Friday, September 10, 2010

No. 18: Chicken Piccata from the Hereford House

Posted By on Fri, Sep 10, 2010 at 11:00 AM

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The Hereford House has one great chicken dish -- this is it.
 

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.

When you think of restaurateur Rod Anderson's Hereford House restaurants -- best-known for juicy grilled steaks -- chicken isn't a dish that immediately comes to mind. There are three versions of the bird on the current menu: hickory-grilled (served with bearnaise or barbecue sauce), a grilled barbecue breast served with the St. Louis-style ribs, and the best choice of the trio: a succulent chicken Piccata. 

The Italian word piccata is the femine form of piccato -- meaning larded. The traditional preparation calls for the dish -- chicken or veal -- to be sauteed in butter and covered in a light sauce made from the pan drippings, lemon juice and chopped parsley. The dish is believed to be a Northern Italian standard.

But every restaurant seems to put a different spin on it. Some use mushrooms; others add a little milk to the lemon-butter sauce. The Hereford House Piccata is one of the more flamboyant versions. A little more French and maybe a bit less lemony than the more simple variations on this dish, the Hereford House Piccata boasts two plump breasts that have been lightly dusted in flour, then pan-seared and drenched in a decadent bechamel blended with artichokes, fresh chopped tomatoes and tart capers.

It's a popular alternative to steak at the restaurants (and it's modestly priced, by this restaurant's standards). Go on, don't be chicken: Order it.

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

No. 19: Flank steak sandwich from Happy Gillis

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