Around the BLOCK

Bun Mee in San Francisco

On a visit to Sonoma this summer, we needed a quick bite before getting on the plane in San Francisco. So we wound our way through the city via Highway 1 in hopes of finding a parking place near the restaurant I had picked out for a quick lunch. We hit the jackpot and raced […]

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Bo Ling’s on the Plaza

This summer, Bo Ling’s moved its flagship restaurant to a space on the Plaza worthy of its designation as the top dog in the chain.  It’s stunning in its contemporary and bold design. Taking up half of the Skelly building, the restaurant would almost feel cavernous if not for the well-divided dining room that includes […]

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Sama Zama

Sama Zama, a new twist on owner Erika Koike’s now closed One Bite Grill in Overland Park, recently opened on Westport’s restaurant row. It’s on the same stretch of Westport Road that houses the Boot, Westport Cafe, Jerusalem Cafe and the Beer Kitchen, among others. Sama Zama is very clean, sleek and modern, and with […]

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Shophouse Kitchen in Washington, DC

Shophouse Kitchen is the newest brainchild of Steve Ells, who founded the hugely successful Chipotle chain. He’s now taken the same formula (vessel, filling, toppings) and applied it to Southeast Asian cuisine. The prototype is in Washington, DC and though no expansion plans have yet been announced, I would be shocked if that’s not where […]

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Nica’s 320

Nica’s 320 recently took over the old Shiraz space on Southwest Boulevard. The original Nica’s Cafe was out south before its owners negotiated for a bigger space in the Crossroads. Loaded with the same charm and a courtyard as Shiraz, Nica’s 320 looks like it’s been around forever. The menu is quite unique. Diners devise […]

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Lulu’s Noodle Shop

Lulu’s Noodle Shop has been on the scene for years, but it recently moved around the corner from its old venue into a very cool retro space. It’s quite a bit larger than the original, which cuts down on  those pesky lunch lines, yet there are so many alcoves and nooks that it doesn’t feel […]

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