he Wild Boar fountain is a...
he Wild Boar fountain is a reproduction of The Wild Boar of Florence. Cast for bronze in 1857, this is one of three copies made from the original mold. Children (and adults) rub his nose, which keeps it shiny while the rest of the boar has darkened. Coins tossed into the box go to a children’s hospital. So toss in a few coins for the children
Cabela's Mountain Monarchs Sculpture
Outside the southeast corner of the store is a huge bronze sculpture of three world-class mule deer by artist Fred Hoppe. It is called "Mountain Monarchs." Each deer is 19 feet tall and weighs around 5000 pounds. Interestingly to me, the middle sculpture was modeled after a buck taken in New Mexico in 1963 (the year before I moved there).
Kauffman Legacy Park
A naturual oasis in the middle of the city, Kauffman Legacy Park is a relatively new addition to K.C.'s extensive park system. It was developed to showcase responsible "gardening" and the significance of ecosystem preservation in the heart of the urban core. Funding came both from public moneys and from the Ewing and Muriel Kauffman Foundation - the Kauffmans being Kansas City philanthropists (made their $$$ is pharmaceuticals) who died some years ago but whose generosity lives on and continues to enrich the community.
Kauffman Legacy Park is located in the middle of the Brush Creek flood plain, and it is hoped that its existence will help to alleviate the threat of flooding in the watershed. Through the years, flash floods have killed dozens of people in the Kansas City area.
On the hill behind the park stands the Stowers Institute, a major center for bio-medical research.
All that Jazz!
The Blue Room is a world-class club attached to the Jazz Museum at 18th & Vine. Historic photos line the walls, and there's not a bad seat in the house. And a no-smoking policy - in order to preserve the numerous historic artefacts. A good place to listen to local as well as national players.
Molto Buono! (extremely good)
A little thing about Johnny's, if you are expecting or prefer something like Olive Garden or some type of Americanized Italian restaurant, do not come to Johnny's you just might be disappointed.
Come to Johnny's for the authenticity. Papa Cascone is often seen here and likes to visit with you. So if an old guy comes and sits with you, don't worry, more than likely it's Papa. (or a transient - heh)
I recommend going during midday or non-rush times. Johnny's is popular with the locals and the waitstaff gets spread thin. They might seem very rude and stand-offish. If you are not pressed for time this is a great place to drink a little vino and talk with your friends. Very laid back. On a busy day, it's very loud because the the restaurant itself is not overtly huge and Italian music is piped into the sound system.
I saw a review of Johnny's once, the commenter visited Johnny's because they read many good reviews but they were disappointed when they thought 10 mins was too long to get their appetizer, 35 mins to long to get their entrees, they thought the food was too runny, and the waitstaff didn't immediatly tend to their needs, etc., needless to say the review was not good.
If you do go, I want you to picture this......imagine you and your friends going to your grandparents' or fave relative's house and having an impromtu meal. If you have that in mind, then you will not be disappointed.
The portions are generous and the meals are thin saucy, it's not that thick paste sauce look. Stick around for dessert. You know you are at a good restaurant when you can mix and match the entrees.
My favorite is getting the Shrimp Alfredo and have the smoked salmon as a side item. Their house white wine is good with this meal. This of course comes with a price, but I'm willing to pay for it and I'm never disappointed.
Recommend the toasted ravioli or fried mozzarella as an appetizer. Do a double order if you've got more than two people at your table. Try the house dressing if you get the salad.