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Food Around Kansas City

Mintwood Place

Mintwood Place is one of the most interesting restaurants I’ve been to in a long while. Very casual, but the food is serious and oh so good. I was not surprised to learn that the Chef is a semi-finalist for a James Beard award and that he recently nabbed honors as Best Chef Food & […]

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Pork Particulars

At dinner last month, a friend asked me what “Duroc” on a menu meant. After I answered him (see below), I realized that though I wrote a post on pork breeds back in 2010, it’s still very much a current topic. With the Local Pig garnering so much press, and new butcher shops popping up around […]

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Pig & Finch

Pig & Finch is the area’s latest gastropub, a term defined broadly to encompass a restaurant that has a pub-like atmosphere serving high-end beer and wine, paired with upscale comfort food. Pig & Finch is owned by the 801 Chophouse folks and is located next door to the 801 Chophouse in Park Place. Relatively sedate […]

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Pig and Peay

Andy Peay was in town for the Nelson’s inaugural wine event, aptly called ShuttleCork. Peay, along with 5 other sought-after vintners, came from California to pour  fantastic wines and mingle with some of Kansas City’s most ardent wine enthusiasts during an evening that culminated in a wine auction. But before that, Peay teamed up with […]

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Coopers Hawk Winery and Restaurant

Cooper’s Hawk Winery and Restaurant is the new kid on the Plaza, taking the space previously occupied by 810 Zone. Fortunately, no remnant of the former tenant remains. CHW executed a total redo and introduced a new concept in the process. Walking into the building, one first encounters a retail store. I was a little […]

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Indios Carbonsitos

I’ve definitely joined the food truck craze, and have been trying to sample as many of the vendors as I can. Just like not all restaurants are the same, neither can food trucks be lumped together. I prefer those that are a cut above the rest, with either upscale (as is the case at Port […]

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Woodyard BBQ

Woodyard BBQ has been a part of the Kansas City barbecue scene for decades, but until last month I had never ventured over to Merriam to check it out.  It originally made its name and money selling wood–apple, pecan, cherry, hickory–and it’s all piled up outside for sale.  That business was long ago parlayed into […]

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