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Re: ARSC Conference 2013: Some General Questions for the LAC Committe

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Same opinion here.  When I hear KC and food, I think steak.  

Steve Smolian



-----Original Message-----
From: Association for Recorded Sound Discussion List
[mailto:[log in to unmask]] On Behalf Of Farrington, Jim
Sent: Tuesday, April 23, 2013 11:08 AM
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Subject: Re: [ARSCLIST] ARSC Conference 2013: Some General Questions for the
LAC Committe

Two of the 3 best steaks I've ever eaten were in KC, one at the Plaza III.
Pricey, but ridiculously good. Good wine list, too. I don't know if they
still do this, but at the time they would bring around a meat cart before
the meal to show their different cuts, much in the way some places will
bring around a dessert cart. A meal I will never forget.

Jim


-----Original Message-----
From: Association for Recorded Sound Discussion List
[mailto:[log in to unmask]] On Behalf Of Rodriguez, Sandy
Sent: Tuesday, April 23, 2013 10:49 AM
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Subject: Re: [ARSCLIST] ARSC Conference 2013: Some General Questions for the
LAC Committe

This will be a long one, and I might repeat recommendations I've made
before. 

Kelley Martin put together this list of local BBQ joints that I completely
forgot to include (sorry, Kelley!):
http://www.arsc-audio.org/conference/pdf/2013AmericanBBQList_WorkingListforA
RSC.xlsx. Everyone is super-opinionated 'round here about their barbecue so
I'll just give you my opinion, for what it's worth (probably not much). I'm
not a long-time resident (coming up on 5 years) and I haven't tried every
place on the list because I'm not often in the mood for BBQ. Here's my
(short) list:

Best meat: Oklahoma Joe's -- they don't drench their meat in sauce so you
can actually taste the smoked meat. 
Best sauce: Gates -- I prefer more vinegar in their sauce so Gates it is!
BTW, perfect time to plug the Local Arrangements Reception on Thursday night
where you'll get your chance to taste Gates BBQ! 

I never liked Arthur Bryant's but Chuck told me I need to get the ribs at
the AB's in Martin City. I've heard great things about Woodyard. In any
case, if it's an establishment that's survived in this BBQ city, it's
probably good. 

In terms of distance, Westport is a walkable distance away. Westport has
lots of local restaurants (unlike the Plaza, which has mostly chains). Here
are my personal Westport-area recommendations:

Ice cream: Murray's -- caution: cash and check only
Coffee: Broadway Café -- great espresso and great people-watching. Oddly
Correct -- they've got coffee down to a science, no need for cream and sugar
in this place.
French: Westport Café & Bar -- KC has a good number of excellent French
restaurants.
Bar food: McCoy's Public House and Beer Kitchen -- KC does bar food well.
McCoy's is a go-to establishment, and they have a really nice outdoor
seating area.
Mexican: Port Fonda -- started off as a food truck, but now they have a
gorgeous space in Westport. Fresh-made chicharrones, chips, etc.
Middle Eastern: Bread for All -- some prefer Jerusalem Café, but I find
Bread for All to be far superior (I'm biased by their za'atar).

Other areas:
Steak: I don't eat a lot of red meat, but I've heard good things about
several of the places on the Plaza.
Vegetarian: Eden Alley Café in Unity Temple (Plaza); Mud Pie Vegan Bakery
and Coffeehouse (Volker), Café Gratitude (Crossroads)
Farm-to-Table: The Rieger Hotel Grill & Exchange (on Main Street in Union
Hill/Crown Center), Westside Local (near the new Performing Arts Center and
my favorite), The Farmhouse (City Market) Fine dining: Starkers (Plaza) -- I
had an awesome trout dish here. Room 39 -- near the record stores, small
place but excellent food. Bluestem -- The chef has been a James Beard award
finalist several times, and although he's never won, the food is amazing.
And the pastry chef (his wife) made the best dessert I've ever had.

I wouldn't say KC has good Asian food. The best Asian food I've had in KC is
the pho at Vietnam Café down in the Columbus Park (near the City Market).
IMO, the strengths of KC dining is BBQ, bar food, steak, and farm-to-table.

The conference hotel is right on Main Street so you can just hop on the Main
Street Max bus (http://www.kcata.org/maps_schedules/routes/mainmax/) and get
to just about anything really interesting in KC. To the north-- Westport (if
you prefer not to walk), Union Hill/Crown Center area which includes the WWI
Museum and Union Station, Crossroads Arts District, downtown Power & Light
District which now has an Alamo Drafthouse, and the City Market (farmer's
market, shopping, antiques). To the south: Brookside which has several local
restaurants and shops. If you're headed to the 18th & Vine Jazz District,
you'll have to transfer since it's northeast.

I hope that helped some. I'm happy to give more specific recommendations.

Thanks!
Sandy

-----Original Message-----
From: Association for Recorded Sound Discussion List
[mailto:[log in to unmask]] On Behalf Of Steve Ramm
Sent: Monday, April 22, 2013 7:34 PM
To: [log in to unmask]
Subject: Re: [ARSCLIST] ARSC Conference 2013: Some General Questions for the
LAC Committe

Sandy and Wendy and Chuck:
 
Thanks for your previous posts in response to Rainer's questions. Since we
are only three weeks away, I have a few questions that I'm sure the answers
would be of interest to others attending. They are basically logistics, and
I  don't think are on the Conference Web site:
 
I know the Marriott is  one part of town (last time I was there was  the
last ARSC Conference in KC where we stayed at the Westport Inn). And many of
us won't have cars. We can carpool to meals I guess - though Friday night is
the  only night without a reception.
 
So, for those that are coming in early or want to get away for a few hours
during the conference and see sights, what is within reasonable walking
distance  (say 20 minutes or so) or can be reached easily on frequent public
transport  without changing many buses)?
 
I used your Restaurant guide and looked at "BBQ and other" near Country Club
Plaza. I certainly recognized about 80% of them 'cause they are major chains
which have locations in Philly and other major cities. For those of us who
want the "Kansas City Experience" (Isn't that why we are there?, Could you
(the group of you and others on ARSClist from the area) give us a
"subjective"  list of local places (hey I could do BBQ every day! - Last
great BBQ was in  Rochester last year!) that we wouldn't know about. There
should be some good  like steak places for some and I'm sure a few might
want vegetarian. I for one  would love a real BBQ joint (Gates, Bryants, or
the other place mentioned) But I  fear they are not close.
 
Also ice cream! (I still remember the place in Westport though not sure in
business.)
 
And, for the newbies to KC are there special local foods BESIDES BBQ that
you would recommend. (Hey, you folks came to Philly and I got you to the
right  cheese steak and hoagie places and found you real Philly soft
pretzels.) . So  please editorialize away! we're in your town!
 
Thanks so much. See many of you in three weeks. And don't forget to
register!
 
Steve Ramm

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