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Tuesday, September 10, 2013

Who is serving the best french fries in Kansas City?

Posted By on Tue, Sep 10, 2013 at 7:30 AM

The frites at Le Fou Frog would be a respectable choice.
  • Flickr: Maureen Didde
  • The frites at Le Fou Frog would be a respectable choice.
Spuds. Taters. Call them what you want. Just please don't call them freedom fries. Today, we're going to settle the great potato debate. They can be crinkle cut, waffle cut, or hand cut. They can be double-fried or baked or not even made of potatoes (I'm looking at you, Urban Table's polenta fries).

So shoestring, sticks or steak fries, they're being put into the great fry-o-lator (which, for our purposes, shall be taken to mean a french fry calculator). Should you need some inspiration, I'll offer up the Detroit Coney Food Truck (read about them here), L.C.'s and Haus (when they're right). Now, you're on your own in the comments. Who has the best french fries in Kansas City?


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Tuesday, August 27, 2013

How many meals do you eat per day?

Posted By on Tue, Aug 27, 2013 at 7:00 AM

Breakfast is now one of nearly five meals a day.
  • Flickr: Ruth Ellison
  • Breakfast is now one of nearly five meals a day.
I'll admit, I occasionally dabble in what hobbits refer to as "second breakfast." And I've certainly never let a good brunch get in the way of lunch. But I still think I've got a lot of fork shoveling to do to catch up with the average American. Ad Age talked to Hillshire Brands' Chief Innovation Officer Sally Grimes about our eating habits, and she dropped the anchor that Americans are now consuming 4.9 meals (including snacks) per day [via Gawker].

Grimes opined on our love for quick and easy meat products (if you need proof, perhaps this Jimmy Dean sausage rant can convince you), but had no comment on the possibility of a bacon hot dog. If ever a food was destined for the rollers at the gas station, it's a hot dog stuffed with bacon. OK, readers, time to confess. How many meals are you eating in a day?

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Wednesday, August 21, 2013

Should restaurants drop automatic tips for large parties?

Posted By on Wed, Aug 21, 2013 at 9:00 AM

Lets talk about tips and checks.
  • Flickr: Damian Gadal
  • Let's talk about tips and checks.
It's the end of the meal, and the check comes. The server places it in the middle of your large group. And the math begins. You may soon need to add another calculation into the mix.

The Orlando Sentinel writes that the Darden Restaurants - the group behind Olive Garden and Red Lobster - are considering eliminating automatic gratuities for parties of eight or more (they've already taken away the automatic 18 percent at about 100 restaurants). In the piece, Kansas City waiter David Hayden worries that the move could leave servers in the lurch. As Hayden tells The Sentinel, "There are too many times when you can really end up in the hole waiting on a table because they didn't leave an adequate tip."

Should restaurants drop automatic tips for large parties?

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Monday, August 19, 2013

Would you knowingly eat roadkill?

Posted By on Mon, Aug 19, 2013 at 9:08 AM

Keep your knife and fork at 10 and two?
  • Mike Licht, Notionscapital.com
  • Keep your knife and fork at 10 and two?
In most states, there's a big difference between a carhop and eating the thing your car hops over. But most states aren't Montana. The New York Times writes about a new law, which allows residents of Montana to take what they strike, or see on the side of the road, home to cook.

In Kansas, you have to call the local sheriff and have it tagged before a deer can be taken to a processing plant. The Missouri Department of Conservation has a recipe for Skunk Pot Roast on its website. I've had rattlesnake (of the nonroadside variety) and venison jerky (made from a deer that allegedly tangled with a Ford), and I was happy with both experiences. But given the choice, would you knowingly eat roadkill?

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Thursday, August 15, 2013

Which Kansas City bar would you want to see on Bar Rescue?

Posted By on Thu, Aug 15, 2013 at 8:25 AM

Who would you rescue?
  • Spike
  • Who would you rescue?
Bar Rescue, the reality extreme makeover show for booze halls on the decline, has apparently been in Kansas City recently scouting potential makeover spots. Host Jon Taffer attempts to change the culture and the look of a business during the hourlong Spike television show. There's a Kansas City connection with Jeff "Stretch" Rumaner, who lent a hand in the effort to save Angry Ham's Garage in an episode (you can see it here) that aired in 2011.

So let's help out the location scouts. Which bar would you want to see on Bar Rescue? Keep it civil, please.

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Tuesday, August 6, 2013

Who makes a terrific taco in Kansas City?

Posted By on Tue, Aug 6, 2013 at 8:00 AM

Tacos...please.
  • Flickr: Eric_I__E
  • Tacos...please.
Tacos, like hamburgers before them, have made the leap from roadside stand to white-tablecloth glory. And as a result, you're usually not very far from a taco. Finding a great taco, however, still takes some effort and knowledge.

Czar Bar officially brought the Kansas City Taco Co. in-house last month. Mi Pueblito Meat Market (1311 Minnesota) has Nopalitos - pads of the prickly pear - tacos and In-a-Tub (enjoy Charles Ferruzza's 2011 piece on the KC cult classic here) continues to lure unsuspecting Northlanders. But it's Tuesday - the day when bars across the city slap together some ground beef and neon-yellow cheese and ask but a dollar for their troubles - so let's find a good folded tortilla. Who makes a terrific taco in Kansas City?

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Thursday, August 1, 2013

Would you hire a food sherpa to take you around Kansas City?

Posted By on Thu, Aug 1, 2013 at 8:03 AM

There are plenty of food mountains to climb.
  • Flickr: Swiss James
  • There are plenty of food mountains to climb.
They won't help you break camp, but they will help you breakfast. The New York Times has a piece on food sherpas - the guides that charge per person to shepherd a small group of foodies to the underground food spots around a given city - that occupies the space between an Onion article and a trend story from The Atlantic.

Here, in Kansas City, we've got the KC Barbecue Tour and Taste of Kansas City Food Tours. If sherpas, carrying hot-sauce packets and miniature bottles of Schnapps to counteract the cheese fondue, exist in the hills of KC, would you hire one as a food guide? What if you were in a city you didn't know?

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Thursday, July 25, 2013

What's on your barbecue bucket list?

Posted By on Thu, Jul 25, 2013 at 7:47 AM

The ribs at Jack Stack keep bringing them in.
  • Facebook: Jack Stack
  • The ribs at Jack Stack keep bringing them in.
My family never took a vacation without knowing where we were going to eat. Perhaps that's why I've felt at home in Kansas City - this is a city that understands how to tuck in to their meal. The Daily Meal has assembled the "Ultimate BBQ Road Trip," and first on the list is Fiorella's Jack Stack Barbecue.

And because we talk about Kansas City-centric barbecue often in this space, let's change it up a bit today. Assuming you're going to cheat on a local establishment or you simply have to travel for business, what are the barbecue joints outside Kansas City that you've got circled on your eating itinerary?

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Monday, July 22, 2013

Do you want innovative or classic doughnuts?

Posted By on Mon, Jul 22, 2013 at 8:11 AM

This question may require some heavy market research.
  • Facebook: Hana's Donuts
  • This question may require some heavy market research.
Doughnuts right now are like grandmas with iPads. Some are ready for this brave new world, while others are struggling to keep the darn things in front of their faces. The world - or perhaps the media machine that uses New York City as a fusion engine - is currently obsessed with cronuts. The croissant-doughnut hybrid was invented by chef Dominique Ansel this past May, and the world of online eaters can't stop telling the offline world about the pastry and the line of people waiting to eat the pastry.

Meanwhile, back in Kansas City, we've got the chocolate old-fashioneds at Hana's Donuts. But for those who need a little zing, there's still red velvet and rainbow-sprinkled. So, round-cake eaters, here's the quandary: Are doughnuts in need of a cakeover or does grandma really know best?

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Tuesday, July 2, 2013

Who makes the best lemonade in Kansas City?

Posted By on Tue, Jul 2, 2013 at 7:30 AM

Have you found a lemonade better than the hand-mixed one at Grand Street Cafe?
  • Charles Ferruzza
  • Have you found a lemonade better than the hand-mixed one at Grand Street Cafe?
It's a wonderful thing to age out of running a lemonade stand, because that means you can finally start buying it from somebody who has figured out a better way than mixing lemony powder and water. Last summer, Charles Ferruzza gave the nod to the effervescent lemonade at the Grand Street Cafe in his list of top-five lemonades in the city. And The Pitch deemed the lemonade at Little Freshie (811 West 17th Street) the Best of 2012.

So picture a cool glass in your hand, a few beads of condensation on the outside, and a full glass of tart citrus on the inside. Who has the best lemonade in Kansas City right now?

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