Revocup: Best Coffee - Anywhere!
Habte and TG Mesfin were born and raised in the mountains of Ethiopia where coffee was discovered and where a long and strict tradition of coffee preparation is followed from "the bush to the cup."
Habte has brought his knowledge of excellence in coffee roasting and brewing to Overland Park, Kansas, where his shop has legions of loyal followers. What you get at RevoCup is not only the highest quality beans, whether single-origin coffees or crafted blends, but a freshly roasted bean in one of RevoCup's own roasters. Business in bulk coffees has now grown to the point that the roaster in the coffee house is not large enough to handle the demand, so a warehouse with a larger roaster is now an important cog to the company's future growth.
Possibly the best thing Habte brought to his Overland Park business is his charming wife, TG, who cheerfully welcomes each customer as a friend - which you will be, in short order. There is a homey, comfortable feel at RevoCup.
I hasten to add that a certain portion of the proceeds from the sales at RevoCup go to the RevoCup Foundation. At the time of this writing, that foundation has opened eight libraries in poor areas of Ethiopia - including the contribution of the books.
[The web page listed below is for RevoCup's online store.]
Favorite Dish: I usually (meaning almost daily) get a coffee latté, but all the coffee and tea drinks are excellent. Most of the baristas are experienced enough to make almost any kind of an espresso-based drink you can dream up. I must add that I like the scones and muffins as well as I do the coffee. They too are made fresh daily. My favorite muffin - cranberry and walnut.
- Food and Dining
Da' Bronx: Deli with Pizzaz
It is more than a deli. It serves all kinds of sandwiches, but also pastas and other food kinds. But the deli meats are fresh and tasty. Prices are steep at $8-9 for the sandwich, then chips and drink bring you to around $12-14- a lot for a lunch
Favorite Dish: Pastrami on rye may as well be the main choice since I get it so few times usually.
Dragon Inn: A Chinese Tradition for Years
The food is all good, but you only get a plate of it instead of loading up on a big buffet style place. BAsically, the type of food is all authentic and tasty. They have been around at two locations for about 30 years and have a following of older sector
Favorite Dish: I like the Cashew chicken plate always
810 Diner: Diner Experience
It is a bit of an uppity yuppie type of place to eat. It draws that sector of society from the area that inhabits OP. The food is okay, but nothing great to speak about. Prices can range from $8-12, depending on the type of plate ordered
Favorite Dish: I only had a burger here, and is is good, along with the fries
The Elephant BAr: They Do NOt Serve Elephants
The menu list is eclectic and a variety of samplings from all corners of the globe. They have American, Chinese, Thai, Italian, and much more. This is a reasonable priced place to eat and the food is all good every time we went here.
Favorite Dish: I like the chicken and vegetable platter. It comes with fries and all are good sized servings.
Hereford House: Steaks are SEcond Best
The food is average, at best. Obviously they feature steaks as the main fare here. The prices run about $18 for a 10 oz sirloin, and $25 for a 16 oz. All steaks seem on the high side, though, and maybe its just me, but meat prices are outrageous and overpriced overall. The beers are $4 for a glass.
They have 4-5 locations around Kansas City, and one day the part owner may be in prison for the fire burning of one of his restaurants. He got caught setting up the deal.
Favorite Dish: I order the sirloin and it is good, but nothing to brag about. the sides offered are skimpy in size, and potato not that big
Brobecks: BarbeQue All Around
This is a spin from a award winning cooker in contests and he won a lot of ribbons/cudos. The food is order at the counter, and they serve to the table. It all is good, but a bit pricey. A rack of ribs is $23 and a sandwich $7-8. All sides run $2-3; all of this over priced in my opinion
Favorite Dish: I like the burnt ends for the taste and depth of the barbeque smoke flavor.
Carraba's Italian: Italian Flair
The food here is good and plentiful plates. They have a variety of pizzas, but mostly many types of pasta dishes and plates of Italiano foods
Favorite Dish: I like the sausage and pasta platter because it tastes authentic and Italian and you get a lot of food
Buffalo Wings: Wing It Here
The food is eatable, but nothing to brag about. The burgers are okay, and the wings; of course the favorites to promote, in various tastes. Beer is good at $3-4 per big glass
Favorite Dish: I like the burgers and fries to go along with it.
Hooters: They All Hang Out-Its a Hoot
The reason to come here is not always to eat s much as gawk. Not for me; I am out of that stage, but coming in now and then keeps the memory fresh. They all seem so young anymore. The prices are charged/added in for the views. A burger goes form around $9.00, and beers $4
Favorite Dish: The fries probably are good, but also the burgers may go good with them
- Arts and Culture
Mi Ranchito: Great Service and Large Portions
On a cold, rainy day 3 of us went to Mi Ranchito for lunch. We arrived at 11:30 just in time to get the last table available. We started out with Espinaca Cheese Dip which is american and mexican cheese mixed with white onions, tomatoes and spinach . This along with the fresh nachos would have been enough to satisfy me for lunch, but!!!!
Favorite Dish: I ordered the chicken fajitas which were out of this world. I don't think I've ever had such tender pieces of chicken anywhere. The homemade tortillas were also done just right. Unfortunately we had to go back to work, putting together a presentation otherwise there homemade margarita's looked really tempting.
- Family Travel
- Business Travel
Jack Stack Barbecue: BBQ Lamb Ribs - That's a First
On a recent business trip to the area I got to try several new restaurants. We ate at Jack Stack Barbeque on our last night in town. It is probably because we had eaten out several times already and had a Mexican meal for lunch that we were both overfed even before we came to Jack Stack. Anyway, we started out with the Fire Kissed Wings with a special hot sauce. After that I had ordered a plate of BBQ Sliced Meats which consisted of 3 meats (pork, ham and sausage) and tried the other sauces to get a comparison of all 4. The 4 sauces are hot, original, spicy and southwestern. The original and spicy were my favorites.
Each of the meals comes with a side liked baked bean, fries, etc. I chose the salad just to try to balance out the meat.
Favorite Dish: Since this is a first time visit I won't say that I have a favorite until I visit again. This is the first time I had actually seen Lamb Ribs on a menu. I didn't try them this time, but maybe on the next business trip.
The BBQ meats available here are beef brisket, smoked pork, roasted ham, smoked turkey and polish sausage.
The ribs are pork spare ribs, pork baby back ribs, beef back ribs, crown prime beef rib and lamb ribs.
The Kansas City area probably has the most rib type restaurants per capita that I have seen in my business and personal trips.
- Business Travel
Garozzo's: Little Italy comes to College Boulevard
Garozzo's is a very popular Italian eatery with several locations through the Kansas City area. There's one in the busy College Boulevard corridor of Overland Park - that's the one that my family visits most often. It is in "Corporate Woods," a big office development just off the interchange of US 69 and I-435. The original Garozzo's is still operating in the oldest Italian neighborhood in the city, Columbus Park; but it seems that the family has been able to retain the quality and inspiration of the first location.
My mom loves Garozzo's for its Chicken Spiedini, a lightly spiced chicken breast served with pasta. I like the ravoli and tortellini - but the menu also includes several northern Italian specialties like risotto and a few fish preparations as well.
- Food and Dining
Spin: Neapolitan Pizza in Kansas!
Across the street (119th) from the Sprint Nextel headquarters, Spin offers authentic Neapolitan pizza in a urban, chic setting. It seems a long way from the box stores and strip malls that surround it! Can't wait to come back here!
- Food and Dining
Woodswether Cafe: Huge Meals
It is the salt of the earth meals from the 1960's. All plates are large and tasty. Breakfat is the specialty, but you can also get the two pounder hamburger, about 3 inches thick. Prices are very reasonable.
Favorite Dish: All kinds of omlettes are filled with huge portions of meats of any kind you desire.
- Historical Travel