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.
|Blanc Burgers served the premier patty of 2008 -- and are still rolling along|
Ten years ago -- long before burgers came into froufrou vogue -- we chose an iconic local snack shack as the winner in the "Best Burger" category. Today the place still serves winning burgers: Fritz's Railroad Restaurant.
|Joel O'Laughlin is waiting for his big break while waiting tables|
And what are those credentials?
She's not sure what her next step will be. "I need to find a new job in the restaurant business," says Loehr, who previously worked as a manager for the New Theatre Restaurant and Ameristar Casino. "If you hear of anything, call me."
Steuben's Restaurant from Denver!!
See.. NotJack, you are deluded. Do you get that cheap energy means jobs? Do you…
Oh, almost forgot about Reel Inn and Papacito's.
Gotta be In-n-out!
For someone like Jack, the world must be a confusing and terrifying place.