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Shady History at Majestic Restaurant

Just about everyone who has driven by 931 Broadway, in downtown Kansas City, Missouri, has seen the bright red awning over the entrance of The Majestic Restaurant. The building started life over 100 years ago as the Fitzpatrick Saloon. Built in 1911, the same year Jim Pendergast (Boss Tom’s older brother) passed away, it housed the saloon and a bordello. At that time, it resided in the center of the city, and became a key location in its future. Continue reading

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An Upscale Casual Experience at J. Gilbert’s Steakhouse

If you ask someone where to get the best steaks in the Kansas City metro, you will get just as diverse number of suggestions as if you had asked about barbecue. If pressed for an answer, J. Gilbert’s Steakhouse, at 8901 Metcalf Avenue, is the one we would have to pick. Kansas City is historically a stockyard town, and with that comes the love of meat. We have had the pleasure of visiting many good steakhouses throughout the metro, but to pick a favorite requires you selecting just one. Continue reading

Dredging Up the Past at the Arabia Steamboat Museum

We enjoy our visits to the City Market in downtown Kansas City, Missouri. This place bustles with vendors, hawkers, musicians, shoppers, and history seekers. The last category is often on their way to the Arabia Steamboat Museum, which is located in one of the permanent buildings that surround the market. The Arabia was a side wheeled steamer built in 1853. It plied the Ohio and Mississippi Rivers, before being purchased and relocated to the Missouri River.Continue reading

Cool Treats at Poppy’s Ice Cream

Poppy’s Ice Cream & Coffee House, which is located at 307 SE Douglas in downtown Lee’s Summit, was a welcome sight during our recent visit. For us, one of life’s sweetest treats is ice cream. Give us a warm day, and a bowl of ice cream, and we are just about as happy as we can get. When we happen upon an ice cream shop we have never visited, we just have to stop in to see what they offer. The variety of colors swirled in the different containers are mesmerizing, and we find ourselves drawn to test a few.Continue reading

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Dining With Flair at Third Street Social

We were looking for a restaurant nearby downtown Lee’s Summit,  that presented dining with flair. We decided to visit Third Street Social, which is located at 123 SE 3rd Street. Third Street in downtown Lee’s Summit, Missouri offers up an eclectic collection of dining opportunities. Burgers, tacos, wings, bar grub, pizza, and many other food groups are presented in around two dozen locations. All of these are in this downtown area, and all within a short walk from each other. It would be safe to say that just about every level of dining option is covered from fast food joints to fine dining restaurants. Continue reading

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Shifting Gears at Bar-istro

In 2008 a small micro winery opened in downtown Lee’s Summit, Missouri. As time passed, the owner saw the need to expand their offerings, so they would attract a wider clientele. After an extensive renovation in 2015, they reopened under the name of Bar-istro. Located in the main downtown business district, at 127 SE 3rd Street, they have seen a resurgence in popularity. We visited them to see what all of the buzz was about. Continue reading

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Honoring the Past at the Huron Indian Cemetery

Kansas City, Kansas isn’t as old as some of the other large Midwest cities. That doesn’t mean it doesn’t have just as colorful a history as the others. A recent visit to the Huron Indian Cemetery, on 7th Street just north of Ann Avenue, reminded us just how unique our beginnings were. The name Huron was a derogatory nickname bestowed on the Wyandot Indian tribe by the French, in reference to the headpieces worn by tribe members. The grounds were listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1971. The cemetery has been officially renamed Wyandot National Burying Ground.Continue reading

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High Altitude Fun at the Hogle Zoo

We are zoo people! There I said it, and it feels good to get that off of my chest. On many occasions we have been asked about the attractions we visited when we were traveling as a couple without kids in tow. We are still amazed when people act amazed that we visited a zoo on our travels. Let’s face it, it’s a fascination we have in common. Some zoos are designed to be purely entertaining, while others are heavy on educational value. We have seen small, medium, and large sized zoos. We have been to zoos in the Midwest, near the oceans, and even in the mountains. On our Rocky Mountain Road Trip we had the chance to visit the Hogle Zoo in Salt Lake City, Utah.Continue reading

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Homesteader Cafe – Decent Dining

One of the best things about maintaining your own travel blog is being able to select the places you write about. We find that some of our best articles are those that revolve around a great back story. This is why we love doing restaurant articles. There are so many great life stories out there just waiting to be told. A prime example would be Homesteader Cafe located at 100 E. 7th Street in downtown Kansas City, Missouri.Continue reading