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Join the conversation with Walt Bodine, co-host Charles Ferruzza and the Food Critics as we discuss great places to dine around town. Plus, in the second half of the hour, critics and callers gab about their favorite places to grab a burger around town.

Onaga, KS – Last December, the only grocery store in Onaga burned down. Onaga is a town of about 700 in northeast Kansas, surrounded by cattle ranches, corn and wheat farms. But suddenly, there was no place to buy groceries for 25 miles in any direction.

People in town found their routines changed dramatically. Althea Sender, for example, is 86 years old, lives alone and doesn't drive long distances.

"You're baking - you know - or fixing something and you need something. Well, you can't just run down to the store and get it," Sender says.

Manhattan, Ks. – According to a survey done by Kansas State University, one third of all small-town stores closed just in the past three years. It's partly because rural populations are dwindling and mom and pop markets aren't able to compete with large chains.

Food Critics: Table for One

Nov 11, 2011
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When was the last time you sat down at a restaurant for a nice meal... alone? Join co-host Charles Ferruzza, of The Pitch and Fat City Blog, Chris BecickaIngram's MagazineGloria Gale435 South Magazine, and Emily Farris, food writer.

Food Critics: Hotel Dining, Past & Present

Sep 30, 2011
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When was the last time you headed to a hotel just to enjoy a great meal? Join Walt Bodine, co-host Charles Ferruzza and the Food Critics, Gloria Gale of 435 South Magazine and Emily Farris of Casserole Crazy, as they stop in to discuss the evolution of hotel dining in the Kansas City area.

Food Critics: Eating Well While Eating Out

Sep 30, 2011
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Eating out is often an indulgence... but when we stretch our budgets, must we also stretch our waistlines? Join the conversation with Walt Bodine, co-host Charles Ferruzza, Chris Becicka of of Ingram's Magazine, Gloria Gale of 435 South, and Mary Bloch, of Around the Block, as we discuss making healthy choices without compromising the pleasure of eating out.

Food Critics: Desperation Foods

Aug 19, 2011
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What's the last thing you ate during your lowest moment? At an airport? A food court? What about that time you woke up hungry at 3am with only expired eggs in the fridge? Join Walt Bodine, co-host Charles Ferruzza, and the Food Critics Chris Becicka of Ingram's Magazine and Gloria Gale of 435 South Magazine  for a look at what we eat when we're feeling desperate.

Food Critics: Too Darn Hot

Jul 29, 2011
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Join Walt Bodine, co-host Charles Ferruzza and the Food Critics, Chris Becicka of Ingram's Magazine, Gloria Gale of 435 South Magazine, and Mary Bloch, of Around the Block, as they stop in to share some meal ideas for those days when it's just too darn hot to eat... not that we've ever experienced that.

Food Critics: Too Darn Hot

Jul 29, 2011
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Join Walt Bodine, co-host Charles Ferruzza and the Food Critics, Chris Becicka of Ingram's Magazine, Gloria Gale of 435 South Magazine, and Mary Bloch, of Around the Block, as they stop in to share some meal ideas for those days when it's just too darn hot to eat... not that we've ever experienced that.

Photo by Sylvia Maria Gross/KCUR.

KANSAS CITY, Mo. – Many bargain-hunting foodies in Kansas City are rejoicing this weekend. The grocery store chain Trader Joe's has finally opened its doors in two locations: Ward Parkway Mall and on 119th Street in Leawood. For ten years, local customers have been begging the company to open a store here.

Food Critics: Drive-Ins and Food Trucks

Jul 8, 2011
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When was the last time you visited an old fashioned drive-in? Or walked over for a late night snack from one of KC's great food trucks? Our hosts today are Walt Bodine, co-host Charles Ferruzza, Chris Becicka of Ingram's Magazine, Gloria Gale of 435 South Magazine, and Mary Block of Around the Block. Join the conversation about the fun summer tradition of eating on the go.

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