"A computer can't understand a handshake," says Jack Schwindler, explaining why he retired after 32 years as a food broker. He missed the face-to-face aspect of the business, which diminished as technology swiftly advanced. So when he and his wife found a defunct marina on Lake Lotawana, where Jack spent his childhood, he found his calling. In 1993, Jack and his wife opened Marina Grog & Galley, and now, Jack says, "I'm shaking hands again."
Marina Grog & Galley is run by a tight-knit crew of longtime employees, including servers who have worked there since 1996. Their menu boasts dry-aged steaks from a local purveyor and fresh fish flown in from Hawaii three times a week. The smell of steaks searing over mesquite charcoal drifts out to the front driveway, creating an aroma that attracts passersby and envious traveling steak peddlers. Other specialties include baby-back ribs crafted from a recipe Jack penned when he was 21 years old, along with a range of seafood specialities.
Every night, Jack visits with guests at the tables arranged around the dining room, which look out at the lake or a 1,500-gallon saltwater tank that houses a 48-foot living reef. Leather seats in cobalt blue comfort backs, and stone fireplaces warm the stone walls and light wood around the restaurant. Outdoor tables along the water seat up to 150 people, and on-deck fireplaces keep diners comfortable. "Something happens every night in the restaurant business," says Jack, and he doesn't want to miss a minute of it.
Wine and dine at Summit Grill and Bar in Lee'S Summit.
This restaurant's fully stocked bar is a perk for patrons who enjoy a fine wine (or more) with their meal.
Little ones are free to make a mess at this restaurant, where the whole family is invited to dine.
Home to one of the happiest happy hours, pop in after work for great drinks and good company.
Wifi here is on the house.
Sit outside at Summit Grill and Bar and soak up the sun on those nice summer days.
Summit Grill and Bar visitors enjoy a taste of live music with their food as well.
Fridays and Saturdays really bring in the crowds, so make sure there's space for you by calling ahead for a reservation.
Summit Grill and Bar offers an informal dining experience for those who are allergic to jackets and ties.
Can't stay at this restaurant long? Pick up and go home.
Patrons can park in a lot near Summit Grill and Bar or take advantage of the generous street parking.
Store your bike at one of the many racks outside of Summit Grill and Bar.
An average meal at Summit Grill and Bar will set you back about $30.
The dinner menu is a crowd pleaser at the restaurant, though breakfast and lunch are also served.
54th Street Grill and Bar is a relaxed restaurant with an elegant decor and classic American dishes.
54th Street Grill and Bar serves up a wide variety of menu items, including tasty gluten-free eats.
Unwind with a glass of wine or cocktail with your meal — this restaurant has a wonderful selection of drinks to accompany your dinner.
54th Street Grill and Bar's happy hour is filled with food and beverage deals.
Interested in eating out over the weekend? Keep in mind that the restaurant gets swamped on Fridays and Saturdays, and service may take longer than expected.
If you need to get somewhere fast, the restaurant also serves up grub to go.
Parking can be a pain in the neck, but it's as available as ever near the restaurant.
Store your bike at one of the many racks outside of 54th Street Grill and Bar.
A typical meal at 54th Street Grill and Bar will set you back less than $30.
Stop putting off the best meal of your year and come into 54th Street Grill and Bar's restaurant for some good old American favorites!
For fast food in Blue Springs' Blue Springs neighborhood, check out the burger menu at McDonald's.
McDonald's is a jackpot for those looking for low-fat and gluten-free meal options.
Wireless Internet access is just a click away at McDonald's.
Groups of all sizes can easily be seated at McDonald's.
This restaurant is very loud, so prepare for a wall of sound.
The food is prepared and packaged, just waiting for your pickup.
You can also have McDonald's cater your next event.
If you prefer to drive to the restaurant, go right ahead. Parking is abundant in the area.
Your piggy bank is best left behind when dining at McDonald's
prices are so low you won t believe how good it tastes!
Breakfast, lunch, and dinner are all available at McDonald's — swing by for your favorite meal.
Just know that McDonald's is perfect for any burger lover looking for a quick bite to eat, so be sure to swing by on your next lunch break.
For healthy and delicious fast food options, make your way over to McDonald's.
For fast food in Blue Springs' Blue Springs neighborhood, check out the burger menu at McDonald's.
If gluten is something you try to avoid, check out the G-free menu at McDonald's. Low-fat fare is also available for those keeping an eye on their diet.
McDonald's is well-known for being able to seat large parties.
For those in a hurry, the restaurant lets you take your meal or snack to go.
Catering makes it easier to organize any event, and McDonald's will ensure that it is delicious.
Don't waste time searching for parking, we've done all the work for you. Spaces available here.
Come to McDonald's for a satisfying meal that won't break the bank.
Stop by for breakfast, lunch, or dinner — McDonald's serves up all three meals.
Swing by the restaurant at literally any hour — it's open 24 hours a day.
When a juicy burger is calling your name, stop by McDonald's and pick one up for lunch or dinner.
For food that's both fast and fantastic, be sure to stop in at McDonald's.
Pizza Shoppe's cheesy goodness cannot be beat — this mellow establishment in Blue Springs' Blue Springs has perfected the art of pizza.
Beer, wine, and more are also available from this pizzeria's extensive drink list.
At this pizzeria, everyone will find something they love — kids included!
Al fresco eating options are also available at Pizza Shoppe, which presents a lovely patio seating area for warmer months.
Bring the Pizza Shoppe's great food to your place.
With food this good, you'll be running into this pizzeria to pick it up yourself.
Worried about finding parking? Don't fret! Pizza Shoppe is located near plenty of options.
Take a break from buyer's remorse at Pizza Shoppe, where each and every bite won't cost you much (but will taste like a million bucks).
Find your happy place as you relax in the casual atmosphere and munch on delicious pizza at Pizza Shoppe.
Isn't it about time you stopped ordering just any old pizza place and went with Pizza Shoppe?
The most well-known Kansas City restaurants are Kansas City BBQ restaurants. Kansas City barbecue is loosely defined by super-slow-smoked meats, fragrant wood, and thick, sweet, molasses-based sauces. Kansas City can also lay claim to a barbecue delicacy that’s taking the entire country by storm: burnt ends, a much sought-after scrap.One Man’s Scraps…In the formative days of Kansas City barbecue, pitmasters would trim off and set aside brisket’s overcooked ends after smoking the meat. Full of fat and given a crisp char, these pieces were hardly ever served; most were saved for the chef or given away in restaurants as scrap meat. It was food writer Calvin Trillin’s (perhaps tongue-in-cheek) rhapsody that many say ignited the city’s love for this throwaway meat:"I dream of those burned edges. Sometimes, when I'm in some awful, overpriced restaurant in some strange town, trying to choke down some three-dollar hamburger that tastes like a burned sponge, a blank look comes over me: I have just realized that at that very moment, someone in Kansas City is being given those burned edges free."The Anatomy of a BrisketTo understand where burnt ends come from, it’s important to understand the brisket. The brisket is made up of two parts, the flat and the point, with a layer of fat between them. The flat is leaner and therefore cooks faster, while the point is marbled with streaks of fat and connective tissue that, under low and slow heat, give it a succulent, melt-in-your-mouth texture and taste. So, ironically, the traits that made chefs toss brisket’s point meat are the same ones that make it an irresistibly delicious part of Kansas City barbecue today.How They’re MadeTo cook burnt ends the way they were originally made, simply trim the point ends after smoking the brisket, cube them, and serve them under a swathe of smoky-sweet barbecue sauce. Other chefs season and further cook the point end after smoking to ensure the fat renders properly. Still others smoke and chop up the flat and point together and refer to it as burnt ends, although this mixture can sometimes end up with too-dry sections of meat.How They’re ServedA traditional burnt-ends platter includes the ends piled atop a slice or two of white bread, covered in sauce, and served alongside southern-style baked beans. However, chefs have been known to use the ends as you might use bacon: as a savory, filling garnish in sandwiches, baked beans, gumbo, mac and cheese, and more.Where to Get SomePlenty of places to eat in Kansas City serve up amazing burnt ends. Here are just a few:Arthur Bryant’s: Trillin wrote his homage to burnt ends about this KC institution; today, the kitchen makes burnt-end sandwiches using both the flat and the point.Gates Bar-B-Q: Gates uses just the point to make craveable, fatty burnt-end sandwiches.LC’s Bar-B-Q: Diners at LC’s dig into the classic iteration: white bread, barbecue sauce, and baked beans.Rye: Though not a barbecue joint, Rye makes burnt ends from the whole brisket before serving it atop sourdough and with a sidecar of pickled celery.Fiorella’s Jack Stack Barbecue: This KC-area chain breaks the mold by crafting burnt ends from ham and pork in addition to the traditional beef variety.