May Flowers

Springtime in Kansas City is always gorgeous and so far, the flowers are delivering their promises. May is also the time of many events – from Cinco to special days for moms and proms and graduations – and Memorial Day is sneaking up on us, too.
May is a month to enjoy being outside however and wherever we can, even if you eventually go inside, and that inevitably includes our fine and fun restaurants.

5/5: Let’s Start with the Fifth

Cinco de Mayo may be bigger in Kansas City than in Mexico (huh, we do that with St. Patrick’s Day, too . . . why is that?) which is all the greater reason to enjoy it. Our Mexican (or not) restaurants have all joined in the festivities which you don’t want to miss. For instance, the iconic Margarita’s Amigos is going all out again –their five locations will offer food and drink specials, tee-shirt and trinket giveaways, and music all day long.

And places you might not automatically think of for this Friday holiday also are celebrating: Marina Grog & Galley will have live music, margarita specials, and Mexican appetizers (including fish tacos) on the deck. Sullivan’s Steakhouse is suggesting their $7 margaritas made with 1800 Reposado or Silver and their fab street tacos from 3-6 p.m. in their bar and gorgeous, very comfy patio. Oh, yes, there’s also a walk-in tequila tasting for just $20. Viva Mexico.

5/9: Life is a Cabaret, Old Chum!
It’s another sure-to-be-sold-out night at the Gaslight Grill as they celebrate the modern speak easy. Their cabaret singers and a six piece band fill the air with old tunes and new memories. Influenced by Katzenjammer, the Big Voo Doo Daddys, Sarah Vaughn, Nina Simone, Diana Krall and many others, this stand-out evening with its three course prix fixe dinner (steak, chicken and fish choices for $45) will remind you what music can add to great food and drink. Reservations by phone only for this special event: 913.897.3540.
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5/14: Mommy Dearest

Hereford House
Yes, it’s Mother’s Day – or aunt’s or granma’s or friend’s or for whomever you’re grateful. Mother’s Day was established as a national holiday in 1914 (by President Woodrow Wilson) but has its roots in ancient Greek and Roman festivals celebrating the mother goddesses Juno and Cybele. So it’s NOT a Hallmark holiday afterall. But it is a time to maybe give that favorite female a hug and a thank you and take her out for breakfast, brunch, lunch, or dinner. Or all of them. Our suggestions include Café Trio and their three course brunch or Gaslight Grill or JJ’s or Pinstripes or . . .
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Oh, and if you’re looking for something quite unusual to do on Mother’s Day, read Chris Becicka’s blog about Union Station.

5/20: Appreciate a Military Person
Another thank you – Armed Forces Day is celebrated on the third Saturday in May as a result of combining the celebrations of the various branches of the military. It’s a day to pay special tribute to the men and women of the Armed Forces which was established under President Truman. It was declared a national holiday by President Kennedy in 1961. We cite it here as an opportunity to tell someone who was or is in the military that we appreciate his/her efforts and sacrifices.
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McCormick’s Tuesdays in May

Hustle on down to McCormick and Schmick’s who have made their amazing happy hours even more amazing on Tuesdays. It’s called Tito’s & Tacos and it means that between 3:30 p.m. and 6 p.m., they are virtually giving away their fish tacos – they are only $2. If you’ve already had one of these, you know this is a fabulous deal for pretty much what’s a meal. And their Mexitini’s are only $5. All in their bar/patio – I don’t know who Tito is, but I know he deserves our love.

Finally, Any Day in May . . .

. . . may be graduation day. And graduations are about more than checks or gift cards. They’re also about celebrating the accomplishment. Truly, an enjoyable way to do that is an evening out. One suggestion: Independence Square where five restaurants want to help you celebrate by treating your graduate with a free meal (up to $20.17) at Diamond Bowl, Café Verona, Ophelia’s, Court House Exchange or Square Pizza. Check out the details at each restaurant’s website but this offer is good for May and June.

6/2: Oh, Wait, There’s June

It’s Jazzoo Time Again. It’s one of the best parties of the year and it’s for a good cause – the education fund at the Kansas City Zoo and to feed the animals. You can sample the food and drink from around 70 of the best K.C. food and ten drink purveyors and wander the grounds, hear great music at five locations, stop by the new Billy Goats Gruff Yard (yes, really), and ride the train in your favorite animal print garb all at the same time.

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