In the discussion about the citys best old-school burger, Winsteads and the Westport Flea Market tend to be the names most frequently bandied about. Well throw out a dark-horse candidate: Maxs, a no-frills greasy spoon in Waldo. A Double Max Burger (charbroiled, on a kaiser bun), with a side of tater tots and a strawberry fountain soda is on a lot of peoples short list for best last meal. Condemned or not, take it to go; seating inside is virtually nonexistent.
This buffet-style restaurant is popular with young families and senior citizens because its easy to get a substantial meal for under 10 bucks; the San Diego-based restaurant chain is becoming increasingly attractive to vegetarians and health-conscious diners, too. The focal point is the salad bar, laden with both prepared salads and lots of fresh vegetables and legumes for those who prefer to create their own culinary masterpieces, but there are also pasta selections (which arent upscale by any means) as well as soups, fruit and soft-serve ice cream. — Charles Ferruzza
Waldos flagship tavern, Lews Grill & Bar, is tucked back on the corner of 75th Street and Wornall. One of the few 3 a.m. bars in the neighborhood, Lews is long, narrow, loud and generally full whenever the Jayhawks, Tigers, Royals, Chiefs or Cubs are on one of the high-def, plasma or big-screen TVs. A bit more casual and less expensive than the Well, its sister location (a block north), Lews is neighborhoody and friendly and has a tendency to get a little rowdy toward the end of the night. Also known for its huge, outdoor St. Patricks Day hoolie and 86-ounce Das Boot draft beers, Lews is Waldos favored default bar.