Food and Drink
9:57 am
Fri December 10, 2010

The Food Critics: News, Reviews and Top Meals of 2010

Walt Bodine's critics return with restaurant news and reviews. Plus, the critics and listeners share their favorite restaurant meal memories of the year.

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The Food Critcs:

Charles Ferruzza, co-host, The Pitch and Fat City Blog
Chris Becicka, Ingram's Magazine
Gloria Gale
, 435 South Magazine
Mary Bloch
, Around the Block

Critic Reviews:

La Bodego
119th and Roe
Leawood, KS

"Packed, very pretty place, it was a lot of food, the Paella (vegetarian version) was big, lots of vegetables and wonderful"

"Went for lunch, had Cubano sandwich was very good, nice sides, wonderful beef tenderloin sandwich, beautiful spot, get the flaming Spanish coffee!!"

Pot Pie
904 Westport Road
Kansas City, MO

"Loved it, atmosphere is lovely, very cozy."

"We had the roast chicken and the scallops. both were perfect, except not enough salt."

"Their wine list is very nice, not huge, but they don't mark up their wines very much."

"The place was packed on a Thursday evening."

Blue Grotto
6324 Brookside Plaza
Kansas City, MO

"Expanded menu, lots of small plates in addition to pizza, enjoyable,
very good Saturday and Sunday brunch."

Cafe Sebastian at the Kemper Museum
4420 Warwick Blvd
Kansas City, MO

"Great lunch, bowl of spaghetti squash with olive oil was perfectly done."

Waldo Pizza
7433 Broadway St
Kansas City, Missouri

"Pizza is great, fabulous salad bar, desserts are fabulous, homemade cakes and ice cream (gooey butter cake!)."

Best Meals of 2010

Chris Becicka:

Bluestem
900 Westport Road
Kansas City, MO
"perfect brunch"

Mary Bloch:

Poco's on the Blvd
3063 Southwest Blvd.
Kansas City, MO
"excellent service"

Gloria Gale:

Westport Cafe
419 Westport Rd
Kansas City, MO
"Croque Madame"

From Facebook and Email:

"Aladdin Cafe in Westport catered our wedding in September - for sure our best meal of 2010 in KC! Delicious Mediterranean... beef and chicken kabobs, rice, veggies, hummus, falafel, pitas... yum yum yum!"

"Probably breakfast at the Bluebird Bistro: wheat germ pancakes, delicious eggs benedict, and their biscuits and gravy with bison sausage. Quiet, cozy atmosphere, newspapers to read, delish coffee, and the service and food was tops!"

"One of the best meals I had was just this past Sunday at Tatsu's. Stuffed salmon wrapped in puff pastry with a divine sauce. Preceded by delicious avacado salad. Yum!!!"

"Some may find this blasphemous (getting fish at a BBQ place!), but the Ruby Red Trout at Jack Stack is smoked to perfection!"

"Thanksgiving at Julians, best pumpkin pie cheese cake, turkey was divine.."

"We had the best fried chicken in the city at Char House on Johnson Drive just west of Quivira. It was perfectly seasoned and literally falls apart when you pick it up. It is the best fried chicken I've ever had as a matter of fact, which makes it easily my best meal of 2010. "

"The best meal I had this year was at Parkville's Cafe Des Amis in the spring. What made it so good? Well, they really know how to make authentic French food, I was there with my wonderful friend, Kathy, and we shared champagne. Can't beat that, eh?"