I feel that I have come to know Kansas City fairly well over. The hot spots of Westport, the barbecue joints of choice and the (window) shopping down at the plaza. Yet, I am amazed time and time again at the vast number of restaurants this city boasts. Granted, I spend a lot of time in the 'burbs' - the outlying cities of Olathe, Overland Park and Lenexa, but never have I been to a city that takes 'eating out' quite so seriously. Where there is one restaurant there is always two or three more (one for each side of the corner, of course!). Even more baffling is that each parking lot is always full, and the lobby inside, even busier.
I am particularly interested to see if this lifestyle continues to prevail given the current economic "situation". My suspicion? Kansas City is a town fueled by agriculture, one of few industries that is enjoying a steady state of positive profits and forecasts. If I were to wager a guess, I believe I'll still be waiting for a table this week. But, like the rest of the city, I'll happily wait. Nothing goes better with good barbecue than Boulevard Wheat beer, and no where in Kansas City is better to get it than Fiorelli Jack Stacks!