Review: MO Brew


In the words of the ever prominent Notorious B.I.G. “Mo’ money, mo’ problems.” Well, as recent college graduates, that’s an issue we really haven’t had to deal with yet. Instead, we live by the philosophy, “Mo toppings, less problems” and let me tell you, MO Brew on 39th Street takes this philosophy to heart.

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Who needs money when you have loaded fries anyway?

We made a special visit to MO’s after hearing high praise of their brisket fries. These crinkle cut fries are loaded with toooooons of BBQ sauce, pickled jalapeños, bacon, cheese, and small pieces of brisket.

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Loaded fries are the epitome of bar food. Add BBQ and it’s a KC resident’s dream. 

We could only assume that these fries would be a BBQ sauce lover’s dream. For us though, we found all the sauce to be a little bit overwhelming. For some of the fries, it was basically all you could taste. Many of them became soggy from being drenched.

The other ingredients, unfortunately, were not much better. The pieces of bacon tasted a little cheap, with the texture similar to jerky. The cheese became rubbery as it cooled. And the brisket– which should have been the star of the show, was M.I.A. Really these fries were just plain underwhelming.

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Is there anyone in the whole world who can’t appreciate a good game of Skee Ball? Not likely.

We, however, can’t knock MO’s for their environment. On nice days, they have large windows that open up to 39th Street, which makes it a great space for post-work happy hours.

Overall, these fries earn their highest marks for environment and experience. We didn’t feel like the quality lived up to the cost ($7.50 per plate), which is why they didn’t earn high marks for value. In the end, if you’re looking for a fun environment to lay back and drink a beer with friends, this may be your place. If you’re looking for a place to get great fries? Eh, maybe not so much.

See the complete breakdown and overall rating below:

Final Rubric (scored out of 5 for each category- see FAQs for more details):

Style/flair:  2
Value:  2
Overall taste:  2
Environment:  3
Experience:  3
Bonus:  None
Average/overall rating:  2.4 → 2 Stars

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Review: Louie’s Wine Dive


You know that feeling where you just need fries and seafood AT THE SAME TIME?!? Oh… just us? We were about to hit up Long John Silvers but as those have become a rare sighting we came across an even better alternative. Louie’s Wine Dive in Waldo delivered with an interesting mussel, fry combo.

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Moules-frites are a real thing, people. Look it up! You don’t even have to leave the midwest for these ones.

Okay to be honest, half of our Frequent Fryer team has never tasted mussels so this was an adventure to say the least. Let’s just say one of us felt mussels are an acquired taste and don’t necessarily want the taste of the ocean in our mouth. Don’t worry, our review remains unbiased.

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A noticeable requirement at Louie’s: everything must be covered in beautiful garnishes.  

The other fries we tried at Louie’s were a take on poutine. Honestly, these reminded us more of cheese fries than anything else, but we believe Vladamir Poutine would approve. Maybe these fries even have the power to keep Russia from meddling in another international election, but who knows ¯\_(ツ)_/¯.

While we really enjoyed Louie’s creativity and willingness to try new things, we were a little underwhelmed by both dishes. The mussels in the moules-frites were a tad sandy and the fries were soggy from being drenched in a salty liquid beneath the mussels. The poutine was fine, but like we said earlier, they were your standard cheese fries. They didn’t remind us of poutine.

In the end, these fries earned their highest rank for style, environment and value ($6 for poutine and $8 for moules-frites during happy hour). Unfortunately for us, the taste and experience just wasn’t there. See the complete breakdown and overall rating below:

Final Rubric (scored out of 5 for each category- see FAQs for more details):

Style/flair:  3
Value:  2.5
Overall taste:  1.5
Environment:  3
Experience:  2
Bonus:  None
Average/overall rating:  2.4 → 2  Stars

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Review: BRGR Kitchen + Bar


This week, we verge somewhere we don’t go often, for a number of reasons, all in the name of fries. The place being Power and Light District, the fries being from BRGR Kitchen + Bar (pronounced B-R-G-R noooot “br-ger” as we learned from experience).

We’ll try not to divulge all the reasons we hate P&L and just focus on the fries– but if we stray it’s only because that place is actually the worst.

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Anyway, back to the fries. BRGR has caught our attention on multiple occasions. They have been recommended to us several times and, most recently, we saw them featured in the “French Fry Face-Off” lead by the Kansas City Star.

These fries stand out for their matchstick shape, just like the ones you love from your favorite fast food establishment. In fact, the shape of these fries make them easy to inhale if you’re in a hurry. The experience provides a sharp contrast to the effort it takes to simply get inside the restaurant. For us, it took ~20 minutes of circling the parking garage to find a spot that weekday afternoon. Oh, gosh. Were we talking about our hate for P&L too much? Our apologies. Back to the fries.

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These fries are pretty much your standard tater. They have a little more seasoning on them than most– maybe a bit of paprika, though it’s hard to tell. They’re not extremely crispy and they didn’t come with any fancy sauces, though we feel like they’ll appease most.

Overall these fries get earn highest mark for environment. Value was not the best at $3 per side considering they do not actually come with any of the entrees (we won’t even factor in that parking was $8 on a WEEKDAY since our ticket was improperly validated– oh no, we did it again. Our sincere apologies 🙄). In the end, we’d recommend BRGR for its gourmet burgers, not its fries.

For those reasons, BRGR Kitchen + Bar earns a score of 2 stars. See the complete breakdown and overall rating below:

Final Rubric (scored out of 5 for each category- see FAQs for more details):

Style/flair:  2
Value:  2
Overall taste:  2
Environment:  4
Experience:  2
Bonus:  None
Average/overall rating:  2.4 → 2 Stars

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