Monday, September 13, 2010

No. 17: Mom's Macaroni and Cheese from McCoy's Public House

Posted by on Mon, Sep 13, 2010 at 10:00 AM

This is your recommended serving of cheese...for the week.
  • This is your recommended serving of cheese...for the week.

To whet your appetite for The Pitch's annual Best of Kansas City issue, we're counting down our favorite Top 50 dishes each weekday until October 7.

There is food that is heart-healthy. And then there is food that fuels your heart. Mom's Macaroni and Cheese from McCoy's Public House is just what the love doctor ordered. 

Mom's Macaroni and Cheese comes out lava-hot in a white ceramic dish. The time it takes you to decide whether to dive in with a spoon or a fork should be just enough to avoid searing the roof of your mouth. The large dollop of cheddar -- the only yellow in this four-cheese blend -- acts like a runny yolk in an egg sandwich. You just dip into the macaroni shells and take a big bite. A sprinkling of toasted garlic breadcrumbs gives the dish a bit of crunch.

Although you can add peas and smoked bacon (broccoli and grilled chicken are also available)  -- that's known as the Mac Daddy -- this is one of the few macaroni-and-cheese dishes in the city that can sit on its own. Just try not to fall in love.

Our list so far:

No. 50: Chocolate Malt from Fox's Drug Store

No. 49: Il Parma from Bella Napoli

No. 48: Italian sausage and eggs from Cascone's Grill

No. 47: Orange Roll from Clock Tower Bakery

No. 46: Tacos de cochinita from Frida's Contemporary Mexican Cuisine

No. 45: Barbecued pork bun from 888 International Market

No. 44: Tableside fresh mozzarella from Jasper's

No. 43: Gyro Sandwich from Mr. Gyros Greek Food & Pastry

No. 42: Apple strudel from Grunauer

No. 41: Rice noodle bowl from dim sum at Bo Lings

No. 40: E-Crush from Hi-Hat Coffee

No. 39: Flight of Freshness from Fresher than Fresh Snow Cones

No. 38: Curried chicken salad from Cafe Provence

No. 37: Apple fritter from John's Space Age Donuts

No. 36: Pollo con limone e olive from Lidia's Kansas City

No. 35: Wedding-cake cookie from LattéLand

No. 34: Stroud's cinnamon rolls

No. 33: Smoked Polish from Werner's

No. 32: Burger and frites from Westport Cafe & Bar

No. 31: Paletas from Paleterias Tropicana

No. 30: Goat korma at New Cafe Tandoor

No. 29: Lemon cake from Cafe Europa

No. 28: Chocolate Mousse Torte from Napoleon Bakery

No. 27: Spring rolls from Vietnam Cafe 

No. 26: French fries from LC's Bar-B-Q

No. 25: Classic Cookie's herbed-potato-and-sausage casserole

No 24: Farmer greens salad at The Farmhouse

No. 23: Egg salad sandwich from You Say Tomato

No. 22: Waldorf Salad from Bloomsbury Bistro

No. 21: Pork tenderloin sandwich from Kitty's Cafe

No. 20: Root beer from Mugs Up Drive In

No. 19: Flank steak sandwich from Happy Gillis

No. 18: Chicken Picatta from the Hereford House

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