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Monday, January 27, 2014

Chicken Macaroni & Cheese sells a hell of a sandwich

Posted by on Mon, Jan 27, 2014 at 11:55 AM

The signature Chick-A-Roni sandwich at the new Chicken Macaroni & Cheese restaurant at 7025 Prospect may not be so good for your heart, but it's a crowd-pleaser.
  • The signature Chick-A-Roni sandwich at the new Chicken Macaroni & Cheese restaurant at 7025 Prospect may not be so good for your heart, but it's a crowd-pleaser.


Everyone should taste a Chick-A-Roni sandwich at least once. And if you do, trust me, you won't need to eat again for 24 hours.

The one-month-old Chicken Macaroni & Cheese restaurant at 7025 Prospect has a lot of interesting dishes on the menu (including a "regular-sized" plate of chicken fried rice that could easily feed a family of five), but maybe none as interesting as the Chick-A-Roni: a soft hoagie bun filled with chopped pieces of crunchy, spicy fried chicken and then blanketed with an absurdly rich, seductively seasoned macaroni and cheese. It's one of the most unusual - and delicious - sandwiches I've tasted in a long time.

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Monday, September 23, 2013

Eat This Now: Parisi Café's croissant stuffed with goat cheese and fig preserve

Posted by on Mon, Sep 23, 2013 at 11:31 AM

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Forget the Cronut. The only croissant product you need is a croissant - especially if it's the one stuffed with goat cheese and fig preserve at Parisi Café.

It's a delight for fans of the savory-sweet combination. The crumbly goat cheese and its natural partner, a sticky fig spread, are enclosed in a crackly, buttery crust. The ratio of goat cheese to fig is close to perfect, yielding just the right amount of the tangy cheese and the sweet fruit in each bite.

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Tuesday, September 10, 2013

Farm to Market's Sunny Black & Brown bread back in stores Friday

Posted by on Tue, Sep 10, 2013 at 8:19 AM

Sunny Black and Brown is back.
  • Sunny Black & Brown is back.
Farm to Market Bread Co. is bringing one of its action stars out of retirement. Sunny Black & Brown - the round loaf made with sunflower seeds, black beans and brown rice - will be back on shelves Friday after an eight-year hiatus. The local breadmaker, who moved to the Crossroads last year (you can read about it here), is releasing the specialty bread in honor of its 20th anniversary. They dropped off a loaf at The Pitch, and I can tell you that if ever FTM made a sandwich bread, this is it. It's a dense cousin to pumpernickel with the sunflower seeds providing a bit of sweetness that begs for some compound herb butter.

Sunny Black & Brown will be available from Friday, September 13, through Sunday, September 22, at the Brookside Market, Hen House (select locations), Marsh's Sun Fresh, Price Chopper (select locations), the Merc (Lawrence), Overland Park Farmers Market and Whole Foods.


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Monday, September 9, 2013

Classy Chocolate has righteous chocolate chip cookies in Liberty

Posted by on Mon, Sep 9, 2013 at 8:12 AM

Just look for the storefront that looks like a cake.
  • Just look for the storefront that looks like a cake.
Classy Chocolate (18 W. Kansas, in Liberty) is blissfully cool when I walk in on a Wednesday afternoon, the frigid air keeping the chocolate-covered strawberries and iced cakes from sweating. I'm wishing the air conditioner in my car worked as well as the virtual walk-in cooler that is the tiny bakery in downtown Liberty.

I spend an extra minute making up my mind, but I'm here for the cookies. A pastry case is filled with chocolate chip, peanut butter chocolate, oatmeal chocolate chip, and iced sugar cookies.

"I'd like a cookie." I say.

"Chocolate chip?" replies the woman at the counter.

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Monday, July 1, 2013

Burritos To Go should be on your 'to-go' list

Posted by on Mon, Jul 1, 2013 at 8:44 AM

The sign says it all.
  • The sign says it all.
Burritos are not a bad metaphor for adulthood. At some point, they just got too messy and too complicated. The fun disappeared amidst the responsibility of attempting to tackle a portion that was simply too big for one's plate.

But you can get back to the burrito basics at Burritos To Go y Algo Mas (recommended by reader Lois). The grill in a storefront, next to a busy Stop-N-Go, does one thing - burritos - at a level that exceeds the $3 you'll have to part with. Bring cash, though, because that's all they take at 701B Central in Kansas City, Kansas.

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Monday, April 8, 2013

Pigwich's banh mi is porktacular

Posted by on Mon, Apr 8, 2013 at 10:27 AM

Pigwichs Banh Mi is delicious, but it is filling.
  • Pigwich's banh mi is delicious, but it is filling.
Pigwich, the yellow sandwich trailer behind the Local Pig (2618 Guinotte Avenue), throws open its windows at 10:30 a.m. daily. Not long after that time this past Saturday, the world came to eat. Construction workers stepped down from trucks to join families looking for some fuel, before a stop inside the adjacent butcher shop, and folks from the East Bottoms neighborhood ready to two-hand a double cheeseburger.

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Thursday, March 28, 2013

Twenty20 has a meatball sub that should be in your face

Posted by on Thu, Mar 28, 2013 at 9:30 AM

Not all grinders are created equally.
Sandwiched between a construction project and the Freight House, it's easy to walk past Twenty20 (2020 Baltimore) and not know what you're missing. But the steady stream of regulars who live and work in the Crossroads is a good hint. This catering operation that also serves lunch is worth the effort of would-be Sherlocks.

The idea of Twenty20 makes sense. A caterer has everything that one would need to operate a luncheonette and represents another use for a space that would just be a commissary for evening events. The dining room is predominantly a second-floor alcove where you can watch your sandwich being made in the kitchen below.

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Monday, March 18, 2013

Shatto's Mint Chocolate Milk should be a regular flavor

Shatto's Mint Chocolate Milk should be a regular flavor.

Posted by on Mon, Mar 18, 2013 at 8:00 AM

Just look for a green cap.
  • Just look for a green cap.
There once was a dairy from Osborn
That chose to raise cows over corn
The whole tastes like silk
Mint and chocolate milk
When it's empty, you'll be left forlorn

Pint bottles of Shatto's Whole Chocolate Mint Milk - the second of five planned specialty releases (Chocolate Cherry was the first for Valentine's Day) - are in stores now. A tasting panel spanning three decades of humanity thought the milk reminiscent of everything from mint chocolate chip ice cream to the (as yet uninvented) highest end version of Ande's Candies. Of Shatto's first two efforts at doctoring up its chocolate milk, this is the more successful concoction.

  • Shatto's Mint Chocolate Milk should be a regular flavor.

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Thursday, February 7, 2013

Farm to Market's Chocolate Cherry Bread hits shelves Friday

Farm to Market's Chocolate Cherry Bread hits shelves.

Posted by on Thu, Feb 7, 2013 at 8:18 AM

Chocolate Cherry Bread is just the right amount of sweet.
  • Farm to Market
  • Chocolate Cherry Bread is just the right amount of sweet.
The only real date you need for Valentine's Day is set to be baked sometime in the next 24 hours. Farm to Market's chocolate cherry bread hits store shelves tomorrow with new loaves being made through Thursday, February 14.

The bread begins as Farm to Market's sourdough. Then they add cocoa, semisweet chocolate chunks and dried tart red cherries. The end result is a dessert bread that you may end up eating for dinner. The limited edition chocolate cherry bread will be available at Hen House, Cosentino's Markets, Hy-Vee in Prairie Village and Overland Park (135th Street and Metcalf) and Whole Foods.

  • Farm to Market's Chocolate Cherry Bread hits shelves.

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Tuesday, February 5, 2013

Kansas City's best tamales are at Tortilleria San Antonio

The quest for the best tamales in Kansas City.

Posted by on Tue, Feb 5, 2013 at 8:29 PM

Tamales are a warm blanket for your stomach.
  • Tamales are a warm blanket for your stomach.
Forget buffalo meat. The oldest dish in the Americas may be the tamale. The name comes from the Nahuatl word tamalli, and versions of the distinctive, corn-flour-derived sustenance date back to the Aztecs and Mayans. Traditionally steamed in a cornhusk or a banana leaf, the tamale is also the first fast food, a portable dish that's filling enough to eat for breakfast before going out and hunting all day.

There are plenty of opinions on who serves KC's best tamales. Former restaurateur and cookbook author Lou Jane Temple, who frequently travels to Mexico, insists that there are no better tamales in the metro than those served at KCK's Tortilleria San Antonio.

"They're not heavy or doughy," she says, "but made with a light hand. The texture and feel of the tamales are amazingly light and satisfying."

I can't disagree, but my own vote goes to the freshly made pork tamales at El Patrón Cocina & Bar on Southwest Boulevard. They're addictive, with or without the creamy queso that accompanies the fragrant, corn-wrapped comfort food. And maybe even better than the pork tamale is the meatless version - no lard ever used, promises manager Jim Nimmo - with a fluffy, masa-dough wrapper enfolding cheese and strips of spicy jalapeño peppers. On a bitter-cold afternoon, tamales turn out to be not just nourishing but also warm comfort.

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  • The quest for the best tamales in Kansas City.

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