|Waldorf Salad -- famous enough for a Cole Porter lyric|
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.
There are many variations of the classic Waldorf salad, but chef-owner Cari Jo Cavalcante of the Bloomsbury Bistro -- the luncheonette inside the Mission Road Antique Mall in Prairie Village -- hews closely to the original: the one reportedly created in the late 19th century by the legendary Oscar Tschirky, the maitre' d of the original Waldorf-Astoria Hotel in New York City.
Any salad can call itself a "Waldorf" salad, but there are certain ingredients required to make it authentic.
Those ingredients include chopped apples, fresh celery and walnuts. The Bloomsbury Bistro Waldorf has those ingredients -- the nuts are candied walnuts -- as well as fresh red grapes. Tossed in a light, mayonnaise-based dressing, this salad is crunchy, tart and delicious. No wonder Cole Porter included it in the lyrics of his song "You're the Top."
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