The 5 things missing from the Kansas City dining scene

Dear soupmakers, please move to KC.

Dear soupmakers, please move to KC.

The world is waking up to the idea that Kansas City has more to offer eaters than just barbecue. However, even as we stretch our culinary boundaries in the City of Fountains, there’s still a few holes in our breakfast, lunch and dinner arsenal. In good news, a downtown donut shop would have topped this list just a few short months ago, but now Joe’s Downtown Donuts & Coffee is open at 641 Grand Avenue.

Here’s a look at the five things missing from the Kansas City dining scene. For the purposes of this post, we’re keeping it to KCMO. Let us know what you’re missing in the comments.

5. Right-sized burritos. There are plenty of burrito options in Kansas City — chain and non-chain alike — but all too many are the size of a nuclear submarine. A burrito that’s filling, but not ballast, would be quite welcome.

4. A soup restaurant. Since Rob Dalzell’s Souperman closed nearly four years ago, Kansas City’s spoons have been wanting. Good soups abound (particulary the pork confit soup at The Rieger Hotel Grill & Exchange on the site of Dalzell’s former restaurant 1924 Main), but nobody is dedicating an entire menu to soup and we are the worse for it.

3. Beer for life. Ardent beer drinkers can earn a mug at watering holes around town, but what if you had beer for life? The National Journal wrote about Northbound Smokehouse & Brewpub in Minneapolis, which gave investors beer as long as they were both standing in exchange for $1,000. Forget that t-shirt from Kickstarter, this is why you back a new venture.

2. Egg and Cheese Sandwich. A roll. A fried egg. Melty cheese that stretches a bit. Generous sprinkling of salt and pepper. Five ingredients. One Sandwich. Less than three dollars. After seven years in Kansas City, I’m still looking for that once-a-week fix of a simple egg and cheese wrapped in wax paper.

1. Jewish Deli. A barrel of half-sour pickles, sandwiches overflowing with lean corned beef and pastrami and dense potato knishes that feel like a war of attrition. In a place where meat is lovingly treated, the absence of a Jewish deli is a cause for heartburn.

What do you think is missing from the Kansas City dining scene?

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Jonathan Bender

Jonathan Bender is the founder of The Recommended Daily.

12 Comments

  • Reply June 2, 2014

    Beverly Haskins

    Yes, definitely on the deli. A real one. Potato and meat knishes, chopped liver, sable, tongue, kasha, kishke. Dr. Brown’s.

  • Reply June 2, 2014

    Shane

    For a really good breakfast sandwich, check out Wooden Spoon across from Johnson County Community College. Excellent and served on a croissant.

    • Jonathan Bender
      Reply June 2, 2014

      Jonathan Bender

      @Shane. Thank you. Will do.

    • Reply June 8, 2014

      Jennifer H

      For a quick daily option try the BLTE or Rise and Shine at Lucky Brew Grille in Mission. Very tasty options but not fast or limited to 5 ingredients try: Beer Kitchen’s Breakfast Stacker or Eggtc.’s BELT

  • Reply June 2, 2014

    Michele

    Patio Happy Hours with live music

  • Reply June 2, 2014

    Sloane

    A really good upscale Southern restaurant. Where a local chef does his creative take on Southern classics.

    • Reply June 8, 2014

      Jennifer H

      Try Magnolia’s Cafe on Cherry. Or the chef at Webster House favors Southern

  • Reply June 2, 2014

    Jessica

    Le Pain Quotidien – French French cafe. Not complex, not fancy with sauce on everything. Just simple, well done food and bread.

  • Reply June 2, 2014

    kathy

    Agreed on upscale southern, and a deli (real bagels! – hard to find in NYC these days let alone KC), also a (good) North African (Moroccan, Algerian, Tunisian) restaurant and a top-knotch upscale northern Italian restaurant. Oh, also an upscale Greek restaurant!

  • Reply June 3, 2014

    Michael

    More 24-hour options, either dine-in or delivery. All-night diners and greasy spoons are fine and certainly have their place with the late-night crowd, but how about some decent Asian or Italian food that’s available at 3:30am?

  • Reply June 3, 2014

    John

    I always thought KC was missing a Cuban Restaurant

  • Reply June 3, 2014

    kenny G

    try Burritos-to-go @701 Ccentral Ave. They have nice $3 burritos that are very simple, but quite nice.
    I gave up on bacon egg and cheese on a roll. Living in NYC, they are everywhere. Oh the things we take for granted

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