Tuesday, September 21, 2010

No. 11: Steakburger, Fifty-Fifty and a special chocolate frosty from Wintead's

Posted By on Tue, Sep 21, 2010 at 10:20 AM

Life's too short to wait to go to Winstead's.
  • Life's too short to wait to go to Winstead's.

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. 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

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

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