Wednesday, January 20, 2010

Trip to the Paris of the Plains (KC, MO)

My good friends, Megan, Alana, and I traveled this past weekend to Kansas City where we met with our newlywed friends Kevin and Vicky who recently moved to Minnesota for an "Ice Break 2009" reunion of sorts in combination with an APO Regional Conference. As this post will evidence, we spent a great deal of our time in the "Paris of the Plains" eating... Haha. We had plenty of great recommendations for food from individuals familiar with the area as well as several ideas from Food Network's hit television show - Diners, Drive-ins, and Dives ( Overall, it was just a great trip, and I wanted to share my KC dining experiences with all of my blog followers. :o)

Fiorella's Jack Stack BBQ

Straight up the best rib dinner I've ever had. And likely in the top 10 of the best meals period I've ever had. The meal came with two sides, of which I sampled their french fries, cheesy corn, cheesy potatoes, and baked beans. OMG, amazing. All of it. This picture is kinda dark because I took it with my iPhone so as not to be super obnoxious in the restaurant, so it doesn't do it justice, but seriously, awesome dinner. We followed up with creme brulee, which is definitely my favorite dessert ever, but Jack Stack's was legit as well. Yum.

Grinders Pizza

Grinders was a recommendation from DDD, and all of their food was delicious. I ordered a Hawaiian calzone for my entree and not only was it huge, but it was so good. I forgot to take a photo of it, so you get the outside of the building instead... oops, haha. But all the same, yum here as well. We also sampled their crab rangoons (not a spelling error), nachos, cheesy bread, and fried mushrooms. Others ordered slices of their pizza, the "grinder" (basically a Philly cheesesteak), and several other things that I forget. I would definitely recommend stopping here for a cheap but great lunch or dinner with LOTS of options while in KC.

Mama's 39th St Diner

Mama's was also a DDD feature, and all I can say is WOW. There was a huge menu with a ton of choices and once again, everything was wonderful. The specialties included a JUMBO deep-fried cinnamon roll, specialty omelettes, and corned beef hash among other things. Vicky tried the french toast as well. Once again, it was all legit. I'm nervous to be giving all of these positive reviews (haha), but really it was just a great weekend for great food!

CANstruction in KC Union Station

Ok, so this isn't really a restaurant review or a food review, but it is food related, haha. When we went to Union Station, we came across this display with canned food for "CANstruction" - a food charity competition. I really don't have much to comment on here other than the fact that I thought it was a really cool project with a great cause. Check out the website for more details about it. The Warhol Marilyn Monroe canned food structure had received first place, although the lawn gnome was definitely my fave, haha. :o)

1 comment:

  1. Thanks so much for dining with us and sharing such kind words of praise for our barbecue. We truly appreciate it. -Dale @ Jack Stack