|Fried striped bass pate with an arugla salad and a soy citrus jelly.|
|The Farmers Platter wild persimmon seed spiced rabbit terrine, house made sausage, house smoked Berkshire bacon, pickled and grilled vegetables, bone marrow mousse, and a beef tongue pastrami|
|A look at their many house made liqueurs|
|Indian summer sazerac|
|Ceviche soup special with fish broth and pea shoots|
On to the other side of the coin, due to my alter ego and at a friends suggestion I ended up at The Peanut http://www.peanutkc.com/ Kansas City's first bar and grill. Here we noshed on hot wings, BLT's and local brew! It was old, grungy, had intentional mediochre service to the non regular patrons and was equipped with a cigarette machine! Not that I smoke (very often) but I love the nostalgia. I felt right at home...this place would be a hit in Portland OR! I have to say in all honesty the BLT wasnt the best I ever had. The bacon was a little over cooked for my liking and was slightly bitter tasting but it wasn't terrible. The wings were very crispy, juicy, spicy, tangy and GREAT! The bluecheese has a very garlicy kick that is best enjoyed with a friend! Its a conversation about commitment that you should have prior to ordering!
I know it is "supposed" to be all about BBQ here and yes, I had some of that too. I do love BBQ! It seems to be the first thing everyone wants to suggest. So, I went to two BBQ joints and liked some things about one more that the other and vis a versa.
Arthur Bryants http://www.arthurbryantsbbq.com and Smoking Guns www.smokingunsbbq.com .
I know I know, everyone is going to say you should have gone to Oklahoma Joes or Jacks Stack or Gates. Well, I didnt get to all of them and was so busy getting to everything else that I will have to save it for KC II the sequel.
I liked Arthur Bryants ribs better than Smoking guns, but on the other hand, I liked smoking guns burnt ends more than Arthur Bryants; it is mainly because Arthur Bryants chopped the burnt ends up really small and doused them with sauce. I prefer my BBQ suaceless so I can add just a drop here and there.
|Arthur Bryants burnt ends|
|Smoking guns burnt ends|
So, as you can see they are very different but I liked that I could really taste the meat and smoky fat on the smoking guns version.
Other honorable mentions are Strouds Fried Chicken www.stroudsrestaurant.com This was pretty close to where we were staying and we went there twice to get take out. Great chicken and great chicken noodle soup!
We stayed at the Worlds of Fun RV park on the North side of town. It was a nice park and probably, from what I hear, the only one worth staying at in the KC area. The only downfall is the thunderous roar of the roller coasters at night with the screaming kiddies...But I got used to it and tuned it out pretty quickly http://www.worldsoffun.com/public/lodging/village/
I hope you enjoyed my little tour of Kansas City and get a chance to check it out for yourself!