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Wendy's Testing Premium 'Black Label' Burgers in Wichita and Columbus

Wendy's is classing it up with a new line of Black Label Burgers—tagline, "The perfect harmony of signature taste and select ingredients"—currently being tested in Wichita, Kansas, and Columbus, Ohio. The quarter-pound burgers come in Bacon Portabella (with mushroom sauce, muenster cheese, three half-slices of bacon, thick tomato slice, and peppery sauce; $4.89) and Spicy Santa Fe (with guacamole, pepper jack cheese, mixed salad greens, thick tomato slice, red onion slices, and cilantro jalapeño lime sauce; $4.49), says GrubGrade. More

Lenexa, Kansas: Stonewall Inn Pizza

Captain Ahab had Moby Dick, giving birth to the notion of "the white whale" as a goal to be chased to the ends of the earth, self-destruction be damned. Herman Melville was able to spin one version of the Great American Novel out of that tale. My white whale, over the course of several Christmases in the Kansas City area, has been Stonewall Inn Pizza. Kansas City is land-locked, of course, which makes this tale less tragic, thank goodness, and unlike Melville, I'm only able to spin a short blog post out of it. More

Food Words in the 2009 National Spelling Bee

Congrats to Kavya Shivashankar of Olathe, Kansas (my hometown, yay!) on her victory in the 2009 Scripps National Spelling Bee yesterday. Eat Me Daily has a list of food words from the spelling bee, including geusioleptic, blancmange, Neufchâtel, trattoria, sommelier, tagliatelle, fedelini, and perciatelli.... More

Suburban KC-area Man Fights Neighbors Over Backyard Chicken Coop

Photograph from Carol Mitchell on Flickr I grew up in Kansas City, a city that some folks here in my current place of residence view as hicksville. (It's not.) So I love what Fat City blogger Owen Morris has to say about an Overland Park, Kansas, man whose neighbors are giving him (chicken)s**t about his chicken coop: "This means Kansas City is on the cutting edge, not stuck in the rural past."... More

In Videos: Flipped Off by the International Pancake Day Race

For years I've taken a (very) small measure of Kansas pride in the fact that my home state is host to one half of the International Pancake Day Race. Each year on Shrove Tuesday, residents of Liberal, Kansas, race their counterparts in Olney, England, all with pancake pans—and pancakes—in hand. Having never attended a race, I was under the impression that runners had to flip their pancakes throughout the event. Wrong. They flip once at the beginning and once at the end—to prove they still have their pancake payload. [The incriminating video, after the jump.]... More

Kansas City's Grinders and Its Tater Tot Chili Pizza, on 'Diners, Drive-Ins, and Dives'

Madness lies ahead, at Eat Me Daily. Kansas City, I love you. I spent my formative years in your metro area. But this nonsense is why we had to break up. You will forever be synonymous with barbecue and pretty little women, but you will never be known as a pizza town. How could you, with this crazy-ass Tater Tot–Chili Pizza at Grinders? The Eat Me Daily weblog has video of the monstrosity. Grinders 417 East 18th Street, Kansas City MO 64108 (b/n Oak and Locust streets; map) 816-472-5454... More

Pizza in a Cone: Kornet Pizza

Editor's note: This is the first of two reports today about pizza in a cone. Check out the second report here: Pizza in a Cone: Crispycones It’s not often that Kansas City gets to be at the forefront of international cuisine. But even a Midwesterners are sometimes lucky enough to find a new, innovative pizza concept in their local mall food court once in a while. Kornet Pizza, the international sellers of the pizza cone, opened its first U.S. location at Oak Park Mall in Overland Park, Kansas, four weeks ago. My wife accompanied me recently to the food court... More

Pizza Cones Make U.S. Debut in K.C. Mall

I just got this email from my mom, and, boy, did I freak out. Adam, Saw this article [below right] in the KC Star on January 6. Looked interesting. Too bad we didn't see this while you were in town. We might try this, but not anytime soon, as you left us with so much pizza in the freezer. Hope the pictures get to you. We had problems trying to figure out the attachment part. Let me know if you get the pictures or not. --Mom You don't know how much this hurts, ladies and gents.... More

Kansas City Backyard Pizza Oven

A good friend of mine, Andy G., who lives in Kansas City and who I've known since college days, emailed me last Friday: "I'm going to my friend Dan's place for pizza tomorrow. He built his own backyard oven." So earlier this week, Andy emails me a link to some photos of Dan's oven, along with this info: It was amazing. Some of the best pizza I have ever had. He used a good dough recipe and made a great sauce from scratch. But the oven:He used EIGHT different types of brick.It took him over SEVEN months to build.I... More

My Type of 'Rant'

The recent mention of Slice on Who Wants to Be a Millionaire prompted this email from a former New Yorker who did some time in my hometown of Olathe, Kansas, before moving to Minneapolis. This "rant" made my day after I opened it Saturday afternoon. Enjoy! --Adam Dear Slice, I just discovered your website courtesy of the fact that it was a question on Millionaire. My first search on your site was for Lento's because I went to elementary school one block away. (I am over 50 now.) Last year I was in New York for a reunion and saw... More

College Town's Pizza Market 'Flooded'

Heh. That college town being Lawrence, Kansas, according to a recent story in the University Daily Kansan, the college newspaper I once worked on for a few semesters: Lawrence’s pizza market is crowded with restaurants vying for the affections of hungry students and other residents, making it difficult for some businesses to survive.... More

Improving School Lunches

The Kansas City Star published a three-part feature late last year on how schools in their area are working to improve the quality of food, it's well worth checking out whether or not you have school-age children for what's said about trends in healthy eating. Part 1: Reap it and eat visits the Niles Home for Children, where the fresh produce used in the cafeteria comes from the school garden that the students work on: "Ratcliff, the garden director at Niles, has seen kids who professed a lifelong hatred for vegetables try —and like — everything from cucumbers to kohlrabi, a kind of cabbage. The pea crop never made it to the cafeteria because the children ate them all straight... More

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