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Last Full Day in KC

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Last Full Day in KC

Dave Feldman | Mar 22, 2001 01:50 AM

A week in KC is a marathon, not a sprint. I planned to spend a full day and night eating, but my indiscretions finally caught up with me, and I confined myself to revisiting my two favorite new restaurants from this trip.

Breakfast was at Maxine's Fine Foods, where we were greeted like long-lost friends because this was our second visit in two tries. Our wonderful waitress recommended, no, insisted, that we ate pancakes.
Right she was! These were among the best pancakes I've ever had anywhere, and the seasoned home fries were even better than yesterday. I found out that Maxine's is open for dinner (i.e., lunch) on Thursay and Friday, and I'm hoping that maybe, just maybe, I can wangle chicken with dressing tomorrow (I'm having my last full meal in KC there). If not, I'll gladly have the pancakes and potatoes.

Dinner was a return to The Grill on Broadway, where 5 of us went a little nuts. We had two orders of the fabulous mussels in coconut curry sauce, two orders of avocado "bruschetta" (beautifully seasoned on their wonderful crusty bread), one order of barbecued oysters with blue cheese, and two orders of crab cakes.

For dinner, we tried the Grill's most famous dish, the potato-crusted sea bass, the walleye in lemon beurre blanc sauce, the corn cake with tomatilla sauce and grilled vegetables, the red snapper Veracruz, and a pork tenderloin with citrus relish. Not a loser in the bunch, although the corn cake was drowned in sauce that was pleasant but not an inspiration.

We were too stuffed to order dessert, but that didn't stop our wonderful waitress (ask for Hope!) from bringing a bunch of wonderful comped desserts. Two were standouts -- Asian pears marinated in wine and served with vanilla ice cream, and a superb vanilla cardammon creme brulee. Chocolate desserts were excellent but too much for me after the earlier reverie.

Tomorrow, I guess I'll go to Maxine's and make a serious pit stop at LaMars. I'm thinking about maybe getting some barbecue for the plane; but will this raise the ire of my seatmates?

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