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Food Critics: News, Reviews and Valentines

Walt Bodine and his food critics share details of their recent dining experiences and ideas for sweet spots to take your sweetie for Valentine's Day.


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

Food Events:

Harvesters' 15th annual Forks and Corks will be held April 28, 2011. Tickets are $85 per ticket and are available now.?These restaurants and beverage purveyors will be serving their signature dishes and?fine wines and beverages?at the 2011 Forks & Corks.?

Valentine's Day Restaurant Listing

Open Table(online reservations system)

Breaking News! You can no longer get a pork brain sandwich in Kansas City. Clem's Drive In has quit making them.

Restaurants Mentioned on Today's Show

Food Critics:

The New York Dawg Pound
7702 Shawnee Mission Pkwy
Overland Park, KS 66202
"coolest thing is the 'carrot dog', a roasted big carrot served inside a bun"
"the 'yankee poodle' had bacon, egg and cheese was really creative and good"
"waffle sweet potato fries were wonderful"
"onion straws are made the way they should be made"
"cute, family style, has arcade"

14861 Metcalf
Overland Park, KS 66223
"still packed"
"the Chile en Nogada was so darn good"
"wonderful place and opening on the Plaza in May"

Tina Marie's
7410 Nieman Rd
Shawnee, KS 66203
"it's a scream!"
"Valentine's special this weekend..fabulous pies and cinnamon rolls"

Genessee Royale Bistro
1531 Genessee St
Kansas City, MO 64102
"in an old renovated gas station"
"same owner as Happy Gillis Cafe with very different menu"
"the corned beef sandwich has chopped brussel sprouts and was fabulous!"
"the BLT special was also fabulous"
"open for breakfast and lunch only,closed Sunday"

8314 Wornall
Kansas City, Mo 64114
"everything is homemade, owner is delightful, open for breakfast, lunch and dinner"
"cheap, baby, cheap"
"breakfast potatoes were crisp and fabulous"
"salsas were all homemade..everything was great"

Ra Sushi
11638 Ash St.
Leawood, KS 66211
"new lunch menu has some great choices"
"sake flight of plain, unfiltered and sparkling"

Cafe Europa
323 E 55th St
Kansas City, MO 64113
"great new brussel sprout dish on menu"

77 South
5041 W. 135th Street
Leawood, KS 66224
"throwback lounge, restaurant with disco dancing"
"very good...really good ravioli, big enough to take a nap on...red velvet cake was wonderful...salads were beautiful"
"also has a pretty good and inexpensive Sunday brunch"

209 W 46th Ter
Kansas City, MO 64112
"two hours wait for food, ruined evening, unforgivably bad service"

Hickok's Southwest Bar and Grill
528 Walnut St.
Kansas City, MO 64106
"fabulous french fries...deep-fried hamburger, delicious meatloaf..and carnitos tacos...fun atmosphere"

Fig Tree Cafe
817 NE Rice Rd
Lee's Summit, MO 64086
"good middle eastern food, traditional breakfast items, best coconut cake that I've ever had in my life..seven layers tall"

Choga Korean Restaurant
6920 W 105th St
Overland Park, KS 66212
"korean bbq..really good"

Sobahn Korean Restaurant
7800 Shawnee Mission Parkway
Overland Park, KS 66202
"authentic...the Michael Smith of Korean restaurants..."

Caller Questions

Q: Where can I go for a really good late night cup of coffee?

A: The bar at the Hotel Intercontinental or The Raphael (both on the Plaza) for really good coffee late at night.

The Westport Coffee House at 4010 Pennsylvania Ave, Kansas City, MO 64111

Coffee Wonk (also sells "incense"), 3535 Broadway, Kansas City, MO 64111

YJ's Snack Bar, 128 W 18th St, Kansas City, MO 64121, open until the wee hours of the morning

Q: Where can I find fresh Grouper in KC?

A: Bristol, McCormick and Schmicks

Q: Where can I find a pork brain sandwich in the KC area?

A: nowhere, it seems

Valentine's Day Ideas

2601 Holmes Street
Kansas City, MO 64108
$100 per couple
"if you come as a single, you can eat at the bar for $35"

Dog Nuvo
1724 Main St.
Kansas City, MO 64108
having hotdogs on pink buns

Bluebird Bistro
1700 Summit
Kansas City, Missouri, 64108
Valentine's Weekend dinner and Brunch

The American Restaurant
200 E. 25th St
Kansas City, MO 64121

Glace Ice Cream
4960 Main St
Kansas City, MO 64112
"Christopher Elbow's candy inside of Ice Cream!"

The Elms
401 Regent Street
Excelsior Springs, MO 64024
Valentine packages

Anti-Valentine's Day at the Screenland
Package includes 2 Tickets, 2 Popcorns, 1 Bucket of Beer and Movie Themed Candy Treats

The Reading Reptile
328 W 63 St
Kansas City, Missouri 64113
Valentine's Cupcakes and Pastries

LuLu's Noodle Shop
2030 Central St
Kansas City, MO 64108
Serving special Valentine's dessert of fried bananas and Glace/Christopher Elbow ice cream

Le Fou Frog
400 E 5th St
Kansas City, MO 64106

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