Posts Tagged ‘eatery’

Sunset Grill is a newer establishment in the Overland Park area. It is nestled away inside a shopping complex and just another place you might drive past without giving it a second thought. Luckily, I was taken here for lunch to start my Kansas City vacation, and I was quite pleased with the quality of what can best be described as diner food.

The menu (seen left) best exemplifies the decor and feel of the restaurant. It is designed to mimic that of a beach side eatery where people in suits sit alongside beauties in bikinis.

Endless baskets of chips and salsa may seem like a good idea, but this is potentially a dangerous notion. For $3.50, your table can enjoy a large basket of freshly fried chips and salsa. Although I have a feeling that the salsa could not have been made fresh, it was crazy delicious and did not taste like just any jarred or canned salsa. Each basket was replaced quickly by our server without asking. This is the kind of service you’re bound to get at a high quality local eatery that makes every effort to keep its guests.

I ordered the Turkey Melt with the optional onion ring upgrade. The Turkey Melt was exactly what I expected, no better nor worse than any other turkey melt I’ve had in the past. The bread was perfectly toasted without being too greasy. The onion rings, however, are something to write home about. They are enormous in size and covered with a fantastic breading that yields an extremely crispy ring.

My wife ordered the sandwich and salad combo picking the club sandwich and the chop salad. Sunset Grill makes all their salad dressings in house (which you can purchase a 14oz bottle of if you choose) and the chop salad was covered with a sweetened citrus dressing. The salad itself could have been an entire lunch portion. The club sandwich, much like the turkey melt, was a basic club sandwich, but still rather tasty. I did find the dressing a bit sweet for my taste and if I was to order this, I would order the dressing on the side.

Sunset Grill serves excellent diner style food with prompt, courteous service. If I were a local, I wouldn’t hesitate to bring anybody here that came to visit and would probably find myself at one of there booths most weekends. If you live in the area, you should consider heading over 14557 Metcalf Ave and give this restaurant a try.

Buffalo Joe’s is a staple of the downtown Evanston scene. Tucked in between boutiques, retail shops, and Northwestern University eateries, Buff Joe’s is by far one of the best wing places I have visited. However, when I first walked by, I imagined that this restaurant was no better than any other wing or pizza joint, which I think adds to its appeal.

Although Buff Joe’s does have burgers, baked potatoes, and hot dogs, I believe strongly that the only reason for this place to exist falls into line with my chicken at a steakhouse rule in that I could never imagine ordering anything except for the wings. I mean, come on, just have a look at the double order my wife and I split.

Sauce is every bit as important to a chicken wing and Buff Joe’s makes all their sauces in house. For those of you looking for a bit more spice, Buff Joe’s offers three varieties – Mild, Spicy, and Suicide. I went with the mild just to see and I was not disappointed. While there was heat, it did not overwhelm my senses and wasn’t unpleasant or painful like other hot wing sauces tend to be. The sauce is a bit thick allowing it to cling beautifully to the wings. I’m not ashamed to admit that I licked my fingers clean and not a bit of sauce left on my fingers was wiped away on napkin. That would just be a waste.

What impressed me most about the wings at Buff Joe’s is that the skin is incredibly crispy and does not become soggy after being tossed in the sauce – not even after 20 minutes. Our last wing was every bit as crispy and delicious as the first. For those of you that don’t eat wings often, this may not sound like much of a feat, but believe me, it is. I’ve eaten chicken wings in most corners of the United States, and too many fail to achieve a good level of crispiness without overcooking the meat, or slather on too much sauce leaving a sticky, soggy mess. Buff Joe’s has found the magic formula of proper heat and a high quality sauce.

My wife required me to order the waffle chips as an accompaniment to our meal. Apparently she wasn’t the only fan as several young men were ordering big bags of waffle fries with their party platters (it was Sunday and the Bears were playing). I’m confident that they do not make these fries in house, but Buff Joe’s has found a high quality product and cooks their waffle fries to be every bit as delicious and fluffy as the homemade version, complete with skin left on. I ordered mine doused with cheddar cheese, a decision I would take back as I believe the waffle fries are amazing on their own.

This is a must have for anyone looking for a hearty comfort food meal. I highly recommend that if you happen to be in the area taking in a movie at the Century Theatre, doing some shopping, or on the Northwestern campus, take some time to visit Buff Joe’s and see for yourself how good a chicken wing can be.