Great article on KC! This makes me incredibly homesick. I was just thinking about the Kelleresque (BLT w/egg) from Happy Gillis this morning. One of things I miss the most about the KC area are the farmers markets and the abundance of local produce sellers. There is a wood fired pizza oven (Prairie Fire Oven) that is at the Merriam Farmers Market that makes fantastic pies. I miss KC.
Jonathon -- nice to see you are writing for SE. I remember reading your articles on the Pitch's Fat City blog.
Great list/resource/map/whatever you want to call it! I'm a little disappointed with myself that I have only have 6 beers on the list, but I guess that just means I have a lot of tasting left to do.
Great choice with MO -- Tank 7 is my all around favorite beer. For Kansas I would have picked something from Free State, maybe Storm Chaser? I agree with Diamond that I would have went a different direction with PA. In my opinion, Prima Pils isn't the best beer from Victory, let alone the whole state.
@IowaAl: I love the mention of LeMars--that's my hometown!
Yay for Iowa! I grew up in NW Iowa, so they were known as taverns--even on our school lunch menus. My Dad's secret was to pour pickle juice and add a bit of yellow mustard into the pan after browning the seasoned meat and draining the grease. Let that simmer for a few minutes and you'd be good to go.
My understanding of the steaming vs browning was that the original Maid Rite shops would steam them in some sort of special device. However, I think they ran into food safety issues and can no longer prepare them that way. That's the rumor I heard, anyway.
@Adam: Typically the meat isn't hot enough to get a really nice 'dimpling' of cheese, however if you microwave left over meat you can usually get the cheese to melt into all of the crevices.
I'm still having the same problem that mike and scott are having regarding the back button. I too have significantly decreased the amount of time spent on this site because it is incredibly frustrating. Yes, I know I can right click and have another tab open, but I typically forget to do so, get frustrated when I have to go all the way back to the 'front page' of articles and just close the site.
nom nom nom. love this place! brats on pretzel buns and cheese curds. you also forgot to mention that they give you two little glasses of beer instead of one normal sized pint.
I'm also using Win7 and Firefox 14.0.1.
I'm also still having the problem that thebig1 asks about. If I've clicked the 'read more' button, opened an article, clicked back, it always takes me back to the first page. Very frustrating.
I'm having the same problem of snyderico. I'm trying to catch up on articles so I have been clicking the 'more' several times, resulting in dozens of articles being added to the bottom of the 'home' page. After opening the full page version of the article and clicking back to continue scrolling through, I am taken back to the original 'front page' without any of the articles that were brought up due to the 'more'. I then have to keep clicking more and having them load before I can actually get back to where I was.
this is literally the best sandwich i have ever tasted. i find myself buying arugula just so i can think about how wonderful it was. it haunts my dreams.
I like to eat it straight from the package... I can't wait!!
I had the Wyatt last Tuesday at Geoff's. Oddly, I commented on the Kevorkian. I also had several pickles... yum.
Tank 7 is liquid gold. So glad you were able to sample it.
@teacher I read last weeks and clicked on today's blog excited to read the outcome. I, too, was confused by this entry. It felt very disjointed and left many things unresolved--especially where was the food?
Hope this isn't too late...
My favorite pizza on the Kansas side of the KC metro is Papa Keno's in the OP (and Lawrence). Their most popular items are giant slices made to order. They have some rather unique specialty combinations that keep things interesting. The OP location has Free State beer on tap (although, it's much easier to find now that they are bottling).
I'm also a fan of d'Bronx, although I've never tried any of the locations outside of the 39th and Bell St. shop in MO.
Looking forward to seeing what else you've dug up for pizza in the KC area. In general, I've had a difficult time finding a good local joint to consistently go back to. Not a fan of Minsky's and just didn't really love Wheat State. The Missouri side has Pizza Bella (which I think is slipping quickly) and Spin! putting out nice individual pies and I love Grinders, but I'm often feeling too lazy to put in the effort to go out of my way, finding parking, etc to grab take out after work.
I'll add another vote for Casey's pizza being ubiquitously available throughout Iowa (and other parts of the midwest). I think a lot of people in rural areas grew up it with it as their 'chain' pizza, as most small towns (i.e. circa 1000 people) had a Casey's but not a Pizza Hut, Domino's, etc. Very cheesy, very greasy, but oh so good. It's often the first meal I have when I return home to visit family. I especially loved the taco pizza with crushed Doritos on top and packages of taco sauce.
Speaking of taco pizza, I'm starting to believe it's a regional thing, as I rarely encounter people outside of Iowa who don't look at me like I'm crazy when I mention it. I'm sure it has something to do with Iowan's not knowing good tacos/Mexican food (especially 15+ years ago). Regardless, it's delicious.
Brussel sprouts... nom nom nom!
I really like Great Plains Pizza in Ames. However, be warned that the crust is thick and dense and the pizza is absolutely loaded with cheese. Sausage was my favorite.
Yay to KC!! Have fun navigating around the marathon on Saturday.
I am absolutely in awe of the magnitude of thought/work/effort that went into this post.
This is truly an elegant experiment.
Do you remember the address or general location of Texas Tom's? I'm KC, but unfamiliar with it. It looks like at least 1 Texas Tom's closed earlier this year, but judging from the picture it could be a different location. http://blogs.pitch.com/fatcity/2010/01/closed_texas_toms_on_linwood.php
Great to see you got a hold of some Boulevard. Definitely try the Smokestack series. The Tank 7 Saison is my fav summer beer.
Ahhhh.... Free State. I love you Free State.
Piece of meat! I love Threadless!