The Food Network’s online gallery “Savor the Show-Me State: What to Eat in Missouri” showcases 31 Missouri food and drink items, designed to show that we’re much more than “toasted ravioli, provel cheese and barbecue.”
But those items did make the list, including Kansas City’s burnt ends, which were described as “golden nuggets of brisket that are a Kansas City rite of passage ... Joe’s (Kansas City Bar-B-Que) has this specialty nailed.” Still, its three locations are all in Kansas.
Stroud’s received a shout-out for its cinnamon rolls. “These are somewhere between biscuits and a dinner roll, rolled in a mix of cinnamon and sugar just as they come out of the oven, piping hot. With the sweet cinnamon topping, yeasty bread in the middle, and buttery bottom, the rolls are practically guaranteed to disappear in no time,” the list proclaims.
However, nearly all the items on the list are specific to St. Louis or the surrounding area: Ted Drewes Frozen Custard, Red Hot Riplets potato chips, Vess Soda, Vincent Van Doughnut and Perennial Artisan Ales’ Abraxas beer, to name a few.
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The gooey butter cake at Kaldi’s in Kirkwood also makes the list, although it’s also sold at Kansas City-area Kaldi’s coffee shops.
But what about our homegrown products? What about Boulevard Tank 7 and Green Dirt Farm’s garlic herb spread? Or The Peanut’s BLTs and chicken wings, Garozzo’s Ristorante’s chicken spiedini, Christopher Elbow’s artisan chocolates and Glace ice cream? The burgers at Westport Flea Market, Town Topic and Winstead’s?
Or what about other parts of the state: Sparky’s Homemade Ice Cream, Shakespeare’s Pizza, or Booches’ cheeseburgers on wax paper in Columbia? How about the fried chicken at Galvin’s Dinner House in St. Joseph?
Officials with the Food Network couldn’t be reached for comment.
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