50 Favorite Dishes

Tuesday, October 5, 2010

No. 1: The beef sandwich from Arthur Bryant's

Posted By on Tue, Oct 5, 2010 at 11:31 AM

Beef. It's what's for every meal.
  • Beef. It's what's for every meal.

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.

If you're lucky, the line doesn't stretch out the swinging screen door at Arthur Bryant's. Instead, it's just long enough for you to change your mind a dozen times while staring at the laminated articles on the wall, which cover the history of everyone who has eaten at Bryant's before you.

Stephen Spielberg is usually the moment I start craving burnt ends. James Spader is when I'll know if rib tips are an option today. Jimmy Carter is where a tourist will typically turn around and ask what to get. By the time I get to Sarah Palin, I know I'm only two minutes from handing a plate through the counter window.

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Monday, October 4, 2010

No. 2: The BLT from The Peanut

Posted By on Mon, Oct 4, 2010 at 2:35 PM

Deceptively simple, delectably satisfying
  • Deceptively simple, delectably satisfying
Deceptively simple, delectably satisfying


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.

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Friday, October 1, 2010

No. 3: Samosas from Chai Shai

Posted By on Fri, Oct 1, 2010 at 12:30 PM

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Pakistan's favorite street food, eaten indoors or out
 

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.

Long before the Tufial brothers -- Abdul and Kashif -- decided to open Chai Shai, a cozy tea-and-samosa shop near the University of Missouri-Kansas City (where both young men are students), they had another business: a wholesale operation making samosas to sell, frozen, to local Indian markets and restaurants.

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Thursday, September 30, 2010

No. 4: P.E.I. mussels from Bluestem

Posted By on Thu, Sep 30, 2010 at 9:34 AM

Bluestem shows off its mussels.
  • Bluestem shows off its mussels.

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 P.E.I. mussels at Bluestem make you realize that not all bowls are created equal. Two pieces of toasty baguettes rest atop a mound of mussels. Beneath those mussels is a savory broth that is good enough to sip.  

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Wednesday, September 29, 2010

No. 5: Cheese pizza from d'Bronx

Posted By on Wed, Sep 29, 2010 at 10:00 AM

What else does this need? Not a thing.
  • What else does this need? Not a thing.
What else does this need? Not a thing.

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 pizza place is only as good as its cheese pie. What you want: ample red sauce with more spice than sugar, sloppy cheese that bubbles toward the edge, and a crust crisp enough to drown out conversation but with chewy give at the center. D'Bronx supplies these basic elements so expertly that you might take its pizza for granted or -- out of habit formed by chains and delivery coupons and all-around bad living -- lard your pie with ... stuff. Cut it out. A 16-inch cheese pizza at d'Bronx costs less than $15 and cures all ills, from pepperoni to night terrors.

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Tuesday, September 28, 2010

No. 6: The Matterhorn from Andre's Confiserie Suisse

Posted By on Tue, Sep 28, 2010 at 2:00 PM

The Matterhorn is a peak pastry experience.
  • The Matterhorn is a peak pastry experience.
The Matterhorn is a peak pastry experience.


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 highest mountain peak in Missouri is the Taum Sauk summit in Iron County, which soars 1,765 feet above sea level. OK, so Mount Kilimanjaro, it ain't.

But what about the sweetest mountain summit in the Kansas City region? That, unquestionably, is the Matterhorn. Not the snow-dusted mountain between Italy and Switzerland, but the 3-inch-tall pastry from Andre's Confiserie Suisse, the iconic pastry, candy and tea shop at 5018 Main on the Missouri side and 4929 West 119th Street in Kansas.

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Monday, September 27, 2010

No. 7: Crab cakes from Cafe Sebastienne

Posted By on Mon, Sep 27, 2010 at 11:30 AM

These cakes are crabby, in a great way.
  • These cakes are crabby, in a great way.

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.

There is no great Kansas Ocean. But Cafe Sebastienne (4420 Warwick Boulevard), in the Kemper Museum of Contemporary Art, can make you forget that fact with its plate of exquisite crab cakes served on a summer vegetable succotash.

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Friday, September 24, 2010

No. 8: Autumn Cookies from Chacko's Eatery

Posted By on Fri, Sep 24, 2010 at 12:30 PM

The best after-school snack with a glass of milk or apple cider
  • The best after-school snack with a glass of milk or apple cider
The best after-school snack with a glass of milk or apple cider






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.

If only cookies that looked like fruits and vegetables had the same vitamins and minerals that real fruits and vegetables contain. But there's something so alluring about an iced sugar cookie, particularly those in vibrant autumn colors -- pumpkin orange, squash yellow, the rusty blush of fall leaves,Frankenstein green.

Frankenstein green?

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Thursday, September 23, 2010

No. 9: Ice cream-and-cookie sandwich from Murray's

Posted By on Thu, Sep 23, 2010 at 1:00 PM

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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 dilemma at Murray's, the charming Westport ice cream shop, is which direction to take your dessert. Even if you settle on one of its homemade ice creams before get there -- the cream-cheese-based chocolate-flake fromage, say, or the lighter mojito sorbet -- you'll have a hard time making it past the cookie display without questioning your decision.

So make it easy: Order both.

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Wednesday, September 22, 2010

No. 10: Tank 7 Farmhouse Ale from Boulevard Brewery

Posted By on Wed, Sep 22, 2010 at 1:00 PM

Tank 7 is one of the best meals in town.
  • Tank 7 is one of the best meals in town.

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.

If beer is the bread of life, then give me a thick slice of Tank 7 Farmhouse Ale with every meal. Boulevard Brewery introduced Tank 7 into its Smokestack Series lineup last year, and since I tried it back in December, I've consistently kept a bottle tucked away in the back of my fridge. 

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