Tuesday, December 11, 2012



Price Point: $2.49 for a Hot Dog (Your choice of 4 toppings) up to $6.99 for an Uber Dog

The first time I tried Franks I ordered a regular sized hot dog with the basic Mustard, Ketchup, & Relish. I was pleasantly surprised by their buttered buns, and char-grilled dogs, Which were a welcome change from the basic QT branded hot dogs.

On this day I decided to step it up a notch and try the next size up... their Jumbo Dog at $3.29, and an order of their Shoestring Fries at $1.99

The tiny Shoestring Fries were good, they reminded me of Steak N Shake's fries, but I feel for the price they could throw in a few more fries per order. Now for the Jumbo Dog, I have to say I was not impressed. It was way too big for the amount of bread it came with!... I'll give it to Franks that the bun and toppings were delicious, but next time I think I will stick with the regular sized Dog as it was perfect!

Overall, I love their tiny Fries, and Regular Hot Dogs.... I will be back to try their Hamburgers, I hear they are excellent!

Pros: Great Hot Dogs, Buttered Buns, and Fries!

Cons: The bigger the Hotdog, the harder Franks falls!

Food Quality: ****/5


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Monday, April 23, 2012

Bread For All Bakery/Cafe

Price Point:$1.95 for Desserts, & Lentil Soup $4 for a Big Bag of Naan (Which I highly recommend) Sandwiches are a little over my normal price point at $6.99 and dinners start at $9.99

*****UPDATE- Went back for dinner last night, and we had the Mixed Dinner plate for $14.99 and even though we do not eat shrimp, they were kind enough to substitute it out for their chicken kabobs, and I am so glad they did! Deliciously moist chicken, and the most tender Kifta kabob I have ever tasted, and we thoroughly enjoyed the basmati rice, which was mildly flavored, not over spiced like some restaurants are! -Over all this is our "New Favorite Place" to eat!!

I have to start off by saying that there is something about the Naan bread that is addicting!

Now on to the meat and potatoes....

Before this Cafe became a living breathing restaurant it housed a Tandoori oven dedicated to making the most delicious Naan bread from scratch! So I was over the moon to find out they recently expanded to include middle eastern food, served with, you guessed it Naan bread! Nobody else in Kansas City is doing this, and I have to tell you I believe they are on to something!

 I ordered the Tri-Tip Steak served Eastern style with lettuce, onions, tomatoes, and cucumber sauce for $6.99. You can also order it Western or "California" style with salsa on buttered Naan bread.

All other "gyros" do not compare! The one thing I hate about gyros is the thick pita bread, which I usually end up throwing half of it away. This sandwich gives you just enough homemade bread taste without overpowering the well seasoned meat. Very delicious, and going back tonight to try the Lamb & Chicken Kabobs

All I can say is Yumm!! I will definitely be back!


Cons: Price, and no daily specials (Would like to see a daily special for lunch that showcased a Sandwich, & side for around $7 or less, for the thrifty people out there!)

**Note to owners: My usual max for lunch is $5, and I work with over 300 people that are at the exact price point, you might want to think about a 1/2 sandwich, & 1/2 salad combo for around $5....

Food Quality: ****/5

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Monday, March 26, 2012

Mario's in Westport

Price Point: $2 for Their Gourmet, make your mouth water Salads up to $7.95 for Lasagna, salad and garlic toast dinner

So I'm back after a long hiatus, here goes....

I was very hungry for Italian today and the first thing that popped into my head was Mario's, delicious, yet not too expensive food! So I ran right over there!

Today I had the Cheese Grinder. ($5) Now, when you are sitting at work and get a craving for Subway or Mr.G's I beg of you to tell your stomach to wait until you can get it to Mario's! They have the best grinders in town hands down!

Their sauce being made from scratch is well balanced with herbs and Italian flavors. You get more for your money at Mario's- $5 for a huge, delicious Grinder here, or $5 for a bland Subway sandwich? You decide!

So sorry I just could not wait to take a decent photo, as it was smelling so good!

Bottom line, GO TO MARIO'S, EAT THEIR DELICIOUS FOOD, you won't be sorry!

Pros: Amazing marinara sauce, Mouth-watering Salads, Basically EVERYTHING!!

Cons: Not a big one, but I like my spaghetti a bit thicker, not angel hair thin...

Food Quality: *****/5 (My Highest Rating Yet!)

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Monday, October 3, 2011

Curbside Cuisine Food Truck

Price Point: $2.50 for hot dogs - $6.50 for various other sandwiches.
So I specifically went to find Curbside Cuisine last week after scouring Facebook for their menu, and seeing that they serve Philly Cheese Steaks!! Yeah!

Now let me tell you that I have never been east of Chicago, and could not tell you before last week what Cheez Whiz tastes like on a Philly Cheese Steak, but I can say this... yummmm!! Now I know that $6.50 was a bit over my daily budget of $5, but when I heard that I could actually get a Philly Cheese Steak in KC with real Cheese Whiz I was in!

When I arrived on Hospital Hill, I was surprised to find several food trucks lined up down there, and I searched eagerly for that big Green FT! When I got up to their window to my dismay there was a line of people waiting, which is a pretty good sign for a FT letting you know that they must be good!
When I finally got my sandwich, I have to tell you that I am now a Cheese Whiz convert! Sooo Good! I asked for it with everything on it, which was green peppers, onions, mushrooms, and Cheese Whiz, it definately all worked very well together. The only down side to the sandwich is that the beef was dry.
Other than that I was pleasantly surprised!

Pros: Cheese Whiz!!!

Cons: Beef was dry

Food Quality: ***/5

Friday, September 30, 2011

El Pueblito's Food Truck

Price Point: $1.50-$5  Cheap just the way I like it!!

Made my way all the way downtown this week, and what a surprise to see a whole block full of food trucks! Now I know that Food Trucks are a pretty new concept as a whole, but even more so for the Midwest. Needless to say I was pleasantly surprised.

That being said on to the Food!

On this particular day there where a couple of Mexican trucks down there and I chose the one with no line... El Pueblito, which also happens to be an established restaurant down on the Boulevard as well as being a food truck. I personally have never been to their restaurant so I do not have anything to compare them with, but here goes...

 I had the Enchilada Platter for $5, I got 2 chicken enchiladas, with rice and beans.
Lets start with the rice, now I have never been a fan of rice with vegetables added, in this case it was peas and carrots, but this was pretty decent. Moving on to the beans, I have to say they were very well seasoned, not too runny or thick-just right and very tasty. Lastly for the enchiladas, now when the gentleman handed me my to-go container he opened it ever so carefully to warn me that the enchilada sauce was runny, and I have to say that I was a little nervous before digging in... now you can tell that the enchilada's are not baked, which I usually prefer, but this time I was pleasantly surprised! The lettuce and sour cream I can say are not necessary as the enchiladas stand on their own two feet alone! The sauce that the chicken was cooked in was one of the best sauces I have ever tasted! And for that fact alone I will definately be back for their enchiladas!

Over all I will be back!

Pros: Chicken Enchiladas

Cons: Rice

Food Quality: ***/5

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Thursday, September 29, 2011

Food Truck Week!

I love food trucks, from the greasy ones to the gourmet ones, keep 'em all coming! The other day I stopped by the downtown "Food Truck Block" located between Locust and Oak St on 13th St near the courthouse. There was 2 barbecue trucks, 2 Mexican trucks, and 1 Funnel Cake truck-(Quite odd if you ask me.) I will try to post reviews on all of them coming soon. This will include the roving handful of food trucks as well.

Thursday, September 22, 2011

Pancho's Midtown

Price Point: $1.65 for Rice or Beans $2.35 for Huge Bean Tostadas and up to $8 for Meaty Comidas (Dinners)

I was definitely craving Mexican today, as I do most days, but with just $3 in my pocket I had to think on my toes... Then it came to me Pancho's! I have been there several times over the years and it has remained a staple in my Junk Food/Mexican/Cheap eats book.

 Today I had their Bean Tostada $2.35 each for a humungously topped shell with gooey melted cheese on top of at least a pound of beans, and topped off with a decent amount of lettuce! Not for the faint of heart!

For under $3 this will definitely hold you over until dinner.

They also have really decent rice and beans for $1.65 ea, and I really enjoy their rolled shredded beef taco (kind of like taquitos, but made fresh!) dipped in their Mild Green Salsa and topped with lettuce and cheese $2.35 for 3, as good as homemade chicken flautas any-day!

Overall; A great hole in the wall with consistantly good, cheap food!

Pros: Tostadas, Rolled tacos

Cons: Don't ever ask for a burrito with no meat, b/c in the Hispanic Community Ham is not considered meat, ask for no Ham, etc. -This happened to me one time I ordered a breakfast burrito!

Food Quality: ***/5

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