Happy In Bag

Tuesday, February 28, 2006

No Worms In This Apple














There was no "restaurant row" on Kansas City’s 39th Street when d’Bronx first opened a block east of State Line. The informal deli’s food, just as it is now, was solid. Something’s changed, however, and it’s changed for the better. In its formative years, D’Bronx received more attention for its surly service than for its tasty offerings. The East Coast attitude has eroded; it’s a gentler eatery today.

6 Comments:

  • At 10:49 AM, Blogger Death said…

    I’ve been a patron of the Bronx on Bell Street since the late eighties I think. And if I had my choice of the old atmosphere or the current I’d take the old any day. Walking in there back then the place was just so alive and vibrant. It reminded me of this large family where everyone spoke in their outside voices but still loved and dug each other. I also thought that everyone was so nice and attentive to my needs. Some day’s I’d walk in and all I’d want would be a BLT which isn’t on the menu but they were more then happy to make one up for me. I still go there now but the vibe has changed and even though the food is still as good the whole experience isn’t the same. It’s like some one taking your favorite bartenders and making em put on uniforms and cover up their tattoos. You’re still getting the same drink but everything that made it fun is gone.

     
  • At 12:41 PM, Blogger Happy In Bag said…

    Death- Not surprisingly, your response is a lot more interesting than my original post. Hey, a few months ago you referenced a venerable Westport restaurant in an amusing story about an attractive woman. The place must have closed around '90. I can't recall the name or the exact location, and it's driving me crazy. Please help.

     
  • At 1:21 PM, Blogger Death said…

    that would have been Mierhoff’s Resturant at 38th & Broadway next door to where the Lava Room is now. where it used to stand is that check cashing place.

     
  • At 1:21 PM, Blogger Happy In Bag said…

    That's it! Yeah, I'd only been there a couple of times. Since you first reminded me of the joint, I've been wondering if the building still stands. Now I know. Thanks.

     
  • At 2:24 PM, Blogger Pensive Girl said…

    ah, mierhoff's...
    i once won this optimist international speech contest (in 8th grade), and as my "reward" i got to go the brunch of the optimist international club at mierhoff's and give my speech. basically it was me giving my speech while standing in a smokey room filled with old men in jackets and sweater vests and lots of eggs benedict.

    but the bronx on bell also has a special place in this heart. i prefer it in its original state, though, if only because then, there was room to write my name on the brick.

     
  • At 7:32 PM, Blogger moose & squirrel said…

    I am remember Mierhoff's well.It's original location was near 63rd and Troost. Then it moved to where Harry's Bar & Tables is now, back when Westport had 3 cool dives. Kelly's, Dave's which at that time was at 427 Westport Rd. and Mierhoff's I used to go in there when I was a tot of 20 and somehow managed to pull it off. What great nights I remember. Of course from there, they moved to 38th and Broadway until one day they were forced to close. I miss the place and the good times I shared with many there. Another time when the old mind is working better, I can tell a Mierhoff's story or 2.

    m&s

     

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