To end our holiday and to celebrate the New Year, Mike and I went to Kansas City for three nights. So this post is going to be about travel, food and eating 🙂
First, we stayed at the Marriott Residence Inn at the Plaza on 46th street, which means we had a kitchen and a fireplace. We ate Thursday night at Oklahoma Joe’s, which consistently shows up as one of the top KC barbecue choices on Chowhound and other lists. It’s a very unassuming place – located in a gas station, in fact – but the brisket and ribs are really good. Friday lunch we went to The Beer Kitchen, which serves upscale and awesome pub food and has a great selection of beers. (Lindsey R. took us to breakfast here two years ago, and I can recommend that too.) For lunch I had the grilled short rib sandwich and Mike had the double-stacked Braut Burger. We shared some truffle-Parmesan fries and Mike enjoyed a rye pale ale and Belgian dark winter ale. After lunch we went on a foodie trek and visited Pryde’s kitchen shop, then visited the KC Farmer’s Market to purchased bulk spices at Global Produce, olives at Carrolla’s Gourmet Grocery, and brioche and a to-die-for flourless chocolate torte at Bloom Baking Company.
In the evening we drove to Lawrence, Kansas, for a show at the Granada and saw Murder By Death with three other bands. MDB put on a great live show. About half of the audience knew all their songs and were singing along with them. BTW, MBD was one ot the featured guests on NPR’s World Cafe last November.
Saturday we were lazy and mainly stayed in our room, Mike watching football on the HD tele, and I read a book and watched my K-dramas. Sunday we ate breakfast at The Classic Cup on 47th. I had their grits and grillades, which inspires me be more inventive with grits. We usually do grits with cheese, garlic, and sirachi. Last fall I did a really yummy Charleston-style grits with shrimp – sort of like shrimp etouffe on top of creamy cheese grits. It was good.