Thank you  Sandy, Wendy and others

Looking forward to trying some burnt ends....

Graham McDonald
Recorded Sound Archivist
National Film and Sound Archive of Australia, 
McCoy Circuit, Acton, Canberra  ACT  2601 
Tel:  02 6248 2192

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Date:   24/04/2013 01:12 AM
Subject:        Re: [ARSCLIST] ARSC Conference 2013: Some General 
Questions for the LAC Committe
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This will be a long one, and I might repeat recommendations I've made 

Kelley Martin put together this list of local BBQ joints that I completely 
forgot to include (sorry, Kelley!):
. 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 
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 

The conference hotel is right on Main Street so you can just hop on the 
Main Street Max bus ( 
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.


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Sent: Monday, April 22, 2013 7:34 PM
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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
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 
Steve Ramm