Kansas City's famed Winstead's has received a national shout-out for its nostalgic decor, "Fruit Roll-Ups thin" burgers and cherry limeades.
Thrillist, a digital media company, says diners may be more American than apple pie. They're places where cross-sections of the city's population come together at all hours of the day for greasy breakfasts, burgers fried on the griddle and pie.
Winstead's made Thrillist's new "The 21 Best Diners in America" list, posted April 27, joining diners in California, Florida, Georgia, Illinois, Iowa, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maine, Massachusetts, Michigan, Mississippi, New Jersey, New Mexico, New York, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Texas, Vermont and Wisconsin.
It had this to say about Winstead's: "Winstead's is one of the classic KC places, a must-stop for nostalgia enthusiasts, but also a place with a pretty damn good burger. The patty is Fruit Roll-Ups thin, and subsequently lacks a certain amount of flavor, so you’re going to need to order a double. But there is incredible char, the bun melds nicely with the hot cheese and beef, and the onions are cooked in that buttery, peppery diner-style so often emulated, seldom done this wonderfully. Also, they put lime sherbet in their cherry limeade. After all, this is a classic soda fountain, too."
In 2017, a Thrillist critic also put Winstead's on his list of KC's eight "most legendary" burgers.
Winstead's was founded in 1940, and it had more than a dozen locations in the early 1990s. But it has been closing locations in recent years, including in Merriam and Overland Park in 2017. Its website currently lists six restaurants in the metro: Blue Springs, Leawood, Lenexa, the Northland, Overland Park and east of the Country Club Plaza.