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An antique Hamms beer sign hangs above the opening to the kitchen at Third Street Social.

Dining With Flair at Third Street Social

We were looking for a restaurant, that presented dining with flair, in downtown Lee’s Summit. 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. Here you will find anything from fast food joints to fine dining restaurants. Continue reading

The burgandy awning signals customers that they have arrived at Bar-istro in downtown Lee's Summit.

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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Great Eats at Branding Iron BBQ

We are sure in most cases that if you cut a Kansas Citian they would bleed barbecue sauce. Now we have all heard stories about the various choices in this great BBQ town, but what about when you leave the metro? Well on a recent trek south we had the opportunity to test the saucy waters. We paid a visit to Branding Iron BBQ, which is located at 2027 North Commercial, in Harrisonville, Missouri. Continue reading

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Relive History at the Patee House Museum

In St. Joseph, Missouri there are many wonderful old buildings, but only one National Historic Landmark. The Patee House Museum started life as a luxury hotel back in 1858. During the short life of the Pony Express (the Pony Express Museum is just down the road), part of the hotel served as the headquarters. Other memorable moments in the hotel’s history include the occupation by the Union Army during the Civil War. Since Mr. Patee had been supporting the Confederacy, the Union decided to sell the hotel, as spoils of war, in a nation-wide lottery. Patee bought 100 unsold tickets and won back the hotel.Continue reading

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Boudreaux’s Louisiana Seafood & Steakhouse – St. Joe

What is a person to do if they find themselves desiring authentic Louisiana cuisine in St. Joseph, Missouri. Fear not, as you can stop in Boudreaux’s Louisiana Seafood and Steakhouse for some Cajun and Creole dishes served up in a relaxed atmosphere. Located in the Wholesale Row Historic District, this restaurant has created a Mardi Gras atmosphere. The original owner, Robert Boudreaux was a Cajun who hailed from Opelousas, Louisiana.Continue reading

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Experience the Glore Psychiatric Museum

There are many types of museums available in the Midwest, and one of the more unique is the Glore Psychiatric Museum in St. Joseph, Missouri. What started as the ‘State Lunatic Asylum No. 2’ in 1874, has been transformed into a museum dedicated to showing the path of treatment from the 16th century until modern times. The buildings that housed the asylum have been split up, with a large portion now being used as  the Western Reception Diagnostic Correctional Center. The museum is housed in a building that was constructed in 1968 as a medical wing for the mental hospital.Continue reading

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Ride Like The Wind to the Pony Express National Museum

When people hear the name “Pony Express”, their minds picture young cowboys racing their horses across the untamed wilderness. Risking all against the elements, and sometimes unfriendly natives, was a daily experience for these riders. While this enterprise only lasted 19 months, it’s accomplishments secured its place in history. In St. Joe, Mo. you can visit the Pony Express National Museum and discover more details about this amazing undertaking.Continue reading

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See History Come Alive at Missouri Town 1855

Sitting on 30 acres, on the east side of Lake Jacomo is Missouri Town 1855. This open air museum contains more than 25 structures dating from the time just before the Civil War. Interpreters, dressed in period attire, interact with visitors to explain the lifestyle of the era.  Although Missouri Town was never an actual town, it was assembled to represent a mid-19th-century Missouri settlement. The assortment of buildings were moved to their current site from other locations in Missouri.

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Tin Kitchen: Weston, Missouri

Just a short drive from Kansas City you will find Weston, Missouri. This nearby day trip location is a quaint little river town filled with small town shops. The downtown area is a popular place for couples, families, and small parties to gather for a day of leisurely activities. Between shopping, winery visits, and other interesting stops, you can work up quite an appetite. There are a handful of dining choices, but on our recent visit we picked the Tin Kitchen.Continue reading