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.
You had me at bacon, Salad. You...had...me..at...bacon. The farmer greens salad on the lunch and dinner menu at The Farmhouse in the River Market is a crunchy, salty, dastardly good way to convince you to eat your vegetables.
The textures in this dish blend beautifully. The crisp bacon contrasts with the greens coated with a sherry-dijon vinaigrette. A few forkfuls in, you'll encounter the orange-yellow yolk of a soft-boiled egg. The salad then transforms from crunchy to creamy.
At the edge of the plate is the ingredient that steals the show -- you'll want an entire meal of the polenta croutons, soft and grainy under a crunchy exterior.
There are few salads that I want at any time of day, but this is one I could eat for breakfast, lunch and dinner.
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