Around the BLOCK

First Taste: Saki Asian

Admittedly, I don’t think about driving to the Northland to eat. I’m usually only in the area on the way to or from the airport, and never want to stop to eat after a trip in which I spend most of my time eating! But many Facebook mentions and online pictures of Saki Asian convinced me to […]

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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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Restaurant Week Part 1: Sushi House

I love Restaurant Week. The concept was originally devised during the 1992 Democratic Convention in New York City, and has been expanded over the years to cities all across the country. Here in Kansas City, we’ve made it  an affordable way to try a restaurant diners might not otherwise be able to afford as well as […]

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Kona Grill

Kona Grill is one of those chains I’m willing to patronize. I enjoy the food and I love sitting by the open windows on a delightful spring day. A relatively new menu gave me an excuse to have lunch there the other day. Since my last visit, they’ve added a number of outdoor tables, though […]

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SEI Restaurant–Washington DC

To say that SEI restaurant in Washington, DC is a sushi restaurant doesn’t do it justice. Yes, it has some pretty terrific and beautifully prepared sushi. But what makes this Penn Quarter gem glitter beyond its white and amber decor is the inventiveness of the small plates on the menu. Building a meal around these […]

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Drunken Fish

I’ve been less than impressed with the quality of restaurants in the Power & Light District, so when I tried Drunken Fish I kept my expectations in check. It’s not exactly a chain: there are three restaurants in St. Louis by the same name, and this is their first foray outside of the city. It […]

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Matsuhisa Aspen

Nobu Matsuhisa has made a name for himself with a slew of sushi restaurants dotted around the world. One of his newest endeavors is in an historic Victorian house in Aspen. Its quaint exterior belies the size of the restaurant, made possible by a clever digging way down into the earth to create the reservations-only […]

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Edokko Japanese Restaurant

I had heard wonderful things about Edokko in Lenexa and decided it was time to give it a try. Walking in, I was immediately struck by the serene nature of the restaurant. An attractive sushi bar is the focal point, with booths and tables circling it on two levels. It’s dark, you can hear water […]

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Kaiyo Sushi Restaurant

Tired of steak and potatoes? In a winter rut?  Kaiyo, at 119th and Roe, may be located in a non-descript Johnson County strip center, but its food is anything but dull. With fresh and inventive fare and a light, contemporary dining room, owner and chef David Loo, formerly of Sushi House, and wife Karen have […]

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Cafe Beautiful-Lawrence

As we walked into Cafe Beautiful, my son and I were immediately captivated by the serene tableau that lay before us. Two tables were carefully set, scented candles filled the air, the lighting was low, and Frank Sinatra crooned in the background. The living room of the chef/owner’s apartment, on the second floor of a […]

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