Tastes Of The Town Tuesday

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I’m assuming we all survived the usual gauntlet of horrible April Fool’s Day pranks. Anthony With The Tattoos decided to gussy up the home page a bit with a dastardly re-direct. Trade rumors swirled endlessly from small-fry accounts on the ol’ Twitter, only one being true. Speaking of stupid prank attempts:

No worries, Tom. With Mahomes front and center in the league now, nobody really cares what you do one way or the other.

Spring Cleaning … Take Two

With warmer temperatures finally becoming a real thing in Kansas City, many of us are taking to the yards and houses to tidy up after a brutally extensive winter. Leaves, brush, trash, clutter, everything that took up too much space or was a general eye sore is now being removed.

In completely related news …

This is more about me having a question for you fine folks than an informative topic; have any of you used that “1-800-Got-Junk” place? We have about a truck-full of unneeded widgets and what-have-yous that need a new home — or just a landfill.

Or if anyone just has access to a big truck and wants a bunch of “stuff,” it’s all priced at Free or less.

Kansas Finally Does It Right

After decades of having to endure the beer equivalent of juice boxes, April 1st marked the first day that the state of Kansas allowed the sale of actual beer at grocery stores and convenience stops:

Now, I’m not sure what you Kansans were doing before this finally happened (I’m assuming you had some kind of dedicated store from which you could purchase legitimate alcohol), but I’m disappointed that it took you so long to demand such a basic luxury.

You should probably have spent a bit more time on the promotions for it as well …

National Mahomes Sighting

I know this is Taste of the Town and it’s supposed to cover local events, artists, etc, but Mahomes has become a cultural icon here and by golly, if he does just about anything I’m going to talk about it!

Even if it’s just a spot on a talk show. Now, in my opinion, Jimmy Fallon could walk into an empty room and still be the third funniest person in it, but hopefully he gave PM2 a chance to shine once again in the national spotlight.

Did any of you catch it last night?

A Few Random Interesting KC-Related Tweets

Hmmmm …
More excellent Kansas City BBQ!
So Kansas gets better beer but Missouri gets meatless burgers?!
Their name is … uh, what?
As of yesterday, that is.

Weekly Debate Fire-Starter

This one is going to be extremely open-ended and may end up being a dogpile as opposed to a “line in the sand” ordeal. It’s simple:

What is the worst restaurant in Kansas City and why is it Applebee’s?

This past Saturday, Wifey and myself stopped to eat at this awful excuse of an eatery on the way to our friends’ house. I’d been to one before, many moons prior when I was but a young boy — and let’s be honest, chicken strips are chicken strips to a 10 year old.

As an adult, I was shocked.

I ordered the Bourbon chicken and shrimp; should’ve been a good meal, right?

I imagine that I would have tasted more flavor in a paper napkin. They should be held accountable for killing that chicken for what equated to no real reason. For the first time in my life I sided with PETA. It was as if the person who cooked it found mayonnaise too spicy. Gordon Ramsey would have an aneurysm in the parking lot.

I have had a more pleasant flavor experience when vomiting tequila.

So, needless to say, I’m pretty upset at having wasted precious moments of my life and tastebuds at this poor excuse of a “restaurant.” I’ve felt more satisfied after a Kraft singles and potato chip sandwich. I would rather let Wesley Snipes do my taxes than ever set foot in an Applebee’s again.

What’s your worst restaurant experience?

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Falco16
Falco16
04/02/2019 8:19 pm

Beadwell might not realize that target got those signs for free from their local AB distributor.

Also KS still doesn’t have it right because grocery and C-stores are still limited to 6% ABV max. So no liquor still. Unlike Missouri where blue laws are much more lienent. German immigrants for the win. KS just has it less wrong now.

BleedingRedAndGold
04/02/2019 5:49 pm

Anyone take note of where BK is rolling out their fauxburgers? That’s right, St. Louis-style Whoppers are on the way, and I expect that they will fit right in with the other St. Lou-style “cuisine”.

legal_kush
legal_kush
Reply to  BleedingRedAndGold
04/02/2019 5:57 pm

First time I heard was in this here article. I equate BK with Applebee’s and that’s a slight on BK. Heck, I think they’re going the way of tits up too, or is that just Carl’s Jr.?

larch
sydenham
Reply to  legal_kush
04/02/2019 6:03 pm

Yes, BK is doing a rebuild but it’s not working.

Anthony Stratton
Reply to  legal_kush
04/02/2019 6:04 pm

I’m guessing it was an April Fools joke…but I’m trying not to give the Star any more clicks than I have to.

larch
sydenham
Reply to  Anthony Stratton
04/02/2019 6:11 pm

IDK, vegans of all breeds are proliferating around me, maybe BK is aiming for this market to help their rebuild.

Anthony Stratton
Reply to  sydenham
04/02/2019 6:13 pm

As long as it stays in STL

Anthony Stratton
Reply to  BleedingRedAndGold
04/02/2019 6:03 pm

I thought it was a real miss by Dave too.

larch
sydenham
04/02/2019 5:17 pm

Re restaurant food: had a surprisingly bad dinner at Kelsey’s: Mrs’s salmon was overcooked from frozen, flavourless and a better workout than a jawbreaker; my ham and cheese stuffed chicken breast had processed cheese substance, the ham was AWOL and the chicken was tough and dry.

Also, at Mrs’s nephew’s wedding last Saturday the wedding couple imposed their food religion on their guests with choices of either salmon, mahi mahi, or mushroom Wellington. I ordered the Wellington hoping for some semblance to the beef variety but all hope fled after the first bite. I mean it wasn’t bad (the pastry was okay) and I should know because Mrs & Miss are wannabe vegetarians with some pescatarian thrown in (I add sausage, couple of chops or a steak from the grill sometimes, and I usually grill the salmon, trout, Arctic char or whitefish because that’s the best way to do it.) But don’t call it Wellington because that is meant to have Beef in it. The wedding ceremony and reception were memorable and nicely arranged, kudos to the wonderful B&G, but I wasn’t the only one dissing the choice of mains.

larch
sydenham
04/02/2019 4:57 pm

Re Jones BBQ: saw the Queer Eye show (Mrs and Miss Syd are hooked on it) so I was wondering whether the quality of fare has changed or just the trappings? Seemed like the sisters have earned some good fortune. How does it rank with other BBQ joints in town? When I finally get to Arrowhead for a game I’m going to want a special BBQ meal so would the Joneses be ranked up there?

Anthony Stratton
Reply to  sydenham
04/02/2019 5:35 pm

I haven’t tried them yet, been meaning to tho. You hollar at me when it comes time to hit KC and we can figure out the best spot for you based on what you like.

larch
sydenham
Reply to  Anthony Stratton
04/02/2019 6:01 pm

Thanks, that will help, will do. A buddy is a Packers fan so we’re looking into seeing them play at Arrowhead this season.

Anthony Stratton
Reply to  sydenham
04/02/2019 6:02 pm

Fantastic! There’s plenty of options.

larch
sydenham
Reply to  Anthony Stratton
04/02/2019 6:07 pm

Good. I believe there are some AG articles archived on just this subject so I can visit the library too, but I’ll check in with you once the tix are secured.

Anthony Stratton
Reply to  sydenham
04/02/2019 6:15 pm

I’m sure it’ll be a weekly discussion during the season too.

Maybe thats what I need to make…like a “jump to conclusions” mat…except it helps you pick the right bbq joint for you.

SHHHHH….don’t tell anyone!

Falco16
Falco16
Reply to  Anthony Stratton
04/02/2019 8:21 pm

I used to have a jump to conclusions mat for the many outcomes of various “fights” at Another Place.

legal_kush
legal_kush
Reply to  sydenham
04/03/2019 4:25 am

Awesome! My old friend Mark (a Green Bay native which is rare enough) allows me to attend a Lambeau game or two on ocassion, and is set on a road trip to KC for that one as well.

Berserker
Berserker
Reply to  Dave B.
04/02/2019 11:48 am

Damn, I just watched my first AAF games this weekend. Guess I’m the jinx.

Anthony Stratton
Reply to  Berserker
04/02/2019 11:49 am

Damn you!

Dave B.
Dave B.
Reply to  Berserker
04/02/2019 11:53 am

There’s a first and last time for everything. You managed both at the same time. Good job!

Berserker
Berserker
Reply to  Dave B.
04/02/2019 12:08 pm

That happens to me a lot, actually.

larch
sydenham
Reply to  Berserker
04/02/2019 4:50 pm

First dates?

Anthony Stratton
Reply to  sydenham
04/02/2019 5:35 pm

Prolly not.

larch
sydenham
Reply to  sydenham
04/02/2019 6:12 pm

No offense intended. Being Canuck I say sorry.

Berserker
Berserker
04/02/2019 11:21 am

Not my worst restaurant experience, but fairly embarrassing. I didn’t recognize the names of most of the fish on my menu, but then I saw something called Bombay Duck, so I said “I’ll have the duck.” The waiter smiled a little too much, and wrote down my order.

I didn’t really get suspicious until my plate came, and my duck looked like this: comment image

So then I googled up Bombay Duck, and I found out that this is what that duck looks like before it’s cooked:
comment image

workingmansdead
Reply to  Berserker
04/02/2019 11:34 am

Well, how was it?

Berserker
Berserker
Reply to  workingmansdead
04/02/2019 11:46 am

‘Druther’ve had duck.

Anthony Stratton
Reply to  Berserker
04/02/2019 11:50 am

Terrifying.

4thQtrMagic
Reply to  Berserker
04/02/2019 1:59 pm

Yikes!

Tyrone
Reply to  Berserker
04/02/2019 9:20 pm

So how much did you not tip the waiter?

Tony Sommer
04/02/2019 10:30 am

I always thought Applebees was underrated. They’re not the greatest restaurant ever (I haven’t been for about 5 years, and even then it was somebody else’s idea), but it’s perfectly serviceable.

The worst restaurant I’ve ever been to was this Italian restaurant on 291. My mom wanted to go because she heard it was going to close down and wanted to try it first. Well, it was obvious why they were shutting down. Their food was normal Italian restaurant prices, but looked like they had just warmed up pre-made frozen meals they bought at the grocery store.

TNCHIEFS
Reply to  Tony Sommer
04/02/2019 5:38 pm

Here in Knoxville I frequent Applebees, not for the food, cause most of it comes out of a plastic bag, I’m certain. Nope I go there because even though it’s sits on the property of a blacked out mall it has one of the most prolific Applebees bars in America. All hail John the bartender. When I ordered a double bourbon and it wasnt to my liking he slammed down an extra shot gratis beside my glass (cause Applebees has a 2 oz limit of alcohol in your glass. He served me that way for years till I cut back.

One night another patron saw John serve me and for one of what I got. John looked at him and said no that’s just for him. Just the same do not eat there!

legal_kush
legal_kush
Reply to  TNCHIEFS
04/03/2019 4:29 am

First Applebee’s story I can rec. I am dumbfounded how they can stay in business.

Team Player
Team Player
04/02/2019 10:06 am

My worst restaurant experience was not in this state.

In the top of a bakery case, proudly perched on some succulent muffins was a cockroach. I felt awful for the poor manager trying to save some face for the chain. But it was over before it started.

4thQtrMagic
Reply to  Team Player
04/02/2019 10:21 am

I have seen almost the identical scenario in Destin, Florida a couple years back at a bakery. Weird.

Team Player
Team Player
Reply to  4thQtrMagic
04/02/2019 10:27 am

There’s a twist to the tale…

Anthony Stratton
Reply to  Team Player
04/02/2019 10:41 am

Was this also in Destin, FL?

Team Player
Team Player
Reply to  Anthony Stratton
04/02/2019 10:52 am

No. But I was feeling sorry for myself.

Good news is that restaurant was razed 6 months later

larch
sydenham
Reply to  Team Player
04/02/2019 6:14 pm

Do nut be worried.

MidKan Chiefs Lifer
MidKan Chiefs Lifer
04/02/2019 9:40 am

My daughter loves Applebee’s she’s been there twice and ordered chicken strips both times. Apparently chicken strips are chicken strips to an eight-year-old also.

For the record I wouldn’t even go the second time I made my wife take her for a girls night.

4thQtrMagic
04/02/2019 9:37 am

Applebees is horrendous. Last 2 times I ate there sucked and I have not been back. That’s been atleast 10 years.

Anthony Stratton
04/02/2019 8:26 am

The 1st “BBQ place” we had signed up to do a video shoot. Tried their food and literally had to force myself to try a 2nd bite before throwing it in the trash.

probablyamistake
probablyamistake
04/02/2019 8:09 am

Didn’t realize Burger King used beef for their burgers to begin with.

4thQtrMagic
Reply to  probablyamistake
04/02/2019 9:35 am

Natural gas and liquid smoke can fool even the greatest connoisseur. 😉

Fourstrike89
Fourstrike89
04/02/2019 8:06 am

Crapplebees. Learned that lesson many years ago.

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