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Monday, April 29, 2013

Zagat tabs Oklahoma Joe's, Arthur Bryant's to represent Kansas & Missouri

Posted By on Mon, Apr 29, 2013 at 8:21 AM

Zagat picked Bryants as the Missouri Rep.
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  • Zagat picked Bryant's as the Missouri Rep.
For those among us who organize our trips around our dining schedules, Zagat has created a new kind of GPS: the gustatory profile of states. As part of its "50 Plates of America," the dining guide has singled out one food and one restaurant that prepares that dish to represent each state. And locally, that means barbecue.

The ribs of Oklahoma Joe's (which chef Curtis Stone recently called the best restaurant that no one has ever heard of) were picked as the signifier of Kansas, while Arthur Bryant's burnt-end sandwich is the official food of Missouri. If you're planning a road trip, Zagat also recently did a state-by-state guide to coffee shops, and Java Break in Lawrence was the Sunflower State's representative.

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Wednesday, March 27, 2013

The American named one of the Top 100 Restaurants in the U.S.

Posted By on Wed, Mar 27, 2013 at 8:30 AM

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Opinionated About Dining is serious about finding the top restaurant in America. The blog and book series started by Steve Plotnicki has produced an annual listing of the top 100 restaurants in the United States since 2008.

The results for 2012, culled together from more than 100,000 reviews and 3,800 people, include a familiar spot to diners in Kansas City: The American Restaurant is ranked 43rd on this year's list. Niche in St. Louis, at 71, is the only other area restaurant to be included.

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Monday, March 18, 2013

KC is left off the list of America's 50 Best Donuts

Posted By on Mon, Mar 18, 2013 at 9:45 AM

Okay, the Donut Stops doughnuts look pretty good.
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  • OK, the Donut Stop's doughnuts look pretty good.
If anybody knows hot fat, it's Kansas City. But when it came time for Jane and Michael Stern (the authors of Roadfood) to compile their list of America's 50 Best Donuts for Saveur, Kansas City didn't make the cut. Adding fuel to the rivalry is that Donut Stop in St. Louis was the only entry for Missouri. Here's what the Sterns had to say about the Mound City institution:

It may look like a gas station, but regulars know this St. Louis standby for its holeless "cinnamon globs," which deliver butter and spice richness in a generous coat of sugar.

The Midwest on the whole (no pun intended) didn't fare well, and Kansas doesn't have a single doughnut entry. The Sterns missed out on shops like Fluffy Fresh, which yesterday dyed all of its doughnuts green for St. Patrick's Day.

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Monday, March 4, 2013

Fritz's Railroad one of the five most unique culinary experiences in America

Posted By on Mon, Mar 4, 2013 at 7:57 AM

Its like KC Wolf somehow got behind the wheel of a train.
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  • It's like KC Wolf somehow got behind the wheel of a train.
Next stop, America, is Fritz's Railroad. Maxim cranked out a list of the five most unique culinary experiences in the United States, and sitting at No. 5 is the Kansas City, Kansas, diner that delivers your food in a train car.

There was Dans Le Noir in New York City for dining in the dark, Bors Hede Inne in Carnation, Washington, for an authentic medieval dining experience, Moto in Chicago for culinary gastronomy, and Ghetto Gourmet for bringing a gourmet chef to cook food in your house. And then the restaurant that you likely haven't been to unless you have a 5-year-old in tow or were 5 yourself.

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Thursday, February 28, 2013

A snapper really is a snapper in Kansas City

Posted By on Thu, Feb 28, 2013 at 8:41 AM

The red snapper at Drunken Fish.
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  • The red snapper at Drunken Fish.
You may not always eat snapper, but when you do, you probably prefer that it's actually snapper. There's good news out of the recent rash of articles concerning the mislabeling of seafood. While the rest of America is apparently eating rockfish, pollock, tilapia and a whole ocean of other fish that are not red snapper, Kansas Citians are getting the real McCoy.

A new report from Oceana shows that 87 percent of snapper was mislabeled, except in Kansas City, which as PopSci noted, is "one of the only locations where a fish labeled snapper was actually a snapper." A survey of restaurants, grocery stores and sushi venues on both sides of the state line, however, did find that 35 percent of fish wasn't labeled correctly, with escolar being sold as white tuna and Atlantic cod said to be orange roughy.

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Monday, February 11, 2013

Cafe Provence's service tops Zagat list for Kansas City

Posted By on Mon, Feb 11, 2013 at 8:26 AM

They know what to do with duck at Cafe Provence.
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  • They know what to do with duck at Cafe Provence.
If you ever needed convincing about the quality of life in the Kansas City area, consider the following fact. Cafe Provence, which Zagat deemed the best service in Kansas City (bear in mind, it's in Prairie Village), is also the cheapest on a list of the restaurants with the finest service in 25 cities. [It was deemed The Pitch's Best Date Night restaurant in 2012, as well.]

Zagat notes that the average ticket is $37 at the French bistro (back in 2010, Fat City's Charles Ferruzza wrote an ode to the curried chicken salad) as compared with $145 at Menton in Boston or $164 at Next in Chicago. A meal at Anthony's in St. Louis will run you $55, and Moro's Dining in the Detroit Area costs $40. Consider this the No. 11 reason to live in Kansas City.

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Thursday, January 31, 2013

God wants you to tip, even at Applebee's

Posted By on Thu, Jan 31, 2013 at 12:53 PM

Please, dont ask your server to pray for a tip.
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  • Please, don't ask your server to pray for a tip.

I didn't want to believe this story when I first read it in The Consumerist. A restaurant server says he got stiffed by a church pastor, who wrote on the receipt: "I give God 10 percent. Why do you get 18?" The diner wrote "pastor" over his signature. To absolve his sin, perhaps?

The waitress who posted the receipt was not the waitress stiffed that night. She thought the comment on the receipt was funny and snapped a photo of it, which she posted on Reddit. She was later fired by her employer, a franchise restaurant in the Kansas City-based Applebee's chain.

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Friday, January 25, 2013

KC bakers compete on Bake Magazine's Cake Show: Kansas City

Posted By on Fri, Jan 25, 2013 at 8:45 AM

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Consider it an audition for your wedding or next party, but Bake Magazine's Web-based Cake Show (the Search for America's Best Cake Decorator) has just posted the first part of the episode it filmed in Kansas City. The baking show is a challenge in three parts: cupcake decorating, quarter sheet cake decorating and tiered cake creations.

In the first segment, you get to meet the Kansas City contestants following a riveting commercial from Cake Boss Buddy Valastro. The KC bakers vying for the crown are Leighana Williams from 3 Women and an Oven, Carey Iennacaro (who owns Sprinkled With Sugar), Stephanie Dillon from the Hy-Vee in Belton, Missouri, and Sherrie Ortiz of Sherrie's Cake Magic. After that, it's all fondant and piping flowers. In the coming weeks, the challenges should be added to the site with one of the four women being named the best cake decorator in Kansas City.

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Thursday, January 17, 2013

Sizzler continues to tease Kansas City

Posted By on Thu, Jan 17, 2013 at 9:00 AM

Where else are you going to get a sundae, tacos, soup and salad?
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  • Where else are you going to get a sundae, tacos, soup and salad?
Lobster tails and a salad bar - it's as luxurious as a refrigerator with a built-in ice machine. But for now, it's still a dream for Kansas City. Sizzler keeps cranking out press releases that suggest that Kansas City is one of its target expansion markets. And time keeps passing in the interim.

The latest release suggests that they plan to open 40 more restaurants in the next five years (think of the cows and crabs we could be eating), but Sizzler has yet to say where KC falls on that five-year continuum. We did this dance in 2012 (when Blue Springs, Gladstone, Independence, Lee's Summit, Liberty, Olathe and Overland Park were all apparently on the table). And here we are again. The genius of the plan is that they've already got our money; we just don't know it yet. Because when Sizzler does come, that's exactly where we'll celebrate.

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Sunday, December 30, 2012

Bacon Explosion featured on The Bacon Show

The Bacon Show comes to Kansas City for the Bacon Explosion.

Posted By on Sun, Dec 30, 2012 at 4:46 PM

Gillespie is having a very public love affair with bacon.
  • Gillespie is having a very public love affair with bacon.
The road for all bacon lovers apparently ends at the Bacon Explosion. In the latest episode of the Web series, The Bacon Show, former Top Chef contestant Kevin Gillespie takes his pork odyssey to Kansas City to sample the creation unleashed on the world by Burnt Finger BBQ, a local competition barbecue team.

Gillespie, who has more pig tattoos than you do, has tasted bacon lip balm and devoured a lot of maple bacon creations in search of the pig pinnacle. But he has never eaten the porcine equivalent of a turducken. Bacon Explosion creator Jason Day walks Gillespie through making a bacon weave (think latticed pig meat), laying down 2 pounds of Italian sausage and then adding another pound of fried bacon. The end result is bacon inside sausage inside bacon in a video that will either make you hungry or make you a vegetarian.

  • The Bacon Show comes to Kansas City for the Bacon Explosion.

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