Urbanspoon based its rankings on the amount of buzz that a restaurant received from critics, bloggers and diners. Circle 7 Ranch in Ballwin, Missouri, and O'Shay's Pub in St. Louis also made the list. If you haven't been yet, here are Charles Ferruzza's reviews for Sweet Siam, Remedy Food + Drink and Cafe Gratitude.
The list covers 204 restaurants in 53 cities that have opened late 2010 through 2011. It was a good week for Beer Kitchen; it was also named to Urban Spoon's "America's Most Popular Kid-Friendly Restaurants," alongside Oklahoma Joe's. Take that news as a caveat or sage advice depending on whether you're eating out with the adolescent set.
The KCK startup creates online menus, ordering systems and websites for restaurants. The 10-person business began as a conversation three years ago. Desai and Hoang Nguyen were sitting in the dining room of what would become Menufy’s first customer: Stix in the Legends. Nguyen, Stix’s general manager, had been tasked with developing and launching a website for the Asian-fusion restaurant.
“We started this thinking about Stix,” says Desai, who remained the restaurant’s senior manager until last year. “But we quickly realized we could think broader, and this template would work for other restaurants.”
Blue Ribbon Hunter, Yahoo's travel food competition show, attended this year's Kansas City Bacon Festival, the annual benefit for the Rehabilitation Institute of Kansas City. They interviewed meat lovers and chefs alike to find out why our city enjoys pork belly as much as we do. There's the Local Pig's bacon and waffles dish, Ameristar's cheesecake bites covered in chocolate and candied bacon, and Trezo Mare's tempura-fried pork belly wrapped in bacon. Blue Ribbon Hunter also tracked down the recipe for the winning entry: a Bacon Benedict from David Derr of Art Institutes International. You can watch the video here.
Tannin is the only Kansas City restaurant to crack the top 100 (Open Table selected the restaurants based on an analysis of 5 million reviews across 15,000 restaurants), but there are several other spots within driving distance: 4 Olives Restaurant in Manhattan, Kansas; Copia Restaurant and Wine Garden in St. Louis; and Robust in Webster Groves, Misssouri.
Upon entering this Kansas City, Mo., bar, you’re immediately greeted with 100 years of sports greatness: 1,000 football helmets, Super Bowl rings, autographed Hall of Fame baseballs, and more — there’s a reason it’s called Chappell’s Restaurant and Museum. While taking in the relics around you, watch a game and dine on some classic American dishes, like the fish and chips and Chappell burger.
Somebody's been reading Fat City. Chappell's was named to our list of five bars where you should be watching sports last month. And earlier this summer, Charles Ferruzza noted that potato skins (a dying breed of appetizer) are still proudly featured on Chappell's menu.
Consider the world informed about Longboards in Gladstone, Grinders and Waldo Pizza. Urbanspoon released its list of 'America's 100 Most Popular Cheap Eats' (determined by blog posts, reviews and votes), and those are the three area representatives. As for other regional fare, Ted Drewes Frozen Custard in St. Louis got the nod as did A Dong in Des Moines. The Fort Worth location for Fuzzy's Taco Shop (Kansas City has an outpost at 103rd and Wornall) also cracked the top 100.
In the piece, Jasper's also earns the title of the 'Best Midwestern Italian steakhouse,' which, like baseball statistics, is a delightfully specific category. Tony's in St. Louis was also named to the list.
Eliminating the need for a box of cupcakes and a bottle of wine is the de facto American dream. Smallcakes owner Jeff Martin (his doughnut shop Twisted Doughnut just launched) was experimenting with Guinness cupcakes two years ago. You can't fight boozy pastries. Here are five strategies for dealing with the upcoming alcoholic cupcake craze.
Zagat has named the top Italian restaurant in 22 metro areas, and Jasper's was tabbed for Kansas City. In the accompanying USA Today article, though, salesman Jim Burditt from Bucyrus, Kansas, explains why he is committed to Martinelli's in Salina and Garozzo's in Overland Park:
"Martinelli's chopped salad is the best salad I have ever eaten, and it also has great lasagna and chicken piccata," Burditt tells USA Today. "Garozzo's is famous for chicken Spiedini and a three-way pasta dish that is so large, I dare anyone to finish it."
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