Carb stomping through a month of KC's tastiest two-handers 

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Day 4
Dagwood
Dagwood's Café

I fell in love with the Dagwood when the waitress asked if I would like ham, bacon or sausage — or all three — on my sandwich. This is no kitchen-sink gimmick but rather a beautifully layered, greasy breakfast. Crisp hash browns and American cheese lead to a fried egg with the right amount of salt and pepper and that trio of meats. Because you do, in fact, want all three. It's a lunch-pail meal served hot enough to sear the roof of your mouth, so take a moment to admire it before you commence devouring. (1117 Southwest Boulevard, Kansas City, Kansas, 913-677-0747)

Day 5
Po Jack
Mad Jack's on Troost

The Po Jack is an envelope-sized slab of catfish, perfectly coated in a peppery cornmeal batter, sticking out from both ends of a white hoagie roll. The condiments and toppings — lettuce, tomato and white onion, tucked into a white french-fry bag with a single of American cheese — are served on the side, meaning that the cooked-to-order fish is never soggy. Throw on a splash of Louisiana hot sauce and raw onion, and remember why you don't give a damn that we don't live near an ocean. (6200 Troost, 816-361-6999, madjacksontroost.com)

Day 6
Z-Man
Oklahoma Joe's

Fried, smoked and cheese-covered — these are the three husky legs of the Kansas City food pyramid. And the Z-Man rings the triangle with two crisp onion rings, melted provolone and heaps of smoked brisket. (There's a pulled-chicken version as well.) Traditionalists balk at the cheese, and some outliers insist that the Z-Man is overrated. Whatever. Just remember to call ahead to skip the line of out-of-state suckers. (3002 West 47th Avenue, Kansas City, Kansas, 913-722-3366; other locations; oklahomajoesbbq.com)

Day 7
French Dip
Adrian's Café

At Adrian's Café, you are an urchin hoping the baker has fat fingers, so that when he makes your slice, it's just a bit bigger. The bread is the draw here, freshly baked and as soft as the inside of a new hoodie. Forgo eating the French dip as a sandwich and instead dunk the soft white bread into a jus that's just the right shade of RC Cola. (11120 Antioch, Overland Park, 913-661-9247; 16201 West 95th Street, Lenexa, 913-438-8560; adrianscafe.net)

Day 8
Beef Sandwich
Arthur Bryant's

Beef piled high like a stack of boards waiting to be built into a fence. A squeeze bottle of a vinegar concoction that strips away all the sweet rubbish others pass off as barbecue sauce. The chance to understand why the finest meals are cooked by someone else, at a low temperature, for a long time. A sandwich that, at its best, is worth not just a drive but a flight. (1727 Brooklyn, 816-231-1123; other locations; arthurbryantsbbq.com)

Day 9
The Reuben
Café Sebastienne

This Reuben belongs in a museum because it's meant to be enjoyed in reverent silence. You won't want to use your mouth for anything other than chewing after your teeth sink into the buttered, toasted marble rye. American Kobe corned beef here comes bedazzled with red cabbage, gruyère cheese and the familiar tang of Thousand Island dressing. Don't let the $14.50 price tag stop you. Art appreciates. (4420 Warwick, 816-561-7740, kemperart.org)

Day 10
Roast Beef
Monk's Roast Beef

Pahk ya cah next to the bright-yellow food truck and learn why roast-beef shops in Boston are second only to Dunkin' Donuts. Drop the word sandwich (the way an NFL announcer drops the word injury) and just say junior, medium or large beef. You'll get piles of rare-to-medium sliced meat, stacked like a winding mountain road that's able to withstand a deluge of vinegary, sweet barbecue sauce inside a sesame-seed bun. It's punch-Ben Affleck-in-the-face good. (816-510-0087, monksroastbeef.com)

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