Thursday, September 9, 2010

No. 19: Flank steak sandwich from Happy Gillis

Posted By on Thu, Sep 9, 2010 at 8:00 AM

This should be your lunch today and possibly every day.
  • This should be your lunch today and possibly every day.

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

Dear French Dip. I always thought you were fancy, a sandwich for a gentleman. I was delighted to see you on restaurant menus. But now, you will not even merit a second look. In fact, you're no better than common lunchmeat. I cast you out because I've met the sandwich you were meant to be -- the flank steak sandwich from Happy Gillis (549 Gillis).

Even before you eat the flank steak sandwich, you'll find yourself picking out pieces of steak to nibble. Well, this one fell on the plate and that's sticking out a bit too far. The steak is as tender as if just out of a smoker, and the red-wine marinade lends a richness to each bite.

The sandwich is well composed. A crusty baguette holds in a creamy, cool horseradish sauce (the kind you would wish for on a French dip); crunchy red onion and a few sprigs of arugula will have you ordering like Fletch. It's a Sunday morning sandwich, the kind you want to enjoy leisurely.

If you can wait a few minutes (you can't, but it's nice to imagine it), the juice from the flank steak will begin to soak into the baguette. Before you go to Happy Gillis, make your peace with the French dip, because you're about to leave it for another sandwich.

Our list so far:

No. 50: Chocolate Malt from Fox's Drug Store

No. 49: Il Parma from Bella Napoli

No. 48: Italian sausage and eggs from Cascone's Grill

No. 47: Orange Roll from Clock Tower Bakery

No. 46: Tacos de cochinita from Frida's Contemporary Mexican Cuisine

No. 45: Barbecued pork bun from 888 International Market

No. 44: Tableside fresh mozzarella from Jasper's

No. 43: Gyro Sandwich from Mr. Gyros Greek Food & Pastry

No. 42: Apple strudel from Grunauer

No. 41: Rice noodle bowl from dim sum at Bo Lings

No. 40: E-Crush from Hi-Hat Coffee

No. 39: Flight of Freshness from Fresher than Fresh Snow Cones

No. 38: Curried chicken salad from Cafe Provence

No. 37: Apple fritter from John's Space Age Donuts

No. 36: Pollo con limone e olive from Lidia's Kansas City

No. 35: Wedding-cake cookie from LattéLand

No. 34: Stroud's cinnamon rolls

No. 33: Smoked Polish from Werner's

No. 32: Burger and frites from Westport Cafe & Bar

No. 31: Paletas from Paleterias Tropicana

No. 30: Goat korma at New Cafe Tandoor

No. 29: Lemon cake from Cafe Europa

No. 28: Chocolate Mousse Torte from Napoleon Bakery

No. 27: Spring rolls from Vietnam Cafe 

No. 26: French fries from LC's Bar-B-Q

No. 25: Classic Cookie's herbed-potato-and-sausage casserole

No 24: Farmer greens salad at The Farmhouse

No. 23: Egg salad sandwich from You Say Tomato

No. 22: Waldorf Salad from Bloomsbury Bistro

No. 21: Pork tenderloin sandwich from Kitty's Cafe

No. 20: Root beer from Mugs Up Drive In

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