The Westside Local

The Westside Local is a casual and elegant farm to table restaurant located in the up and coming, you guessed it, Westside of Kansas City, Missouri. It has an awesome beer garden with rustic picnic tables, creative flower arrangements, hanging plants and a vine covered pergola providing shade even on the hottest summer days. They grow many of their own ingredients in their backyard urban style garden. The beer and wine menu is plentiful and the food menu is ever changing to accommodate the season.


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Linger Eatuary

You better make your reservation now because Linger is a very popular place (for good reason). Located in the Highlands district of Denver in the former Olinger Mortuary, the name and sign were cleverly altered into Linger Eatuary. The old stainless steel medical charts from the mortuary are now used as drink menus. Slightly morbid, yes, do I care, no because the food and drinks are so damn good. The genre is described as global street food and is similar to a tapas bar meaning they offer a large variety of small plates mostly in the $8-10 range. The menu is divided into categories such as, Americas, Asia, South Asia, Africa and The Middle East, Europe and Eurasia.


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The Summit Restaurant at Shangri La

Located about an hour and a half northeast of Tulsa on Monkey Island - Grand Lake, The Summit Restaurant at Shangri La is well worth the drive. It is located on the top floor of the newly designed clubhouse for the Shangri La Resort and Golf Club, which I’m told is one of the nicest golf clubs in the state. It has a warm, rustic, mountain lodge-like charm with dark, rich wooden beams traversing the ceiling. Tables, surrounded by large, over-stuffed leather chairs situated beneath beautiful chandeliers greet you at the top of the tall stair case.


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Smoke on Cherry Street

Smoke is a very classy restaurant on Cherry Street priding itself in using quality, fresh, and local ingredients. The food can be described as contemporary American with a twist. The twist is the wonderful flavor of smoke attributed to grilling over an open wood fire. The smoke theme also extends to an enclosed cigar room in the back that offers a large array of cigars arranged neatly in a large humidor. The walls are decorated with beautiful paintings from local artists. The wood paneling, exposed brick walls, rich mahogany colors and dim lighting give it a wonderful unique feel.

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