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.
If beer is the bread of life, then give me a thick slice of Tank 7 Farmhouse Ale with every meal. Boulevard Brewery introduced Tank 7 into its Smokestack Series lineup last year, and since I tried it back in December, I've consistently kept a bottle tucked away in the back of my fridge.
It's the beer that I first show off as a product from Kansas City and the one that I know all beer drinkers, even those as persnickety as the fermenter for which the tasty brew is named, will like. With its golden straw color, citrus notes and dry finish, you'd never know that the 750-milliliter bottle was packing an 8-percent ABV punch.
To those who prefer it as an appetizer, Boulevard will be rolling out four-packs of 12-ounce Smokestack bottles in November -- Tank 7 included. Some Kansas Citians reject the idea that this is a cow town, but we can be proud of our farmhouse ale.
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
No. 13: Cranberry scone from Oak Street Coffee
No. 12: Chicken walnut pasta from Osteria il Centro
No. 11: Steakburger, Fifty-Fifty and a special chocolate frosty from Winstead's