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Bryant's & Oklahoma Joe's, Kansas City

What did you think of the crown rib? It is by far my favorite thing on the Jack Stack menu, and really the only reason I have for eating there -- everything else on the menu can be done better, cheaper, elsewhere in town.

Their crown rib dinner includes THREE of the monsters. I have a couple friend who share that meal and it serves as dinner and lunch for both of them. (I'm actually embarrassed to admit that I nearly finished all three once).

Jul 10, 2014
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Bryant's & Oklahoma Joe's, Kansas City

I also would never think to describe Arthur Bryant's standard sauce as "sweet". Maybe the OP was trying another version?

Jul 10, 2014
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Things that Kansas City does better than NYC?!?

There are people who LOVE their Stroud's, and not just the tourists. If you like pan-fried chicken, it is hard to beat. I don't care for the texture of the crust -- it's too crispy for me. But their livers and gizzards are fantastic. Plus, you won't go hungry. It's fun if you go in a group, because they serve family-style and everyone can share.

The south location in Fairview doesn't have anywhere near the same wait, unless you go for Sunday brunch or right in the middle of a weekend dinner rush. It is also closer than the north location if you are staying in the Plaza area.

If you can drive, I'd second the above vote for Chicken Annie's in Pittsburg. The "other" place down the road is called Chicken Mary's, and they have quite the rivalry going.

But it's not the best fried chicken in Kansas in my opinion. For that honor, my vote goes to the Brookville Hotel, in Abilene, two hours west of KC. The menu is fixed, served family style, and all fresh. It's one of the best meals of my life.

May 30, 2014
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Kansas City Style Hot Dogs

That would be "New York Dawg Pound". They have some interesting topping combos. Of course the traditionals like coney-style with chili and cheese, and the Chicago-style. But my favorites are some less common toppings. They do a dog with baked beans and blue cheese that is fantastic, and my favorite has chili, cheese, and a fried egg.

I like it a lot.

Feb 28, 2014
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Kansas City Food Itinerary

Although EV is one of my favorite happy hours in town, I tend to focus on a few guilty pleasures when I go there -- bone marrow, pork belly, livers, gizzards, hearts. But I have been disappointed in quite a bit of the menu. I agree with you on the duck tongue tacos. The shell is always too thick and the pickled onions dominate the flavor profile.

Feb 28, 2014
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When do you correct incorrect pronunciation?

Oh, I didn't mean to suggest that's where it originated. Just that I giggle when they say it.

May 09, 2013
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When do you correct incorrect pronunciation?

"I've heard it both ways" is a catchphrase on the TV show "Psych". The lead character tries to sound smarter than he is, and when he is corrected he says that line.

May 06, 2013
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When do you correct incorrect pronunciation?

Many people have last names that are no longer pronounced the same way they were originally. Names change over time. His name was Houstoun and was pronounced Howse-ton. Something named after him should be pronounced the way he did.

Now, the change in spelling (Houstoun to Houston) should be commented on.

May 06, 2013
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When do you correct incorrect pronunciation?

New York City's Houston Street is not named after Sam Houston. It is named after William Houstoun, who was from Georgia, and pronounced as you said: HOW-ston.

May 03, 2013
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When do you correct incorrect pronunciation?

My first time at a Korean restaurant I was looking over the menu and trying to decide what to have. One of my friends suggested the "bulgogi", pronouncing it correctly (pool-GO-gee). I couldn't believe that was correct. I had little experience with the Korean language outside of the names of places and historical figures, but plenty with Chinese, Thai, and Vietnamese. It didn't sound like any other Asian word I had heard.

When the waitress came by I pointed and asked how it was pronounced. She said it and I was shocked that my friend was right. Then I actually said "Huh, that doesn't sound Korean to me."

She said "Of course it sounds Korean. It is Korean."

Apr 30, 2013
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When do you correct incorrect pronunciation?

Yes, and I was just saying that my context would be adding something informative, as opposed to asking a question ("So did you buy a sous vide machine? How much are they?") or providing affirmation ("Oh, I love sous vide too!").

And I see that I replied to the wrong poster in any event.

Apr 29, 2013
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When do you correct incorrect pronunciation?

Apr 29, 2013
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When do you correct incorrect pronunciation?

Depending on the specific situation, I might try adding some other information so it didn't look like I was correcting the person. In this case, something like: "I saw a cooking show about sous vide. They said it is French for "under vacuum". It's amazing how many cooking terms come from French."

Apr 29, 2013
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When do you correct incorrect pronunciation?

Many people say "aingst" (like "hang-st" without the "h")

Apr 29, 2013
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Your Bottom Five Vegetables

1) (Canned) black olives
2) Bitter greens (collards, mustard, broccoli rabe)
3) Black eyed peas
4) Fava beans
5) Bell peppers

I was interested to see so many other people list green/bell peppers. When I tell people that i don't like green peppers they always ask "What about yellow/red?" I can't stand them either.

Apr 23, 2013
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Mystery Diner. 100% faked, i'll tell you why.

All it would take is a disclaimer at the beginning saying that the show included actors' depictions of the events that actually occurred. "America's Most Wanted" has been doing re-enactments for years.

I still watch the show, and telling myself it is a re-enactment makes all the difference in the world. They couldn't get the real culprits, so they are showing us what happened.

Now, if we also learn that the events never happened at all, that's where I get upset.

Apr 10, 2013
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i know you're not supposed to ________, but i do it any way.

That's what I was taught, too. The water should be as salty as the sea.

Mar 27, 2013
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Favorite local eats in Lincoln, NE?

I go to Lincoln a couple of times a year for various sporting events. I don't often get the chance for nice, planned, "foodie," meals. However I do have a couple of places that I like.

Yia Yia's pizza is my favorite downtown after a game.
Ali Baba is ok for gyros
Green Papaya on N 27th for good Vietnamese. There's also Pho Nguyenn on 27th a bit closer to downtown.

I've heard good things about The Oven for Indian food, but haven't had a chance to try it yet.

I was going to say I was underwhelmed by Lazlo's,but since you liked it I may have to give it another chance.

Mar 27, 2013
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KC-Favorite dive restaraunts

Not sure how you are defining "dive". Just cheap and good, or does it have to have a certain character?

Some of the places listed above are great -- some of my favorite food -- but I don't know that I'd call them "dives" in my vernacular.

Swagger -- love them but it is a nice place with a fantastic beer and wine list
Vietnam cafe -- again, love the food but I don't see it as a "dive". it has a standard restaurant decor and atmosphere to me.
Grinders, BBs, Peanut -- totally agree with these
Papu's -- new to me, but I guess that's the shwarma place that steveb mentioned

If that's what a dive restaurant is, then I'll add a few:

Giovanni's Italian in Gladstone
Towfiq African in KCMO
Mesob Pikliz Ethiopian and Haitian in KCMO
El Pulgarcito Salvadoran in Merriam
Birrieria Michoacan in KCKS
Groove Station in KCMO
RJ's Bob-B-Que in Mission
Woodyard BBQ in KCKS
El Camino Real in KCKS

Mar 27, 2013
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The Guardian's great end-of-year rant against the gourmet junk food fad

See also: lobster mac and cheese

Mar 18, 2013
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SPRINGFIELD, MO, just moved here...

Cashew chicken, by the way, is credited as being invented in Springfield. It is as Chinese as chop suey. I don't care for it at all, but then i am not a fan of cashews to begin with.

Edit: Ugh. Just noticed that this thread is 8 years old. Sorry for the necro-post.

Feb 18, 2013
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Top Chef Seattle - Ep. #14 - 02/06/13 (Spoilers)

The big buckets of the mother starter had large notes taped to the lids. I assumed that it was instructions for making basic bread using the starter, and that the contestants would then branch out from there.

Feb 11, 2013
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Top Chef Seattle - Ep. #14 - 02/06/13 (Spoilers)

He also joked about how expensive that dish would be, with butter made from dungeness crab roe.

Feb 11, 2013
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Food near Lane Events Center in Eugene

Thanks! I've added it to the list.

Feb 11, 2013
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Top Chef Seattle - Ep. #14 - 02/06/13 (Spoilers)

I liked how, in the car when Josh said he was done with bacon, that whole discussion was based on a misunderstanding. Josh asked Brooke if she was ready to start "baking" bread, but she thought he said "bacon bread". She said she wouldn't put bacon in her bread, and that prompted Josh to claim he was done with bacon.

Feb 07, 2013
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Top Chef Seattle - Ep. #14 - 02/06/13 (Spoilers)

Plus, editing can work wonders. Producers: "Let's make the chefs seem more serious from now on. They are the champions, after all. So cut any laughing, and insert a few solemn looks whenever someone says something. Great!"

Feb 07, 2013
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Etiquette question

We moved to Oklahoma from Maryland when I was 11. I remember my mother noticing that every restaurant we ate at served plain white bread with butter for just about every meal. The kicker for her -- and she still tells this story -- was when a neighbor suggested a local steakhouse by saying "And you get as much bread and butter with your meal as you want!"

Feb 06, 2013
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Food near Lane Events Center in Eugene

In May I will be attending a weekend-long sports tournament held at the Lane Events Center in Eugene, OR. This will be my first time in Oregon and I already have a list of suggested places from other threads (thanks!).

What I am looking for are casual eateries within easy walking distance of the Lane Events Center. I already have Cozmic Pizza, Toshi's Ramen, and Newman's Fish Co on the list, but they are all at least a mile from the arena. Is there anything closer that's worthwhile? Some of us may be a bit grungy, so nothing fancy, please!

Feb 05, 2013
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Etiquette question

I agree that it is rude to tell anyone how to eat his or her food. However I also agree with Motosport that there is a point where the "guest" term no longer applies. In this case, he was comfortable enough to go on his own to the kitchen to get the Sriracha sauce. That speaks more to "friend of the family" and less to "guest"

Feb 05, 2013
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I Forgot My Wallet, Have You Forgotten Yours?

I used to do that until I realized that I would forget that I had stashed them there. It made for some nice surprises months or years later, but it also screwed up my vacation accounting.

Jan 30, 2013
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