It’s time for an old-fashioned food fight. We haven’t had one of those in a while. Earlier this month, Thrillist (list is, naturally, in their title) put together a list of ‘The Most Iconic Restaurant in Every State (And DC).‘ [Last summer, Thrillist placed Missouri 12th and Kansas 36th in their ranking of states based on the collective total of foods available within their borders.]
For Missouri, they tapped Arthur Bryant’s. In Kansas, it was Salina’s Cozy Inn. The esteemed Kansas burger joint earned the nod for the “no-frills meat sandwiches topped with cooked onions and steamed buns.” But it’s not the only down home cooking joint that’s well known in Kansas. There’s the Brookville Hotel in nearby Abilene that’s famous for its fried chicken, along with a collection of other spots (Chicken Annie’s, Stroud’s among them).
As for Arthur Bryant’s, Thrillist tells us that “Kansas City BBQ didn’t get its start at Arthur Bryant’s, but it’s as close as you’re gonna get to the original.” Fans of Charlie Gitto’s in St. Louis and the Savoy Grill here in KC might beg to differ.
So how about it? What is the most iconic restaurant in Missouri and Kansas?