Drove down on Thursday. We went straight to LC's for lunch. Got there about 1 and it was fairly crowded. Mostly people waiting for take out. We got a table and went with the suggestion of the beef sandwich with fries, and burnt ends with beans. The sandwich was BIG. The meat tender, juicy, and nicely smoked. Very Good.
The burnt ends were unreal. BBQ the way you dream of having it. The best food I would have on the trip. Either order would have been plenty for both of us.
Unfortunatly, shortly after we started eating an arguement began between LC and one of the staff. Extremly loud shouting match that just continued to escalate. After about 10 minutes, the shouting continuing non-stop, we became uncomfortble and grabbed a to go container and left. Next time it will be carry out.
After a couple hours in Harrahs, it seemed the best place to use my $50.00 coupon would be where I wouldn't have to spend much of what was left of my money. We opted for Andreottis.
The service was very good. The food was terrible.
I ordered the shrimp scampi. The shrimp were tough, flavorless, and the pasta was cooked to mush. The sauce may have had garlic in it, but everything was drowned out by the lemon.
My friend ordered mussles and clams in red sauce. Again, pasta cooked to mush. Clams were, well, imagine trying to eat a tennis ball. The sauce was very spicy, something not noted on the menu. When the server noticed the sweat building on her forhead he mentioned that this dish was to hot for him to eat, and since the menu didn't note it he would comp half the meal and give us a free tiramasu (sp?). We also had an order of OK calamari, and a bottle of wine. When I handed him the coupon he said " close enough, we'll call it even". Nice kid. He deserves to be serving better food.
Next night it was Jack Stacks on Baltimore. She, a very good rib combo plate with beef and pork. Large meaty ribs. She liked the spicy sauce, I stuck with mild as I don't enjoy celery seed in my BBQ.
I had the infamous lamb ribs. It was only the second time I've had lamb, so I was surprised at how much different it taste. She didn't like it at all. I thought it was great. Very meaty and much more of a smoke flavor than the pork or beef. Good service. Large portions.
Last meal was Saturday at Strouds. Pulled in at 12 noon somewhat surprised at the lack of cars under the bridge. I coulda swore they opened at 11. So after a 1 1/2 hour tour of Overland Park, we returned. By the time they opened the doors there were over 30 people waiting in line. When we left there were people waiting for tables. Strange for 2 in the afternoon.
It was worth the wait. Good down home cookin. Fresh mashed potatos, excellent gravy, (insert unused superlative) fries. Then there was the chicken. Lightly floured and pan fried to perfection. While I can't claim it to be the best I've ever had, it is solidly in second place. The waitress was the busiest and most efficient we had on the trip. When it became obvious that we weren't going to finish, she was there with containers for everything. While I was stuffed, I still had to eat a cinnamon roll while they were warm. I don't know how they cook them, but damn they are good.
So that was it. 3 excellent meals that were recommended by chowhounds, 1 lousy meal that wasn't.
Thanks KC hounds.