Unlike the old adage about sex when its bad, its still pretty good a bad chili dog is just plain bad. But a good chili dog is an iconic American food that deserves a place alongside pizza, fried chicken and barbecued ribs. Such a creation is the Killer Chili Dog at Sandbar Subs in Lawrence.
At his daughters encouragement, Alan Jeter pursued a lifelong dream to opening a restaurant. The father-and-daughter team work together all day, almost every day Haley gets the occasional Saturday off making fresh pizza, Italian sandwiches and salads.
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 dont have to shop on Thanksgiving to score gift cards that come with a bonus.
Mama Reschs, 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.
McGonigles 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.
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 passing of the plates is how I like my brunch to look: People I love, talking and laughing and sharing food. The word itself is a fusion of breakfast and lunch, a coming together. I think thats why more and more you see brunch on Saturday menus. Its a party.
Fritzs Smoked Meats at 103rd Street and State Line is one of those places thats been around so long that its easy to forget. If you havent 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.
The homey Dolce Bakery at 3930 W. 69th Terrace in the Prairie Village Shops continues to inspire a cult-like following.
Ask any Kansas Citian where to go for fried chicken and the first name likely to cross most lips is Strouds, 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 weve dug up some less-storied venues that serve up delicious, juicy brown bird.
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?
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.
Starkers Restaurant, at 47th and Wyandotte streets, closed on the Country Club Plaza after business Saturday night. The restaurant opened in 1972. Starkers had one of the regions most extensive wine lists and received numerous awards from Wine Spectator Magazine.
Backfire BBQ Featuring Orange County Choppers has closed after nearly four years in the Legends Outlets Kansas City in Kansas City, Kan. The mall wants to put a new retailer in the space.
The Summit Grill operates in something like an office park off Interstate 470/Missouri 291, a successor to the former Rumors restaurant. It boasts a lively, stylishly appointed sports bar and a low-light, clubby dining room. It makes its growing reputation on the wide appeal of comfort food and its focus on beef cut daily.
The Chiefs are at Arrowhead, and you have the perfect tailgate planned. But lets face it: Theres a chance some things will go wrong. Your coveted BBQ sauce might spill, or God forbid, you might run out of beer. Never fear. All those folks behind the counters inside Arrowhead? Theyve got your back.
In an out-of-the-way location on Independence Avenue, Pho Hoa Noodle Soup has cultivated a following with carefully made soups and authentic Vietnamese dishes. While pho is obviously the signature dish with the best pun recognition, the menu also includes an array of offerings.
Former customers and employees of JJ’s gathered on and outside the site of the former restaurant just west of the Country Club Plaza Sunday to honor its past and — they hope — its future.
This years PopFest runs through Sunday, once again putting the focus on local talent and tastes. The event is expected to draw participants and presenters to Kansas City from California to New York. Why? Its just the best one in the Midwest, says Kris Von Dopek, brand ambassador for Hendricks Gin.
The award-winning cooking school opens its state-of-the-art new center on Monday, boosting education and career opportunities for 700 students. Its almost like walking on the deck of the Starship Enterprise, says one chef.
At Novel, the buzz-bombed new restaurant on the West Side hilltop, the dining rooms feel a little small for cat-swinging, but the ethos of experimentation, digression and creativity operates at full throttle. Ryan Brazeal recently opened the restaurant after a fruitful, decade-long apprenticeship in top-flight New York restaurants.
Things get a little kooky when were talking food, as evidenced by the head-scratching that followed Eddie Kennisons plan to call his new pizza shop Slap Yo Momma. So I asked a few culinary insiders about the crazy things people say and the dishes that make them join in on the action.
Kansas Citys food truck vendors circled their wagons to help one of their own Sunday night. More than a dozen food trucks set up shop at the Merriam Farmers Market to raise funds for Michael Bradbury, the owner of The Funnel Cake Truck. Bradbury's home was recently devastated by fire.
A Kansas City operatic duo, Ben Gulley and Nathan Granner, are carrying on the food/opera tradition and giving it a high-tech, theatrical twist. They will present another of their popular Romantic Affare concerts at Affare, a German restaurant in the Crossroads Arts District, on Aug. 19.
How can you not stop at a cinder block shack with a mural on the front depicting a woman in Daisy Duke shorts chasing a pig and a chicken down a hill while waving a spatula in the air? The mural might get you in the door of Grandpas Burger Box just off the main drag through Tonganoxie, but the made-to-order burgers, sandwiches, rings and fries will keep you coming back.