Dinner at Margarita’s

20140418_202759If I was the partying type I could imagine grabbing something to eat at Margarita’s after a hard night of clubbing. But I’m not so I felt somewhat out of place. Plus it closes at 10 pm. Plenty of character could be seen as soon as I walked through the doors. There is vibrantly painted artwork hanging throughout the restaurant and a lesson in history courtesy of a display of remnants from the flood of 1951.

Margarita’s
2829 Southwest Blvd Kansas City, MO
Monday-Friday 10 am to 10 pm
Saturday 9:30 am to 10 pm
Frozen Margarita…….$6.75
Seafood Enchilada…….$6.69
Taco, A La Carte…….$2.89
Gringo Tacos…….$10.39
Fried Vanilla Ice Cream…….$4.79

20140418_20553720140418_205629Seeing cheeseburgers, chicken fingers, and fries on the menu threw me for a loop. Aptly placed under the “North of the Border” section, it’s clear that Margarita’s is trying to cater to everyone. That includes Gringos who just can’t go without their beef patties and chicken strips. Put me in that group too because the only thing I found appetizing were the Gringo Tacos. Three tacos with my choice of meats (chicken, shrimp, tilapia) served with beans and rice. Dry blandly seasoned shredded chicken filled the first taco. No bueno. The shrimp were far better with a plump and firm texture. Preparing seafood has to be the strong suit in the kitchen. The tilapia was equally well done. The flaky fish tasted savory with a hint of sweetness. My mom ordered the Seafood Enchilada. The rich creamy sauce was full of good flavor.

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20140418_21270420140418_215836Since we came in close to closing time the restaurant may have been short staffed. I can think of no other reason for the poor service. Our server, Miguel, was barely attentive to the table. Before we finished the staff were putting up chairs and cleaning floors around us. A hint for us to leave? Possibly. Would I be in a hurry to eat there again? No.

Kona Grill Happy Hour

Meeting up with the girls for a birthday celebration lunch at Kona Grill sounded like a great idea. Knowing I would partake of their happy hour made it even better. If you’ve never eaten at the Kona Grill happy hour just know that it’s considered one of the best in the city. The food is always delicious and customer service is amazing. I’ve been to a few where it seemed like I should have made a reservation just to get a seat at the bar and they were crowded like a Taylor Swift concert. Not at all the case with Kona Grill.

Kona Grill

 

Kona Grill
444 Ward Parkway Kansas City, MO 64112
Happy Hour: Monday-Friday 3-7 pm, Saturday 1-5 pm
Reverse Happy Hour: Monday-Saturday 10 pm-12 am
Select appetizers, flat breads, and sushi rolls are priced half off the lunch menu.
Atlantic Roll – $3.50 
baked salmon, spicy aioli, cucumber, tempura flakes, eel sauce
California Roll – $3.38 
crab mix, cucumber, avocado, motoyaki sauce
Avocado Egg Rolls – $5.13
 avocado, fried wonton wrappers, asian coleslaw, honey-cilantro dipping sauce

Kona Grill

Just don’t bring your child with you like I did. Seating arrangements were somewhat challenged when I got to our table, with Lily in tow. No high chairs were in sight. No problem, I thought. She’s old enough to sit in a regular chair. Although, her sitting on a high bar stool did make me nervous. I know what you’re thinking. Why would I bring my daughter to a happy hour? Before you judge too harshly know that since it was Terry’s day off I offered to take Lily with me so he could relax. Besides that I didn’t consider that we’d be in the bar area just that I was having lunch with friends. Our very sweet server, Jessica, saw Lily and got a high chair for her. Little things like that usually make a big difference in how I view a restaurant.

Looking for more restaurants in Kansas City where you can take your kids that don’t have a playground? Check out my list of Unexpectedly Kid Friendly Restaurants in Kansas City.

Deco Street Eats

“Deco Catering KC began in early 2009 out of a passion for food and entertaining. The Deco Street Eats food truck serves lunches across the city and at special events. Locally sourced and seasonal ingredients mean menus change daily but usually include fresh sandwiches, salads, soups, and hot specials.” – info from www.decocatering.com

The March 2014 First Friday menu was inspired by Lyric Opera’s preview of La Boheme.

IMG_20140321_155907IMG_20140321_160827Thin slices of ham, melted Gouda, and Mornay sauce sandwiched between sliced bread made up the components to the Une Demi Croque Monsieur Panini. The way the panini was constructed reminded me of a pizza. I love pizza! Just the right amount of gooey creamy cheese and salty sweet ham made this sandwich delicious. The arugula salad was fresh with a satisfying crunch in every bite and topped with a slightly tart Dijon vinaigrette. Next I tried the Wild Mushroom and Goat Cheese Tartlets. The petite diced bits of mushroom were overpowered by the rich goat cheese. I couldn’t taste them at all. The whipped goat cheese began with a strangely sweet note then developed into the familiar tanginess I’m used to. I was pleasantly surprised by the ultra smooth texture. For dessert I had a serving of Eclair Bouchee with Chocolat Mousse. Each bite size eclair was flaky and crispy on the outside, topped with a hard chocolate coating, and sprinkled with powdered sugar. The custard cream filling flooded my mouth with a burst of chilled sweetness. The whipped dark chocolate Mousse was light and airy. Also bitter tasting with a hint of espresso.

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