Show Your Support: Attend Saber! A Celebration of JJ’s on 4/7 in Kansas City!

Join the Kansas City dining community as they rally around the JJ’s restaurant family.

You’re cordially invited to Saber! A Celebration of JJ’s in Kansas City on Sunday, April 7th, at The American Restaurant. From 5PM-8PM, The American Restaurant will host Kansas City’s finest chefs and beverage vendors in support of the JJ’s Family. One of the oldest independently operated restaurants in Kansas City, JJ’s was completely destroyed by a devastating fire on February 19th. The fire also claimed the life of  JJ’s employee Megan Cramer.

You can show your support by purchasing tickets to Saber! The event will feature tasting stations, a silent auction, and a “Hall of Fame” wine silent auction showcasing bottles three liters or larger. The bottles will be signed by JJ’s owner Jimmy Frantze.

In addition to The American Restaurant, participating restaurants and chefs include Craig Adcock (Jude’s Rum Cake), bluestem/ryeCafé Sebastienne, Coaches, Happy Gillis, Jasper’s, Lon Lane’s Inspired Occasions, The Rieger Hotel, Grill & Exchange, and Starker’s Restaurant, among others.

Tickets are $75 for general admission and $35 for restaurant industry professionals. All money raised will be donated to the JJ’s Staff Assistance Fund. Purchase your tickets at



Show Your Support for the Friends of JJ’s Benefit on March 5, 2013 in Kansas City!

Don’t miss your chance to step up — and out — for the workers impacted by the deadly fire at Kansas City landmark JJ’s Restaurant.

As you may have heard, iconic restaurant JJ’s in Kansas City, Missouri, was completely destroyed by a devastating fire on February 19th. The fire also claimed the life of  JJ’s employee Megan Cramer. One of the oldest independently operated restaurants in Kansas City, JJ’s is esteemed by both diners and fellow members of the Kansas City restaurant community.

Please join JJ’s owners, staff, patrons, and friends in support of the JJ’s employees impacted by this tragedy at a fundraiser on Tuesday, March 5th at 7PM at the Uptown Theater. Hosted by former Chiefs player Eddie Kennison and KCTV5’s Kelly Jones, the event features food and drink from area restaurants, live music on multiple stages, and a silent auction with a number of items from local Kansas City merchants.

Featuring The Latenight Callers and David George and A Crooked Mile, the Friends of JJ’s Benefit will also include performances by The Grisly Hand, Patrick Krief (of The Dears), Megan Birdsall, Victor & Penny, Loaded Goat, Allied Saints, Shellac Attack, and DJ Rico. Proceeds will benefit the immediate needs of JJ’s staff and employees impacted by the Plaza fire, as well as a fund in honor of Megan Cramer.

Tickets may be purchased through Ticketmaster and are available at several price points. If you’re unable to attend, you may make a donation to the J.J.’s Staff Assistance Fund at any Country Club Bank branch.Continue Reading

Trending on Recent OpenTable Restaurant Reviews: Schnitzel

Dozens of countries serve their own style of schnitzel, from Austria to Ukraine.

Don’t call it a comeback — because schnitzel has never really been gone from our dining lexicon. However, schnitzel, in all its thin, crispy, breaded glory is showing up more and more often on menus in a city near you. From pork and veal to duck and sweetbread schnitzel — and everything in between, this simple dish has dozens and dozens of variations, old and new. Find out what OpenTable diners are saying about schnitzel in recent reviews — and share your fave version of this dish in the comments section. 

* Blaue Gans, New York, New York: “Craving schnitzel? Check it out! If you are looking for a meal from the homeland, this is the place! Delish! Low key atmosphere, great vibe!”

Central Michel Richard, Washington, D.C.: “Lamb shank, chicken schnitzel, and burgers were very good.”

Chicken and the Egg, Marietta, Georgia: “My husband ordered what I think was called pork schnitzel and it was VERY good. This reminded me of a restaurant that you would find in Napa Valley.”

Cypress Nook, Pompano Beach, Florida: “The food was authentic and amazing! We sampled a few of the specials — the goulash soup, which was as good as the goulash we had in Vienna, Austria, a few years ago, along with the bratwurst and schnitzel!”

G.E.B. (Graham Elliot Bistro), Chicago, Illinois: “The pork schnitzel with a rye-based coating is both unusual and my favorite.”

Goldener Hirsch, Park City, Utah: “I have eaten at this restaurant many times. No matter whether you order fondue, oysters, quail, elk, sturgeon, or wiener schnitzel, you will not be disappointed.”

The Grille at Peerce’s, Phoenix, Maryland: “I tried the chicken schnitzel and it was great!”

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Well-Reviewed: House Café; The Prime Rib Grill; Strip House-New York, and More

Recent restaurant reviews from the news…

* S. Irene Virbila says the menu at Bruce Marder’s House Ca in LA has “something for everyone.” [Los Angeles Times]

* Marzano and Garibaldi’s in San Francisco save the day for a large party of diners/fans of Michael Bauer. [SF Gate]

* The Prime Rib Grill by Hereford House in Kansas City bests its predecessor, according to Charles Ferruzza. [The Pitch]

* David Kaufman likes the show at SHO Shaun Hergatt. [Financial Times]

* Just like steak and wine, the Strip House in New York improves with age, says critic Sam Sifton [The New York Times].