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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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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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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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Toast the Day at Holyfield Winery

In the entire state of Kansas there are less than 50 wineries, but that number is probably no surprise. What may surprise you is that located in Basehor is Holyfield Winery, which sits upon 14 acres of fertile Kansas soil. If you leave Kansas City, Kansas traveling west on Highway 40 (State Avenue), the next town you come to will be Basehor, Kansas. With just under 5,000 residents, this city is comprised mostly of residential housing, with a smattering of small restaurants and businesses. Most of these are in place to support the local population, but Holyfield stands out as unique in this sleepy little town. 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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Happy Hours are Our Friend

  Throughout the city you can find a Happy Hour on most any day. Some establishments have added a Reverse Happy Hour, which is usually later in the evening. While these do occur every day, we enjoy the Friday Happy Hour the best. After a long work week it feels extra special to break from the routine and head out on the town. These events give us an excellent opportunity to sample a variety of upscale restaurants without the whole fanfare of an expensive dinner. Of course, not all of the restaurants are high dollar, but the fun of a Happy Hour stills holds its influence even in a more moderate setting. Continue reading