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 no great Kansas Ocean. But Cafe Sebastienne (4420 Warwick Boulevard), in the Kemper Museum of Contemporary Art, can make you forget that fact with its plate of exquisite crab cakes served on a summer vegetable succotash.
The pan-fried crust can barely contain the lumps of tender, white crabmeat inside. Dollops of lemon-oregano aioli bring a cool richness to the dish. And the succotash -- a fresh medley of corn, red pepper, zucchini, summer squash, snow peas and onion -- gives the plate a bit of sweetness, making you dive back in for the next savory bite of crab cake.
Take a seat in the sun-dappled courtyard. Order a plate of crab cakes. Close your eyes after your first forkful. And for just a moment, the traffic on Warwick will be the waves crashing against the shore.
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
No. 10: Tank 7 Farmhouse Ale from Boulevard Brewery
No. 9: Ice cream-and-cookie sandwich from Murray's
No. 8: Autumn Cookies from Chacko's Eatery