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Big Slick hosts reveal favorite KC restaurants, barbecue and what they miss most

Big Slick hosts Rob Riggle (from left), Paul Rudd and David Koechner goofed around during a Q&A with Children’s Mercy employees Thursday. The charity raises money for the hospital’s cancer center.
Big Slick hosts Rob Riggle (from left), Paul Rudd and David Koechner goofed around during a Q&A with Children’s Mercy employees Thursday. The charity raises money for the hospital’s cancer center. rsugg@kcstar.com

Paul Rudd loves Jasper’s. Rob Riggle has to go to Winstead’s. And David Koechner and his wife can’t get enough of Taco Via.

During a Q&A with Children’s Mercy doctors and nurses on Thursday, the three Big Slick hosts revealed some of their favorite things:

Favorite restaurants

Rudd: Jasper’s.

Riggle: Junior prom! (At Shawnee Mission South.) I took my date there.

Rudd: I went for my prom, too (Shawnee Mission West). Jasper’s is, I think, probably my favorite restaurant in Kansas City. I love the restaurant. I love the family, the Mirabiles, that own the restaurant. It has become such a huge part of my life and family’s life. My kids — we live in New York, but every time we always have dinner at Jasper’s.

Riggle: I’ll make my way over to Winstead’s. And out south there’s a place called Chartroose Caboose. I usually get in there for a Zephyr (cheesesteak) and a Pibb. Taco Via. I like to go down to the Plaza.

Rudd: You go to Pogo’s (nightclub) a lot, maybe Dapper Dan’s (boutique).

Koechner: My wife (Leigh) loves Taco Via. She grew up in Overland Park (Shawnee Mission South — he’s from Tipton, Mo.). So we go to Taco Via every time we come here. I ate Taco Via today, swear to God. I had a taco hot dog and enchiladas. It’s great.

Favorite barbecue

Riggle: I used to support Jack Stack (when the restaurant was a Big Slick sponsor). I’m hearing good things about that Q193? Q39?

Rudd: Q193, that takes you to Topeka.

Riggle: A new pop FM channel.

Rudd: You’re listening to Q139, in Tonganoxie.

Koechner: I didn’t grow up here. But my wife’s favorite was Hayward’s (which closed and will soon become another Q39).

Rudd: Every time I’m back, I always go to Joe’s and get a Z-Man.

What they miss most about KC

Koechner: My family. Honestly, my family. They all still live here in the area, and we live in California. I’m so thankful for this event so I can see all my brothers and sisters.

Rudd: I probably have to say the same thing: Dave’s family. (Laughter.) … Barbecue obviously is a big one. I really love going to Chiefs games. I really miss not being here for that. And then my family, I guess. (Laughter — Rudd’s mother, Gloria, was in the audience.)

Riggle: I miss family and friends. I miss Boulevard Wheat. I miss barbecue. California, it’s not very seasonal, and I miss the smoky smell of burning leaves in the autumn,. And you wear a sweatshirt and go to a Chiefs game, and it’s just kind of crisp enough outside. It’s the friggin’ best. I love it.

Favorite roles

Koechner: Obviously “Anchorman” was fantastic. There’s a really weird movie that you can only see if you’re an adult, called “Cheap Thrills.” And there’s another one I did called “Extract” where I played this really annoying neighbor.

Rudd: Like Dave, “Anchorman” was something all four of us, five of us, really loved. The whole cast got on really well. It was very exciting for us to do something that seemed new and weird. I really enjoyed “I Love You, Man.” It was really fun to do. And the one called “Wet Hot American Summer.”

Riggle: The most fun I ever had on a movie was Randy in “Step Brothers.” We got to improvise and play, and it was just a lot of fun. And then just recently I did my first drama. And it’s coming out I think in January, called “Midnight Sun.” It’s something I never get to do very much of, and it was really satisfying.

Sharon Hoffmann: 816-234-4457, @Sharonakc

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