The original Wheel Inn Drive-In in Sedalia, Missouri, had come and gone by the time I knew to go there from Kansas City.
Lemonade is like the liquid equivalent of barbecue -- everyone's got an opinion about how to make it, and your opinion, if it differs, is most likely wrong. But we may be able to strike a peace accord with a heavy glass bottle of Shatto Lemonade.
The Osborn, Missouri, dairy has been making juices and teas -- lemonade, sweetened tea, fruit punch, and orange drink for a few years -- but I, and probably many Kansas Citians, only knew them for their milk and cheese. But this summer, the lemonade has been making its way into my shopping cart with regularity.
If the Pickleback -- whiskey with a pickle juice chaser -- is a sledgehammer, then the cucumber soda from SodaVie is a rock hammer, gently rounding out against your taste buds.
The sea-foam-green soda with the tiny bubbles is one of a dozen, handcrafted brews made by the GetReal Food Company -- the soda company operating out of the back of Big City Hot Dogs in Kansas City. The sodas are naturally fermented and made with seasonal ingredients, meaning that Benjamin Topel and Sean Henry are always rolling out new flavors.
The kitchen is in the back-left corner of Los Alamos Market y Cocina. But the good smells coming from that kitchen? Those hit you right when you enter the front door at 1667 Summit.
As you head to the back, your hunger wakes up with each step. And then you're confronted with a difficult choice: a half-dozen aluminum trays filled with braised meats and, if you're lucky, a few chile rellenos resting on a paper towel. But don't worry. Owner Agustin Juarez's mother is there to help you make a plate.
You can teach a man to smoke meat properly. But when it comes to barbecue sides, you've either got the chops or you don't. Danny Edward's Blvd. Barbecue (2900 Southwest Blvd.) gets plenty of praise for its baked beans -- The Pitch named them the best in Kansas City in 2008 -- but it's about time we gave them some love for their sweet-potato fries.
Chocolate balls, that is. Chocolates filled with whiskey. It's more than a confection and less than a cocktail: It's a head-spinning way to end a meal at the Rieger Hotel Grill & Exchange, the two-month-old restaurant located in the old Rieger Hotel at 1924 Main.
It's not just a dessert, but a potently sweet homage to the history of the building.
I ended last week with my fork twisting through a huge bowl of spaghetti and meatballs from Niecie's (6441 Troost). And for the better part of a half-hour, the only thing I was thinking about was how to make more room for the delectable bowl of pasta.
Because great comfort food is like a hug. You never know you needed it until you've wrapped your arms around it.
The parking lot at Fritz's Smoked Meats (10326 State Line Road, Leawood) is rich with the smells and sounds of tailgaiting -- the sharp sting of smoke, the light crackle of sizzling fat. The black smoker sits chugging on the concrete only feet from the front door. While your instinct is to simply grab a sausage off the grill, you'll have to head inside to buy your lunch.
Goodbye, cinnamon rolls. I'm sorry, breakfast cereal. I never really liked you, oatmeal -- I just ate you because everyone said I should. There's a new way to make breakfast amazing -- it's not you, Quaker -- and it's at the Broadway Cafe. Allow me to introduce to you the gooey pumpkin butter bar.
Since winter doesn't officially start this year until December 21, we're in for a nice long autumn (if only Mother Nature would cooperate). A glorious autumn dessert that's good enough for breakfast -- which is, in fact, exactly when I ate it -- is the smooth, creamy and spicy pumpkin creme caramel offered at the WheatFields Bakery Cafe at 904 Vermont in Lawrence, Kansas.
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James - people like you are the reason others scoff at "soccer".
Two kids....very sad.
Jesus James it's people like you that are the obstacle to soccer getting more attention…