Around the BLOCK

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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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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Port Fonda/Maza Azul Collaboration Dinner

Patrick Ryan of Port Fonda and Jonathan Zaragoza of Masa Azul in Chicago recently teamed up to prepare a goat and mezcal dinner at Port Fonda. And what a dinner it was. Each course was an adventure in itself, made more so because we got a little education about  mezcal.  Beforehand I didn’t even know the […]

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Bluestem

Come on people, as of May 6th chef/owner Colby Garrelts is a James Beard award winner! How can Bluestem not be packed every night? True, it’s not inexpensive, but for sheer value, it stacks up well with the other upscale restaurants in our fair city. And for a restaurant with a prix-fixe menu, it’s cheap […]

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Port Fonda

Before it even opened, the buzz was all about Port Fonda. Aside from being one of the most exciting-sounding restaurants to open in more than a year, Chef/owner Patrick Ryan has an impressive pedigree. He worked with Rick Bayless at Frontera Grill in Chicago, one of the country’s most highly acclaimed Mexican restaurants, and Ryan’s […]

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The Green Room

The Green Room  is located in Westport, fittingly next to a theatre (green room, get it?). It also tries to be green in terms of our environment, thus the double-entendre…. Recently opened, it aims to provide a comfortable place to have a good burger at an affordable price, while also perhaps washing it down with […]

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The Boot

Walking into the Boot is such a pleasant experience. Someone will quickly greet you and guide you to your table while you look around and take in the very charming interior. The side walls are brick. Old wooden ladders hang sideways and their rungs are interspersed with flower vases. On one wall sits a painting […]

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Young Restaurateurs Hungry For Success

I love these guys! It was a really fun story to write; I only wish I had more words…Aaron and Rich have interesting backgrounds that I wanted to share with our readers more fully. From Wednesday’s Food section: http://www.kansascity.com/2012/06/25/3675383/young-restaurateurs-are-hungry.html Young restaurateurs are hungry for success Aaron Confessori and Richard Wiles seek their fortunes in Westport, […]

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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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Bluestem Lounge

I shouldn’t be writing this. In fact, I’ve put off posting a story about the Bluestem lounge over the years because I didn’t want it to get so crowded that we could never again get in the door. But based on my last couple of visits, the cat is clearly out of the bag, so […]

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