Chappell's named one of the 10 best sports bars in America

Chappell's Restaurant & Sports Museum, a Kansas City staple, was named one of the 10 best sports bars in America by USA Today. "It's the closest thing to 'Cheers,' " Darren Rovell, ESPN sports business reporter, told USA Today. "You feel like you're back in time."

The Stack BBQ closes suddenly in south Kansas City

The Stack BBQ at 8920 Wornall Road went dark recently with little notice. Now George Bukaty of Greg Patterson & Associates said he is looking for a new restaurant owner to lease the space. “They just kind of walked away. So everything is still there,” Bukaty said.

Waldo’s Bier Station makes national bar listing, adds menu items

Draft Magazine has named Waldo’s Bier Station as one of the top beer bars in the nation. The craft beer tasting bar/bottle shop, at 120 E. Gregory Blvd., is the only local venue to make “America’s 100 Best Beer Bars 2014.” Bier Station, which opened in late 2012, also is now open on Sundays and it has expanded its menu.

Give the gift of good food and drinks

Every week through Christmas, you can find tips and gift guides of the non-Black Friday variety. Today: The gift of good food and drinks. Never underestimate the power of taste. And you don’t have to shop on Thanksgiving to score gift cards that come with a bonus.

Gluten-free bakery Mama Resch’s to open in Overland Park

Mama Resch’s, a gluten-free and allergen-friendly bakery, is set to open next week in south Overland Park. Menu items will include millet sandwich bread, banana bread, vegan multi-purpose buns, oatmeal cookies, baked chocolate donuts, and pancake mix.

Brisket sandwiches draw crowds to McGonigle’s Market

McGonigle’s Market, a Ward Parkway institution since 1951, has always dabbled in smoked meats. But it was only about 10 years ago, that owner Mike McGonigle gave in to customer requests to add smoked meat sandwiches to the menu. When they pulled the smokers around to the front parking lot, the resulting ’cue-scented clouds wafting across the parkway caused drivers to pull over in droves.

Arepas and other tastes round out menu at Empanada Madness

Empanada Madness is a catchy name, but a sizable portion of the menu at this snack bar on Southwest Boulevard is devoted to arepas. That makes a certain amount of sense, because co-owner Andrea Peñaloza is originally from Venezuela, where arepas are a popular staple of the cuisine.

A real-deal bologna sandwich at Fritz’s Smoked Meats

Fritz’s Smoked Meats at 103rd Street and State Line is one of those places that’s been around so long that it’s easy to forget. If you haven’t been to the large wholesale-feel deli in a while, your stomach will thank you for putting it back in the lunch rotation, and you can always get a sandwiche for fiver.

Stroud’s may rule the roost, but other KC restaurants do fried chicken right

Ask any Kansas Citian where to go for fried chicken and the first name likely to cross most lips is Stroud’s, a venerable establishment that road-food writers Jane and Michael Stern proclaimed “the best fried chicken in America” and the James Beard Foundation recognized as an “American Regional Classic” in 1998. But we’ve dug up some less-storied venues that serve up delicious, juicy brown bird.

Poll: Who makes the best burnt ends in Kansas City?

Here in Kansas City, burnt ends are a true delicacy. Done right, the charred tips of smoked beef brisket are like juicy nuggets of barbecue bliss wrapped in a deliciously smoky blackened bark. Which local barbecue joint do you think serves up the best, most mouthwatering burnt ends?

Meatball Dunk at the City Diner is a satisfying lunch

In the shadows of our recent great recession, meatballs still can count as a value meal. At the City Diner, you get three meatballs as well as some bread for the bargain price of $4.74. The diner, at the northeast edge of the City Market, might not be one of the greasiest of area greasy spoons, but it has served reliable and inexpensive meals since the 1930s.

Starker’s Restaurant on the Plaza closes

Starker’s Restaurant, at 47th and Wyandotte streets, closed on the Country Club Plaza after business Saturday night. The restaurant opened in 1972. Starker’s had one of the region’s most extensive wine lists and received numerous awards from Wine Spectator Magazine.