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.
A certain iconic burger joint in Kansas City makes the town's worst
onions rings: stringy onion circles covered in a crumbly, oily crust, the kind clearly deep-fried in old grease (the tell-tale sign is the dark mahogany color of the ring and a slightly scorched aroma.
Eating one of these third-rate creations only makes die-hard onion-ring fans appreciate even more the finest fried allium cepa
to be found in the metro: the beautiful golden bangles stacked on a copper dowel (yes, it's a very phallic presentation) served at one of the four Fiorella's Jack Stack Barbecue locations.
The Jack Stack onion rings are large. I've seen petite women actually slip one of the thick, oversized delicacies right around their slender wrists.
According to Jack Stack's director of operations, Rod Toelkes, the reason these rings are so outstanding is that they're seriously labor-intensive. The company buys sweet jumbo onions, slices them into thick rings, skins the inside of the onion ring so that the breading sticks inside and out, hand-breads them in an herbed cracker meal that adheres beautifully to the sliced onion, then fries them in fresh oil.
These rings are particularly delicious dipped in a small bowl of the house barbecue sauce. No, they're not the cheapest rings in town, but damn it, you're worth 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 Café 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
No. 18: Chicken Picatta from the Hereford House
No. 17: Mom's Macaroni and Cheese from McCoy's Public House
No. 16: Fried green tomato salad from Café Roux
No. 15: Veggie burger from Room 39