Greetings all, As you didn't know, this past Friday marked the opening of KC Restaurant Week 2013!! Let the marathon eating begin! The Fella and I, thanks to the handy dandy KC Restaurant Week app, have already planned out myriad restaurants that we want to hit up in these 10 days of Thanksgiving-scale consumption. There's just one problem: we've got more restaurants on the list than meals! Guess we'll have to start tacking on extra meals this week.
Is it any surprise that the Armstrongs are completely ecstatic for this week of marathon eating? We practically plan our vacations around restaurants and chefs. What more excuse do we need to plan an entire week of eating in our own hometown? Thank you, Kansas City, for being so completely amazing in this regard!
Besides being just downright tasty, KC Restaurant Week is the penultimate experience for me and my blog. It encompasses my entire tagline: Living and Giving Well in Kansas City. All the boxes are checked:
Living Well: Eating at delicious local restaurants Giving Well: A portion of the menu proceeds benefit one of my favorite charities Harvesters. In Kansas City: Duh. It's in Kansas City.
What more could you ask for?
Here's a short recap of where the Fella and I have already eaten this week, and where we plan to eat in the coming days:
FRIDAY, JANUARY 18:
Lunch La Bodega - Leawood I met my mom at La Bodega for lunch on Friday. The menu here was pretty good. I had the salad and the Cubano sandwich. The salad was quite tasty and perfectly dressed to my taste (very light on the dressing), but I found the sandwich to be rather bland. The bread:fixings ratio was completely imbalanced. But the fries were tossed in a great garlicky, truffle butter. My favorite! It was a nice opener for the week.
Dinner Avenues Bistro - Brookside
THIS menu has certainly been my favorite so far! The fella and I cracked open a delicious bottle of Garnacha wine and went to town.
I closed the evening with an amazing bread pudding. This was seriously one of the best ones I've had in Kansas City! I was so pleased to hear that it is a main staple on the regular menu. I will definitely be returning to Avenues soon (preferably on a Sunday for half price bottle night) to be enjoying more of my favorite dessert.
Then I moved on to a panko fried catfish over collard greens and mashed potatoes. This dish was deLISH, but just a little too rich for me. I really wanted to eat more than I did, but I couldn't.
DINNER Plaza III - Plaza This was my second time at Plaza III. If you're looking for a good deal during KCRW, I'd recommend coming here. The menu is typically $35-50 a person, but with the KCRW menu, you could get a three course meal for only $30. A very good deal. I had the house salad, the salmon, and a key lime pie for dessert. The salmon was cooked a bit over medium (my preference), but I still enjoyed it.
SUNDAY, JANUARY 20
I used to joke that the space that this restaurant occupies in Prairie Village was cursed. After the Flix and Disks left it about 12 years ago, nothing has been able to stay longer than two years. There was another movie rental store, an Applebee's, a Mexican restaurant, and a couple of other endeavors. I'm very pleased to see that this restaurant has been able to last. So far, they've proven to be a very philanthropic restaurant, and they even participated in Treads and Threads 2011. A very smart business move on their part.
DINNER - TBD
Tuesday, Jan. 22 LUNCH - N/A (work) DINNER - Trezo Mare - Northland
Wednesday, Jan. 23 LUNCH - N/A (work) DINNER - N/A (class)
Thursday, Jan. 24 LUNCH - N/A (work) DINNER - Julian - Brookside
Friday, Jan. 25 LUNCH - N/A (work) DINNER - Coal Vines - Plaza
Saturday, Jan. 26 LUNCH - TBD DINNER - N/A (Party Arty)
Sunday, Jan. 27 LUNCH - TBD DINNER - TBD
Happy Eating, Kansas Citians!
Does your city have a Restaurant Week?