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.
Bravado should count for something when it comes to breakfast pastries. Too often, dry muffin tops and stale danishes are the standard fare at coffee shops. Even when we're not traveling, we can't seem to escape the dreaded hotel continental breakfast. So the pride that Oak Street Coffee shows in promising that the "World's Best Scones" are in Brookside is something to be admired. The scones? They're something to be devoured.
The "World's Best Scone," is more subtle than you would think. Your first bite will likely seem not that special. But that's because of all those other scones, the bad scones your brain can't forget. The word scone so often accompanies breakfast disappointment that we have steeled ourselves to be ready for a dry, forgettable wedge.
Let the cranberry scone from Oak Street Coffee renew your faith in scones. By the second bite, you'll realize this scone is lighter and moister. The crumbly exterior gives way to a soft and delicate center. The third bite will have you regret driving away in your car before ordering an additional scone -- the tart cranberry rounding off the buttery richness of the pastry.
Expect more from your breakfast. Oak Street Coffee does.
Our list so far:
No. 49: Il Parma from Bella Napoli
No. 42: Apple strudel from Grunauer
No. 40: E-Crush from Hi-Hat Coffee
No. 34: Stroud's cinnamon rolls
No. 33: Smoked Polish from Werner's
No. 27: Spring rolls from Vietnam Cafe
No. 19: Flank steak sandwich from Happy Gillis
No. 18: Chicken Picatta from the Hereford House
No. 17: Mom's Macaroni and Cheese from McCoy's Public House
No. 16: Fried green tomato salad from Café Roux
No. 15: Veggie burger from Room 39
No. 14: Onion rings from Fiorella's Jack Stack Barbecue