Food Critics en Food Critics: Kansas City's Best Lunch Spots <p></p><p>It's not uncommon for Americans to work through lunch, thoughtlessly scarfing down sustenance at a desk or —worse — in a car.</p><p>But at its best, lunch can be a time to unwind and savor the moment, getting out in the city while nourishing body and soul.</p><p>Some Kansas Citians are keeping the mid-day meal alive in all its glory. Hosted by Charles Ferruzza,&nbsp;KCUR's food critics led a search for exquisite lunch experiences in Kansas City on Friday.&nbsp;</p><p>Here are some of their recommendations:</p> Fri, 18 Apr 2014 16:51:50 +0000 Gina Kaufmann, Matthew Long-Middleton, Christie Garton & Kate Baxendale 54395 at Food Critics: Kansas City's Best Lunch Spots Food Critics: Best Noodles In Kansas City <p></p><p>There<span style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: Georgia, Times, serif; font-size: 15px; line-height: 22px;"> is one ingredient that you'll find in almost every culture and <a href="">has been around for almost 4,000 years</a>: noodles.</span></p> Fri, 21 Mar 2014 20:01:45 +0000 Christie Garton & Matthew Long-Middleton 53003 at Food Critics: Best Noodles In Kansas City Food Critics: The Spiciest Food In Kansas City <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">The science behind what makes spicy and hot foods hot we understand fairly well: </span><a href="" style="line-height: 1.5;">the&nbsp;capsaicin&nbsp;in the seeds of the peppers tricks your brain into believing that your flesh is on fire</a><span style="line-height: 1.5;">. Why people have sought the sensation of burning may be harder to pin down, but&nbsp;undeniably the practice is present across the world. Fri, 07 Mar 2014 22:47:06 +0000 Matthew Long-Middleton 52295 at Food Critics: The Spiciest Food In Kansas City Food Critics: Best Sausage In And Around Kansas City <p>On Friday's edition of <em>Central Standard</em>, Charles Ferruzza and Food Critics Mary Bloch, Chris Becicka and Emily Farris discuss some of Kansas City's newest restaurants. And then the food critics locate the best places for sausage&nbsp;in and around Kansas City, with the help of listeners. From kielbasa to bratwurst to chorizo, Kansas City has it covered.</p><p><strong>The Critics' Picks: Sausage</strong></p> Fri, 21 Feb 2014 22:00:00 +0000 Matthew Long-Middleton & Kate Baxendale 51745 at Food Critics: Best Sausage In And Around Kansas City Food Critics: The Best Happy Hour In Kansas City <p>In Kansas City days of old, enterprising bar owners would offer free food to workers heading home and craving a beer or whiskey. The food was usually very salty, encouraging the patrons to drink even more.</p><p>The term “happy hour” didn’t exist at this time, but the mix of food and drink has always been an intoxicating lure that nearly every restaurant offers.</p><p>On Friday’s Central Standard, Charles Ferruzza and fellow food critics Emily Farris, Mary Bloch, and Gloria Gale discuss the best happy hours in and around Kansas City.</p><p><strong>The Best Happy Hours:</strong></p> Fri, 24 Jan 2014 19:51:53 +0000 Matthew Long-Middleton & Ross Stinemetz 50242 at Food Critics: The Best Happy Hour In Kansas City Food Critics: Chicken Or The Egg? <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">You’ve heard the question a million times: What came first, the chicken or the egg? The answer is complicated when you pose it to Kansas City diners who might choose fried chicken over an omelet or eggs benedict over chicken noodle soup.</span></p><p>On Friday’s Central Standard, Charles Ferruzza and fellow food critics, Gloria Gale, Chris Becicka, and Emily Farris consider the possibilities that both the chicken and the egg bring to restaurant menus, from fried livers to egg soufflé – and everything in between.&nbsp;</p> Fri, 10 Jan 2014 19:40:45 +0000 Matthew Long-Middleton & Ross Stinemetz 49585 at Food Critics: Chicken Or The Egg? Food Critics: The 15 Best Dishes In Kansas City In 2013 <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">As 2013 comes to a close, we raise a glass to Kansas City's dearly departed, and appreciate the best that came to be.</span></p><p>On Friday's&nbsp;<em>Central Standard</em>, Charles Ferruzza is joined &nbsp;by fellow food critics Emily Farris, Mary Bloch, and Chris Becicka&nbsp;to discuss their favorite meals and restaurants of 2013. They also chat about Kansas City's dearly departed restaurants that left us throughout the year.&nbsp;</p><p><strong>The Food Critics' Favorite Dishes of 2013</strong></p> Fri, 27 Dec 2013 19:11:44 +0000 Ross Stinemetz 48946 at Food Critics: The 15 Best Dishes In Kansas City In 2013 Food Critics: Best Steak In Kansas City <p>Since the cattle rustling days of yore, steak has always been an important part of the culinary traditions of Kansas City. We even have a baseball team named <a href=""><em>The T-Bones</em></a>. Whether it’s top sirloin, filet mignon, or a big bone-in ribeye, premium cuts matter a lot to this city. With so many varieties and types and restaurants to choose from, where should you go when you want both the sizzle and the steak?</p> Fri, 13 Dec 2013 18:42:47 +0000 Matthew Long-Middleton & Ross Stinemetz 48301 at Food Critics: Best Steak In Kansas City Food Critics: Look To The Sides <p></p><p></p><p>Many restaurants in Kansas City have signature dishes. Stroud’s is known for its fried chicken, Jess and Jim’s is famous for its steaks. But what about the dishes that complement the main course?</p><p>Some restaurants do wonders with the lesser-known side dishes: potatoes, vegetables, greens and rice. In fact, a well executed side dish can draw your attention to the entrée—complementing or contrasting the texture, sweetness or bitterness of other servings.&nbsp;</p> Fri, 29 Nov 2013 18:22:11 +0000 Danie Alexander & Charles Ferruzza 47573 at Food Critics: Look To The Sides Food Critics: The Post-Thanksgiving Detox <p>The great thing about the Thanksgiving feast is that the table is groaning with wonderful comfort foods and lots and lots of leftovers.</p><p>The less appealing thing about Thanksgiving is that 48 hours after the holiday, you’re sick of cold turkey sandwiches and re-heated mashed potatoes and you’re ready for something else to eat.&nbsp;</p><p></p> Fri, 15 Nov 2013 16:00:02 +0000 Matthew Long-Middleton & Ross Stinemetz 46894 at Food Critics: The Post-Thanksgiving Detox Food Critics: The Best Soup In Kansas City <p>A rich, flavorful broth with hardy vegetables can go a long way to raising your spirits. And a hearty soup like a stew or a bowl of Vietnamese pho can actually serve as a meal. In the Depression, home cooks discovered starting a meal with soup took the edge off of hunger so they could serve a more modest entrée. But no matter how you serve soup, it ranks as one of the best dishes ever for surviving cold weather, providing comfortable relief for the common cold, and eating your vegetables.</p> Fri, 01 Nov 2013 19:24:53 +0000 Matthew Long-Middleton & Ross Stinemetz 46186 at Food Critics: The Best Soup In Kansas City Food Critics: Diabetic Dining <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Most of us are very lucky. When we go out to eat, we usually don’t worry about dietary restrictions or fret over missing the delicious food we'd like to eat.</span></p> Fri, 18 Oct 2013 14:30:29 +0000 Matthew Long-Middleton & Ross Stinemetz 45423 at Food Critics: Diabetic Dining Food Critics: The Best Restaurants in Lawrence, Kan. <p></p><p>Lawrence, Kan. is probably best-known to most of us as the home of the University of Kansas, but the beloved college town has also become a dining destination for Kansas City diners. Just 45 minutes outside of the heart of Kansas City, Lawrence boasts one of the best bakeries in the Midwest and at least a half dozen truly excellent restaurants. Charles Ferruzza and fellow food critics Mary Bloch, Emily Farris, and Sara Shepherd &nbsp;give you a crash course in Lawrence dining. Notebooks ready?&nbsp;</p><p><strong>New and Notable</strong></p> Fri, 04 Oct 2013 14:44:06 +0000 Matthew Long-Middleton & Ross Stinemetz 44641 at Food Critics: The Best Restaurants in Lawrence, Kan. Food Critics: African Cuisine <p>Over a decade ago, the National Restaurant Association issued a report stating that Italian, Mexican and Chinese cuisines had become so popular, they had moved beyond the ethnic food category and into the mainstream. But less familiar culinary traditions are making an increasingly greater impact on how we eat in America. In Kansas City, for example, there are more opportunities to sample the cuisine of the African continent than ever before, and that&#39;s just what Charles Ferruzza and fellow food critics Mary Bloch, Chris Becicka, and Emily Farris will do.</p> Fri, 20 Sep 2013 15:14:27 +0000 Matthew Long-Middleton & Ross Stinemetz 43962 at Food Critics: African Cuisine Food Critics: Restaurant Trends <p>When you dine out you may have noticed that certain trends have been popping up lately. We're seeing noisier dining rooms, smaller portions, and desserts almost as expensive as the entrees. And whatever happened to salad bars, anyway?</p> Fri, 06 Sep 2013 14:22:47 +0000 Matthew Long-Middleton & Ross Stinemetz 43212 at Food Critics: Restaurant Trends Food Critics: The Best Take-Out And Delivery <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">You get home, you're dog tired, and the thought of looking for ingredients, digging through your fridge and combining them into a meal is just too much to bare. So you pick up a phone, but who you gonna call? </span></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Charles </span>Ferruzza<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> and the food critics search for the best places that will deliver their meals right to your doorstep or allow you to simply take them directly from their kitchen.</span></p><p><b>Delivery:</b></p> Fri, 23 Aug 2013 14:38:16 +0000 Matthew Long-Middleton & Ross Stinemetz 42468 at Food Critics: The Best Take-Out And Delivery Food Critics: Eating In The Suburbs <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">For many years, Kansas City’s primary restaurant spots were downtown and the Country Club Plaza. But times have changed. And over the last 30 years, the destinations for good eating have expanded to include most of the outlying suburban cities – from Prairie Village to Lee’s Summit and Liberty to Martin City. Kansas City diners can hop in the car and travel anywhere in the metro to find unexpected culinary treasures.</span></p> Fri, 09 Aug 2013 09:00:00 +0000 Ross Stinemetz, Matthew Long-Middleton & Suzanne Hogan 41640 at Food Critics: Eating In The Suburbs Food Critics: Dining Entertainment <p></p><p>Food is a social activity, and where there are people entertainment follows. &nbsp;On the Friday, June 14 the Central Standard food critics explore the best places to dine while catching a song, a game of trivia and more.&nbsp;</p><p>Here is a list of some of the restaurants talked about on the show:</p><p><strong>The New Places</strong></p><p><a href="">The Red Door Grill</a> - 11851 Roe Ave, Camelot Court Shopping Center, Leawood, KS 66211</p> Thu, 13 Jun 2013 23:21:16 +0000 Matthew Long-Middleton 38481 at Food Critics: Dining Entertainment Food Critics: Where Are The Best Places To Dine Outside In The KC Area? <p>In Kansas City it's expected that the weather will jump from snowy, to balmy, to sultry in a matter of weeks.</p><p>But now that we're firmly into spring, and summer is just around the corner, restaurants are opening their outdoor patios, decks, balconies, rooftops and sidewalk seating.</p><p>Many diners love the opportunity to dine al fresco, surrounded by the beauty of nature – or asphalt parking lots. Other Kansas City diners see outdoor dining as a nightmare of bugs, noise, cigarette smoke and gawking strangers. Fri, 17 May 2013 19:36:19 +0000 Matthew Long-Middleton 36932 at Food Critics: Where Are The Best Places To Dine Outside In The KC Area? Food Critics: Korean Food <p>Korean Restaurants:</p><p>Recent Restaurants:</p><p>Korea has been top of mind lately as the threat of conflict has been rising, but on this Central Standard Friday the food critics take a look at another explosive element of this country's culture: its cuisine. From famous dishes like kimchi and Bibimbap, we look at what makes up Korean food, and where you can find it in Kansas City.</p><p>Our critics this week are <strong>Charles Feruzza</strong>, <strong>Grace Suh</strong>, <strong>Emily Farris</strong>, <strong>Chris Becicka</strong> and <strong>Gloria Gale.</strong></p> Fri, 03 May 2013 14:40:22 +0000 Matthew Long-Middleton & Claire McInerny 35335 at Food Critics: Korean Food Food Critics: Soul Food <p></p><p>In her book <em>The Soul of Southern Cooking</em>, Kathy Starr calls soul food "generous and earthy, like the people who created it. I'm not talking about small slivers of skinned chicken breasts surrounded by miniature carrots and radishes cut like roses. I'm talking about something to eat!" In Kansas City you'll never walk out hungry from one of this town's soul food restaurants or buffets. Classic southern cuisine like fried chicken, greens, macaroni and cheese, and peach cobbler are soul-soothing dishes. They may not be so good for your waistline, but they're nirvana for your spirit. Food Critic <strong>Charles Ferruzza</strong>, <strong>Emily Farris</strong>, <strong>Gloria Gale</strong> and Mary Bloch explore the best <strong>soul food<strong> </strong></strong>of the city.</p><p></p><p> Fri, 05 Apr 2013 22:22:41 +0000 Matthew Long-Middleton 34661 at Food Critics: Soul Food Eating Healthy In The New Year <p>We're 11 days into the new year.&nbsp; How's that resolution to eat better going?</p><p></p><p> Fri, 11 Jan 2013 22:52:17 +0000 Jeffrey Harvey & Charles Ferruzza 30238 at Eating Healthy In The New Year Noisy Restaurants <p>Ambience or irritation?&nbsp; That is the question.</p><p></p><p> Fri, 14 Dec 2012 00:00:00 +0000 Matthew Long-Middleton & Charles Ferruzza & Jeffrey Harvey 28986 at Noisy Restaurants Food Critics: Fabulous Fish <p>We're up to the gills in grouper, trout, and tuna on this week's <strong>Central Standard Friday</strong>.</p><p> Thu, 29 Nov 2012 23:32:30 +0000 Jeffrey Harvey 28300 at Food Critics: Fabulous Fish Food Critics: Super Soups <p>Ludwig Van Beethoven once theorized: "Only the pure in heart can make a good soup." Fri, 16 Nov 2012 00:00:00 +0000 Jeffrey Harvey & Charles Ferruzza 27654 at Food Critics: Super Soups Food Critics: Comfort Food <p></p><p>As the weather cools off, and the hours of daylight become scarcer, our culinary musings turn to<strong> comfort food.</strong></p><p></p><p> Thu, 01 Nov 2012 23:00:00 +0000 Jeffrey Harvey & Charles Ferruzza 26928 at Food Critics: Comfort Food Food Critics: Best Meals Under $10 <p>You're staring at an empty refrigerator realizing if you want to eat you're going to have to go out.&nbsp; A quick check of the wallet shows it not much fuller than the fridge. So where can you find a decent meal for less than $10?</p><p> Fri, 19 Oct 2012 19:37:18 +0000 Danie Alexander & Charles Ferruzza 26234 at Food Critics: Best Meals Under $10 Highlight Reel <p>We've got a rare treat for you.</p><p>Tune in this week when <a href="" target="_blank">Food Critics</a> <strong>Charles Ferruzza</strong>, of The Pitch and Fat City Blog, and <strong>Emily Farris</strong>, of Feed Me KC, join forces with history host <a href="" target="_blank"><strong>Monroe Dodd</strong></a> to bring you a very special edition of <a href="" target="_blank"><em>Central Standard Friday</em></a>.</p> Fri, 05 Oct 2012 14:30:43 +0000 Tomeka Weatherspoon & Bill Anderson & Charles Ferruzza & Monroe Dodd 25568 at Highlight Reel Food Critics: Non-Traditional Dining <p>Coming up on <a href=""><em>Central Standard Friday</em></a>, host Charles Ferruzza and the Food Critics discuss the best <em>non</em>-traditional places for delicious eats.</p><p> Fri, 21 Sep 2012 14:13:45 +0000 Tomeka Weatherspoon & Charles Ferruzza 24837 at Food Critics: Non-Traditional Dining Food Critics: Eating Out In Lawrence <p>Coming up on <a href=""><em>Central Standard Friday</em></a>, host Charles Ferruzza and the Food Critics share their favorite spots in Lawrence. We're talking the best coffee shops, bars and even fine dining in that fun college town west of KC.</p> Fri, 07 Sep 2012 14:42:43 +0000 Tomeka Weatherspoon & Charles Ferruzza 24082 at Food Critics: Eating Out In Lawrence