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Dave - 03/22/98 05:52:06
My URL:http://www.bitsmart.com/kcdiner (the KC Diner)
My Email:kcdiner@bitsmart.com
Restaurant Name: Bangkok Pavillion
Type of Cuisine: Thai
Price: $$-$$$
Ambience : ****
Food : *****
Service : ***

Comments:
I have been enjoying Thai food for over 20 years, and Bangkok Pavillion is one of the 3 best Thai restaurants I have encountered between here and Bangkok! For recommendations, I hardly know where to start. You should start with one of their awesome soups, Thom Kha Gai (a rhapsody of flavors, including ginger, lemon grass, curry, mushrooms, chicken, red peppers basking in a perfect coconut milk broth); Three Kings (chicken, shrimp and vegetables bursting with flavor) and Hurricane soup, my favorite, consisting of a medley of savory seafood including squid, shrimp, crab and other aquatic delicacies. Among entrees, the Pad Thai is a favorite with their customers, and why not, it's excellent. My favorite is the Fire Chicken, a healthy blend of chicken and fresh vegetables in an exquisite spicy sauce, served with a touch of flame. Not sure if Thai is for you? Try the lunch buffet, $5.50, includes soup, salad, fruit, spring roll, crab rangoon, rice, Pad Thai and another half dozen entrees. This obvious favorite of mine is located in the Windmill Center, near 95th and Metcalf.


Juli - 03/26/98 19:33:27
My Email:jred@sprintmail.com
Restaurant Name: Sahara Cafe
Type of Cuisine: Mediterranean
Price: $$
Ambience: ***
Food: *****
Service: ****

Comments:
For the best Middle Eastern and Greek food this side of the Mediterranean, try Sam's Sahara Cafe! This unassuming cafe, housed in an old Taco Bell building at 83rd and Metcalf, has the most delicious food I've tasted anywhere. The owner, Samir Abuali, learned to cook his tasty dishes at home in Palestine. Don't miss the chicken sharirma sandwich, cous cous with chicken (my personal favorite), baba ghannouj (fabulous!) or Turkish coffee. It's hard to make a list of the Sahara Cafe's best dishes, because everything at Sam's is outstanding. He offers wonderful vegetarian fare as well as his meat-based dishes. He also creates new meals that you'll find featured on a chalk board outside the kitchen. Once you've been there a time or two -- and believe me, you will go back -- Sam will greet you and welcome you back.


Dave - 06/22/98 00:12:06
My URL:http://www.bitsmart.com/kcdiner
My Email:kcdiner@bitsmart.com
Restaurant Name: Trinh Villa
Type of Cuisine: Vietnamese & Chinese
Price: $-$$
Ambience : ***
Food : *****
Service : ****

Comments:
This fine eatery in the Wycliff Shopping Center (Mastin & 103 St) features freshly prepared Vietnamese cuisine, spiced with peppers, ginger, garlic and cilantro. For the not so brave, you will find some great renditions of more traditional Chinese dishes. Not to be missed are the fresh spring rolls, served with a tasty peanut-based sauce. The usual assortment of beverages are available, but my favorite is the delicious jasmine iced tea. For your entree I recommend Bun Ca Ri Ga or Bun Sate. These dishes are served in a bowl like soup, but don't be fooled, they are a complete meal. If you prefer your food served on steamed rice, I recommend the Com Tom Ga Nuong, spicy chunks of chicken and shrimp. You'll save money too, the most expensive thing I could find on the menu was a Chinese shrimp dish at $7.55!


Juli - 03/27/98 02:41:51
My Email:jred@sprintmail.com
Restaurant Name: Bombay Cafe
Type of Cuisine: Indian
Price: $ - $$
Ambience: ***
Food: ****
Service: ***

Comments:
If tandoori chicken and curried anything makes your mouth water, you should know about Bombay Cafe. This Overland Park eatery has very good Indian food, with a buffet featuring veg and non-veg entrees for the uninitiated. You can also get delicious specialties from the very thorough menu. I recommend the buffet (good variety and the selections change daily), masala dosa (a vegetarian South Indian specialty ... think spicy burrito, sort of) and mango lassi. The food on the buffet isn't highly spiced, which is just right for most American's palates, but you can order menu items spicier. The service can be a little laid-back, but take your time and savour the pace of life in India. Located at 91st and Metcalf, across from the Glenwood Theatre.


Juli - 03/26/98 19:48:13
My Email:jred@sprintmail.com
Restaurant Name: Hikari
Type of Cuisine: Japanese
Price: $$ - $$$
Ambience: *****
Food: *****
Service: ****

Comments:
Whether you like sushi or not, Hikari is an outstanding Japanese restaurant. The sushi is fresh and presented with an artistic flair, and the grilled dishes are very tasty. Of the sushi selections, the rainbow roll (like a California roll with fish on top (nigiri-style) is my personal favorite, followed by the caterpillar roll (cooked eel with avocado), spider roll (soft shell crab) and spicy yellowtail roll. Make sure to have the albacore nigiri -- delicious! For those not ready for sushi, the grill is excellent and reasonably priced. Huge meals with your choice of beef, chicken or seafood are prepared right at your table by chefs who can juggle knives, plates and various parts of your dinner. Who could ask for more? Great food and good entertainment! Hikari is in the Glenwood Center near 91st and Metcalf.


Juli - 04/03/98 02:14:31
My Email:jred@sprintmail.com
Restaurant Name: Martha's Cafe
Type of Cuisine: Ethiopian
Price: $ - $$
Ambience: *****
Food: *****
Service: *****

Comments:
If you never thought you'd even want to try Ethiopian cuisine, think again. Martha's Cafe is an out-of-the way delight. Located in Leawood at 4515 W. 90th (just east of Roe Ave. on 90th), the setting and the food are truly unique. The menu features both vegetarian and non-veg items -- my personal favorites are the vegetarian Yemisir Wat (red lentil dish), Kik Alicha (yellow lentil dish), Tikel Gomen (cabbage, carrots, potatoes spiced perfectly) and the Doro Wat (a delicious chicken leg sauted and spiced). I have also heard rave reviews of the cubed beef tenderloin dish called Tibs (I can't tell you personally -- I don't eat beef). The dishes are served on and with an unusual sourdough bread called Injera. You can eat with the bread, like Ethiopians do, or Martha will bring you a fork if you decide you're not that adventurous. She also serves delicious Ethiopian-blend coffee (coffee originated in Ethiopia) and a variety of yuppie coffee drinks. This place is special -- try it. You will like it.


Rebecca Gavin - 03/25/98 02:23:59
My Email:lereto@email.msn.com
Restaurant Name: La Cocina del Puerco
Type of Cuisine: Mexican
Price: $-$$
Ambience: ***
Food: ****
Service: **

Comments:
I've been coming back to La Cocina for about eight years now. I never get tired of their delicious and authentic food. You won't find loads of cheese and grease here. The food is actually pretty healthy. Corn tortillas are home made and usually still warm from the griddle. Cafeteria style service lets you see the offerings before you choose. As a vegetarian, I often choose the pinto beans or the black beans and rice, with corn tortillas and then load up at the always fresh salsa bar. Their pico de gallo(two varieties - hot and mild) is great. I also love the sauces -- the mild sauce is muy flavorable with plenty of cilantro. A salsa verde is rated as medium, and then there is a red chile hot sauce. All tasty! Guacamole is delicious here too. Tuesdays are Two-fers. Buy one entree, get one free.


Dave - 03/24/98 05:21:58
My URL:http://www.bitsmart.com/kcdiner
My Email:kcdiner@bitsmart.com
Restaurant Name: Golden Star
Type of Cuisine: Chinese
Price: $ - $$
Ambience: **
Food: ***
Service: ****

Comments:
Ok, it's not the best Chinese food I have encountered, but reliably good and the price is amazing. Typical of a family run restaurant, you are always warmly welcomed. You'll find sturdy renditions of your favorite Chinese dishes and the tab for one is around $6.00, for dinner! My favorite is the garlic chicken, tasty pieces of chicken, not breaded or fried, with a light but flavorful garlic sauce. Yummy crab rangoons or an egg roll round out a good meal. So where is this budget beauty? Old Town Lenexa ... go figure.


Jennifer Cook - 05/26/98 19:14:15
My Email:pencow@yahoo.com
Restaurant Name: Cafe Casbah
Type of Cuisine: Mediterrain
Price: $$$
Ambience: ****
Food: *****
Service: ****

Comments:
If you like seafood bisque, then this restaurant has THE BEST in town. Huge chucks of shrimp (not shrimp poppers) and a variety of seafood in a tomato bisque. It is served hot. Everything (temp wise is hot, but not too spicy). The entrees range from veal, chicken and beef. Bread comes with every meal, but you need to ask for more if you want it. This is a wonderful spot in Leawood, near Johnson County Community College.


Dave - 07/12/98 09:53:58
My URL:http://www.bitsmart.com/kcdiner
My Email:kcdiner@bitsmart.com
Restaurant Name: Ruby Tuesday
Type of Cuisine: American
Price: $$
Ambience: ****
Food: ****
Service: *****

Comments:
One of my favorite "chain" restaurants has been Ruby Tuesday, a popular eatery famous for their fine salad bar. Fortunately I no longer have to travel long distances to find one, the first area "Ruby" is now open adjacent to the Mission Mall. While not as extensive as years ago, the salad bar offers a fine variety of very fresh greens, veggies and salads of which my favorite is the hearty potato, lots of chunks of potato not overwhelmed by some sweet creamy (and fat laden) dressing. Speaking of diet-friendly, you'll want to top your greens salad with the superb raspberry vinaigrette dressing. Of course their food is great also, from the mutant giant baked potatoes to the yummy shrimp and veggie pasta or the excellent grilled chicken breast served with a tangy teriyaki sauce with ginger and pineapple flavors. The manager, Bill, ensures top-notch service from a friendly and attentive staff. All is not perfect here though; there are no fresh tomatoes on the salad bar. A greens salad without tomatoes is not quite complete.


 
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