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The Food Critics: Thanksgiving and More

Walt Bodine's critics return with restaurant news and reviews. Plus some ideas on where to go for a traditional or non-traditional Thanksgiving meal.

Critic Recommendations

Latin Bistro and Culinary Center
6924 N. Oak Tfwy
Gladstone, MO
Tito Le Chef cooks in center of restaurant, funky, totally fun, not tex-mex, very authentic, mayan dishes, chili relleno was fabulous, shrimp is great, his bar is a cabinet.

El Huarache
520 SW Blvd
Kansas City, MO
homemade tortillas, easy parking, very good

101 West 22nd Street
Kansas City, MO
butternut squash ravioli was fabulous

Chaz on the Plaza
(Raphael Hotel)
325 Ward Parkway
Kansas City, MO 64112
great chef, pumpkin bisque was "lick the bowl" perfect

17th and Summit
Kansas City, Mo
all vegan, including cheese and ice cream, a lot of mexican items, meat substitutes are unusual but wonderful, chaluppa was excellent, leafy green wraps, spicy tofu sandwich was great

El Pugarcito
5921 Merriam Drive
Merriam, KS
Salvadoran food, some mexican items, but choose the pupusas instead, highly recommended, very friendly.

Westport Cafe
4010 Pennsylvania Avenue
Kansas City, MO
fabulous Bloody Mary, great beet salad, pork shoulder with really rich polenta, enjoyable meal.

51st and Main
Kansas City, MO
was "just fair", cute, sweet little place, pasta was way over spiced.

Houston's on the Plaza
4640 Wornall Road
Kansas City, MO
packed on a weeknight, delicious chicken salad with tortilla chips, prices have gotten awfully high, english pub feel to it.

502 Nichols Road
Kansas City, MO
noisy, very good.

India Palace
9918 West 87th Street
Overland Park, KS
no ambience, tandoori was great

14230 West 119th Street
Olathe, KS
consistent, great, good service, community minded


Caller Questions

Q: Where can you get a deep fried turkey?

A: Fritz's at 103rd and State Line (?), Popeye's Deep Fried Cajun Turkey ($50)

Q: Where for a good Cuban sandwich?

A: Happy Gillis
549 Gillis Street?
Kansas City, MO

A: El Porton
4671 Indian Creek Parkway
Overland Park, KS
small, outstanding Cuban sandwich, carribean rice and beans, plantains

Caller Recommendation

My Big Fat Greek Restaurant
14805 W 119th St
Olathe, KS 66062
excellent, reasonable, lots of extra food to take home

Black Cat Cafe
726 Main St
Eudora, KS
quaint, comfort food on a plate

Beer Kitchen
435 Westport Rd
Kansas City, MO 64111
create your own mac-n-cheese is great!


R.A. Longs Sawmill
3365 SW Fascination Drive
Lee's Summit, MO
traditional and new favorites buffet
Adult's $21.95

51 East 14th Street
Kansas City, MO
Thanksgiving Day Buffet
10:30 - 6 pm

6227 Brookside Plaza
Kansas City, MO 64113

Capital Grille
4740 Jefferson Street
Kansas City, MO

Gaslight Grill
5020 W 137th St.
Leawood, KS

Dicky's BBQ
7284 West 121st Street
Overland Park, KS
fried turkey is highly recommended

Avenue's Bistro
338 West 63rd Street
Kansas City, MO



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