One of the venues that claim to have "invented" the Monte Cristo sandwich is the legendary Hotel Del Coronado on Coronado Island in California. There's a Kansas City connection to that hotel: Kansas Citian Barney Goodman -- the owner of the Bellerive Hotel on Armour Boulevard -- owned the property from 1948 to 1960.
But where are the best Monte Cristo sandwiches in town? Follow the jump and find out.
5. Fran's Classic Diner -- the 24-hour joint in the Power & Light District is a Canadian-based chain, so you'd expect there to be enough French influence for a very ooh-la-la Monte Cristo, even if the kitchen does use Texas toast.
4. Chaz on the Plaza -- The basement-level dining room in the Raphael Hotel does a first-rate Monte Cristo.
3. One80 -- This Westport venue makes a truly satisfying version of the classic sandwich.
2. Succotash -- Owner Beth Barden calls her version "The Count of Monte Delicious." And it is!
1. Cheddar's Casual Cafe -- A sandwich so light and airy, it tastes like meat and cheese in a doughnut!
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