I can still remember walking by a white bucket outside a summer cottage on Lake Michigan and hoping it was the day my grandmother's half-sour pickles would be ready. Crisp and salty, those pickles formed the underpinnings of my adolescent diet alongside fat chunks of sweet watermelon.
For me, summer is about pickling and trying to find a use for a gardenful of cucumbers. But even if you don't have your own white bucket, you can still find a number of other delicious pickled dishes around Kansas City. Here are five that might entice you.
5. Kieltyka's Stonewall Inn -- fried pickles. Pickles can be a tough sell but not when they're fried. Grab a basket and relax on the Lenexa restaurant's patio.
4. Extra Virgin -- pickled onions. The duck tongue tacos come with spicy pickled onions that might be the real reason this dish is so popular.
3. Jess & Jim's Steak House -- pickled beets. You've got to love beets, but this Midwestern classic is the best version of what you might find in your grandmother's pantry.
2. Grunauer -- house-made pickles. The Freight House restaurant makes old-fashioned pickles and sauerkraut that you want to heap on their sausages.
1. El Purgacito -- curtido. The pickled-cabbage relish at the
Shawnee Salvadoran restaurant is addictive. Thankfully, they give you an
enormous glass jar with your order of pupusas.
Where do you like to go for pickled dishes? And if anyone has found a decent half-sour pickle in Kansas City, help a brother out ...