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.
The slow-food movement is for suckers. At Winstead's, it's all about instant gratification. Within a few minutes of sitting down, you'll be trying to decide what to tackle first. It turns out, there's no wrong choice.
Winstead's is the burger I ate the morning of my wedding, pleasantly surrounded by the rodeo clowns of the American Royal Parade in the aqua-pink-and-chrome diner. Where else could you tell someone they've got a bit of mustard on their pancake makeup?
In order to balance out bites of salty and sweet, get yourself a steakburger, a Fifty-Fifty (onion rings and french fries), and a special chocolate frosty. The standard burger order is the everything (mustard, pickle, ketchup and onion). The steakburgers are thin and uncomplicated. It's the burger you could eat from 8 to 80 years old, although I'd swap in the grilled onions (no extra charge).
The onion rings feature sweet onions encased in a glorious, golden-brown breading. You only get three with a Fifty-Fifty, so eat them slowly. Winstead's recommends you down the frosty with a spoon. Use your fries instead -- it's infinitely better than ketchup.
Winstead's won't make you wait, which is good, because there is no way you ever could.
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
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
No. 14: Onion rings from Fiorella's Jack Stack Barbecue
No. 13: Cranberry scone from Oak Street Coffee
No. 12: Chicken walnut pasta from Osteria il Centro