worst represented food in KC? ie. what should we eat lots of before moving to KC?
We've got just over a month before moving to KC from London. Obviously the state of Mexican and bbq will improve by light years. I suspect the quality of Vietnamese food we are used to will remain constant. What is called pizza will change, but neither stand up to my NJ definition of it. My googling suggests that we'll be able to go for a drive and end up with dosas and other South Indian delights.
What should we be stuffing our faces with in the mean time?
The only foods I can think of off the top of my head would be Japanese style bakery goods, the less sweet westernized versions and the wagashi. But, I don't know that these are well represented in London, either. I just know that I have to wait to get my fix on the west coast, because no one is doing these here, not the sweets nor the cakes and pastries, and what's trucked in is often stale or sub par. I've come to rely on Pichet Ong's recipes, meanwhile. Luckily, they're not foods I could eat as a daily staple anyway, so I don't know if you'd want to stuff your face with them if they are available in London. That might not have good results anyway!
There might be some cuisines not represented so well in KC. I don't know of any resties serving traditional British fare, though there is a shop in Lawrence where you can get tea, canned goods, candy, and similar items if you're missing Cadbury chocolates or treacle. PG Tips is available at Whole Foods, for instance.
Is there anything fantastic in London you're concerned won't be so good here? Maybe we could get more specific?
There are lots of good restaurants focusing on specific cuisines, such as Indian, Vietnamese or middle-eastern, but few restaurants or grocery stores that cater to international palettes, other than simple Asian or Mexican fare. For instance, I live on the east side of Kansas City in Independence and would love to see a true gyro shop somewhere close by.
For the best pizza, I'd recommend Funhouse Pizza on the east side (Raytown & Independence, specifically). I consider it the best in the area, but it is definitely a local thing and their pizzas bear little or no resemblance to most New York or Chicago style pizzas. I would also recommend D'Bronx. They're probably as close as you're going to get to your usual pizza fare.
After the move, if you'd like to contact me, I'll be glad to help steer you in the right directions.
I hope this helps.
That brings up an important point, relizabeth. Do you know what part of the metro you'll be living in when you move here? It can make a HUGE difference in access to ethnic or even conventional kinds of restaurants and groceries. It's improved since Cosentino's put a grocery downtown. We do live in quite a sprawling metro area...
Did you mean Indian specific to Brookside? There are actually quite a few Indian restaurants and groceries in the Kansas City, JoCo, and even the Northland areas, many in and around Metcalf Ave. Touch of India, Ruchi, Korma Sutra (with 2 locations,) Paradise India, Taj Palace, Swagat, Masala's, and probably many more I'm not remembering or aren't on my radar.
If you're a Marmite fan, you can get it in the USA but you cannot (cheaply) get Marmite XO (which IMHO is vastly superior to regular Marmite). So bring a few jars along with your suggestives. Also, regarding your expectations of better Mexican food - you can get it here but you usually find it a hole-in-the-wall where the food is both cheap and delicious. Pretty much all the chains and fancy places are a waste of time.
This may sound strange, but English food doesn't exist here. And by that, I mean, a full English fry up, chip buddies, fish n' chip stands, etc. So, enjoy those while you can! :)
Other than that, I think KC has kind of a lousy German/Polish/Russian representation. Which is so odd considering the amount of immigrants from those areas that came to settle farmland.
I love Polish food, and I have not located a Polish or Russian place.
There used to be a russian market than prepared lunch, and you know, I never made it down there when i hadn't already eaten. Such a shame, because it's closed now, maybe a little over a year ago? I used to buy avjar there...I got a jar yesterday at Trader Joe's and was thinking about that little market. They had a grill out back, I remember, and I think it was near 80th and Metcalf, but I can't remember the name.
yep! I went there once. It was OK. They had a grocery section. They also served middle eastern foods on their menu, so I think I had a hummus/chicken wrap when I was there. Anyway... I asked a Russian friend about this very problem and she gave me a long history about the local restranteurs trying to open Russian places and they all fail b/c they weren't Food & Bev experts, just businessmen. If she wants (and her group of Russian friends) Russian food, they just have parites at their house!
Wish they would invite me!!!! :)
The food in KC is actually really great (I've lived in DC and Chicago). You can find great ethnic restaurants and groceries. The catch is you'll probably find only 1 great restaurant representing each region of the world. Translation, you'll likely have to do some driving. The sushi here is pretty bad. The fish tends to not be fresh and the rolls are not inventive. It's hard to find sushi that doesn't have mayonnaise in it somewhere (blech!) Very few breakfast spots in town as well. Here's some restaurant (and other) suggestions...
Italian: Bella Napoli in Brookside.
Ethiopian: Blue Nile in City Market
Greek: I hear Tasso's or Never on Sunday but haven't tried either yet. There's a fantastic Greek picnic but it only happens once a year :(
Upscale American: Blue Stem, Justice or Julian
Organic: Blue Bird Bistro on Summit Hill (or Westside Local across the street)
French: Le Fou Frog near City Market
Middle Eastern: Habashi House in City Market
Chinese: Blue Koi on 39th or Po's just down the street
Chicago style pizza: The Dish in Liberty
Italian pizza: Bella Napoli
Take out pizza: Pizza 51
Salads: The Mixx
Austrian: Gruneur (haven't tried it yet)
Happy Hour/Tapas: Extra Virgin
Snow Cones: Fresher Than Fresh
Ice Cream: Glace or Murray's in Westport
BBQ: Oklahoma Joe's
Hot Dogs: Dog Nouveau
Breakfast: Jerry's Cafe
Milk: Shatto (from regular groceries)
Cheese: Green Dirt Farm (sheep)
Bread: Farm to Market
Grocery: Brookside Market and Whole Foods
Farmer's Market: Brookside or City Market
Blue Bird Bistro
1700 Summit, Kansas City, MO 64108
20 E 5th St, Kansas City, MO 64106
4855 Main St, Kansas City, MO 64112
The Westside Local
1663 Summit Street, Kansas City, MO 64108
Le Fou Frog
400 East 5th Street, Kansas City, MO 64106
309 Main St, Kansas City, MO 64105
Blue Nile Cafe
20 E 5th St Ste 102, Kansas City, MO 64106
5060 Oak St, Kansas City, MO 64112
6229 Brookside Blvd, Kansas City, MO 64113
10581 Mission Rd, Leawood, KS 66206
15668 W Center Rd, Omaha, NE 68130
1325 N Janeway Ave, Moore, OK 73160
That's a very good point, cciaccio. relizabeth should probably eat as much seafood as she can while still in England, fried, grilled, whatever. You can get decent seafood here, but it doesn't hold a candle to what's served or available on the coasts. Even flown in, it just can't match up. There is a truck that comes up from the Gulf every three-four weeks, and sells in Lawrence, though. Their shrimp is pretty tasty, and they claim not to freeze it.
Yes, we will eat as much seafood as we can tolerate before leaving. Neither of us are big fish/ seafood eaters, so the change won't be oppressive.
We've been to Gruneur with my Austrian granny and German husband. It was lackluster and everybody was unimpressed. I doubt we will return.