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Cleaver & Cork

There’s a new kid on the Block, Cleaver & Cork. And that Block is KC Live in the Power & Light District. FINALLY!  Aside from BRGR, the district is populated with chain restaurants or those owned by a national outfit. Yes, technically Cleaver & Cork is owned by an affiliate of the Cordish Companies, but it […]

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Test Kitchen Kansas City

A star-studded cast led the first 2015 version of the Test Kitchen, an underground supper club started by Jenny Vergara in 2008. For those unfamiliar with the Test Kitchen, it’s really an incubator for chefs. They are encouraged to think out of the box and stretch their creative limits, a luxury not commonly allowed in […]

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KC Restaurant Week 2015

Kansas City’s Restaurant Week is well under way, continuing through January 25, with 160 restaurants participating for lunch and/or dinner. At lunch two courses will be served for $15 and at dinner 3 for $33. Check out Restaurant Week’s website where most restaurants have posted the lunch and or dinner menu they will be serving. Restaurants typically […]

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Char Bar

The Char Bar is the latest in the barbecue restaurant sweepstakes, coming on the heels of the Q 39 opening last April. The Char Bar is taking it up a notch, with a sports bar/laid-back ambiance, complete with leather chairs, and even some healthy options. My husband thought I was off my rocker when I suggested getting […]

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A Taste of Austin

Don’t get me wrong, Austin is a cool city. Pockets of eclectic neighborhoods, tons of live music, a pretty lake with an awesome trail surrounding it and a booming downtown. But for me, it’s all about the food. I was recently there for 4 nights and didn’t come close to trying all of the restaurants […]

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Q 39

    Q 39 is an anomaly in town. It’s one of the few restaurants in town with a focus on barbecue that has a serious array of other offerings. The award-winning chef/owner, Rob Magee, turns out some pretty awesome chicken, brisket and fall-off-the-bone tender ribs, while also serving up salmon salad, burgers, and chicken tortilla […]

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Cucina della Ragazza

Cucina della Ragazza is adorable. It’s the kind of neighborhood charmer you want to frequent, regardless of the quality of the food. In this case, fortunately, the food hits the spot so you can return again and again. The corner restaurant was, among other ventures, the Optical Shop of Aspen in another life. Owner Laura Norris […]

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Nashville–Rolf and Daughters, City House and the Southern

Nashville is making a name for itself outside of the music scene, with an increasing number of farm-to-table, casual and innovative restaurants. While recently in this fun city for a wedding, I had trouble deciding which of them to try. These are the ones I settled on (I skipped Husk because I have been to the original […]

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The Preservation Market in Bridger’s Bottle Shop

Alex Pope has done it again. Now those of us who love The Local Pig and Pigwich have a midtown option when we want our fix. Pope recently opened a food shop called Preservation Market inside Bridger’s Bottle Shop, creating a restaurant within a beer market. Here’s how it works. Bridger’s offers more than 600 bottles of beer […]

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D.O.C.G. Enteca by Scott Conant in Las Vegas

D.O.C.G. in Las Vegas is a winner. Extremely appealing in decor with a very contemporary yet comfortable vibe, the food is equally enticing. The space is long and narrow, with brick walls and a wood-burning fireplace in the open kitchen at the end. The menu is all Italian, but goes beyond pizza and pasta, delving […]

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