Wednesday, May 11, 2011

Cascone's Again

A friend called and asked if we would join him at Cascone's for dinner which in our book was a no brainer. Always great food and an enjoyable evening.  But what is it about some restaurant owners and their wives that think they are doing you a favor by seating you and serving you dinner?  Did I miss something along the line somewhere or shouldn't this be the other way around?  I certainly wouldn't give the hostess, and in this case a family member any kudos for personality, friendliness, or making you feel welcome.  A smile certainly would not have hurt, but don't think she has done that in years. 

We were seated in the bar as they had some "private party" in the entire dining room.  Ummm, but okay.  The bartender was the only server in the entire area and needless to say, she was running as in a marathon.  Relatively speaking, she did a very good job in keeping up with all the patrons at the bar and serving all the tables that were almost now full in the bar due to "this private party".  They actually could have used another server on the floor in the bar if they knew they had this event, but hey, guess the party planning department wasn't communicating with the staffing department. 

Dinner came and as usual, was done in true Cascone style...delicious!   
Shrimp Fettuccine, Chicken Lemonada, and Chicken Spedini.  The only thing that could have been improved upon was the Spedini which was what our friend was having and said it could have used a tad bit more sauce, but otherwise a crowd pleaser. 

Now here is what I don't get...we see the owner come on the floor and gravitate to only one table, evidently someone he knows and asks how dinner is and if everything is alright which was overheard by other tables.  Stops and has a bit of small talk with them and when that is finished turns and heads directly, do not pass go, straight line back to the kitchen without looking or speaking with anyone else.  Wouldn't be just a common curiosity to stop at a few other tables and inquire as to how their dinner was, if everything was alright, blah blah blah.  Now don't know about you, but made me feel as "his friends" visit was the only one that counted and my money wasn't appreciated.  So, while our friendly server did a very good job in keeping up with everything she had on her plate and ours, good food and of course good company, it will probably be a while before we go back just because of the owner's attitude.  Hey, maybe you think that is trivial, but there are alot of restaurants in Kansas City who do make you feel welcome, and if Cascone's owners want to cater to their friends, hey let them.  Guess their friends money is more important than mine so will be taking it elsewhere for a while.  Let me know your thoughts...

Saturday, May 7, 2011

BRGR...

Just haven't got the hang of this blogging yet.  Keep thinking about it, but that seems as far as I get.  So I am going to make a concentrated effort to post more often as really do have some things to let people know.

So last night, we went to BRGR for dinner.  We have been there a couple times before and I am not disappointed in the quality and taste of their burgers!  Absolutely fantastic!  Our friends had not been there before and were true Blanc admirers, and well, think they have definitely changed their minds. 

While we would have enjoyed sitting in their open air area, when we arrived at 8:30pm, it would have still been a wait of 20-30 minutes, so opted to eat inside with no wait.  Dinner was definitely a "hats off experience".  Now service, ummmmm, after we sat down, we waited for at least 10 minutes and finally had to flag someone down and ask where our server was and low and behold, it was him.  Well, that didn't start our relationship off too well as now he had shall we say a chip on his shoulder...but never fear, we did not let this spoil our evening and we overcame.  Rather disappointing that our service level had not been as good as on previous visits to BRGR, but hey, it was adequate at best. 

So next time you are in the neighborhood of Corinth Square on Mission Road, definitely stop in and grab a burger from BRGR.  You will not be disappointed.