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#61 Zeemanb

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Posted 20 July 2011 - 11:30 AM

Bleh. Now that I let it into my brain I can’t get rid of the “don’t be a poser…the chicken wasn’t enough…cook something you’ve never tried before that will make you want to kill yourself” broken down carnival music that is blasting at full volume. The good news is, the thing stuck in my brain can’t be done on Friday night because I need stuff from the market Saturday morning. The bad news is, the potential for total meltdown and backup BLT’s on Sunday night is very high. With meats that are new to me, I work backwards the majority of the time…I choose a Mt. Everest (for me) of a recipe so that if it is successful anything from that point forward will be really easy. Full glory or nothing….which goes back to the whole “my wife is the REAL cook” dynamic. I will probably just encourage Meredith to go and enjoy herself at the local cinema. I love to plan and I love the end result, but when I’m in the middle of one of these things and doing the actual cooking…I’m not someone you want to be near. Danny isn’t here, Mrs. Torrance.

Gotta hit the road in about an hour, will be back around in the early evening with a full belly. Meredith might showcase one of our favorite veggie burger recipes at some point.

Speaking of the wife, we had some zucchini left over from our CSA this week, so she made some of these muffins. And of all places, Whole Foods had a $4.99/lb sale on Rainier cherries this week.

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Here is lunch from earlier-

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I wish I had more time to talk about lunch. This is a rant, it may make me sound angrier than I actually am. The monthly potluck at the office is just...it is hard to think of the word...annoying, a little depressing maybe. I would never ding someone on the quality of their food if they put forth any effort, and I’m willing to put the definition of “effort” on a very, very forgiving sliding scale. Let’s say on a scale of 1 to 10, I’ll give Jello a five for effort. Fair enough. When it saves me from cooking for myself, I will eat anything.

But what we have here is a situation where about five out of fifteen people do any actual cooking each time, and the bozos who bring in a pack of Oreos, hot dog buns, or a 2 liter of Best Choice soda reap the benefit month after month. Which would still be fine, BUT they are the first ones to do recon to make sure someone is planning to make something they want to eat. AND they are the first ones to get in line and end up going back three or four times to fill their plates at least twice as full as my picture. No exaggeration. And of course, it just goes without saying, they probably also brought sandwich bags and/or Ziploc containers in which they can pack stuff to take home. Minimum effort, maximum return, and a heaping helping of entitlement drizzled throughout. It’s the “I don’t know how to cook or I just don’t want to, so the joke is on you! You have to feed me!” philosophy.

Like a gullible fool, I learned about the entitlement the hard way when I first came onto the team. I was doing a bbq the Sunday before my first monthly luncheon, so I thought it would be a cool thing to bring in a big container of pulled pork. Well it WAS a cool thing. People who are used to regular restaurant bbq lost their damn minds. What I failed to realize, silly me, was that in THEIR minds, the people who either cannot or will not actually cook real food have you hostage...until the end of time it is your responsibility to put forth the same level of effort every month so that they can look forward to it, load their plates, take it home, etc. etc. No exaggeration, that’s the mindset. And once I realized it was a trap and blew it up with a tactical nuke, as is my custom, there was actual agitation and head scratching as to why I wasn’t going to keep that effort and expense in the rotation, for people I don’t even really know. Not even sure how to approach that one, don’t expect any answers, I’m simply stymied. I bring delicious pie from the Corner Café now. Absolutely excellent pie, total overachievement for anyone who wasn’t stupid enough right out of the chute to bring in thirty dollars worth of meat that took sixteen hours to prepare.

I try making inroads into the mindset when I talk to people, and ranting aside I can be pretty diplomatic. But it’s like that movie “Nell” with Jodie Foster. We just don’t speak the same language. But the problem is- who is Nell in this scenario? If I’m going against status quo maybe it’s ME going “shikka shikka may way”.

Anyway, a hard earned couple of pieces of brisket today...off to have a REAL meal.

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Posted 20 July 2011 - 12:29 PM

I have a somewhat different pot luck experience. There tend to be few slackers who bring doughnuts or something, but there are a lot who bring stuff that's just plain inedible. Do they eat this way at home? It makes me sad.

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Posted 20 July 2011 - 02:31 PM

I used to go all out on bringing food to work. I had no problem spending the time and effort to share. This was until people who live off of fast food and convenience food started to make demands on how I should make stuff and how I should season it, and how I should make specific dishes for them. The event that broke my will to ever do this again was when I brought in a Kenyan Beef Stew and Coconut Rice for a Kenyan co-worker who was homesick. People were freaking out about how spicy it was without even trying it. It was not a spicy dish for a large batch it had about 1 tbsp of cracked black pepper. They were complaining about it without even trying it and not even knowing what it was. The guy I originally made it for was happy as could be because that meant more for him and he took the leftovers as well. Since then I have a few people I share food with, and who share their cooking with me. Whenever we have a food day I will bring in some novelty items, but I refuse to do anything more than that.

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Posted 20 July 2011 - 02:56 PM

O M G I totally get what you're saying about the potluck. We used to do that at my job...for every holiday. St. Patty's, Easter etc. Pretty quick I realized there were the dedicated few that made something decent, and the others ran to the store mid-morning and came back with a container of potato salad. AND, they never helped clean up afterwards.

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Posted 20 July 2011 - 03:41 PM

My workplace used to be filled with really good home cooks and our holiday potlucks were amazing feasts! Now, I'm about the only old-time cook who hasn't retired yet. Our holiday potlucks are filled with Publix deli and bakery items. At T'giving, I'm always asked to bring cornbread dressing and that's easy, so I do it. Other times, it depends on my mood. Sometimes I make something I want to eat! :biggrin:

My husband's workplace has a lot of good cooks and they go all-out for bring-a-dish meals, often with some sort of theme. I don't mind helping him prepare things for them, because it is always appreciated. They had a sort of "Top Chef" contest as a charity fundraiser and the required ingredient was sweet potatoes. The judges were local chefs. We won with a roasted sweet potato curry. That was fun!

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Posted 20 July 2011 - 05:12 PM

Wow, I guess things are about the same wherever you go....complainers, ungrateful, slackers, and the rare appreciative and motivated teammates.

One additional dynamic reading all of your responses made me think of has to do with the difference between my previous team at this job and my current one.....my last team only did a potluck every 2 months and we would all eat together in a big conference room. It went way smoother and more people put in real effort. My current team does a potluck every freakin' month and you go and grab food and head back to your desk...so less accountability when you and your food aren't on display. Man, people are predictable.

Oh well, lesson learned. Oh, here is a mindblower...the company I contract with is taking my team out to lunch next week to a very unlikely restaurant. Usually, it's an entirely other type of drama that results in picking a place nobody really likes in order to accomodate everyone. But next week, SOMEHOW, a Thai restaurant got the nod. I'm predicting a serious Lord of the Flies moment within fifteen minutes.

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Posted 20 July 2011 - 05:17 PM

Jerry, loving your blog! I totally agree about the potlucks at work, too. When I worked at the hospital there were a few of us who made homemade things every.single.time and the others brought bags of generic chips or paper napkins.

I have only been to Kansas City once and that was to pick up a tractor a few years ago. Nice folks, though. They loaded it on the trailer for us and told us a quicker way to get back home.

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Posted 20 July 2011 - 05:58 PM

Jerry, I meant to say how much I'm enjoying your blog! I was born in and lived most of my life in Missouri (the Ozarks) and also lived a bunch of years out in the boonies a couple hours South of KC... it was where we went for serious shopping/eating. One of my favorite memories is of the night 15 college friends joined us for a Buffett concert at the Starlight... HUGE harvest moon hanging over the stage. Fun times! Most of my KC food memories involve hung-over mornings at some weird coffee-shop in the CC Plaza... can't remember the name of it. Oh, and Stroud's and Stephenson's Apple Farm. A couple of really memorable meals at the Peppercorn Duck Club (friends over food) and The American Restaurant. We were young and poor and not so much into food in those days. It was decades ago!

Friday, I have to attend what has been termed "IT family bonding" <gag> at a nasty, cheap sushi place. They also serve some sort of bowl filled with noodles or rice and token cheap protein/veg. Who knows what I'll choose. (where's that puking emoticon when you need it?)

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Posted 20 July 2011 - 06:21 PM

annabelle- That's funny, my wife has worked in healthcare for a while and has some pretty funny stories about looks of horror from co-workers at her last job when she'd do something like suggest Vietnamese for lunch while they chowed down on a lunch of Mountain Dew and Doritos. The most recent, funniest thing where I work has to do with a couple of people who are shocked that I don't think to bring them my leftovers when I have a great meal on the weekend. Same ones who automatically expect authentic bbq every month, obviously....

onrushpam- It's awesome to hear from people who have ever had to look to KANSAS CITY for their destination dining! My ex-girlfriend's family lived in Butler, Mo.,so when we'd stay down there the closest place to eat was an Applebee's about twenty miles down the highway. The American and Peppercorn Duck Club were the end all be all here for a very long time for sure. I still hear good things about The American but haven't been forever. I don't think I've ever had dinner at the PDC, just that huge chocolate dessert bar when I was out on a date. Ah memories.....

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Posted 20 July 2011 - 06:36 PM

I'm sure that Meredith is the exception, but I have found that most nurses have appalling diets. I am a lab tech and we have our share of junk food junkies, as well. I know what you are saying about people expecting your authentic homemade BBQ, too. I used to take turns making homemade baked goods with one of the other techs, cinnamon rolls and birthday cakes, until we had had enough of the special requests and went on strike until we received a sufficient amount of groveling after they had to eat cupcakes and donuts from WalMart for a few weeks.

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Posted 20 July 2011 - 07:17 PM

Okay, I'm going to veer off the reservation a bit, but will bring it back on home pretty quickly. I shortened my work hours somewhat this week to accommodate some of the dining and reporting...so it may help you to imagine me relaxed in an old leather chair, with the intensity of Marco Pierre White, minus the accent and huge index finger, focused like someone under hypnosis telling a story as a montage of days gone by plays on the screen...you know, the camera pans upwards from where Forrest Gump sits as he remembers his dear Jenny...



Independence, Missouri - departure point for the California, Oregon and Santa Fe Trails, home of Harry Truman, and depending upon your religious upbringing it may also be the actual location of the Garden of Eden. The juicier, more recent history and infamy of Independence is way too non-food related to get into, but I’ll just say that Hollywood could parlay “Winter’s Bone” into a Harry Potter level franchise if they wanted to. But for ME, in the PRESENT, that part of the city is all about Independence Avenue- the stretch of 24 Hwy that takes you from downtown Kansas City aallll the way out west of town where migrant farm workers pack the weekly-rate motels. I literally debated whether or not to make this week’s blog specific to food along the avenue. Most of it isn’t that pretty, sections of it can be very unpredictable and randomly violent. If you visit, bring a reformed thug like me along so you don’t exit the vehicle to take your blog photos in the wrong place. I didn’t grow up there. I discovered it in the early 90’s when a friend first took me to eat, and in the years that followed another buddy and I would seek out the scariest possible bars to enter on a dare and have adventures. But I love this part of Kansas City. I genuinely do. And not in that “NPR junkies Biff and Bunny go slumming” kind of way...it’s in my guts. If you know anything about this town and that avenue, it can be very beautiful to drive through and discern all of the stories the architecture can tell you and how much of it has stayed the same as generations have passed through. Old drugstores that are now cell phone shops, banks into taquerias, hardware stores morphed into Asian markets...imagining the crowds strolling down the avenue back when that ancient McDonald’s arch was new or Mayfair Cleaners had just opened.

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That ghost town of a steel plant.


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It’s hard to describe. The place just has character. I feel like the pot dealer in American Beauty trying to express his feelings about the empty trashbag swirling in the wind. The space in my heart that I reserve for Independence Avenue is huge.


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And one of the greatest things about Independence Avenue is that it takes you to Jim’s. It used to be located a little farther east, by the Truman library, and it was called “Jim and Sue’s” for a long time. But from what I was told they got divorced. So now it’s just “Jim’s Family Restaurant”, and it has since moved to an old Captain D’s building in Sugar Creek. Sugar Creek is a wee little place that borders Independence...it began as a Slavic community and if you stay on the avenue you just kind of blow through without knowing you’re in a different town. Its significance in the folklore of Jim’s is the rumor that he moved his restaurant because Sugar Creek was soon to be one of the last places in the area with no smoking ordinance (the other rumor I know of involves gambling debt). Love it or hate it, I guarantee one of the last places you’ll be able to smoke in a restaurant in the United States will be in some pocket of Missouri. Prohibition never happened in these parts, btw. That’s how we roll. When it comes to the stubborn Missouri spirit I am totally convinced that it would have been an abolitionist state, but at some point some Kansan...probably from Johnson County...pointed a finger at someone and said “you HAVE to do this”...and that kicked off what SHOULD be the Missouri motto instead of the Show-Me State: “We WILL cut off our nose to spite our face!”...or “Eventually we’ll do the right thing if you just leave us the hell alone about it”. Both too big for a license plate I guess...


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ANYWAY, if you go to Jim’s with ME...I must not only love you, but I also trust you to be someone who can appreciate exactly why it is so great and show the proper respect. Is it the best version of home cooking you will find anywhere? Absolutely not...but any fool can go to The Corner or Stroud’s. Is it too far gone to be a contender for “Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives”? Why yes it is. In fact, Guy Fieri’s haste to get the hell away from there would be so fast that he’d total his Freudian jalopy while exiting the parking lot. Could it benefit from a good “Kitchen Nightmares” treatment? My suspicion is that if Jim and Gordon walk into the back together, only Jim returns, and you may not want to order the chili for a while. Could the décor use a little updating? No...duct tape for repair AND upholstery in the booths is timeless, as are Sugar Creek themed hand painted murals. It’s a little rough around the edges, but good manners are important. If someone tried something heinously rude or was going to attempt a dine and dash...I am not joking when I say I do NOT know how that would end. If any of y'all are familiar with old school country types, small town law enforcement or good ol’ hills justice (not unlike the Swayze classic ‘Next of Kin’)...you understand that simple politeness and basic respect are all you need to make loyal friends for life.


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This is a place that will never be “popular”, but the parking lot is always full, if that makes any sense. If I lived to be a hundred and went there twice a week until I died I’d still probably never be considered a “regular”, but the service is always friendly and efficient. Very sweet people, a true family-run place. The non-smoking section is three booths by the front door, and the dessert case is...kind of like peeking in the window of the local haunted house when you were a kid.



There are at least a dozen “home cooking” places in the area I could have chose to represent my town. And though I joke around, my love for Jim’s has no smartass irony. I adore it- the food is good and it is just a little untouched snapshot in time where you can relax and take it all in. My WIFE loves it, so I know I’m not alone. I painted an even longer, more detailed picture for her before I ever took her, and in the end she had to admit “Nothing you said to me was in any way exaggerated. It was completely as-described”. Even the caricature of Jim on the building and menu is a testimony to my truth. We pulled up, I pointed at the sign and said “Jim looks EXACTLY like that”. And sure enough, shortly after we were seated, my wife’s eyes got big and she said “Oh wow, THERE’S Jim!” before I even had a chance to spot him. This afternoon we were actually greeted and seated by the man himself...


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Sorry to have only two photos of actual food after so much yammering, but there were only two of us and the portions are HEARTY. The menu is huge, from biscuits and gravy to fried chicken, omelettes, tenderloins, BLT’s, monster sized burgers, you’d have to have a roving gang to make a dent in that thing.


We have dubbed the smallest burger at Jim's "The Ron Swanson". For any fans of the tv show Parks and Recreation, you may remember the episode where Ron Swanson and (enter Rob Lowe's character's name here) had a contest to see if Ron's plain Jane, cheapest possible hamburger held a candle against a very high-end turkey burger. Everyone loved the saffron-laden mega-fancy turkey patty until ripping into the "Ron Swanson"...proving the point that no matter how cheap and how plain a beef patty may be, it is still light years beyond any other meat. The burger at Jim's is exactly like the burger any one of the millions of midwestern moms on a budget serve their families....except bigger. And if you order The Big Jim triple patty version and Jim is around, you can COUNT ON him coming over to bring you an extra bun.


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I usually stick with another trusted classic- the open faced sandwich. Specifically, the open faced chicken fried steak sandwich. It. Is. Awesome. Not the cheapo crumbly or gristly cube steak you get a lot of places, but definitely tenderized. And perfectly breaded. The key to the whole thing is the combination of the cream gravy and the cheap white bread. They meld into a totally different substance when combined and have that stick to the roof of your mouth effect.


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And of course you can get a side of gravy with anything, a side of mayo is a literal bowl of mayo, and you know if you ever DO become a regular because your waitress will stand right at your table and smoke while she chats with you. It's kind of funny to see how differently you are treated than a "regular". It's kind of cute, they joke around completely differently and Jim is all anxious to make sure you like your food.


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Inside the wonderful time capsule. It is probably painfully obvious that this place is a non-guilty pleasure of mine and that you can decide pretty quickly whether you'd love it or hate it. I don't think a lot of locals even know about this place, much less eat there. I don't take many people there either. I'd hate to smack someone if they complained about the bus tub full of dirty dishes two feet from their head. Making a scene because one of my favorite chefs refuses to make you a meat-free beef tartare is one thing, but you can't go messing with Jim's. My endless rambling about this wallflower surely communicates my sincerity.

Edited by Zeemanb, 20 July 2011 - 07:31 PM.


#72 gfweb

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Posted 20 July 2011 - 07:22 PM

Looks like some sweet neon along that road.

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Posted 20 July 2011 - 07:42 PM

Bourdain did the whole "Winter's Bone" thing (including nearly killing/paralyzing the author of the book from whence it came) and made Miz-ery look bad enough (not inaccurately, I hasten to add).

I am glad at least that said author is an alum of KU!
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Posted 20 July 2011 - 07:55 PM

Looks like some sweet neon along that road.


You could land a jumbo jet at night just using the neon as your guide. Very swanky.

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Posted 20 July 2011 - 08:03 PM

Any neon martini glasses with bubbles?

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Posted 20 July 2011 - 08:06 PM

Bourdain did the whole "Winter's Bone" thing (including nearly killing/paralyzing the author of the book from whence it came) and made Miz-ery look bad enough (not inaccurately, I hasten to add).

I am glad at least that said author is an alum of KU!


Yeah, he did a pretty good sanitized and viewer-friendly look into the outskirts of that culture, but I guess it IS the Travel Channel. I'd like to pick his fixer next time. WHOLE different show.

The one part of that episode I really liked, pretty bittersweet now, was his night in that Joplin bar. That was some good, fun Missouri.

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Posted 21 July 2011 - 06:40 AM

Great Jim's rand Jerry.

Is the Bamboo Hut still around?
That's the thing about opposum inerds, they's just as tasty the next day.

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Posted 21 July 2011 - 08:07 AM

Great Jim's rand Jerry.

Is the Bamboo Hut still around?


Man, Bamboo Hut ended up closing last year. Never got to take Meredith there either. Total bummer. It may have beat out Jim's this week if it were open. (FYI for those not from KC- Bamboo Hut was the second oldest restaurant in Kansas City. It was an old roadhouse, all apps were fried stuff, entrees were cheap..garlic steak, fried shrimp, etc., no dessert...if you wanted dessert you'd have another highball.)

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Posted 21 July 2011 - 08:47 AM

Great Blog! My husband and I lived in Spring Hill, KS (just south of Olathe) for a few years in the early 80's. I didn't get into KC very often but I do remember visiting the Plaza when my parents came to visit one time. We ate at the Longhorn Saloon and I had my very first Potato Skins. Still one of my favorite foods!

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Posted 21 July 2011 - 09:19 AM

Great Blog! My husband and I lived in Spring Hill, KS (just south of Olathe) for a few years in the early 80's. I didn't get into KC very often but I do remember visiting the Plaza when my parents came to visit one time. We ate at the Longhorn Saloon and I had my very first Potato Skins. Still one of my favorite foods!


Thanks! Yeah, I know Spring Hill...down towards Louisburg or in the general area...I don't make it to that area much but I do make a yearly journey down to the cider mill. The way Overland Park has grown since you live here, Spring Hill is practically 95th and Metcalf at this point, lol. I'm pretty sure KC was an early adopter of the potato skin, that is our type of goodness.

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Posted 21 July 2011 - 09:33 AM

Good morning! And here is my delicious breakfast...one of Meredith’s zucchini muffins and a plum. Very fancy.

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Okay, tonight you’re going to get a real treat. We’re going with my parents to The Rieger (Hotel Grill and Exchange, to be exact). Much more about that once I’ve got the food porn, but it only took one visit for us to put it into very heavy rotation along with our three other favorite “date night/out of town guests” restaurants...Bluestem, Justus Drugstore and Lidia’s. I wish there was time and money aplenty to visit all of them this week, but we chose The Rieger...because it is AWESOME, and we haven’t had the new summer menu yet. Plus, my parents love it and that will allow me to maximize the food porn effect. That’s tonight.

I know that if I took you from Jim’s Family Restaurant straight to The Rieger, I may run the risk of forcing some of you to surface too quickly and give you the bends. So I’ll soften the transition a tiny bit. Or make it even freakier. Who knows. Anyway, I do love seeing the different markets when people do their eG blogs. I’m going to my butcher tomorrow and the farmer’s market on Saturday. Other than that we’ve got Trader Joe’s as of last Friday, Whole Foods, tons of Hispanic grocers, huge Asian markets...all of the usual suspects. As far as “unique to Kansas City” food and assorted goods shopping, we DO have one place worth mentioning. It predates the Walmart Superstore concept, but has sort-of that type of one stop shopping appeal. And I guarantee someone from Kansas City has figured out where I’m headed with this, and in their mind they have said...”Dear God, he’s going THERE?...Is he TRYING to make us look like hillbillies?”. Yes, I’m going THERE. And you ARE a hillbilly.

RED-X IN RIVERSIDE MISSOURI! THEY’VE GOT IT ALL! COME ON INSIDE! (I think they rebuilt faster than the Fire Department after the flood of ’93)

Open at 7am 8 days a week!

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They’ve got groceries! And an impressively thorough supply of all things Mexican food related!


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Need a stogie to enjoy after that stressful board meeting or during a nice round of golf? Step inside the humidor, it is STOCKED TO THE RAFTERS!

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Missouri has the lowest taxes on cigarettes in the nation, and Red-X passes those savings on to you!


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Faygo is for suburban dandies, in these parts we drink Vess…so many flavors, so sugary sweet, so affordable you can literally drink it like water. I am torn between the orange and the fruit punch. If I’m eating Mexican food, I go with the strawberry, but I am assuming everyone already knows that is what goes best with Mexican food.


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Red-X was the first place to get scratcher tickets back when the lottery was introduced to Missouri, and now they have this big department dedicated to your gambling needs…


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Need engine coolant? Mole killer? Toilet seat? Done, done and done.


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While you’re waiting for them to make your key over in hardware, step a few aisles over and choose from a variety of dollar goods…or perhaps you’re a high roller and would prefer to shop for workwear from Dickies or Carhart……

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Okay, all screwing around aside, Red X does have an incredible selection of wine and liquor. Some of the best prices in town, and a level of knowledge and service one would not expect over in little Riverside. I was always amazed at the trouble they’d go to in order to find what you want if they don’t have it in stock, and more than once I’d be looking for a specific wine and was more than willing to spend the money only to have them recommend basically the exact same wine for far, far less.


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So there you have it....when I'm not out procuring the finest heirloom tomatoes or Wagyu beef, I'm down at Red X buying charcoal and chipotles. THEIR version of "seasonal goods" is....FIREWORKS!

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Posted 21 July 2011 - 10:08 AM

Good morning! And here is my delicious breakfast...one of Meredith’s zucchini muffins and a plum. Very fancy.

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Okay, tonight you’re going to get a real treat. We’re going with my parents to The Rieger (Hotel Grill and Exchange, to be exact). Much more about that once I’ve got the food porn, but it only took one visit for us to put it into very heavy rotation along with our three other favorite “date night/out of town guests” restaurants...Bluestem, Justus Drugstore and Lidia’s. I wish there was time and money aplenty to visit all of them this week, but we chose The Rieger...because it is AWESOME, and we haven’t had the new summer menu yet. Plus, my parents love it and that will allow me to maximize the food porn effect. That’s tonight.

I know that if I took you from Jim’s Family Restaurant straight to The Rieger, I may run the risk of forcing some of you to surface too quickly and give you the bends. So I’ll soften the transition a tiny bit. Or make it even freakier. Who knows. Anyway, I do love seeing the different markets when people do their eG blogs. I’m going to my butcher tomorrow and the farmer’s market on Saturday. Other than that we’ve got Trader Joe’s as of last Friday, Whole Foods, tons of Hispanic grocers, huge Asian markets...all of the usual suspects. As far as “unique to Kansas City” food and assorted goods shopping, we DO have one place worth mentioning. It predates the Walmart Superstore concept, but has sort-of that type of one stop shopping appeal. And I guarantee someone from Kansas City has figured out where I’m headed with this, and in their mind they have said...”Dear God, he’s going THERE?...Is he TRYING to make us look like hillbillies?”. Yes, I’m going THERE. And you ARE a hillbilly.

RED-X IN RIVERSIDE MISSOURI! THEY’VE GOT IT ALL! COME ON INSIDE! (I think they rebuilt faster than the Fire Department after the flood of ’93)

Open at 7am 8 days a week!

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They’ve got groceries! And an impressively thorough supply of all things Mexican food related!


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Need a stogie to enjoy after that stressful board meeting or during a nice round of golf? Step inside the humidor, it is STOCKED TO THE RAFTERS!

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Missouri has the lowest taxes on cigarettes in the nation, and Red-X passes those savings on to you!


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Faygo is for suburban dandies, in these parts we drink Vess…so many flavors, so sugary sweet, so affordable you can literally drink it like water. I am torn between the orange and the fruit punch. If I’m eating Mexican food, I go with the strawberry, but I am assuming everyone already knows that is what goes best with Mexican food.


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Red-X was the first place to get scratcher tickets back when the lottery was introduced to Missouri, and now they have this big department dedicated to your gambling needs…


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Need engine coolant? Mole killer? Toilet seat? Done, done and done.


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While you’re waiting for them to make your key over in hardware, step a few aisles over and choose from a variety of dollar goods…or perhaps you’re a high roller and would prefer to shop for workwear from Dickies or Carhart……

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Okay, all screwing around aside, Red X does have an incredible selection of wine and liquor. Some of the best prices in town, and a level of knowledge and service one would not expect over in little Riverside. I was always amazed at the trouble they’d go to in order to find what you want if they don’t have it in stock, and more than once I’d be looking for a specific wine and was more than willing to spend the money only to have them recommend basically the exact same wine for far, far less.


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So there you have it....when I'm not out procuring the finest heirloom tomatoes or Wagyu beef, I'm down at Red X buying charcoal and chipotles. THEIR version of "seasonal goods" is....FIREWORKS!

DAY-UM! And I thought I'd seen it all... :shock:
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#83 Zeemanb

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Posted 21 July 2011 - 11:55 AM

DAY-UM! And I thought I'd seen it all... :shock:


The pictures don't really come close to capturing the true vibe, or the booming crowds when it's busy since that was shortly after 7am. I also left out the city's largest collection of bells and the antique furniture and kitchen dioramas that line all of the windows along the front of the building.

It's one of those places where I'm there so often I forget how different it may be to some people....when my sister in law was in town last summer, she confirmed through word and priceless expression- Red-X is one of a kind!

#84 moosnsqrl

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Posted 21 July 2011 - 12:19 PM


DAY-UM! And I thought I'd seen it all... :shock:


The pictures don't really come close to capturing the true vibe, or the booming crowds when it's busy since that was shortly after 7am. I also left out the city's largest collection of bells and the antique furniture and kitchen dioramas that line all of the windows along the front of the building.

It's one of those places where I'm there so often I forget how different it may be to some people....when my sister in law was in town last summer, she confirmed through word and priceless expression- Red-X is one of a kind!

You couldn't find any toothless natives to pose at that hour of the morning, huh? It's too bad there wasn't a wine tasting this week during your blog . . . I just love the juxtaposition of wine snobs and Riversidians! :shock:
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#85 Zeemanb

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Posted 21 July 2011 - 01:08 PM

You couldn't find any toothless natives to pose at that hour of the morning, huh? It's too bad there wasn't a wine tasting this week during your blog . . . I just love the juxtaposition of wine snobs and Riversidians! :shock:


WOW, I really have gotten rusty when it comes to the refined hootch culture in this town....I forgot all about those tastings!

For the benefit of everyone else- I think they do wine tastings every couple of months, and they don't just limit it to wine, they do different cordials and mixes like Sour Apple Pucker and that type of thing. The building is huge, the parking lot is gigantic, and you cannot get anywhere NEAR the place on a Thursday night when they're doing the tasting. Buy your cigarettes elsewhere THAT night. People parking up on the tops of the flood walls, it is just nuts. And to Judy's point, Riverside is a little bit rustic, I'm not making fun of the place, people are people, but BOY HOWDY do you get a combo running around there. The Silver Oak wine and Silver Wolf vodka crowds do create quite the melange.

#86 chileheadmike

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Posted 21 July 2011 - 05:04 PM

I was literally crying reading about the Red X. My Grandpa used to take me with him to The Red X to buy cheap cigarettes in the 60s. It's truly a KC institution.

And if you don't get over to the 'Dotte for some good Mexican food, I am no longer your friend.
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#87 heidih

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Posted 21 July 2011 - 05:14 PM

Kitchen dioramas?!? I need an education.

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Posted 21 July 2011 - 06:18 PM

So far, after all you have written and showed us, KC seems like my kind of town!!!!
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#89 Zeemanb

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Posted 21 July 2011 - 09:04 PM

mike- If I don't make it to KCK Mexican food, it will be because of a larger plan.

heidih- Not sure if diorama is the right descripton, but bascally the entire front side of the building has several giant picture windows spanning the length. Behind each individual window is some sort of dining room or kitchen setup...non-functional, lots of antiques and knick-knacks displayed nicely BUT nothng is for sale...it's just there. And there is no way to approach any of them from the inside, you can only view them from outdoors. Kind of bizarre when you get up next to them.

eldereno- whatever you've seen so far, there's PLENTY more of the same type of thing! Except for Red-X....


Okey dokey...should come as no huge surprise that there won't be a Rieger writeup until tomorrow.....we're still comatose.....

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Posted 21 July 2011 - 09:58 PM

A lottery *section*. Oh my word. I've never seen anything like that. Never. Not even close...

Wow. Just.....wow.

That takes the cake.
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