Tuesday, September 28, 2010

No. 6: The Matterhorn from Andre's Confiserie Suisse

Posted by on Tue, Sep 28, 2010 at 2:00 PM

The Matterhorn is a peak pastry experience.
  • The Matterhorn is a peak pastry experience.
The Matterhorn is a peak pastry experience.


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.

The highest mountain peak in Missouri is the Taum Sauk summit in Iron County, which soars 1,765 feet above sea level. OK, so Mount Kilimanjaro, it ain't.

But what about the sweetest mountain summit in the Kansas City region? That, unquestionably, is the Matterhorn. Not the snow-dusted mountain between Italy and Switzerland, but the 3-inch-tall pastry from Andre's Confiserie Suisse, the iconic pastry, candy and tea shop at 5018 Main on the Missouri side and 4929 West 119th Street in Kansas.

The Matterhorn has long been one of the best-selling signature sweets at Andre's. And for good reason: The base of the pastry is a crisp butter cookie, and it's piled high with a combination of chocolate cake and chocolate buttercream whipped together until light and fluffy, then dipped in rich chocolate fondant with a "snowy peak" of vanilla fondant. It tastes like a dream. If you can't move mountains, you can at least eat one.

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 Café 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

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

No. 7: Crab cakes from Cafe Sebastienne

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