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Chicken & Waffles, Lime Daiquiris & Other Weekend Possibilities

The Burger Stand at The Casbah The Burger Stand at The Casbah is hosting a rare beer night benefit for the Lawrence Humane Society. It's a good excuse to get a beer with your burger. (Cody Boston | Flatland)
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The last eggs will be cracked at Cascone’s Grill (15 E. 5th St.) today. The long-time diner will close after more than 80 years in the River Market. Next up for the space, CitySceneKC reported that Anton Kotar, the owner of Anton’s Taproom on Main Street, will open Estelle’s Diner in the space.

It’s a concept that Kotar had previously looked to build out in the former Nichols Lunch spot, where KC Kitchen & Pizzeria is now.

Tickets are sold out for the Kansas Craft Brewers Expo; but sometimes the secret to getting a taste of great beer is to attend the events around the festival. The Burger Stand at The Casbah (803 Massachusetts St., Lawrence, Kansas) hosts its fifth annual Draws for Paws, a benefit for the Lawrence Humane Society, from 5 to 10 p.m. Friday. The beer lineup is a host of rare brews (2017 Firestone Walker Velvet Merkin), Free State’s Owd Mac’s and Lateral Roots, a Belgian tripel aged in wine barrels and a rum barrel-aged Death By Coconut from Oskar Blues.

Grain to Glass (1611 Swift Ave., North Kansas City, Missouri) celebrates its fifth anniversary at its current location with happy hour all day Friday. Feel free to tell work you’re not coming in because the doors open at 10 a.m.

Tannin Wine Bar & Kitchen (1526 Walnut St.) is hosting an eighth anniversary party from 4 p.m. to midnight Friday. It’s an all-day happy hour with a performance by jazz musician Mark Lowrey. Get skin-on fries with truffle aioli, a charcuterie board or ham and melty cheddar.

The sun will return. Fruit trees will bloom. Farmers’ Market season, impossibly, is only a little over a month away. In the meantime, check out the Winter Farmer’s Market from 9 a.m. to noon at the Independence Uptown Market (211 West Truman Road, Independence, Missouri).

While CBD oil is a trendy new ingredient, relying on fermentation for flavor is a time-honored tradition. Author Sandor Katz, artist S.E. Nash and Cafe Sebastienne executive chef Rick Mullins will have a discussion about adding funk and deep flavors to food and take questions during a free conference at 6 p.m. Saturday at the Kemper Museum of Modern Art (4420 Warwick Blvd). The doors open at 5:30 p.m. The post-conversation dinner highlighting fermentation is sold out.

A reader asked, and I am now answering. Cinnabon — which shares a location with Auntie Anne’s (the pretzel spot) — has arrived on the Plaza at 112 W. 47th St. (next to P.F. Chang’s). Cinnabon is open from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. Monday through Saturday and 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Sunday. Get your cinnamon roll in tiny, standard or a cup of middle bites.

Gym. Tan. Pizza? Jersey Shore Pizza (1607 W. 39th St.) is serving calzones, strombolis (savory dough pockets) and slices of pizza. The space was most recently Muncheeez Deli.

Just a block away, Room 39 (1719 W. 39th St.) began offering happy hour this week. Snag parmesan fries, mussels, chicken livers, calamari, foie gras, or goat cheese gnocchi. Save a little money ($6) for a lime daiquiri or Old Fashioned made with J. Rieger & Co. whiskey. Happy Hour runs from 5 to 6:30 p.m. Monday through Friday.

The discovery of a waffle bar at a roadside motel is the greatest Sunday morning surprise. The tiny cups, spilling batter like a child and the anticipation of standing by that waffle maker and wondering if you’ll ever hear that beep telling you to unleash your waffle on the world.

Recreate that magic with The Waffle Iron pop-up at the Post Coffee Company (200 NE Chipman Road, Lee’s Summit, Missouri) from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Sunday. Pro tip: this doesn’t just have to be a Sunday thing … you can also get Waffle Iron waffles with fried chicken at Brookside Poultry Company (408 E. 63rd St.) from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday.

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