Just in time for the dog days of summer, we're rolling out our annual Best of Kansas City ballot and asking you: What brunch stands a breed apart? Which local clothier sets your tail wagging? Where can you get a tequila cocktail that bares its pretty fangs at you? Tell us your No. 1 places to eat, drink, shop and play. Tell us who you admire and where you like to go come payday.
The first round of voting ends August 23; after that, come back August 28 to help us choose from among the top three in each category. Then watch for a full rundown of your Top Dogs - and ours - in our big Best of Kansas City issue October 10.
Click here to vote.
This here is what the Internet calls an open thread — you're free to weigh in on our selections and share your thoughts about the best dining and drinking in KC. As always, keep it civil (personal attacks will be deleted) and try to keep it on target. Otherwise, let's see what you think of this year's winners.
|Extra Virgin was the critic's choice in 2009.|
On the eve of The Pitch's 2010 "Best of Kansas City" issue, we thought it would be entertaining and revealing to take a backward glance at some of our past winners. Even the winners that ultimately became, well, losers.
For the past decade, The Pitch has singled out one venue each year as Best New Restaurant. Last year's winner in this category, Extra-Virgin -- the creation of chef Michael Smith and his wife, Nancy -- was a slam-dunk. It's still one of the most popular dining venues in the Crossroads.
Not all of our selections since 2000 have been so successful, alas.
|Fiorella's Jack Stack is still a contender|
As Kansas City's signature dish, barbecue has been, of course, a popular feature of our yearly "Best of Kansas City" issue. And while we've frequently honored the iconic smoke shacks -- Arthur Bryant's, Gates Barbecue, Rosedale Barbecue and others -- the celebratory issue is also a good place to give kudos to newer contenders.
week, we thought it would be entertaining and revealing to take a
backward glance at some of our past winners. Who's still on top? Which
restaurants and bakeries had their 15 minutes of fame and are barely
Sweets -- fancy desserts, breakfast pastries, humble pies -- have always been a tradition in our "Best of Kansas City" issues. Looking back at past award winners, though, it's sad to see that at least a couple of bakeries didn't make it through the last decade.
|Tio was tops in 2009|
For over a decade we've honored, in the pages of the "Best of Kansas City" issue, the men and women who really make a restaurant work: the chefs, bartenders, waiters and waitresses. Last year's nod for "Chef of the Year" went to Celina Tio, who had just opened her Brookside bistro, Julian.
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