For Kansas, Zagat picked Oklahoma Joe's Z-Man. For Missouri, it was the St. Paul - "hot egg foo yong smothered in mayonnaise and pickle, topped with lettuce and tomato and served on white bread," - served at Park Chop Suey in St. Louis. If you're looking for the ultimate sandwich, Red Eye has an entertaining bracket-style system to try and determine the style that reigns supreme. But let us debate the selections for both sides of the state line. Can you think of a better or different representative for Missouri or Kansas?
I'll admit that I'm occasionally scared by what I see in commercials. The eBay baby that Super Bowl audiences seem to love makes me find a reason to leave the room suddenly. And I believe that Hulu is a piece of alien technology. Still, even I wasn't ready to stumble across your Lunch Decoy - the inflatable doll-looking piece of plastic meant to stand in for me as I wolf down a plate of chicken fajita roll-ups.
Yahoo Travel! named Little Freshie (811 West 17th Street) and Kansas City (alongside Baltimore, all of Hawaii, Providence and New Orleans) to its list of the '5 Cities for Ultimate Snow Cones.' The West Side shop that grew out of a Shasta trailer has mango-ginger, strawberry-rhubarb and from-scratch root beer among its flavors this week. Little Freshie is open from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. Tuesday through Sunday (and keeps the ice machine going until 9 p.m. Saturday during the summer).
If you're in need of inspiration, head over to the Genessee Royale for the Brown Shugga Bacon Monkey Bread (served only on Saturdays). It has the addictive properties of any food that alternates between salty and sweet. And the Gypsy Royale Market, a regular collection of artists and local food artisans, is held on Saturdays in the parking lot between the Genessee Royale and Amigoni Winery.
In a town known for great steak, Jess & Jim's stands apart from the pack, and did so even before Calvin Trillin put it on the map in 1972, when he named it one of the country's best steakhouses in Playboy. Family owned and operated since 1938, this no-frills, casual steakhouse is no pomp, and all steak.
The Daily Meal says go for the 25-ounce Playboy sirloin. But if you're really feeling low on iron, you might as well take the 75-ounce challenge introduced this year for Jess & Jim's 75th anniversary.
And Kansas City will play a bigger role in the production of the spongy cream tubes with the Associated Press reporting that Hostess will now be headquartered here. It will also have a new distribution network, meaning Twinkies will likely be available in dollar stores and convenience stores going forward. And for those who choose not to celebrate with champagne and strawberries, Apollo also owns Pabst Blue Ribbon. So keep an eye out for that combo pack: a Twinkie and a PBR.
While no other Kansas City joints made the list of 20 barbecue spots, St. Louis has three restaurants in the mix: Bogart's (19), Roper's (18), and Pappy's Smokehouse (8), which led the St. Louis Post-Dispatch to ask if St. Louis was "America's Best Ribs city." Texas can claim bragging rights with six restaurants in the top 20.
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