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The Food Critics: News, Reviews and Outdoor Dining Spots

The deck at Cafe Des Ami in Parkville
The deck at Cafe Des Ami in Parkville

Walt Bodine welcomes back the Food Critics as they lather on the sunscreen and give us their picks for where to get fresh air and fresh food at the same time, plus the latest in local restaurant news.

Kansas City, MO –


Walt Bodine welcomes back the Food Critics as they lather on the sunscreen and give us their picks for where to get fresh air and fresh food at the same time, plus the latest in local restaurant news.


Charles Ferruzza, co-host, The Pitch and Fat City Blog
Chris Becicka, Ingram's Magazine
Gloria Gale, 435 South Magazine


Fuddrucker's has closed after 25 years

Charlies (135th st) is closing

Blue Moose is going into the Charlie's place

Cafe Rux is opening at Park Place, 117th and Ash

Danny's Big Easy has opened a new place at 18th and Vine

Critic's Reviews:

BRGR Kitchen and Bar
83rd and Mission
Prairie Village, KS
Very kid friendly. Charles did not like the buns, Chris was underwhelmed by the Roasted Chicken, build your own Mac-n-cheese is good, but expensive.

900 Westport Rd
Kansas City, MO
absolutely fabulous mac-n-cheese, great at happy hour!

Mely's Yogurt & Ice Cream
83rd and Mission
Prairie Village, KS
darling place for yogurt,has fondant eggs at Easter Time

101 W 22nd Street
Kansas City, MO
Brunch $22
wonderful, great antipasta and dessert tables, plus entrees

Studio Movie Grill
Zona Rosa
7430 N.W. 87th Street
Kansas City, MO
very comfortable, all theaters serve food, kahalua mud slide desert was really good

Webster House
1644 Wyandotte Street
Kansas City, MO 64108
great hamburger avail at lunch and happy hour

Korma Sutra
4113 Pennsylvania Ave
Kansas City, MO
wonderful, more urban feeling

6555 W. 119th St
Overland Park, KS
packed,$4.95 burger,
wedge of lettuce salad was huge and good

7800 Shawnee Mission Parkway
Overland Park, KS
Charles says "prettiest and best food of Korean restaurants"
delicious dumplings, korean sushi, spicy pork dish

Caller Recommendations

Simply Breakfast
4120 Pennsylviana
Kansas City, MO
all breakie, open 6 am - 1 pm
uses local ingredients

the Burger Stand at Dempseys
623 Vermont St
Lawrence, KS
fabulous hamburgers
duck fat fries!

b:2 A Burger Boutique
860- W NW Blue Parkway
Lees Summit, MO
(just opened)

LC's Hamburgers
7108 N Oak Trfy
Kansas City, MO
very good burgers

Outdoor Dining

Caenan Castle
12401 Johnson Dr
Shawnee, KS
sunday brunch on gorgeous patio (starting May 1),reservations highly recommendation, Saturday night - tapas

1201 West 103rd Street
Kansas City, MO
porch overlooks Indian Creek, Jasper will make mozzarella at your table

Crown Center
2450 Grand Boulevard
Kansas City, MO
french doors overlooks fountain

Tea House and Coffee Pot
next to Temple Slug
4309 Jefferson Street
Kansas City, MO
gorgeous patio, wonderful quiche

4579 W 119th St
Leawood, KS
wrought iron furniture and couches
open bar/lounge to outdoor

Sullivan's Steakhouse
4501 W 119th St
Leawood, KS
nice outdoor patio

Grand St. Cafe
4740 Grand Ave
Kansas City, MO
beautiful patio,
excellent service

Outdoor Dining, Cont.

251 E 55th
Kansas city, MO
"wonderful as long as sewer is working"
beautiful, along Trolly trail.

Hereford House
17244 Midland Dr
Shawnee, KS
amazing chopped steak with whisky sauce, nice patio

4057 Pennsylvania
Kansas City, MO
patio is great for people watching, allow's dog onto their deck too

Kelly's Westport Inn
500 Westport Road
Kansas City, MO
has a new rooftop bar

The Well
7421 Broadway
Kansas City, MO
terrific rooftop patio

John's Upper Deck
928 Wyandotte St
Kansas City, MO
downtown rooftop patio

Cafe Tempo
The Nerman Museum Cafe
12345 College Blvd
Overland Park, KS
nice patio

Oak Room
Intercontinental Hotel
401 Ward Pkwy
Kansas City, MO
beautiful terrace, feels like a NY restaurant

Cafe Trio
4558 Main Street
Kansas City, MO
patio open and weather-proofed
overlooking horse fountain on plaza
like being in a treehouse

815 W 17th St
Kansas City, MO
dog friendly front porch

Castaway's Marina and Grill
Smithville Marina
2825 NE 180th St
Smithville, MO
huge deck, very basic American Food, not expensive
"like dining in Florida"

Marina Grog and Galley
22 A Street
Lake Lotawana, MO

Harry's Country Club
112 East Missouri Avenue
Kansas City, MO
River Market, patio is nice, partially covered

La Fou Frog
400 East 5th Street
Kansas City, MO
great patio

417 E 18 St
Kansas City, MO
bring dog and eat outdoors

Paulo and Bill's
16501 Midland Dr
Shawnee, KS
great patio

The Farmhouse
300 Delaware Street
Kansas City, MO
River Market, wonderful lunch, dinner, brunch on Sunday's
"pie is to die for"

Van Till Farms and Rayville Baking Company
13986 Hwy C
Rayville, Mo
pizza on the patio, beautiful open air patio

Pendleton's Country Market
1446 E. 1850 Rd., Lawrence, KS
fresh pick ur own asparagus

6227 Brookside Plaza
Kansas City, MO

Classic Cup
301 W 47th St
Kansas City, MO

Cafe des Amis
112 Main St
Parkville, MO
like dining in a treehouse!

Caller Question

Where can you go to get "all you can eat crab legs"?

A. Charles suggests the casinos. He recommends Ameristar for their buffet.

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