Friday, April 29, 2016

Restaurant Review: McFadden's Sports Saloon

 One of the anchors of the KC Live area in the Power & Light District is McFadden's Sports Saloon. This popular pub has been home to many of the local celebrations, and was spotlighted during the recent Royal's run for the World Series victory. Many people remember seeing images or hearing stories of  Royal's players Partying with the crowd at McFadden's. It has become a legend on the Kansas City entertainment scene.

  Sitting squarely across from the Sprint Center, it is a favorite pre and post concert venue to while away some time. The atmosphere is almost always lively, as patrons drop by the Irish style saloon to grab a drink and watch some sporting events on their numerous screens. Serving up lunch and dinner every day, they are also a prime location for a fairly quick meal.

  They tout their menu as loaded with "Gourmet Pub Food" at affordable prices, and for the most part that is true. They offer a standard mix of appetizers at or under $10.00 per plate, but toss in a few unique options like Reuben Egg Rolls. Their run of the mill burgers are satisfying, and served with fries, as would be expected. They also prepare a selection of handheld and wraps, which all fall in the $10.00 per plate range. Most are standard fare, but there are a couple of creative offerings.

  Their entree section is fairly sparse, but the fish and chips are usually tasty, but a little on the greasy side. I guess this is pretty common, since it is rare for us to find them any better. They also offer a couple of dessert options for those with room left after dinner. Overall we find McFadden's to be a simple option if looking for a quick meal or just a place to duck out of the weather. It is first and foremost a pub, and as such focuses on it's drink variety. While  it's not gourmet, it is good enough to bring you back. 

Thursday, April 28, 2016

Keeping Our Rivers Healthy

  On Saturday, April 30, Friends of the Kaw invites the community to celebrate Clean Water Green Earth at a festival from 1 – 4 PM at Kaw Point Park – just southeast of 1411 Fairfax Traffic Way, in Kansas City, KS.  Enjoy refreshments, free boat rides on the Kansas River, live music, children activities, informational booths, a raffle for a free rain barrel and much, much more!

  This festival is being organized by student interns from Wyandotte High School and J.C. Harmon High School.  The eleven interns were hired by Friends of the Kaw for an EPA Environment Justice Small Grant.  Interns will demonstrate water quality tests that they have mastered and taught to adult volunteers. Other community groups will also have exhibits celebrating clean water and a healthy environment.


We've Got a New Ride

  For quite some time the news in Kansas City has included stories about the new streetcar project. We have all seen videos of the test runs, and some of the issues that they discovered. What started as eager fascination, soon gave way to complacency, when we realized how far off the start date would be. Well it's time to kick back in the excitement, because the starting day is upon us. It appears that the first full weekend of may will be the official start of the new line, and the metro is pulling out all of the stops to get us involved.

 The official kickoff will include parties and celebrations in the five areas of the city being serviced by the new line. The events coincide with the First Friday event in the Crossroads District, so that is an obvious for-sure stop to make. At Union Station there will be a carnival and live music. The Power & Light District is always set for a party, so no surprise that it is joining in. The City Market will have an art fair on Friday, and the always popular market on Saturday. The fifth specialty stop is the KCMO Public Library at 9th & Main. They will have family focused activities, many of which are sponsored by Park University.

  One of the neat tie-ins for this event is that the Unified Government of Wyandotte County will be offering free bus transit fares on Friday the 7th to help riders get to the festivities. The UG route 103 provides service to the City Market streetcar stop, so KCK residents will have access to this new transportation venue. It's great to see this new attraction finally come alive in the metro. We look forward to having a new way to get around downtown.

Happy Hour Review: Drunken Fish

  The Power & Light District in downtown Kansas City, Missouri is an eclectic mix of urban style eateries and entertainment venues. It seems there is always something taking place there, and this means that it can sometimes be very crowded. While some people may hesitate to visit for this reason, we find it an opportunity for advanced people watching. The wide variety of restaurants mean that there is usually something new to try, and helps prevent falling into the rut of always going to the same place. Since this area touts itself as an entertainment venue it would obviously have to have the makings of some Happy Hour settings.

  Drunken Fish is not your traditional Happy Hour location, since most are focused on serving up burgers and brews. Here you will find a selection of sushi and sashimi, as well as a few additional appetizers, all at about 1/3 off their regular price. The food is well prepared with fresh ingredients, and the waitstaff is pleasant, even when busy. They obviously have beer, but also offer up a handful of cocktail options, as well as sake and wines. Their Happy Hour evening hours are limited from 4:00 to 6:00, but they do repeat the offerings from 10:00 pm until close. Located at 14 E. 14th Street, this P&L eatery is awaiting your visit.

Wednesday, April 27, 2016

Restaurant Review: Big Q Bar-B-Q

  Many foods can evoke strong opinions from those who are partial to them, and none of these more than barbecue. Many cities and states lay claim to be the "BBQ Capitol of the World", and this post is not going to try to sway any one's opinion. Just as there are many regions involved, so are there a multitude of restaurants in each of these cities. In Kansas City alone there are dozens of places serving up their own versions on a daily basis. So it's easy to find something for your taste buds right here in the metro, and many people have determined their overall favorite.

   I myself am partial to Big Q Bar-B-Q located in Kansas City, Kansas. This small restaurant puts out some of the best ribs in my opinion, and their burnt ends are a crowd favorite. They have a good selection of appetizers, and we gravitate toward the fries and mushrooms. We will also grab an order of poppers on occasion. They also offer a variety of sandwiches, as well as a few dessert options. While they do not have a website, you can find their menu listed on Yelp. 

 I believe that much of the flavor comes from the selection of the sauce. Big Q has a tangy sauce, which offers a slight bit of spicy kick at the end. It's just enough to make you want to have some more, and that is the idea after all. While some restaurants will offer up a variety of spice levels with their sauces, Big Q has chosen to stick with one time tested flavor, and it works. While I would never attempt to make a person change restaurants, I would offer up the idea that trying a wide variety allows us to better understand the nuances of each stores flavors. So if you are in the neighborhood, and are looking for some good BBQ, let me suggest a stop at Big Q Bar-B-Q. I certainly hope it meets your personal BBQ standards.

Truman Heritage Festival

  The City of Grandview, Missouri will hold its annual Truman Heritage Festival on May 5th through the 7th. This family friendly event is a free admission community festival celebrating our 33rd president. The schedule of activities include a parade, BBQ competition, chili cook-off, arts & crafts booths, children's games & crafts, and a carnival. This year will mark the introduction of a state-of-the-art amphitheater, which will host regional musical acts.

THF Flyer

  The parade will begin at Saturday at 10:00 am on Main Street, so be sure to bring your lawn chairs. By visiting the "Truman Heritage Festival" Facebook page, you can find information about some of the specific activities. 

Tuesday, April 26, 2016

Lansing Daze 2016

  Celebrating its 14th year, the Lansing Daze Festival & Brew, Blues & Bar-B-Q Cook-off will begin on Friday, May 6th. Starting at 6:00 pm that evening, and running until 9:30 you can enjoy some live music, children's inflatables, and plenty of food & drinks. The evening culminates with a free fireworks display.

 Saturday, May 7th they start back up at 9:00 am. The days events will include a car show, craft show, and other activities. The festivities will run until 4:00 pm. Most of the activities are free to view, but there are some that will require purchases. We have never attended this event, but it looks to be a family friendly festival. Please let us know if you have been, and what attendees can expect.