Restaurant Week: Bristol

Last night was our trip to Bristol Seafood Restaurant in P&L downtown KC. Traffic was miserable to get up there (crazy wreck on highway 71) but the experience was superb. I will definitely be going back!

We sat at a very large table in a room divided by the wine racks. The architecture was very interesting as it provided a limited view to the rest of the restaurant as well as a view of the wine selection. They have Frog’s Leap Zinfindel which is probably my number one favorite wine to drink. You can’t buy it as an individual, you just have to go to a restaurant that serves it. It’s about $50 a bottle so not terribly expensive and entirely worth it.

I checked into foursquare so we ended up with a free order of calamari to share while we drank wine. Dinner was lobster bisque (best bisque I’ve ever had), crab cakes with grilled asparagus and mashed potatoes, and chocolate lava cake with raspberries and hazelnut ice cream. Needless to say, I was in heaven! Everything tasted superb and the service could not have been any better. Our waitress got a great tip and I will be going back to eat many more times in the future!!

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Restaurant Week: BRGR Burgers

Tuesday we went to BRGR Burgers for lunch and it was amazing!! BRGR is one of my top 3 favorite restaurants in KC and is definitely in my top 5 favorite places to eat in the world. It’s a gourmet burger joint that gives you a lot of food that all tastes great for a good value.

The lunch special for restaurant week was a soup/salad (I had beer cheese soup which was to die for), hamburger (pretty much anything off their entire menu) with fries or sweet potatoes fries, and dessert (chocolate pie). Not the chocolate pie was not the best but it was more than decent. I was also almost full to the point of being sick by the time the pie landed on the table so that may have had some effect on my judgement of the pie…

The Tex-Az burger is my favorite – it has blue corn chips, queso, jalapeno and an egg bun and beef patty. I ate every crumb of all of that food for lunch. I was so full I was almost falling asleep driving back to the office! But it was so worth it 🙂

Overall – 9 out of 10 (since the chocolate pie was not quite up to par).

Restaurant Week: Captial Grille

I owe you guys several foodie posts so we’ll see how far I get with them today. I’m currently multi-tasking in an all-day internal model review so I may get called back to reality (aka my job) but this is one of my favorite parts of said reviews.

Monday night 8 of us went to Capital Grille which is a steakhouse on the Plaza. My friend Schyler is participating in restaurant week for the sole trip to Capital Grille. Needless to say he’s fed me every statistic and not-so-interesting detail he knows about this restaurant chain so I was expecting a great experience.

Overall, the food was a 9 out of 10. I ate a ceasar salad (one of my favorite foods if you haven’t picked up on that yet), 2 tornedos (two 4 oz portions) with parmesan and herbs/tomatoes, and pineapple sorbet. The pineapple sorbet is one of the best desserts I’ve ever had – it was sweet but amazing (and I’m not a huge pineapple lover in general). The steak was good, not magnificant, but the salad was not good, the lettuce was old and brown.

The service was probably a 4 or 5 out of 10. I think the wait staff managed to drop 16 different items off our table during the 1.5 hours we were there. They were clanky (yes, that’s an adjective) and the waitress actually snored when my friend mispronouced something on the menu! We were also sitting at a round table and they kept reaching over people instead of walking around the table to serve us. The saving grace was that the food was prompt and she only rolled her eyes at us once about splitting the check.

My friends enjoyed the evening but I will not return to spend a $100+ on food with the servers needing that much training. Maybe it’s because I used to work in the food service industry or maybe because I have higher standards when I’m spending more money on food but it’s not worth the repeat…

Restaurant Week: BRIO

Sunday brought church at 11am and late lunch at BRIO for our next restaurant week outing.

Caesar Salad, Lobster Bisque, Steak Bruschetta

Caesar salad, Lobster Bisque, Steak Bruschetta

Raspberry Cheese Cake

Raspberry Cheese Cake

It was a very good value for $15! There were five of us at this restaurant week event and the service was much better here. I am going to rate it as an 8 and we will definitely be back for brunch. Lots of other items on the menu looked really good.

Tomorrow brings us to Capitol Grille which is the most anticipated of all reservations so it should be interesting…

Restaurant Week: The Chaz at the Plaza

Restaurant Week kicked off in Kansas City with dinner service Friday night. I promised to tell you all about my foodie experiences that will, un-doubtly, result in several food comas and lots of reasons to go workout even harder at the box.

Restuarant Week Experience One: Chaz on the Plaza

We had 6 people and the service was pretty slow. I know it’s a dinner service at a white table cloth restaurant on a Friday night but I was expecting more to be honest.

Chicken with Fried Green Tomatoes

Chicken with Fried Green Tomatoes

Blue Crab Stuffed Salmon with Avocado Sauce and Fries

Blue Crab Stuffed Salmon with Avocado Sauce and Fries

Chocolate Torte

Chocolate Torte

Mocha Cheese Cake

Mocha Cheese Cake

My roommate had the chicken with fried green tomatoes and chocolate torte where as I had the blue crab stuffed salmon and mocha cheese cake. I am ranking the overall experience at a 7 out of 10. Pretty much average.

 

Flights 3-7

I’m curious to see how many flights I take this year. 2012 showed me 80+. So…I’m going to try to document which flights I’m taking and where I’m going. I consider each time I have to be in an airport the beginning of another flight (even if I stay on the same airplane, it’s a stop).

Flights 1 & 2 – Kansas City, MO direct to New Orleans, LA and back for work meetings in Baton Rouge, LA

Flight 3 thru 7 – Kansas City, MO to Dallas, TX to Houston, TX to Corpus Christi, TX, work, Corpus Christi, TX to Houston, TX to Kansas City, MO.

One of the two project going on in Corpus Christi, TX will finish (hopefully) next Thursday. It’s the time in every project where the hard deadline is rapidly approaching and everyone is stressed out. However, I’ve never experienced a project team that suddenly has amnesia and no longer understands their responsibilities to be able to complete the project. It is also interesting that we are having some major quality issues now when they have shipped 80 of the 89 modules very successfully.

I’m ready for this scope to be finished. I am sure my attitude is not adding to the solution but after spending 18 hours on-site Tuesday, I’m ready to be done. From where I’m sitting, they will be able to finish next Thursday. It’s just a shame that the incredible job they have done to-date will be blemished by the last few days of work…

My next flights are at the end of this month – highly unusual to have 10 days in my house but I am looking forward to it. Restaurant Week starts on Friday 🙂

As a CrossFit newbie, half marathon racer, and thyroid disease sufferer, I should not participate in Restaurant Week but I’m going to…every night for the whole week. There are some amazing restaurants I’ve been wanting to try in KC and they all have 3-5 course meals for $30 for the week.

I’ve got a budget set for 2013 (part of my internal resolution-like aspirations for this year) and this endeavor into Restaurant Week will max out my foodie budget for the month of January (and perhaps a few more dollars) but I’m justifying it in this way: I will not have to go to the grocery store since I will take a full leftover box home from every restaurant meal. I am also going to start trying to take two classes at the gym each day or take one class and then go running. We’ll see how this goes. I’ll probably document my reactions on here as well (sounds like I’ve got lots of blogging to do in the near future) with some pictures.