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Red Door Woodfired Grill Leawood Kansas

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Red Door Woodfired Grill Leawood Kansas

Red Door Woodfired Grill Leawood Kansas is just outside of Kansas City – about 15 miles south of KC. It’s in this cool, little shopping center near Leawood Town Center, where there are lots of restaurants and retail stores.

We are on a mini vacation this week from taking our daughter off to college at KU. My goal was to write at least 5 blogs, but I didn’t specify if I was going to make all of them myself, or if Clint and I were going to venture out and try a lot of different restaurants during that time. We found Red Door Woodfired Grill in Leawood Kansas a few weeks ago.

Without Wood, things just don’t taste the same

It was apparent from the start they pride themselves on smoking things with different kinds of wood. I am a huge fan of that. It’s so interesting how a different choice of wood can send any item over the top in flavor. Cherry does something different to chicken, than apple does to fish or ribs. It was evident they were wood smoke scientists! The sign hangs proudly over the bar area.

Red Door Woodfired Grill Leawood Kansas

Red Door Woodfired Grill Leawood Kansas

 

For the firs time, we went on a Monday night and knew instantly that we had found a great place. It was packed, it was loud, it was full of life. I think that night he got a burger, and I got the Chilean Sea Bass.  We also got the wings as an appetizer. I want to say the Royals were playing, so we were pretty enthralled in the game, but the nightlife was a close second. The wings were ah-mazing. The smoke flavor came through and they were so flavorful and messy. Just how you want your wings to be. The sea bass was incredible also. It was melt in your mouth delicious -as was his burger.

This time

The second time we went (a couple of days ago), we decided on calamari as the appetizer. I am a HUGE fan of calamari.

Red Door Woodfired Grill Leawood Kansas

My favorite kind of calamari is on the kind of crunchy side, thinner and that perfect consistency of crunchy and a tiny bit chewy. Red Door Woodfired Grill’s calarmari was the only negative thing (and I mean minor) negative thing about both experiences. It was a little on the thick side for us. It was also very chewy. The two sauces that complimented the calamari were delicious. We just weren’t fans of how they serve their calamari. No big deal though.

Next came our entrees. Clint had the fish and chips and I had a reuben. Red Door Grill’s reuben was one of the best reubens I have ever had. I have lived in New York, Florida, California, Colorado, Louisiana, Texas, and now Kansas. One of the best I have ever had. The beef was delicious, the bread amazing, and the ratio from dressing to meat to sour kraut was perfection. It was steaming hot, it was melty, it was amazing. Usually greasy diners corner the market on reubens and patty melts, but I would take this one over a diner any day. It was THAT GOOD.

Clint loved his fish and chips also. HUGE (as you can see) chunks of fish fried in a light, crispy, beer batter. The fish was delicate and juicy. So good!!

Red Door Woodfired Grill Leawood Kansas

Red Door Woodfired Grill Leawood Kansas

We really enjoyed our meals both times we were there and will be returning to Red Door Woodfired Grill Leawood Kansas many more times. It’s a really cool, trendy spot where they take pride in putting out amazing quality ingredients, and delicious dishes. The artwork throughout is pretty cool, too!

Red Door Woodfired Grill Leawood Kansas

 

The Burger Stand at The Casbah Lawrence Kansas

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The Burger Stand at The Casbah in Lawrence Kansas popped up on one of those lists you see on social media as “the best this or that in the state” for burgers. It  is just off Massachusetts street -where there are a ton of cute, trendy restaurants on both sides of the street. You could easily walk a mile and get every type of food you are craving. This part of Lawrence reminded me so much of certain areas in Austin, Texas. It has a little bit of a hippy vibe to it. A lot of diverse types of foods you can choose from and a love for music and art throughout the streets.

The Burger Stand at the Casbah Lawrence Kansas

The Burger Stand at the Casbah Lawrence Kansas

Front Entrance to The Casbah

We just dropped our oldest, Kenzie off for her first year of college at KU….which I handled like a pro, I might add. We both read the article and it was a unanimous decision to go there. The parking is a little iffy. One time we went down there and had an easy time finding a parking place (which are metered by the way). The next time, there wasn’t a place in sight for a mile. There is a parking lot almost behind the restaurant that is meter free, so if you can park there and walk behind the restaurant to the front, that’s probably your best bet.

The Menu

The Burger Stand at the Casbah Lawrence Kansas

The Burger Stand at the Casbah Lawrence Kansas

At first glance, there are 4 types of burgers, a chicken sandwich and a catfish Po-boy. There are also salads, and many sides. Hubby got the Smoke burger and I got the Kobe. We both shared the fries…which I’m glad we did, because as you can see they were huge. The burgers were delicious and fresh. The meat was tender and packed delicious flavors. I have to say I enjoyed Clint’s more than mine though. I love kobe. I also love pickled onions. I didn’t care for the combination of the pickled onion with the sauce they used. Just wasn’t my favorite. I loved Clint’s, however. We also LOVED the sauce bar. You can choose a sauce you can either dunk your fries in, or burger in. My fries took a dip in the roasted Parmesan aioli…. several times in fact…. so many times their little fingers were all pruned up.

The Burger Stand at the Casbah Lawrence Kansas

The Burger Stand at the Casbah Lawrence Kansas

A sauce bar

We definitely enjoyed our lunch there and would return when we visit Kenzie. I can also see how it is a huge draw to the college crowd. Someone was practicing or just playing around on the drums downstairs while we were there. Very good burgers and fries, good beer on tap and great atmosphere!

The Burger Stand at the Casbah Lawrence Kansas

A Jayhawk across from the parking lot at a business

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