From JoyceKC Notebook: Estilo Rancho Grill is taking the former Cascone’s Grill North spot at 6427 N. Cosby Ave. Southside Eatery + Bar wants to open in Watts Mill Plaza. Kobe Japanese Steak & Seafood has a sign on the door saying it is short on staff so can only serve a limited amount of customers.
Area restaurants with 7 or more priority or critical health code violations: Barwaqo Restaurant, Brown Xpress Mart, Carriage Club, China Feast, China Town Super Buffet, Cocina Rio Verde, Eggtc in Shawnee, El Pulgarcito Salvadoran Restaurant, Mi Ranchito Cocina & Cantina, Old Shawnee Pizza & Italian Kitchen, the Peanut in south Overland Park, Side Pockets, Stix, Thomas Restaurant, and Wendy’s on State Avenue.
In the first of our “We the Pitmasters” series, we meet Bill Chaney, 85, who built his first brick barbecue pit for Russ Fiorella in 1957. Chaney has constructed nearly 20 pits in and around Kansas City, including for Jack Stack, LC’s, Smokehouse, Winslow’s and The Stack. Chaney represents a link to Kansas City barbecue’s historic beginnings, and he is an unsung hero who carries on the disappearing craft of pit building.
The Leawood-based chain is rolling out the new cocktail menu at its Overland Park and Dallas restaurants. All 10 cocktails will be available starting Tuesday, but the chain is rolling out two of the new cocktails daily until the debut.
Davis started what became the American Royal Barbecue Sauce, Rub and Baste Contest. He is a charter member of the Kansas City Barbeque Society, helped create the organization’s judging standards and penned the judges’ oath. In October, Davis will be inducted at the American Royal World Series of Barbecue at the Kansas Speedway.
From JoyceKC’s notebook: Raising Cane’s opens in Blue Springs on Tuesday, and in Westport on June 7. Jax Fish House & Oyster Bar, in the West Plaza, has a new patio, and Bier Station, in the Waldo/Brookside area, has opened a new, expanded patio area.
No sooner had I taken my third sip of water when a huge bowl of lobster bisque appears before me. This lunch was delicious and I couldn’t have been happier with my new find. The next day, beautiful scallops came to the table, artfully placed on top of a ratatouille
Spring and early summer bring the most tourists to the Flint Hills, and finding places to eat in the hinterlands can be a challenge, with restaurants appearing and disappearing like antelope. Hang onto our list and you won’t starve.
Area restaurants and grocery stores with 7 or more priority or critical health code violations: Baja Betty’s, Cronin’s Bar & Grill, Hy-Vee in Shawnee, Goodcents Deli Fresh Subs in KCK, Tokyo Japanese Steak House, Bonito Michoacan, Danny’s Bar & Grill, Freebirds World Burrito in Overland Park, Kansas Speedway, Pauls’ Drive-In, and Whole Foods in Olathe.
The annual event on the scenic banks of the Mississippi River celebrates barbecue, with more than 200 teams competing. In the end, Myron Mixon’s Jack’s Old South took Grand Champion for a rare fourth time.
Cafe Europa’s longtime chef, Nate Feldmiller, and general manager, Dan Weber, are buying the Crestwood Shops restaurant and opening a new restaurant in Union Hill. The second location will have an event space, an expanded menu and a to-go retail area. The Country Club Plaza’s Republica will close May 28 and reopen under a new concept in mid-June.
Bob Wasabi Kitchen offers impeccably fresh fish selections prepared by veteran sushi chef Bob Shin. The streamlined menu elevates even standard rolls and pays particular attention to the temperature of ingredients. The chirashi encapsulates the best ingredients of the sushi menu over a bowl of rice.