The Westside Local

Last week the Westside Local announced 4 new menu items for Autumn. 

1.  Chipotle Glazed Salmon
2.  Crispy Pork Belly
3.  Grilled Portobello Mushroom 
4.  Autumn Quinoa

All four sounded great to me, so I couldn’t wait to get there and try them.  On this trip, I took my son and met a friend.  We started off with a Goat Chorizo and queso fresco flat bread, the goat chorizo had been made by Local Pig.  This was the perfect pick to start off the evening; we all really enjoyed it, the chorizo was just spicy enough and was balanced out nicely by the queso fresco.  I don’t think that this is a regular menu item, but I wish it were.  I definitely want to have this again.

 I decided to have the Autumn Quinoa, sweet onions, brussels sprouts, diced sweet potatoes, roasted cranberries, sautéed kale greens, port reduction, rosemary goat cheese and pecans.  Oh my gosh this was good, all of these ingredients really blended nicely together.  It was such a large portion that I couldn’t even eat it all.

My friend had the Chipotle Glazed Salmon, which is served with mushroom wild rice and an arugala-walnut pesto.  All of us agreed that the chipotle glaze really made this dish and was nicely complemented by the arugala-walnut pesto, both really nice toppings to the sushi grade salmon.

I wanted my son to try either the Crispy Pork Belly or theGrilled Portobello Mushroom Sandwich, after all, we were here to sample the new menu items.  But he ordered the Macaroni and Cheese with sweet potatoes and bacon.  The pasta was very large rotini and it wasn’t very creamy and turned out a little dry.  He disliked the presentation, he thought it looked like it had been spooned into the bowl and reheated. He didn’t like it and managed to eat only about 6 bites.  In his defense, he has sampled mac & cheese from many establishments and he was expecting it to be more like the mac & cheese from Bin Wine Cafe in Wicker Park (Chicago).  Oh well, c’est la vie.

For dessert we each ordered a cup of Rosterie blend coffee (I love that they use local suppliers) and shared a Chocolate, Double Espresso Pot de Creme served in a small ramekin with a dolop of fresh whipped cream on top.  We were each given a demitasse spoon to eat this with.  You could taste the graininess of the ground-up coffee beans in the rich mousse-like chocolate.  I have to have this again.  It was great and we all loved it.  It was a perfect way to end the evening together.

I’ll be back again soon to try the two remaining new menu items.  Maybe I’ll see you there.

The Westside Local
1663 Summit Street
Kansas City, MO 64108
Phone:  (816) 997-9089

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Uncommon Stock

A good friend of mine called me on Friday and asked if I’d like to meet him for lunch at a new soup place called Uncommon Stock.  He told me it was a new venture by the guy behind Happy Gillis’ Cafe and Hangout and the Genessee Royale Bistro.  I really like both of the other restaurants so I said sure.  One of the things I have always liked about Happy Gillis was the soup.  At times I’d see some concoction on the menu and think, huh, I wouldn’t have thought to put those ingredients together, I’d order it and it would be great.  I’ve even actually thought, “I wish I could take some of this home for dinner”. 

Uncommon Stock is located in the garage behind Happy Gillis’ Cafe and Hangout, on Gillis Street just a few steps away from Happy Gillis’ entrance.  You walk in through the brightly painted red door and see the selections for the day handwritten on craft paper, taped to the wall with blue painter’s tape.  There were 3 soups to choose from.

  1. Oven Roasted Tomato Soup with Fresh Basil;  Vine ripened tomatoes, onions, garlic and fresh basil. $11
  2. Roasted Mushroom Soup with Sherry and Fresh Thyme;  Roasted mushrooms, sherry, olive oil, poached garlic, and fresh thyme. $11
  3. Lentil Soup with Autumn Vegetables and Sausage $12

You buy the soup by the quart, take it home and reheat it.  This week I chose the Tomato Basil and the Lentil.  My son and I had the tomato basil with a grilled cheese, our comfort food when the air gets chilly.  He described it as “very herb-y”, I’d agree, you could really taste the basil.  We loved it.  It went really well with our Co-Jack grilled cheese sandwiches on Friday night.  On Saturday evening, we tried the Lentil.  The sausage was cut up into miniscule chunks, as were the majority of the vegetables which were still slightly firm and hadn’t been cooked to mush.  It had a great flavor, we tried to figure out what all of the vegetables were.  We found eggplant, sweet potato and was that pumpkin or squash?  We weren’t certain.  It also had a bit of hot sauce in it which gave it a kick, not enough of a kick to make your nose run, but enough to let you know it was there.  We really liked this soup also and I’ve decided to buy it again the next time it is available. 

You see, different soup is prepared for each weekend.  It won’t be the same each time.  You can find out what’s been prepared by checking out their Facebook page or their own webpage.  You can also sign-up to receive notices of what’s cooking.

Uncommon Stock is only open from 10am to 4pm Friday and Saturday and from 10am to 2pm on Sunday.  It’s going to become one of my winter go-to places, maybe I’ll see you there.

Uncommon Stock
549 Gillis Street
Kansas City, MO 64106
Phone:  816-510-7790

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New Menu items at the Westside Local

Autumn is here with a bang and The Westside Local has introduced four new menu items.  

  1. Chipotle Glazed Salmon, served with mushroom wild rice and an arugala-walnut pesto for $24.  
  2. Crispy Pork Belly, served with a creamy roasted butternut squash-white cheddar polenta, braised fall greens and garnished with tobasco-onion straws for $17. 
  3. Grilled Portobello Mushroom sandwich, with roasted bell peppers and caramalized onions topped with an olive tapenade, fresh arugala and their house-made Shatto ricotta.  All of this is served on a toasted Farm to Market baguettini with your choice of side for $10!   
  4. Autumn Quinoa, sweet onion, brussels sprouts, diced sweet potatoes, roasted cranberries, sautéed kale greens, port reduction, rosemary goat cheese, pecans for $15.

I can’t wait to go and try them all (not all at once of course).  See you there!

The Westside Local
1663 Summit Street
Kansas City, MO 64108
Phone:  (816) 997-9089

American Guide to Scotch Brand Name Pronunciation

Scottish actor Brian Cox pronounces the names of 40 Scotch brands for Esquire Magazine.  I found this very fun, although his cadence becomes slightly annoying by the end.


Boots, Blues and BBQ

The Metropolitan Ensemble Theatre is hosting its annual Fall fundraiser on Saturday, October 13th from 6 to 11 pm.  They will be serving barbecue from five area restaurants which will give you an exciting opportunity to try your favorites side-by-side to see if one truly stands out. 

Music will be provided by the Bluesberry Jam Band from around Jackson, Tennessee (about 87 miles Northeast of Memphis on I-40).  Their music is built upon the delta blues style with a mixture of some of the 60’s & 70’s.   Watch and listen to them on UTube in a live television performance from 2007 for WREG TV in Memphis.


Proceeds from this fundraiser will go to helping school children see Metropolitan Ensemble plays.  Tickets are $50.  The event is being held at the theatre. See you there!

Metropolitan Ensemble Theatre
3614 Main
Kansas City, MO 64111
Phone: (816) 569-3226

I was quoted on the front page of the KC Star!

Monday, I was quoted about Real Estate in Kansas City on the front page of our local paper, the Kansas City Star.  It was nice to be recognized as one of the area’s real estate experts.  I received several calls wanting my help from people who read the article.  You can read the article written by Diane Stafford here.

Top Suburbs in Metro Area

Coldwell Banker Real Estate has listed the top ten suburbs of American cities and the top five in each state.  All of the Kansas suburbs listed were in the Kansas City metropolitan area.

They are (in order):
  1. Mission Hills
  2. Leawood
  3. Prairie Village
  4. Westwood
  5. Fairway
    Read the entire KC Business Journal article
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