Around the BLOCK

Domo

Domo in Brookside is one of those places I always forget about despite its close proximity to my home. More often than not when I think sushi, I think Kaiyo or RA Sushi, both of which are in Leawood. But I recently went to Domo for lunch and was pleased I did. I’ve been to […]

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Chelly’s Cafe

After writing about Paparico’s, and my excitement over discovering a Mexican restaurant I enjoyed in the Brookside/Waldo area, several readers questioned how I could prefer it over Chelly’s Cafe, which is essentially around the corner. Chelly’s used to be in Grandview, but moved several years ago to its current location. Since I had not been […]

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Blue Grotto

Based on an expanded menu, I decided it was time to revisit Blue Grotto, the very popular pizza spot in Brookside. When it first opened, the menu contained a few salads as well as the star attraction, but it now has an interesting list of small plates and a large number of $5 antipasto selections […]

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Carmen’s Cafe–Park Place

If you like the Carmen’s Cafe in Brookside, you’ll enjoy its second location in Leawood’s Park Place.  Same great food with just a few additions to the original menu. The decor is fairly dark, but with a big window in the front, a mirrored wall that runs the length of the room, and a separate […]

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Jake’s Bella Napoli

Kansas Citians may know Jake’s as La Cucina di Mamma, but a recent name change ties this little neighborhood gem more closely to the deli next door, which Jake Imperiale also owns. Though I’ve bought pastas, olives and sandwiches at Bella Napoli for years, it had been quite some time since I had eaten at […]

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Oak 63 Bistro

My lunch at Oak 63 had a rather inauspicious beginning. I had heard how great the Reuben sandwich and French fries were, and I wanted to give them a try.  There was no Reuben to be found on the menu (at least the day I was in), and French fries were only available to those […]

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Julian Restaurant

I was really looking forward to trying Julian. It’s in my neighborhood, in Joe D’s old space, and owned and operated by James Beard award winner Celina Tio, former chef of the American restaurant. I was listening to a Ruth Reichl podcast recently. She was editor of the now defunct Gourmet magazine and a former […]

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Carmen’s Cafe

Carmen’s Cafe in Brookside is a longtime neighborhood favorite. Italian specialties abound, including spiedini, veal and my favorite, Fettucine Al Diablo, an enormous pasta dish chock-full of seafood in a spicy tomato sauce. Linguine Aliolio is another must-try, combining olive oil and garlic with fresh herbs and just a touch of tomato.Carmen’s also has surprisingly […]

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