Zagat has your must try dishes when traveling from sea to shining sea.
By JOYCE SMITH
The Kansas City Star
The 50 Plates of America: A Culinary Journey Across the U.S. features dishes that represent the vast and varied culinary scene in America.
In Kansas: Barbecue ribs.
You can't talk about Kansas' best bites without mentioning BBQ, and in a city that rules at ribs, there are tons that stand out. Look beyond Oklahoma Joes ironic name, though, and you'll find the city's absolute best brisket, burnt ends, pulled pork and meaty on-the-bone bites. Don't believe us? Take Anthony Bourdain's word for it - he considers the incomprehensibly tasty food served at this Kansas institution so good, it's on his shortlist of places to eat before you die.
In Missouri: a Burnt-end sandwich.
Burnt ends are king at Arthur Bryants - spectacular in sandwich form, served with a stack of white bread on butcher paper. This iconic BBQ joint in a rundown part of town has a line snaked with suits, tourists and construction workers waiting patiently for a taste of the pitmens meaty masterpiece. A side of unpeeled french fries deep-fried in pure lard make for the ultimate side.