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Thursday, March 28, 2013

Paradise Locker Meats shows how the sausage is made (Slideshow)

Posted By on Thu, Mar 28, 2013 at 9:00 AM

Mario Fantasma is saving the small town butcher.
The subject of this week's cover story, Paradise Locker Meats in Trimble, Missouri, is at the center of the rebirth of the local butcher. The Pitch accompanied chefs from both coasts and the staff of Heritage Foods USA, which takes weekly mail orders for the Heritage pigs that Paradise Locker slaughters and processes, on a tour of the Missouri butcher earlier this month. Open since 1945, Paradise has been owned and operated by the Fantasma family for the past 18 years. Click here or on the photo above for a virtual tour shot by Brooke Vandever.

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Thursday, January 31, 2013

MetropolitanKC should attract downtown diners to the Marriott

Posted By on Thu, Jan 31, 2013 at 9:00 AM

The salmon provides a bit of barbecue to MetropolitanKCs menu.
  • Angela C. Bond
  • The salmon provides a bit of barbecue to MetropolitanKC's menu.
MetropolitanKC arrived with the makeover of the downtown Marriott (200 West 12th Street), and in this week's review, Charles Ferruzza calls it "the best thing to happen to this Marriott in 20 years." Here's his take on the barbecue salmon:

The kitchen's subtle sense of invention is evident in the barbecue salmon. The fish I tasted had a lightly crispy exterior and a moist, pink center, and the avocado relish blanketing it was just right. It came perched on a tasty mash of soothing cauliflower, which had none of the graininess that sometimes hinders the vegetable. It's a dish that's modern without being pushy about it.

There's a slideshow of photos by Angela C. Bond to accompany the review. You can see them here or click on the photo of the barbecue salmon above.

Thursday, October 25, 2012

Woodsweather II serves up big plates of comfort (Slideshow)

Posted By on Thu, Oct 25, 2012 at 8:54 AM

The fried chicken is an old family recipe.
  • Angela C. Bond.
  • The fried chicken is an old family recipe.
Big plates of comfort food get a star turn in this week's review of Woodsweather II, the second incarnation of the home-style cafe in the West Bottoms. Fat City's Charles Ferruzza found cooking in the style of a classic diner in the Northland, and as he noted, "The fries here are hand-cut, the slightly sweet Sicilian sugo is simmered in the kitchen, and even the salad dressings are made in-house." Click here (or on the photo above) for pictures from Angela C. Bond.

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Thursday, October 18, 2012

Poco's has a new look and an ever-evolving menu (Slideshow)

Posted By on Thu, Oct 18, 2012 at 8:25 AM

Everybody gets the tacos at Pocos.
The whirlwind of cameras and designers has come and gone, and now Poco's on the Boulevard must discover what life is like after Restaurant: Impossible. And as Charles Ferruzza found in this week's review, Poco's is finding its footing: "I say this new Poco's is the best of both worlds: Restaurant: Impossible meets the spirit of Lorenza Gutierrez. Sometimes, though, it's hard to tell where one leaves off and the other begins." Click here or on the slideshow above for photos by Angela C. Bond.

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Thursday, June 28, 2012

Magnolia's Contemporary Southern Bistro is good for your soul (Slideshow)

Posted By on Thu, Jun 28, 2012 at 7:45 AM

The red velvet waffles at Magnolias Contemporary Southern Bistro.
  • Angela C. Bond
  • The red-velvet waffles at Magnolia's Contemporary Southern Bistro.
Magnolia's Contemporary Southern Bistro (2932 Cherry) has shrimp and grits, collard greens and macaroni and cheese, but chef Shanita McAfee has made each dish her own in the former Cafe Seed space. In this week's review, Charles Ferruzza found that her "stylish versions of classic soul dishes are nothing less than outstanding." Click here or on the picture above for a slideshow. Photos by Angela C. Bond.

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Thursday, May 17, 2012

ABC Cafe is keeping folks up late to eat in OP (Slideshow)

Posted By on Thu, May 17, 2012 at 8:42 AM

Shrimp rolls with cream cheese are a plate worth keeping to yourself.
  • Angela C. Bond
  • Shrimp rolls with cream cheese are a plate worth keeping to yourself.
The ABC Cafe (10001 W. 87th St.) in Overland Park is one of those places that keeps popping up in conversation. And as Charles Ferruzza discovered in this week's review, that's because the spot is serving authentic Cantonese cuisine until midnight, meaning that it pulls in a wide swath of the community over its extended dinner service. Ferruzza and a dining companion both also learned why the restaurant's beef tendon should be part of your order list:

She expertly wielded a set of black chopsticks and plucked up delicate, paper-thin slices of translucent amber beef tendon. I used a fork, stabbing the bits of chilled tendon with increasing delight as I found that the rubbery-looking connective tissue wasn't chewy at all but supple. Each bite added to the dish's slowly accumulating fire.

Click here or on the picture above for photos by Angela C. Bond.

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Friday, May 4, 2012

Sama Zama is another whole kind of variety show in Westport (Slideshow)

Posted By on Fri, May 4, 2012 at 9:19 AM

Sama Zama has brought sake and more to Westport.
In this week's review, Charles Ferruzza snags a seat in the former home of the Bijou movie theater to sample the varied plates coming out of Sama Zama's kitchen. In what he dubs, 'Asian tapas,' Ferruzza discovers a universe built on subtle flavors. As he writes: No one leaves Sama Zama in a cloud of garlic and ginger, and that's fine with me.

Click here or on the picture above for photos of the restaurant and its cuisine by Angela C. Bond.

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Thursday, April 26, 2012

Michaelangelos Grill is putting filling back in the former Independence filling station (Slideshow)

Posted By on Thu, Apr 26, 2012 at 9:15 AM

Spaghetti and meatballs...meet mouth.
  • Spaghetti and meatballs...meet mouth.
In this week's review, Charles Ferruzza discovered larger-than-life characters and oversized sandwiches at Michaelangelos Grill in Independence. In addition to loading up on fried meatballs and pasta dishes, Ferruzza found a rarity in the Kansas City area: a good Reuben. Click here or on the picture above for photos by Angela C. Bond.

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Friday, April 6, 2012

El Porton Cafe brings a taste of Central and South America to Johnson County (Slideshow)

Posted By on Fri, Apr 6, 2012 at 9:15 AM

Flan by the forkful at El Porton Cafe.
In this week's review, Charles Ferruzza discovered a righteous Cuban sandwich and had a dining companion mash-up the crab cakes and an avocado salad with outstanding results at El Porton Cafe in Johnson County. As for owner and chef Jose Garcia, Ferruzza explains why he'll have you hot under the collar:

Garcia's explanations of his dishes are passionate and alluring. I'd tasted the spicy beef concoction known as picadillo before but never heard it described with such wild abandon. The night I ordered it, Garcia delivered a poetic monologue, naming every sultry spice and piquant pepper. I wasn't sure whether I was expected to eat it or bathe in it.

Click here or on the photo above for pictures by Angela C. Bond.

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Friday, March 23, 2012

Pandolfi's Deli has Columbus Park diners digging in on the weekends (Slideshow)

Posted By on Fri, Mar 23, 2012 at 10:00 AM

The tiramisu at Pandolfis Deli.
The weekend dinner service at Pandolfi's Deli is bringing folks to Columbus Park to dine, as Charles Ferruzza discovered in this week's review. One of the menu standouts was the "vegetarian" carpaccio. Ferruzza wrote, "Tissue-thin slices of deep-purple beets, topped with a jumble of spicy fresh arugula and tarted up with bits of gorgonzola and crunchy walnuts, is a smart and satisfying alternative to beef — one I think I might prefer to the traditional dish." Click here or on the picture above for photos by Angela C. Bond.

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