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There's no shortage of power-lunch destinations around town, but the intimate and casual Pandolfi's Deli, in Columbus Park, is the place to rub peppers with people you'd actually wanna hang out with when you don't have to rush back to the office. Boyishly tousled P. Allen Smith, host of two popular PBS gardening shows, recently ate in the bright, tiled dining room, and the local clientele ranges from Sporting Kansas City players to local musicians, such as Mark Lowrey and the beautiful Erin McGrane. It's even one of legendary businessman's James B. Nutter's favorite places for an afternoon meal. "There are a lot of deals done here over a sandwich," owner Jake Hendershot says. "Some days, the dining room is suits galore." On those days, let the big shots envy you as you put a napkin across your faded jeans and tear into a sandwich (all of them are among the city's very best). The denim-clad diner at the next table might even be about to quietly ink a deal.