Brunch anyone?

Another favorite of mine has made the list.  If you are in Liberty, Olathe, or Lee’s Summit any day between 6:30 am and 2:30 pm, and just so happen to be hungry, check out Ginger Sues.

There are so many great menu items that I can not cover them all in one blog post.  The picture was of a special they had. It was a spinach, mushroom, ham, tomato, goat cheese scramble with hollandaise sauce.  This was from my first trip here, and it was certainly not my last.   I have enjoyed the Denver omelette, west coast omelette, breakfast burrito, blueberry pancakes, and bacon avocado Benedict.

What makes this place stand out from other brunch spots is the excellent food and friendly waitstaff.  There is a reason that the Liberty location will have people lined up and down the sidewalk in front waiting to get in on a busy Saturday or Sunday.  I enjoy their creative spin on the typical breakfast foods.  I have been told the lunch items are good as well, but I crave the breakfast. Eventually I will get to the lunch items.

Let’s talk bacon.  Ginger Sues has a bacon that can only be described as porktastic.  I am not sure what seasoning they put on their bacon, but it makes it sweet, salty, and savory at the same time.  I can not recommend this bacon any more than I already have.  Right now, I am drooling thinking about it.  It is pork perfection.

So what are you waiting for?  Go to Ginger Sue’s and get your grub on.  No need to thank me.  I already know it is worth it.

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So much cheese

I have wanted to write about this place for a long time.  I have been here a handful of times and so far, have never had a bad meal.  The place is Estilo Ranch Grill.  It is located in a strip mall in the northland. A bit hard to find unless you are familiar with the area.  This may be why the previous businesses in this space did not do well.  The restaurant is family owned and operated.  They have been open for less than a year, but are quickly becoming a favorite of mine.

I had read many reviews before going here for the first time.  They warned of slow service, bad food, and overpriced items.  What I found was far from that.  I have always had good service here.  There was one night that the service was just so so, but the place was packed.  I have never received a bad meal.  I will get into that more in a bit.  I do not think the meals are overpriced at all.  In my opinion, they are on par with similar restaurants in the area, but with superior tasting food.  Rancho Grande could learn a thing or two from the Estilo Rancho Grill crew.

Now, to the food.  How do I love thee, let me count the ways.  The tacos are no frills, but the ground beef is perfectly seasoned.  There is not much more to ask for from them. The cheese dip is some of the best I have ever had.  I have dreams about it.  I have also had the pleasure of eating the fajita chimichanga (pictured here) and the fajita burrito. Both are covered in the cheese sauce and have a good amount of cheese in the middle.  It would be a mouses heaven on earth.  The rice and beans are always good.

If you choose to visit on a Tuesday, make sure to take advantage of their taco Tuesday special.  Two tacos for just $3.  Four tacos will more than fill you up.  That is almost as cheap as taco bell with more than twice the quality.  They have other daily specials, but we all know taco Tuesdays are the best. One other item of note, they serve pepsi products.  This makes me happier than anything.  If you happen to still be hungry after your meal, they do have fried ice cream.  I have not tried it, but have admired it from another table.

So if you are in the northland and in the mood for some good tex mex, try Estilo Rancho Grill.  Help support this local business.  I would love to see them stay around for many years to come.  Also, make sure to get the cheese dip.

A Little BBQ Joint

It’s been awhile since I’ve posted, so I wanted to get this down before I forgot. Today my dad and I went to A Little BBQ Joint in Independence Missouri. I have been here a few times before, but this was dad’s first visit. The decor screams dive, but the food they turn out is simply amazing.

We started out with the bacon chips which were absolutely delicious. It is thick cut bacon that has been smoked for hours and is served with toothpicks.   This picture does not do it justice.

For the lunch portion, my dad got the senior special, which is a small sandwich, aside, and a drink for under $7. I got the one meat dinner plate. Dad opted for ham on his sandwich, while I opted for the pulled pork. Sadly, I did not capture any pictures of this, because I was too hungry.  

With my dinner plate, I had the choice of two sides. I picked the warm potato salad and baked beans. The warm potato salad was so amazing I saved it for last. The beans were sweet, so it added a good balance to all the savory items on my plate.

Dad was impressed with how good all the food was, and when we got back to Mom and Dad’s house, he bragged about how good it was to Mom. I have a feeling they will be planning a trip out there soon. As for me, tomorrow is not soon enough to go back. In my humble opinion, this is top 3 on my list of good BBQ in Kansas City.

The reason I first stumbled upon this place was a friend’s band (JD Summers Band) was playing there.  There is a deck area they have tricked out that is perfect for concerts.  It is a perfect place to spend a spring, summer or fall evening.  

If you’re in the area, make sure to check out a little barbecue joint. You will not be disappointed.  

Mom’s Birthday

I am a little late posting this, but I wanted to share this with you all.  My mom’s birthday was last weekend.  We celebrated it with a nacho bar and sopapilla cheesecake.  We got rave reviews all around.

For dinner, mom wanted bbq.  I knew just the place.  I had been to Q39 before and also had it catered in at work.  This was my mom, dad, and aunt’s first visit.  As always, the place was packed.  Everyone had gotten there before me, so they already had the table.  Lucky for them, I didn’t even need to look at the menu to know what I wanted to stuff in my face.

I ordered the mr burns sandwich with a side of beans.  The sandwich consists of juicy burnt ends, melty pepperjack cheese, slightly spicy chipotle bbq sauce, and perfectly golden brown fried onion straws.  It is epic in size as well as taste.  The beans taste more like chili than what most people think of as bbq beans.  They have a bit of a kick to them, but worth it.

Everyone enjoyed their meals, and agreed that it was one of the best in KC.  If you are in the area, and looking for some good bbq, stop in at the Q.  Trust me, you will love it.

Crockpot chicken

My roommate and friend Megan made this amazing crock pot chicken for us the other night and I just had to share the recipe.  This will forever be my go to recipe for chicken.

Epic Crockpot Chicken

Ingredients:

– 4 tsp salt

– 1 tsp cayenne pepper

– 2 tsp smoked paprika

– 1 tsp ground thyme

– 1 tsp black pepper

– 3 Tbsp. minced garlic (we use the jarred stuff)

– Whole Chicken

– medium onion

-lemon juice

Instructions:

Combine salt, cayenne pepper, paprika, thyme, white pepper, black pepper, and garlic. Rub the mix all over the chicken. 

Place your seasoned chicken in the crockpot and douse it with lemon juice. Cut up onion in big chunks, and spread on top of chicken

Cover and cook on low for 8 hours (or high for 4 hours).

Remove chicken and let it rest for 10 minutes before serving, or immediately devour. ****Caution—it will be boiling lava hot****

Serve with vegetables if desired.