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Happy Hour – Red Door Grill

Happy Hour visits are one of our favorite things, but our work schedule doesn’t always cooperate. It is nice to find places that offer extended hours, so that more people are able to participate. The Red Door Grill, at 11851 Roe Avenue, runs their Happy Hours from 4:00 – 7:00 pm Monday through Friday, and again from 10:00 to close on Friday and Saturdays . That makes this place a very popular gathering spot. The bar is a long granite slab, which offers plenty of seating. Running parallel to the bar is another long high table designed to capture the overflow. While this looks like a lot of seating, this place fills up quickly on a Friday evening. We found this out for ourselves.Continue reading

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Smoky Goodness at El Pollo Rey

The Armourdale section of Kansas City, Kansas is filled with small businesses, and hard working families. Restaurants in the area like El Pollo Rey may cater to the local residents, but their creations draw customers from all around the metro. Many of the buildings that house these restaurants have been home to a variety of businesses in the past. An example of this is the building at 901 Kansas Avenue. During its time as a Dairy Queen, we would frequent it on Wednesday evenings after church services. Of course, this was during my younger years. Since those days, we have not frequented any of the numerous businesses that have occupied the grounds, until this latest enterprise.Continue reading

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Cheap Eats: 5 Ways to Dine Out For Less

It is safe to say that most people enjoy a meal out at least once in a while. For us we prefer this more often than not. It is entertaining, educational, and opens you up to new possibilities. Of course, we also know that dining out is more expensive than eating a homemade meal, but there are ways to combat the higher ticket prices if you are willing to be a little flexible. Here are our 5 top ways to score good eats at a reduced price.Continue reading

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Get it and Go at Go Chicken Go

One of my early jobs was as a gas station attendant on 7th Street just north of Central Avenue near downtown KCK. Right across the street from the station was a Go Chicken Go restaurant. This was not a very glamorous job, and it was in the period where they were just beginning to move the operations to being pay before you pump. I spent the bulk of my time sitting in a booth, behind a glass front, taking money and turning on the pumps. Continue reading

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Cross the Tracks to Fritz’s Railroad Restaurant

On my drive, I was stopped by a train. As I watched the cars roll by, I thought of all of the businesses that have sprouted up, because of the railroads. As my mind wandered, probably the most unusual of them came to me, and I remembered an article I wrote about Fritz’s. This place holds some special memories for me, since I used to visit this restaurant with my father, when he was alive. I hope you all enjoy the read.

There are many cases in life that the original stands out above any and all replicas. How many movies were so good that they created a sequel, and it fell short of our expectations. The original sets the bar that all others will need to attain, if they will be as successful. One of these success stories is Fritz’s Railroad Restaurant. The original location at 32nd & Brown Avenue, was started in 1954 by Fritz and Virginia, after his return from the war. In the mid-60’s they opened a second location at 18th Street & Grandview Blvd. In more recent years additional locations have been added at Crown Center and in Shawnee, Kansas. Continue reading

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Happy Hour – McCormick & Schmicks

McCormick & Schmicks sits on the Plaza overlooking the shopping district. The building is beautiful inside and out, and has an outdoor patio overlooking the busy streets. Primarily a seafood restaurant, they also serve delicious beef courses. Dinner can be an entertaining experience, but a bit pricey. Of course as we have learned, Happy Hour offers us an opportunity to savor there delectable offerings at a fraction of the price.Continue reading

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Authentic Mexican Food at Burritos La Chiquita

I like to keep a list of potential restaurants for different areas of the metro, so that we can find good Mexican, Asian, pizza, or whatever strikes us when we are running around. One of the tips we recently received pointed us toward a small burrito restaurant at 1328 Minnesota Avenue in KCK. Burritos La Chiquita is a good example of a successful small business. Started about 9 years ago as a small walk-up window on 7th & Ohio, in downtown KCK, the popularity of the food offerings forced them to move to a larger location about 5 years ago. That is when they relocated to their current home, and they continue to see the business thrive today. I met with the owner recently, and he walked me through their business, while explaining their simple model for success.Continue reading