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The 11 Best Things I Ate During My Cross-Country Road Trip

J. Kenji López-Alt 63 comments

Man, did we eat some good things while driving from New York to San Francisco. Here are the delicious highlights from a 10 day trip from that took us through New Jersey, Pennsylvania, West Virginia, Kentucky, Tennessee, Illinois, Missouri, Kansas, Colorado, Utah, and Nevada. More

Slow Food Gone Fast: Midwestern Farms Embrace Pizza

Slice Kate Andersen 3 comments

Walk a few blocks in most big cities and it's easy enough to find a slice joint or full-fledged pizzeria, which keeps most of us plodding along our familiar, blinkered pizza routines without wondering might be waiting a little off the beaten paths. More

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

A Hamburger Today Robyn Lee 7 comments

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

Daily Slice: Original Pizza, Oak Park Mall, Overland Park, Kansas

Slice Adam Kuban 19 comments

I'm about to invoke that old cliché "you can't go home again". The catalyst: Original Pizza in Oak Park Mall, long regarded as "the mall" in this part of Johnson County, Kansas. More

Lenexa, Kansas: Stonewall Inn Pizza

Slice Adam Kuban 18 comments

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

The United States of Pizza: Kansas

Slice Adam Kuban 40 comments

Another week, another great state in our ongoing 50-plus-part series The United States of Pizza. This time, I'm proud to take you on a cheesy tour of my home state, the Sunflower State, Kansas. So slip off your ruby slippers,* relax, and come along. More

Food Words in the 2009 National Spelling Bee

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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

Adam Kuban 1 comment

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

Reopening of Jack's North Hi Carryout in Wichita, Kansas

A Hamburger Today Robyn Lee Post a comment

The Wichita Eagle reports that the nearly 60-year-old Jack's North Hi Carryout reopened last week after being closed for the past few years due to a fire in 2007. The Wichita Eagle shares a slideshow with audio from the opening.... More

Gourmet Burgers at The Burger Stand in Lawrence, Kansas

A Hamburger Today Robyn Lee 2 comments

Chef Robert Krause is known for serving fine dining prix-fixe meals out of his specially renovated home, but his most recent business is a bit more downscale: The Burger Stand at Dempsey's Pub. LJWorld.com features the new gourmet burger joint... More

In Videos: Flipped Off by the International Pancake Day Race

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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'

Slice Adam Kuban 18 comments

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

Dear Slice: Ridiculous Pizza Snowman

Slice Adam Kuban 1 comment

Clicking in to the Slice inbox today, we've got ... Saw this stupid thing in the paper this morning and had to send it to you. Sorry about the cheap-o scan. Hope you dudes are doin good, Andy... More

Topeka, Kansas: Bobo's Drive-In on Guy Fieri's 'Diners, Drive-Ins, and Dives'

A Hamburger Today Adam Kuban 18 comments

As ElCapitan points out in an AHT comment, Bobo's Drive-In, one of my favorite burger joints, went in for the star treatment Monday night on Guy Fieri's Food Network show Diners, Drive-Ins, and Dives or, as it's sometimes known,... More

Pizza in a Cone: Kornet Pizza

Slice Jonathan Bender 7 comments

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

Slice Adam Kuban 31 comments

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

Slice Adam Kuban 4 comments

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'

Slice Adam Kuban 2 comments

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'

Slice Adam Kuban 1 comment

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

Lia Bulaong 1 comment

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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