Showing posts with label crossroads. Show all posts
Showing posts with label crossroads. Show all posts

Wednesday, July 30, 2008

August First Friday

This First Friday, enjoy some truly delicious superfine snow cones in front of Hammerpress (at 110 Southwest Boulevard) courtesy of Fresher Than Fresh, "KC's first traveling homemade snowcone stand!" They are totally awesome and refreshing - last time I went with the Espresso & Mexican Cane Sugar, this time I'm kind of leaning toward the Blackberry Lavender.

And if you're in the area, pop in to the Hilliard Gallery (404 E 18th St.), where some of my husband's art is part of a group show. I'll be there early - feel free to stop in & say "Hi!"

Thursday, June 05, 2008

Quick Bite: Grinders

One of my favorite sandwiches in Kansas City is the Philly Cheesesteak at Grinders. I've never been to Philadelphia, so real live cheesesteaks are not something I'm well aquainted with - but when a restaurant goes to the trouble of getting the fresh bread for their cheesesteaks direct from Philly, then I'm led to believe that something pretty special is happening. My stomach totally agrees.

I get the turkey Philly (sacrilege!) with grilled onions, mushrooms, banana peppers and cheese whiz. An order of their perfectly crisp tots will help you mop up the dripping yellow cheese mess, and help you remember how much you love tater tots. I've eaten just about everything on their menu, but I just keep coming back to this deliciously messy sandwich.

Grinders
417 E 18th St in Kansas City
816*472*5454

Monday, February 11, 2008

Christopher Elbow

Another new piece at Present Magazine about the delectable drinking chocolates at Christopher Elbow's Boutique. Read it here.

And while you're there, I'm a huge fan of the Caramels with Fleur de Sel. There is something magical about French sea salt and caramel together. Try one.

Saturday, October 06, 2007

Pizza Bella

I had made up my mind that I wasn't posting again until we went to Pizza Bella. I had my heart set on it, much like a petulant child gets their heart set on a new toy. I've had plenty of yawningly average meals that I could've posted about, but I was uninspired, uninterested, and unmotivated. I was on strike until I could get my butt down to 18th and Baltimore.

Today, I am happy to report, was an inspiring day. Pizza Bella is beautiful and the food is worth the raves I've been hearing. El Dorado architects did a lovely job with the space - it feels modern inside without being alienatingly modern. It exudes a certain warmth that isn't just radiating from the wood-fired ovens, which are churning out delicious crusts beneath inventive topping combinations. I used to belong to the school of thought that held that no pizza should have more than three toppings - more than that and the crusts can be overwhelmed, the balance can be easily lost. But there are deft hands behind the counter putting these pizzas together, and there is just enough of everything on pizzas that could be overdone by the overzealous.

Let me just say, in case you need to direct your browser elsewhere: YUM. That is the long and the short of it.

We started with a crispy brussel sprout antipasta, which was perfectly dressed with a pancetta vinaigrette, hazelnuts, dried cherries, and pecorino romano cheese. We shared two pizzas - the sausage (made with delicious fennel sausage) and the potato (with a perfect balance of creamy gorgonzola cheese and bitter radicchio). The crust was exceptional. It had the perfect smoky flavor from the wood, and the texture was incredible. It held up well against the toppings but was delicious all by itself. A little rye flour in the dough made for a pleasantly complex flavor.

The Crossroads is turning out delicious food these days. It makes me excited for what downtown is on the cusp of becoming.


Pizza Bella
1810 Baltimore Ave
816*471*PZZA

Sun-Thurs 11am - 10pm

Fri & Sat 11am - 12am

Tuesday, May 15, 2007

Good Gravy!

I've heard tell that a humble plate of biscuits and gravy can make any hangover a little more bearable. Or maybe it's that it lulls you into a food coma, which allows you to nap, and that nap is what makes the hangover go away. Whatever it is, it's a hearty breakfast sure to cure something that is probably ailing you, even if the only thing that you're suffering from is hunger. Hunger is painful enough.
The Brick takes a plate of b&g to new heights on Saturday mornings, by offering a Biscuits and Gravy Bar for $3.95. Last Saturday the gravy choices included savory ham, traditional country sausage, and a cider house gravy with apples, sausage, and maple syrup. It was good gravy - especially the cider house - served with perfectly dense little drop biscuits and even more excellent with a side of bacon.
Their "Brickfast" menu has some standard choices on it, all good, but I recommend you ask about the specials. Last weekend's special was a crab cake benedict and it was awesome. Not too much hollandaise, the egg wasn't too runny, and the crab cake was especially crisp - good for holding its own against the egg and sauce. Served with potatoes (with a dollop of sour cream, a nice touch) and a little fruit, it was a bargain at $5.95.
In the cool dark interior of the Brick, with some hot coffee and good service, you can start to think about facing your Saturday. Or heading home to take a nap.

The Brick
1727 McGee in downtown KCMO
open Monday-Saturday from 11am to 3am
Saturday Brickfast served 11am-3pm

Tuesday, March 13, 2007

Souperman

When I heard that there would be a place named Souperman opening downtown, I was a bit overly excited. I absolutely love cleverly-named places. I'm a sucker for a good name or a good advertising campaign - clever or witty or just plain weird goes a really long way with me.

Other favorable elements included the owner, Rob Dalzell, who has completely won over my husband with his restaurant 1924 Main. And then they had to put it in such a good location, next to the Barkley Building with the rocket on top. And the interior is stylishly industrial; it's a space in the bottom level of a parking garage that manages to be comfortable and hip at the same time. I've heard grumblings about the utilitarian presentation of the food - that the plastic spoons and very "to-go" looking soup cups aren't nice enough for the food that they make portable. Really, when the food is this good, I can't say that I care. Why be a snob when the food itself is enough to make you happy?

The food is unbelievably fast, it is always fresh, and the soups are hearty and good. The Boulevard Cheddar Potato Chowder was creamy with large chunks of potato and really potent cheddar ale flavor, while smelling the Moroccan Lamb and Lentil soup was almost as intoxicating as eating it. The sandittos (a sandwich wrapped in a tortilla, burrito-style) are served hot or cold and are well-made and filling. The roast beef with swiss, horseradish aioli, and grilled onions was absolutely loaded with tender roast beef. When the weather heats up too much for soup, they serve several salads, including a Chinese Chicken Salad with crunchy noodles & almonds, dressed in a ginger vinaigrette.

Souperman
1724 Main in Downtown KCMO
816*421*SOUP
Monday-Friday 10am - 3pm

Saturday, October 07, 2006

KC Brewers Festival

Just a quick note before we head out for our long weekend.
Mark your calendars now! Next Saturday is the Kansas City Craft Brewers Festival at Grinder's. It's from 1 to 5 in the Sculpture Park and will feature food, live music, and, of course, beer. Tickets are $20 in advance, $25 at the gate - but it's a benefit for the Free Health Clinic and the KC AIDS Walk, so you can drink beer to benefit something other than your beer belly, which is actually kinda cute on you.