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.One of the most iconic sandwiches in Kansas City is also one of the most simple, least complicated assemblages of meat, cheese and bread: the legendary BLT from The Peanut saloon. There are four locations, but the sandwich depicted above is from the original, at 5000 Main.
The bacon-lettuce-and-tomato sandwich is a classic saloon sandwich. For one thing, it requires very little labor. It's easy to stack together cooked bacon, sliced tomato, decent toasted bread (The Peanut uses Grant's Farm Stone-Ground Wheat Bread, owned by St. Louis-based Earthgrains) and a swipe of mayonnaise. While cheese isn't a traditional ingredient on a BLT, The Peanut uses grated cheddar and a smattering of chopped red onion.
There are variations on the BLT theme on the Peanut's menu: patrons can order the sandwich with extra bacon ($1.50 extra) or without bacon completely (an LT sandwich costs $3.95) or with a fried egg (another $1.50 upcharge). A triple BLT sandwich is $7.95.
"The BLT," says a friend of mine, "is so uncomplicated, you can easily make one at home. But who wants to fry bacon after 10 p.m. if you get a late-night craving? The Peanut's kitchen stays open until midnight!"