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Final Cut

Discard any preconceived notions you might have about eating dinner in a casino. I certainly had many, and after dining at the Final Cut steakhouse, I had to throw them all out the window..at least as far as the Hollywood Casino at the Kansas Speedway is concerned. The pictures on its website don’t do it […]

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Restaurant Week Part 2: Gaslight Grill

I had never been to Gaslight Grill before, so when offered a complimentary preview of its Restaurant Week menu, I was pleased to have the opportunity to visit. It’s located in Leawood, in the space that at one time occupied the south location of Plaza III. The restaurant is quite large, and consists of a […]

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Tavern in the Village

After two pleasant visits to Tavern in the Village, the new hot spot in Prairie Village, it’s likely that owner Kelly Manning has a winning formula.  He’s worked in PB& J restaurants and at Houston’s and Morton’s, so he certainly has a solid pedigree. The Tavern is a comfortable spot, with well-spaced tables, spacious booths […]

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Happy Hour at Pierpont’s

Pierpont’s is a gorgeous restaurant within Union Station that opened when the old train depot was renovated in 1999. Primarily known for its steak and seafood, it also has a fun and extremely reasonable happy hour. It’s offered from 11 am to close on weekdays, and from 4-6 pm on weekends, in the lounge only. […]

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Room 39

I’ve always loved Room 39. The servers are consistently friendly and knowledgeable, the space has a lovely coziness to it and the restaurant’s personality shifts as the clock does. In the  morning it’s an upscale coffee shop, with exceptional coffee and egg dishes, including a quiche that is probably  four inches high. At lunchtime, it’s […]

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Majestic Restaurant

The Majestic Restaurant is back in business with the same name, same decor, but different owners. Housed in the historic Fitzpatrick Saloon building, it still has that 1920′s look, complete with the original blue and white tile floors. A highlight is the jazz pianist who holds court in the front room, adding a bit of […]

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Charlie Palmer Steak

Trying to select a restaurant in Las Vegas is a little like trying to buy a dress in New York City. There are so many to choose from that it can be more than a little overwhelming. Well-known chefs like Batali, Emeril, Charlie Trotter, Michael Mina, and Wolfgang Puck have hit the strip in a […]

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