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Jonathan Bender

Jonathan Bender

Jonathan Bender is the founder of Recommended Daily, a food publication headquartered in Kansas City, Missouri. He's the author of "LEGO: A Love Story" and a committed eater of sandwiches.

Jonathan Bender has written about the the Bacon Explosion for Esquire and what it's like to judge The American Royal (the world's largest barbecue contest). His latest project is a food publication -- the Recommended Daily -- which focuses on the people growing, cooking and serving the food that Kansas Citians eat.

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  • Location: Kansas City, Missouri
  • Favorite foods: A proper Thanksgiving sandwich, Pennsylvania Dutch pretzels, warm bread fresh from the oven, celebratory steak dinners, and burritos from Anna's Taqueria in Cambridge, Massachusetts.
  • Last bite on earth: Brains.

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While nearly every Kansas City joint with a smoker will sell you the entire barnyard, each barbecue spot has its own specialty that should be the start and end of your order. And KC has more than just barbecue to offer. Consider this your guide to Kansas City's best meals, plus where to go for beer, cocktails, and more. More

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