If you want to know where it's safe to eat, the Kansas City Health Department has released the annual Grade A Food Excellence Awards for 2009. This list recognizes cafeterias, institutions and restaurants that "go above and beyond" when it comes to sanitation and food safety.
The Health Department uses seven criteria that cover the certification of workers, business permits and correction/or avoidance of violations. The single most important measure on the list is easily #7:
7. Establishment was not identified as a source of Food borne illness within the last year.
But in the 95 locations selected by City Hall, not many restaurants made the cut -- the names are mostly a mix of schools, big-box retailers and gas station convenience stores.
A few more things stand out:
There's a fair number of places north of the river -- with seven locations in the Ameristar Casino alone, and several at Kansas City International Airport (the Airtran and Midwest kiosks, Great American Bagel Company in Terminal C and Starbucks Deli in Terminal A). And if you pick your hotels by food safety instead of free wi-fi, the Super 8 out at KCI is the way to go.
You're also likely to be in good hands at the Sprint Center, where six stands (including the Quik Trip) made the grade. However, it looks like
you want to be sitting in the floor seats, closer to the Fan Favorites Stands in
106, 108 and 113.
Quik Trip led all gas stations with
six five locations receiving an award. I'm still not sure that's enough to get me to try a taquito or roller hot dog. I had a cheeseburger big bite at a 7-Eleven once and learned my lesson.
And if you want to choose your fast-food wisely, Taco Bell (5200 Independence Avenue), Chipotle (13127 State Line Road), Jimmy John's Gourmet Sandwiches (1103 Grand Avenue), and Popeyes Famous Chicken & Biscuits (10125 State Line Road) all made the list.
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