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Cindy Hoedel: The six most charming Kansas City area bars

I love the new hyper-inventive craft cocktails as much as anyone, but mixology is only one component of bar excellence. At least 60 percent of it, in my book, is what I called the Woody factor — a quirky, otherworldly charm that makes you feel like you’ve stepped inside a movie. Here are some other area bars that have it in spades.

Restaurant News & Reviews

Chilli n Spice in Overland Park serves up lesser-known and spicier fare of southern India

The menu at Chilli n Spice boasts a broader range of options from the north and south regions as well as Indo-Chinese-influenced dishes of the east, with a greater emphasis put on the spicier fare of the south. Located in a nondescript suburban strip mall, the restaurant sits next door to KC India Mart, a well-equipped Indian food market that it shares a kitchen and ownership with.

Eat & Drink

Five-Buck Lunch: Diner sandwiches at Winstead’s are priced right

Although Calvin Trillin may have called Winstead’s’s famed steakburger “the best hamburger in the world,” a five-buck luncher will have to bop elsewhere around the menu if he or she wants a side, too. The Star's Edward M. Eveld felt like he hit the jackpot with the grilled cheese sandwich and an order of tater tots — $4.88.

Chow Town

KC restaurant Voltaire drops ‘epic’ response on Yelper’s complaint

When the West Bottoms restaurant Voltaire wouldn’t bend its policy and do take-out, a customer took to Yelp to complain. Now Voltaire’s cheeky response has been picked up nationally. Voltaire’s response was written by owner Wes Gartner. “When a customer wants to get their way by using Yelp as leverage,” Gartner said, “I thought that was way out of line.”

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