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Thursday, March 1, 2012

The menu is hopping at the Martin City Brewing Company (Slideshow)

Posted By on Thu, Mar 1, 2012 at 9:15 AM

The bacon-wrapped shrimp at Martin City Brewing Co.
The brewery component isn't yet operational, but the menu has them lining up at the Martin City Brewing Company. In this week's review, Charles Ferruzza discovered "a talented chef who actually gives a damn about the food," in Martin City's Andrew Parker. Click here to see the photos by Angela C. Bond.

Thursday, February 2, 2012

A trio of lesser-known BBQ joints (Slideshow)

Posted By on Thu, Feb 2, 2012 at 10:19 AM

A plate of brisket at Biemers BBQ.
If you're smoking with hickory, they will come and they will be hungry. In this week's Pitch, Fat City's Charles Ferruzza reviewed three barbecue joints that have been under the radar: Brobecks, Biemer's BBQ and the Rub. This is part of the joy of living in Kansas City, as Ferruzza writes, "There's always someplace off the beaten path, waiting to be discovered, like some secret clubhouse that can be found only by following the aroma of burning hickory." Click here or on the brisket plate above for the photos by Brooke Vandever.

Thursday, January 26, 2012

Seasons 52 has no shortage of choices (Slideshow)

Posted By on Thu, Jan 26, 2012 at 9:35 AM

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Everything inside Seasons 52 is under 475 calories, but that doesn't stop the menu from being creative and varied, as Charles Ferruzza discovered. In this week's review, Ferruzza writes that there's something for nearly everyone:

I believe this restaurant is the only venue in town that offers separate menus for almost every possible lifestyle choice and allergy limitation. There's a vegan menu, a vegetarian menu, a gluten-free menu, a garlic-free menu, a lactose-free menu and a list of low-sodium offerings. All that's missing is a menu dedicated to chronic complainers, which would allow me to finally dine with my sister-in-law.

Click here or on the photo above for shots by Brooke Vandever of the dishes.

Thursday, January 19, 2012

It's a little funky at the Brass Monkey (Slideshow)

Posted By on Thu, Jan 19, 2012 at 10:30 AM

The coconut shrimp at the Brass Monkey.
In this week's restaurant review, critic Charles Ferruzza offered an education on a classic cocktail and restaurant of the same name — the Brass Monkey. The former has a number of variations, while the latter has no shortage of variety on its menu. Find out why the bar might be "the perfect place to go ape" and discover the fascinating history of the building in the Vivion West Shopping Center. Click here or on the photo above for pictures, taken by Angela C. Bond, of the dishes at the Northmoor, Missouri, restaurant.

Thursday, January 12, 2012

Taking in the view from the Lakeside Tavern (slideshow)

Posted By on Thu, Jan 12, 2012 at 9:30 AM

Theres no shortage of burger choices at Lakeside Tavern.
  • Angela C. Bond
  • There's no shortage of burger choices at Lakeside Tavern.
In the review in this week's Pitch, Charles Ferruzza visits Lakeside Tavern and forks through chili-cheese tater tots, burnt ends, and a host of different takes on pub classics like pigs in a blanket ("frankfurters wrapped in flaky phyllo, baked and cut into tidy segments," served with jalapeño-cilantro aioli). If you want to see a slideshow of menu items from Lakeside Tavern, click on the photo above or here.

Thursday, December 8, 2011

Chai Shai's Delicious Samosas (Slideshow)

Posted By on Thu, Dec 8, 2011 at 10:30 AM

Chai Shais samosas are great little pockets of flavor.
  • Angela C. Bond
  • Chai Shai's samosas are great little pockets of flavor.
In this week's review, Charles Ferruzza suggests that Chai Shai (651 East 59th Street) in Brookside has the best samosas in Kansas City. He also has high praise for the lamb korma and masala paneer roll coming out of the tiny kitchen that's popular with nearby University of Missouri-Kansas City students. Click here or on the photo above for a slideshow of restaurant photos from Angela C. Bond.

Wednesday, November 30, 2011

The cult classics of Kansas City (Slideshow)

Posted By on Wed, Nov 30, 2011 at 9:30 AM

Nothing has changed at Villa Capri and thats the idea.
Some restaurants are frozen in time, and that's just the way the regulars like it. In this week's print edition, Charles Ferruzza set out to uncover the secret formula that has kept Villa Capri, In-a-Tub, Don Chilito's, Sharp's and YJ's Snack Bar in the hearts of Kansas Citians for years. Sabrina Staires put together a collection of photos for a slideshow to accompany Charles' description. Click here or on the picture above for the photos.

Friday, November 4, 2011

Houlihan's classic comfort food (Slideshow)

Posted By on Fri, Nov 4, 2011 at 9:30 AM

Houlihans is a nice step back in time.
Houlihan's is the classic comfortable sweater, the original neighborhood bar and grill. Check out this week's review, in which Charles Ferruzza notes that the menu "is a likable hodgepodge of familiar bar food" and "some of old standbys are pretty damn good." See the food he's writing about in the accompanying slideshow (click here or on the photo above). Photos by Lauren Phillips.

Friday, October 28, 2011

Mazatlan piles its platters high (Slideshow)

Posted By on Fri, Oct 28, 2011 at 10:30 AM

Mazatlan serves up Mexican fare in the Northland.
Charles Ferruzza climbed a bluff in the Northland to reach the restaurant for this week's review. Mazatlan in the Northland is dishing up shrimp quesadillas, carnitas and the kitchen sink in the form of the Botanas Platter (chicken fajita nachos, quesadillas, taquitos, guacamole and queso). Read the review here. And click here (or the photo above) for a slideshow of restaurant photos by Angela C. Bond.

Thursday, October 20, 2011

Nica's 320 adds unexpected flavors to the Crossroads (Slideshow)

Posted By on Thu, Oct 20, 2011 at 9:30 AM

The bread pudding at Nicas 320 is delectable.
In this week's review, Pitch critic Charles Ferruzza went to Nica's 320 and discovered a theatrical addition to the Crossroads. While he wasn't keen on the restaurant's signature beignets, he had high praise for the "best bread pudding" in Kansas City. Click here (or on the photo above) for shots of the food and decor by Angela C. Bond.

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