Hawg Jaw

If you are in North Kansas City and you are looking for some barbecue, there are quite a few options. One of the newest places to get some Q is Hawg Jaw in North Kansas City.  It doesn’t look like much on the outside, but what is inside is worth it.

I have been here quite a few times, but this last time, I ordered the pulled pork sandwich with sweet potato fries.  I enjoy their kansolina sauce, which is very similar in taste to KC Masterpiece.  The meat is super tender and not overly smoky.  The sweet potato fries come with a dipping sauce that is like a marshmallow fluff icing.  Whatever it is, it is delicious.  I can say with authority the brisket, burnt ends, cheesy corn and crispy fries are amazing as well.  I also have it on good authority that the prime french dip is the bomb.

So, if you want some good bbq, try Hawg Jaw.  Also, if you like craft brews, Big Rip is literally right around the corner.  Beer and BBQ?  Sounds like America to me.

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Big Bam’s equals big flavor

Settled in a small building along Nieman road is a burger place that has some of the best burgers this blogger has tasted in a while.  Big Bams has been serving up no frills burgers for over 10 years.  The menu is not extensive, but what they have is amazing.  Walking in, your nose is assaulted by the delicious smells of cooking burgers and fries.

After viewing the menu online, I knew which burger I wanted to try.  The “big” mouth burger has American cheese, onion, pickle, lettuce, and house dressing (think big mac sauce/thousand island dressing).  For those who don’t know me will, I am not a huge fan of pickles.  The lady taking my order told me this was her favorite burger so I felt super confident in my choice.  I was slightly saddened by the fact they had coke products and not Pepsi, but their iced tea was super yummy.

I grabbed a small handful of napkins, got my ketchup, and picked a table to wait at.  Since everything is made to order, the wait was longer than I would have liked (I was starving), but well worth it.  It was love at first bite.  The burger was cooked and seasoned very well.  I was expecting it to be greasy, but it was not at all.  I ordered tater tots to go with it and they were fried to perfection.  Brown and crispy on the outside, but still soft in the middle.

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My only suggestion for this place would be for them to have milk shakes.  That would really make the experience over the top.  Thankfully, there is an Andy’s just down the street.  It was so good, I had to fight the urge to go back the next day.  So next time you have a hankering for a good burger, think Big Bams.  Also, maybe give me a call so I can join you.

Something great from down under

Recently the roomie and I went on a Saturday adventure to the city market.  I had heard about this great place that has some awesome food and desserts.  Banksia is located on 9th street between Wyandotte and Baltimore in Kansas City.  As soon as we opened the door, we were greeted by the heavenly smells inside.  Since it was breakfast time, we both ordered the goat cheese and asparagus quiche.  We also decided to indulge our sweet teeth and ordered a lamington.

Since life is short, I dug into the dessert first.  It also helped that I was waiting on the quiche to be reheated. The lamington is a sponge cake dipped in chocolate and covered with coconut.  This version is double decker and had a bit of strawberry or raspberry jam in the middle.  The combination of flavors makes for a delicious dessert.  I was sad when it was gone.

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Now to talk about the quiche.  After it was reheated, it came out at the temperature of molten lava.  Being me, I ate it anyway.  The mix of goat cheese and thinly shaved pieces of asparagus was delicious.  I would order it again in a heartbeat.

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I am already planning another stop at this great little spot.  I want to eat my way through the dessert case.  If you go, maybe I will see you there.

#30 – Noshing on vacation

I went on a float trip recently with some friends.  While there, I enjoyed some good food.  First off, we got a tip from a local about a new restaurant that was the new thing.  Redhead’s is located on the lake near Osage Beach.  It is a bar and restaurant with a pool.  I ordered the Caribbean Chicken Quesadilla.  It came with pineapple pico and chipotle sour cream.  I was expecting more flavor based on the description.  I was disappointed.  It wasn’t awful, but it wasn’t what I expected.  Thankfully the rest of the food on the trip was better.

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We also visited Hillbilly Burger in Bennett Springs State Park.  It is not a super fancy place, but it was a cute little place.  It is just a window and a few picnic tables.  I ordered a cheeseburger and fried mushrooms.  Everything was made to order so it took a while to get the food.  That is just one of the reasons this was a good meal.

The burger was flavorful and my dining companion even noted it was the best burger she had in a while.  My mushroom were the standout for me.  Instead of the usual button mushrooms, they used baby bella mushrooms.  They had a meaty taste them and they were not “slimy” like some mushrooms can get.  I did save the best for last though…

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On the way home, I stopped in Clinton, MO at El Puerto.  I ordered the cheese dip to go with my chips.  It was super melty and seasoned well.  The salsa was also very tasty.  For my meal, I wanted to order the #21 which was a chile relleno, cheese enchilada and a taco.  The waitress misunderstood me and instead gave me the #20 which was a taco and two beef enchiladas.

I was slightly disappointed, but once I tasted the enchiladas it was worth the mistake.  The sauce on the enchiladas is not the normal sauce that you get in other restaurants.  It had a mild chili flavor and just the right amount of cheese and beef.  The taco was amazing as well.  I enjoyed every bite and had to fight the urge to lick the plate.

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It was a fun trip and if I am ever in the area again, I know where to visit.  Hope everyone enjoys these as much as I did.

Chicken Tacos and stuff

So, technically this post is not a restaurant review, but it is about food, so calm down.  I want to share some recipes I found on pinterest, as well as some tips for a yummy chicken taco meal.

First, we will start with the chicken.  I found this recipe for chicken on pinterest.  It is super easy and it makes a very juicy chicken despite the fact you are using chicken breasts.

Next, I found this recipe to make canned refried beans taste more like restaurant beans.  It makes the perfect beans for me.  I love the use of sour cream and cheese in it.  For me, the more dairy, the better.

Lastly, I make my own guacamole using produce partners guacamole mix.  All you need are two ripe avocados, dump in the mix, and voila!  I also love Guerrero flour tortillas.  They are soft but they don’t get stale easily.  They are also thick, so they don’t tear easily.

So next time you are craving tex mex, try one or all of these recipes/tips.  You will not be disappointed.