Cinder Block Brewery now offering ciders

North Kansas City’s new breweries are already expanding. The Cinder Block Brewery has added cider to its menu, and the Big Rip Brewing Co. has doubled its brewing capacity and plans to add a beer garden next month. In other news, a new barbecue restaurant called Q39 is set to join 39th Street’s restaurant row in April.

How good restaurant service should feel

As a former server, I appreciate good service. In fact, I prize it above all else. I’ve enjoyed mediocre meals tremendously because someone made me feel welcome and showed their gratitude for my business.

Don’t mess with Texas barbecue

“Ya’ll are from Kansas City? Ain’t that where they burn meat with hickory and drown it in sweety sweet tomato sauce? Never had any, but I ate some Kansas City barbecue flavored potato chips once.”

Ideas on Irish cheeses to help celebrate St. Pat’s Day

Is it time to celebrate some of the great Irish Cheeses available to us in the states? We have become, in recent years, very familiar with the Irish Dairy Board’s push to sell Irish cheese and butter under the Kerrygold label and Irish Cheddar’s of varying quality have saturated the market for a while.

Bluestem celebrates 10 years, closes March 30 for a major renovation

On Saturday night, Bluestem owners Colby and Megan Garrelts plan to mark the restaurant’s 10th anniversary with a $100 per person party featuring the first tasting menu served when they opened on March 15, 2004. Then, at the end of brunch service on March 30, Bluestem will close to undergo major renovations. The Westport restaurant is scheduled to reopen May 2.