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. 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 CafeWaldorf Salad from Bloomsbury Bistro