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Tavern at Mission Farms

I wasn’t intending to dine out for lunch. But as I headed into one of my favorite boutiques, I saw the Tavern logo next door and my mind started talking to my stomach! Soon I found myself inside the warm and welcoming restaurant.TavInt

A booth next to the window was perfect for the chilly Saturday. I eyed the appetizers and was drawn to the sliders. There were a few kinds to choose from, three per order. My server was quite accommodating and gladly fulfilled my request to try three different kinds.

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The Art of Pizza

The saying goes “sometimes you just have to follow your heart”. But if you follow your stomach, you might end up at the same place. That’s what happened to me earlier this week when a time crunch and  hunger pangs landed me inside what has to be one of Kansas City’s best pizza joints.Artext

After a morning meeting and some must-run errands, I circled the few blocks around the 18th and Baltimore area in search of parking for my next appointment. That’s when I realized the few bites I had of a hurried breakfast had long worn off. I needed some lunch, and waiting till the next appointment was over would not be pretty.

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Chef’s Classic Knock OUT ‘Bout!

Just a couple more days to get your tickets for a night of friendly but fierce competition among Kansas City’s best chefs. As a judge for this event, I’m afraid some I’ll have to make some tough decisions considering the talent pool.

The Chef’s Classic Knock OUT ‘Bout on Saturday will showcase nine top-notch culinary artists and their delicious creations. In true boxing fashion, three rounds of competition will determine the champion. The first two rounds are judged by attendees and the crowd favorites will advance to the final round. That’s when I join with two other judges to determine the winner of a live cooking showdown!chefs

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Holeman & Finch – Atlanta

Heading to Atlanta cheer on my Shockers in the Final Four, I was in need of some great restaurant recommendations fast. Luckily, I remembered that I had recorded an episode of Anthony Bourdain’s “The Layover” and one of the many unwatched episodes I refused to let my husband erase featured Atlanta. S0 the night before I flew out, sitting in my bedroom floor painting my nails, I hurriedly watched segments of the show.

My favorite dish - chicken liver pate

My favorite dish – chicken liver pate

The one place that stood out as my “must-visit” was called Holeman & Finch Public House. So our first open meal, off we went.

Long line for Sunday brunch

Long line for Sunday brunch

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Smokin Guns BBQ

Among the mix of industrial, storefront and office space of North Kansas City’s lower downtown, you will find one of Kansas City’s best barbeque spots. Yes, that’s the humble opinion of lil-ol-me, no credentials as a barbeque judge, just a girl who loves fall-off-the-bone, smoky, succulent meat.SmokSlab

Smokin Guns is a lunchtime staple for North Kansas City workers, both businessmen and blue-collar. Despite its recent move to newly remodeled digs directly next door to the restaurant’s original tiny space, there’s little fuss to be found. While the new location is spacious, the decor is still simple and the focus is definitely on the food.

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