Thursday, February 14, 2013
You don’t have to be a regular to sing here, but it helps.
In search of some cheap eats and karaoke airtime, we did Guys’ Night at Red Balloon last month.
Alas, the karaoke was a bust. In our experience the KJ sang three out of every five numbers and called up the regulars before giving any new blood a shot. Fair enough -- your place, your rules.
You know what you’re getting into with some selections, like the pizza rolls and SpaghettiO’s. Others are clearly a dare -- such as the chili, fish sandwich and shrimp dinner.
I’m also fascinated by the lasagna on the menu. At $6, it’s one of the pricier items, which makes me think it’s maybe actually homemade. But on the other hand, I can see it being a family-size frozen Stouffer’s deal. And if it is, do they cook the whole pan just to serve you a single portion? Or do you have to get a verbal commitment to order a piece from six or more patrons before the kitchen will make it? I’d ask for more details, but I don’t want to ruin the mystery.
Meanwhile, a couple of ladies at the bar were ordering drinks by color -- “Pour us a couple of those blue bombs!,” one said. With Red Balloon starting to increasingly feel like a boozed-up Kool-Aid stand, we thought it was time to make our exit.
Besides, nobody wanted to hear us sing.
10325 W 75th St Shawnee Mission, KS 66214