny didn’t even bat an eye when I ordered the steak medium well, as I do when it comes to steak.  Dad chose the Grille’s Signature Cheeseburger with Parmesan Truffle Fries.  Both meals were great!  My steak was perfect and very tender even done medium well.  Dad’s burger tasted great and the truffle fries were truffle-y without being overwhelming.

For dessert you could choose from Flourless Chocolate Espresso Cake or Classic Crème Brûlée.  I wanted to try the cake, but I saw a Crème Brûlée come out and the pull was toooooo strong.  We both went with the Crème Brûlée and were NOT sad at the choice!  It was absolutely delicious and I am going to try to make some at home soon!

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Over all it was a delicious meal and would definitely go back.  I just wish it wasn’t so far out of my normal price range!

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So sad…

Is this thing on??? Plowboys BBQ

*tap, tap tap*  Is anyone still there?  My how time flies and you keep meaning to write up your adventures but it just doesn’t happen.  Such is life.

But!  I’m back!  Today we tried out a newer BBQ joint downtown!  I have driven past a few times and seen this place and have been intrigued.  I had decided it was time to try it then this morning I saw a segment on the local morning news that featured them and that cemented the idea.

My choice was Plowboys Barbeque.  It sits right on the KC streetcar line with a stop right out front.  Since I didn’t know how available parking would be around there, we parked down in the River Market West and rode down.  Let me take a moment to say how much I LOVE the streetcar and hope that they continue the line down to the Plaza!  It’s so nice to be able to park and ride and there are plenty of free places to park and get on.  Enough about the streetcar, on to the meal!

The restaurant is  at 12th and Main, right across from City Centre.  When you walk in, you go up to the counter to order and they make it right there on the line for you.  The problem with those types of places for both Dad and I is that you feel overwhelmed by the choices and rushed, especially if someone is behind you in line.  Despite that we both pulled the trigger on what to eat.

I went with the BBQ Nachos.  With that you got to choose your meat.  Your choices were pulled pork, chicken and brisket.  I went with the brisket.  They started with a bed of chips, a healthy portion of liquefied cheese and a hearty portion of meat over the top.  I believe another helping of cheese was after that.  Then topped off with BBQ sauce of your choosing and some sour cream.  I chose to have the jalapenos on the side.

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The Nachos were an excellent idea.  I’m a sucker for some good BBQ nachos and these didn’t disappoint.

Dad went with a sandwich.  For his meats he chose ham and brisket.  He went sans fries or side dish today besides pickles.

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The meat was excellent!  It was sliced thick and cooked just right.  Especially the ham!

They had 3 choices of BBQ sauce on the table:  En Fuego, KC Crossroads and Sweet 180.  We didn’t try the En Fuego since we are both wimpy in the spice department.  The sweet was delicious and Dad thinks that the KC is exactly what you think of when you think of KC BBQ.

Of course when we were checking out, there was a cookie display and the the frosted sugar cookies were calling my name, so we got one to share.

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Look at that thing!  Its a thing of beauty.  It was bigger in real life than it looks in the picture, I should have stuck my hand in there for scale.  The cookie was cooked perfectly and the frosting was also perfect.  Mmmmmmm!

It was a very good meal and a very good choice.  I can’t wait to go again and try some more of the sides and such.  Clearly I could have cut down on some of my inital menu panic had I looked at the menu online beforehand.  That’s OK…that just means we need to go back, right?

Lunches with Dad -North Kansas City Cafe

North Kansas City Cafe!  This was a choice of mine that has been on the radar for awhile and we finally made it happen.

Placed along the main strip in North Kansas City its a cozy place with TWA memorabilia all over the place (which pleased dad).  They serve Greek/Mediterranean food and are open for breakfast and lunch thru the week.

We started off with an appetizer of the House Sampler which gave us a little bit of everything.  The hummus was very good and my favorite was (what I think was) a roasted red pepper dip that I mixed with the hummus.  Our least favorite was the dolmades, but not because they were bad, persay, they just weren’t our thing.

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All three of us ordered gyros.  Audrey and I and went with the steak while Dad stuck with the traditional gyro meat.  We all got a different side with our gyro.  Dad got chips, I got fries and Audrey got a salad.

It was more than enough food and we all enjoyed the something different aspect.  In hindsight, I wish I had gone with the traditional gyro meat instead of the steak after trying some of the meat from dads gyro.  Next time!

Even though we were full, dessert was had by all.  How could you say no to free dessert  (due to a mishap earlier in the meal with the appetizer that they wanted to make up for)?  We went with the Baklava and was not disappointed!   How had I never had this before in my life?!?  It was flaky and sweet and wonderful!

NKC Cafe took us all out of our comfort zone as far as cuisine but we all had a good meal and will definitely try it again!