This is kind of a milestone post. With these three items, we’ve broken into the top 20. The end may be in sight!
No. 23: Egg salad sandwich from You Say Tomato
We started 2014 with a visit to Kansas City hipster staple You Say Tomato. This place is best known for their brunch, particularly their BLT (at least in our circles, anyway). As a staunch supporter of egg salads, I was interested in what YST had to offer.
Hmmm. Not impressed! Our directive from the Pitch was to order this on the croissant, which while a croissant is always delicious, just made the sandwich even messier and harder to hold. It was extremely onion-y and just not what I look for in an egg salad sandwich (probably because my ideal egg salad sandwich is 60 percent Marzetti’s and mustard).
Karen’s reaction was a solid “shrug” and we both agreed the pineapple on the side was probably the best part of the whole ordeal. The ultimate verdict: we wouldn’t order it again.
We’d be remiss to not mention world famous guest start Laura, who accompanied us and ordered the grilled cheese. I think we spent the majority of our lunch longingly looking at the grilled cheese, which turned out to be the MUCH better ordering option that day, and probably most days. Stay tuned, there is more grilled cheese in our immediate future.
No. 22: Waldorf Salad from Bloomsbury Bistro
Our notes from this visit to Prairie Village begins with this question for the ages: “Who had the idea of a Waldorf Salad?” A valid question, once you consider truly what a Waldorf Salad entails.
Apples, celery, walnuts, mayo-based dressing. Who comes up with these things? Wikipedia doesn’t even have a good rumor for us to circulate about HOW these ingredients came together.
The Bloomsbury Bistro is smack dab in the middle of an antiques store…
…which makes for some interesting people watching.
We ordered our salads with quiche (Meagan) and grilled cheese (Karen) and it really did make for a nice little brunch on a chilly February day. Karen said the grilled cheese reminded her of grilled cheeses from her childhood, and the quiche was really top-notch, A+. But we aren’t here to talk about those things, are we?
The walnuts were good. But really, is this one of the TOP best food items in Kansas City? We think not. It was almost a little too sweet, which seems like an interesting criticism when we straight up went and ordered this for dessert:
It’s how we do.
No. 21: Pork tenderloin sandwich from Kitty’s Cafe
As a child of the Middle East, I think Karen’s exact words were, “I was so not looking forward to this one.” As the child of the midwest, my exact words were, “OMG I CANNOT WAIT FOR THIS ONE.”
This visit to Kitty’s Cafe included a cameo by international guest star Kelly, who really should tag along on all these excursions because she provided actual sentences in terms of a review and not shrugs and yums like Karen and I have been providing.
Kitty’s is not a place where you think you should stop for lunch, but when the Pitch tells you to go there and order a pork tenderloin with hot sauce, you say OK.
We were lucky to snag three open stools at the counter inside and dug in to our sandwiches and tots.
These are not your normal pork tenderloins, they are battered differently and you get three smaller pieces of pork rather than one huge tenderloin the usual midwesterner might be used to. We only had a five minute wait, and you could tell these were made to order and fresh.
First, Kelly’s take, because she is far more eloquent than we are. Kelly said the hot sauce helped cut through the greasiness and it was almost like an Asian fusion version of a pork tenderloin.
"I feel like I could get this in the streets of Vietnam and not be surprised," she said.
Halfway through the sandwich, Kelly and I started to feel the heat of the hot sauce, but Karen says we are amateurs and it was not that hot. The lightness of the breading made the sandwich not as heavy as we expected and Karen said she was pleasantly surprised. Would she crave it though? No. Would Meagan? Maybe.
Naturally, our most compelling review note was: “Good radio station.”