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Re: April 2017 St. Louis and Kansas City Roadfood Crawl 2017/05/02 17:19:46 (permalink)
Too much Spanish gin.
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Too much Spanish gin.
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Re: April 2017 St. Louis and Kansas City Roadfood Crawl 2017/05/02 17:59:33 (permalink) ☄ Helpfulby joerogo 2017/05/02 18:26:57
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Everybody gets baskets of garlic bread, Texas thick cut,  to accompany their soup or salad or appetizer.
 

 
My Salad was served chilled with blue cheese salad dressing and extra blue cheese crumbles.  
 
Love this place! 
 
 




Well, they don't call him Chi Town Salad for nothing!
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Re: April 2017 St. Louis and Kansas City Roadfood Crawl 2017/05/02 19:18:36 (permalink) ☄ Helpfulby nagle 2017/05/02 21:53:43
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New addition to the Roadfood lexicon:

Joerogo'd - To have your hotel reservation denied for extraneous reasons.

Ya gotta admit....that was a first! 
 
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Re: April 2017 St. Louis and Kansas City Roadfood Crawl 2017/05/02 19:38:37 (permalink)
Just a test to see if my town topic burger shows up as a photo or as the dreaded "x"
 
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Re: April 2017 St. Louis and Kansas City Roadfood Crawl 2017/05/02 21:42:29 (permalink)
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Just a test to see if my town topic burger shows up as a photo or as the dreaded "x"
 



X here
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Re: April 2017 St. Louis and Kansas City Roadfood Crawl 2017/05/02 21:48:49 (permalink)
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Just a test to see if my town topic burger shows up as a photo or as the dreaded "x"
 


It was there earlier. Now it's an x.
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Re: April 2017 St. Louis and Kansas City Roadfood Crawl 2017/05/02 21:52:37 (permalink) ☄ Helpfulby Big_g 2017/05/02 22:33:52
This is a great trip report folks. The pictures are excellent as always. Meeting up with you all has become a highlight of our year. We started out 2 years ago with a quick 2 day fly in, fly out for the Chicago Crawl to and 8 day road trip through Columbus, Chicago, and Kansas City. 😀

Buddy, we are honoUred to be referred to as your favoUrite Canadians after Martin Short and Prime Minister Super Dreamy. We were very pleased to rank higher than The Beibs and Celine Dion.
We had a wonderful pre-Crawl tour of Chicago with you and Susie.

We even had the opportunity to meet up with Lisa Lee and Michael Hoffman in Columbus on our way west. Sadly they couldn't join us this year.

David Sanders, it was a pleasure to meet and visit with you. You needn't have worried about joining the group. You are a true Roadfooder and fit right in.

Bonk and Cathy, thank you for the adult beverages and great conversation.

We completely enjoyed visiting with all attendees and are already greatly looking forward to the 2018 Crawl, wherever that may be.

Cheers
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Re: April 2017 St. Louis and Kansas City Roadfood Crawl 2017/05/02 21:54:13 (permalink)
Well.. Sadly, I just solved the problem. 
 
Since there is no viable way to embed photos from google photos, once I edited the photo I have to download it back to my computer and then upload it onto flickr (which has not photo editing anymore) so I can add it here...
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Re: April 2017 St. Louis and Kansas City Roadfood Crawl 2017/05/02 21:54:26 (permalink)
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Just a test to see if my town topic burger shows up as a photo or as the dreaded "x"
 


I see a great looking burger.
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Re: April 2017 St. Louis and Kansas City Roadfood Crawl 2017/05/02 22:05:37 (permalink)
Finally! 
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Re: April 2017 St. Louis and Kansas City Roadfood Crawl 2017/05/02 22:25:50 (permalink) ☄ Helpfulby Big_g 2017/05/02 22:34:28
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Finally! 


You must have posted it in Canadian.
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Re: April 2017 St. Louis and Kansas City Roadfood Crawl 2017/05/02 23:52:29 (permalink)
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Buddy, we are honoUred to be referred to as your favoUrite Canadians... We were very pleased to rank higher than The Beibs and Celine Dion.



Wait, those guys are Canadian???  Might need to rethink the list.
 
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Re: April 2017 St. Louis and Kansas City Roadfood Crawl 2017/05/03 07:22:31 (permalink)
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Finally! 


You must have posted it in Canadian.



Well I did select the Ice Hockey icon.....
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Re: April 2017 St. Louis and Kansas City Roadfood Crawl 2017/05/03 07:42:34 (permalink) ☄ Helpfulby JRPfeff 2017/05/03 11:23:40
And how's Jim feeling today?  
 
Or do I need to ask three times? 
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Re: April 2017 St. Louis and Kansas City Roadfood Crawl 2017/05/03 07:57:39 (permalink) ☄ Helpfulby ChiTownDiner 2017/05/03 10:45:14
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Re: April 2017 St. Louis and Kansas City Roadfood Crawl 2017/05/03 11:00:40 (permalink)
Friday, April 21st
 
Once again, Gary, Danny and I met in the hotel lobby just prior to 6:30am for more free coffee, a couple more free newspapers and the daily huddle on our 2nd full day in KC.  While the days first official stop was at 8:30am and our Spreadsheet called for LaMar’s Donuts at 6:40am and Le Monde Bakery at 7:00am, we choose to audible.
 
You probably saw this one coming and sure enough, we were back to Meshuggah Bagels arriving right at the opening of 7am.  Parking was once again a snap but the door was locked.  It took a few extra minutes but the path was cleared and the gates opened at 7:03am.
 

 
We returned to settle some unfinished business.  The owner had indicated the Pastrami Nova Lox or Salmon was his favorite.  Pastrami spices are added to the lox during the final smoking process creating a savory crust.  I also was intrigued by the Bialy’s which are a close cousin to the bagel but often not invited to the party.  I have a solution….said an idea guy! 
 

 
Happy to see us return, and who wouldn’t be at these margins, I ordered the owner’s favorite Pastrami Nova Lox on an everything bagel, toasted, with scallion cream cheese and my usual accompaniments, tomato, onion and capers.   It was delicious and another perfect score.  If I were to return a third time – and nobody would ever do that – I would choose the non-pastrami version as the flavor is a bit deeper and it’s 20% less expensive.
 

 
To solve the bialy issue, I returned to the order counter and had one prepared with just butter.  It was supremely fresh and just melted in your mouth.  It was so good, I ate it all and along with two large coffees, I was pretty full…but in a Meshuggah sorta way! 
 
We relaxed a few extra minutes as we were ahead of schedule with the late 8:30am start before pushing off for our next rendezvous.
 

 
You Say Tomato is a neighborhood kind of place and there was some foot traffic and as well as a few bikes passing us.  We grabbed parking and the group was all standing outside at the front door.  I am sure inside, folks were wondering what got this motley crew assembled at this hour on their doorstep. 
 
 





 
Upon entering, you’re directed down the left side towards an open air kitchen and prep area.  The journey brings you face to face with muffins, pies, baked goods and finally, the menu.  Order up, grab a seat and wait for food.  Easy enough!
 

 
While someone at my table went with the breakfast sandwich…
 

 
…I choose a hunk of breakfast casserole topped with sausage gravy and chives.  I love breakfast casseroles and this proved to be spot on.  Having just had two different ones at our annual Easter family brunch, I was wired into this one and loved it.  The sausage gravy only added to my enjoyment.  I also had a fresh baked muffin which was very good but the picture disappeared. Thankfully, David posted a picture earlier.
 



 
Chris had spoken to YST in advance and they were only to happy to prepare their lunch bierocks for us early in the day.  I believe 6 of these made their way out of the kitchen and were distributed amongst several tables.  While there is nothing wrong with a bierock, a few bites is good enough for me.  Not really something I would drive out of my way for.  Thanks Chris!
 

 
Our group of 3 or 4 tables was pretty pumped and it got quite loud inside.  Nobody seemed to mind and the other tables (mostly regulars) matched intensity.  Here’s a photo of Jim seemly pretty excited after just finding out Dale’s plane lands at 9pm and not 9am! 
 
 
 
As explained previously, timing for a group of 15 – 20 or even more in some cases is imperative.  Our next stop – Arthur Bryant’s – is a venerable KC institution that attracts huge crowds and so we planned a 10am rendezvous which corresponds to opening. 
 



 
Upon entering, Buddy Roadhouse stepped up and simultaneously got two things accomplished.  Now, I know what you’re thinking…Buddy doing two things at once!  Well, I’m here to say I was a witness. 
 


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First he got the AB’s staff to set up a table for 20 in a side room which allowed all of us that were milling about to get out of the way. 
 



 
With his path cleared, and to chants of Go Buddy Go, he grabbed the reins and began ordering for the entire table.  I really appreciated this take charge style as it made everything so easy…thanks Buddy!  We were soon rewarded….
 

 
….as a couple of massive trays of food arrived.  We were all given mini red trays to eat on and the big ones made the rounds.  There were also trays with fries and bowls of sides and one of my favorites was a slice of good old Wonder white topped with bbq beans, a bit of meat and a splash of sauce…good stuff! 
 

 
This table was reserved for Dale & Jim to discuss the Cortado summit but became unnecessary after Dale’s late arrival was confirmed. 
 
Back to timing for a minute, just after Buddy placed his order, 3 busloads of kids showed up and literally flooded the place.  Fortunately, they had a separate room and after 20 minutes, they were all seated in there but the ordering que was now completely backed up. 
 
After a bit of car hopping so as to better reacquaint with some of the others, we were off and driving once again.
 

 
We made our way to Independence MO, for one of President Truman’s favorites, Dixon’s Famous Chili, which has been around since 1918 with several locations and rebuilds. 
 

 
Some pretty interesting historical notes….
 





 
…with a spacious and gleaming interior.
 

 
The chili has been thoroughly described by others and wasn’t really to my liking.  I did enjoy the abundant sides which allowed me to mask the otherwise Locals Love It Chili.  NFCTD…Not for ChiTownDiner! 
 

 
Lots of history here though….
 
Time to put on our Ruby Red Slippers and slip back across the state line to Kansas…and we all thought they looked great on Joe!  Our destination was a corner of a non-descript strip mall void of any addresses. 
 
And while it may have been a tiny little brick shack with no indoor access, the proprietors really took care of us extending the Roadfood Red Carpet
 


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I missed a lot of photos here as I was both mesmerized by the smoker and spending some time with Jill Silvia of the KC Star.  She would later write up an article on some of our exploits…
 
http://www.kansascity.com/living/liv-columns-blogs/chow-town/article146444384.html
 
Jill spent an hour meeting the group, tasting the food, putting up with story after story until she got  to Joe Rogo whose discussion on Regionally Appropriate Dining seemed to strike a chord.  Jill took pages of notes as Joe kicked into high gear and got to explaining his thoughts and in the end, I think I saw a shallow, yet distinctive bow. 
 

 
The menu is pretty simple but once again, Buddy had us covered. 
 

 
The Jones girls went all out setting up extra tables, chairs and tents and smoking lots of meats.  Platters of ribs, burnt ends and sausage with loaves of bread and bowls of sides completing the picture.  We were pretty stuffed by the end but still managed to suck it in for the photos.
 

 
Baked outside of Milwaukee, transported through Chicago enroute to KC and served in Kansas, Pie Diva’s dessert contributions really finished us off!  How about a Cashew Butter Chess Pie and Nutella Hazelnut Torte to round out our picnic fun!  And it’s only 1:00pm!!!
 
Red Slippers off, we’re heading back across…
 
The 2nd half of Day 4 is still to come as well as more BBQ, BPT and of course, The Great Cortado Meet-Up….
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Re: April 2017 St. Louis and Kansas City Roadfood Crawl 2017/05/03 13:31:00 (permalink) ☄ Helpfulby ChiTownDiner 2017/05/03 18:20:59
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And how's Jim feeling today?  
 
Or do I need to ask three times? 


The culprits......
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Re: April 2017 St. Louis and Kansas City Roadfood Crawl 2017/05/03 14:21:28 (permalink) ☄ Helpfulby Sfreader 2017/05/03 22:55:01
My pix...
 
Arthur Bryant's

Jones BBQ

Dixon's Chili

 
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Re: April 2017 St. Louis and Kansas City Roadfood Crawl 2017/05/03 16:01:16 (permalink) ☄ Helpfulby ChiTownDiner 2017/05/03 18:21:27
Regionally appropriate dining is not applicable to BBQ places in Kansas City. Part of the Kansas City distinction is that it isn't limited to one type of dish or preparation like some of the regional BBQs. There are some things that are more common in KC, (like burnt ends or pit smoking) but all types of BBQ are Kansas City region appropriate.
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Re: April 2017 St. Louis and Kansas City Roadfood Crawl 2017/05/03 16:52:34 (permalink)
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Regionally appropriate dining is not applicable to BBQ places in Kansas City. Part of the Kansas City distinction is that it isn't limited to one type of dish or preparation like some of the regional BBQs. There are some things that are more common in KC, (like burnt ends or pit smoking) but all types of BBQ are Kansas City region appropriate.

Thank you for saying this! As I said earlier in this report, I really enjoyed the pulled pork at Danny Edward's. It's good to know that I hadn't committed some kind of heinous faux pas.

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Re: April 2017 St. Louis and Kansas City Roadfood Crawl 2017/05/03 17:20:38 (permalink)
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And how's Jim feeling today?  
 
Or do I need to ask three times? 


The culprits......




 
We can get anything out of Jim....
 
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=z-5iCygFd9M
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Re: April 2017 St. Louis and Kansas City Roadfood Crawl 2017/05/03 19:59:37 (permalink)
Gates used to serve mutton. Don't know currently. And Jackstack which I think still has Lamb ribs, didn't make your cut. Keith has it right. :)
I've just gotten more enamored of lamb since moving to sheepherders territory.
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Re: April 2017 St. Louis and Kansas City Roadfood Crawl 2017/05/03 22:11:09 (permalink)
Some Gates locations serve Mutton, others do not. 
 
Jack Stack (where Lamb Ribs are still on the menu) wasn't part of the Crawl, mainly due to time restraints.  We could have easily extended the itinerary to a full week or more if we included all the places we thought were worth visiting.
 
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Re: April 2017 St. Louis and Kansas City Roadfood Crawl 2017/05/03 23:05:43 (permalink)
RJ's Bob-B-Q has lamb ribs. Also does weekend breakfast.
 
Best lamb ribs I ever had were at a place which has been closed over 20 years.
 
Wilson's BBQ was a tiny place, about 3 blocks south of Arthur Bryant's. It had been a jumping place years earlier when Municipal Stadium was a block away. Mr. Wilson was (I think) in his 70s or 80s. A heavy man with a large gold tooth in front.
 
He worked the place alone and did everything very methodically, including ladling warm sauce onto the ribs from a pan on the stove. It was always slow, and a couple of times he came out and sat with me, telling stories of how the Kansas City Athletics or (later) Royals players would come by after the games or the time he opened a 2nd restaurant for one of his children and how it failed because the child didn't work hard enough.
 
Since he ran it alone, if he wasn't feeling well, it wouldn't open.
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Re: April 2017 St. Louis and Kansas City Roadfood Crawl 2017/05/03 23:28:39 (permalink) ☄ Helpfulby Sfreader 2017/05/04 00:13:56
One of the pitmasters at Arthur Bryant's

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Re: April 2017 St. Louis and Kansas City Roadfood Crawl 2017/05/04 01:22:47 (permalink)
What a great shot schlotz!  Hope you've got more of them to share when you get time.
 
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Re: April 2017 St. Louis and Kansas City Roadfood Crawl 2017/05/04 02:19:25 (permalink)
As regular participants in the Roadfood Crawls will tell you, Mrs. Roadhouse and I are never present for the first Breakfast stop.  Happy Gillis turned things around.  The first time I laid eyes on Happy Gillis on the internet, I knew it had to be part of the Kansas City Crawl.  When we finally got around to trying it a few months later, I knew it would be a memorable highlight of the trip.
 
There’s been much consternation on these boards as to where the next generation of Roadfood will come from as the old Mom & Pop classics retire.  Happy Gillis is a prime example of contemporary Roadfood.  The menu features modern fare like a Grilled Brie Sandwich with apples; almonds & cranberry-orange jam alongside classics such as Biscuits & Gravy and Shrimp & Grits.  Both the exterior and interior feature details creating a youthful, quirky ambiance while recognizing the spirit and influence of Roadfood restaurants gone by.  As CTD notes, this place belongs on the cover of the next Roadfood book.
 
I wish I could tell you what we ordered at Happy Gillis, but Thursday morning is a blur.  I can tell you I tasted the aforementioned Biscuits & Gravy and Shrimp & Grits.  I also got a couple of bites of the Smoked Salmon sandwich served on avocado toast with pickled onion, soft egg, corn nuts and toasted sunflower seed.  I even think there might have been a Cubano sandwich getting passed around.  All were delicious and a fine way to start the day.
 
That couple CTD mentioned above were on a roadtrip of their own and on their way home to Texas, IIRC.  They were blown away by the whole Crawl concept and Roadfood in general.  I gave them a copy of the itinerary for future use, and they said they’d check out the website.  If you kids are reading this now, please feel free to jump in and say hello.  We’d love to know how the rest of your trip turned out.
 
After Breakfast, the majority of the group headed far south to the Cedar Cove Cat Sanctuary.  The facility is home to about two dozen wild cats including lions, tigers, leopards, and lynx.  They also have a few wolves on hand.  Our tour guide was extremely well informed and passionate about their mission to educate the public about how these beautiful animals are being wiped out in the wild, and what simple steps we can take to stop it. 
 
We were told in advance it would be a two hour tour, but after looking at the size of the facility on Google Earth, I couldn’t imagine it taking more than an hour.  I was wrong.  This was a great attraction and we have Bonk and Mrs, Bonk to thank for bringing it to our attention.  I’m glad we didn’t short change it for time, because we just barely stayed on track. 
 
We’d hoped to get a demonstration of Povitica craftsmanship at our next stop, Strawberry Hill, but the bakers had wrapped up for the day by the time we got there.  No matter.  There were still a dozen or more varieties available for sampling, and the outlet store was promoting a BuyOneGetOne deal.  A couple of quick calls describing the flavor options to relatives back home and we ended up with four loaves for the price of two, including a delicious Lemon/Blueberry loaf for ourselves.
 
The focus of the Crawl was Barbecue, but we had some secondary goals in mind.  Breaded Pork Tenderloins are a big part of KC’s culinary heritage, and our next stop, Jerry’s Cafe serves one of the best.  As we were driving to Jerry’s I got a call from a local friend, Dan “Der SauceMeister” Bonderer.  Danny was a part time competition Pitmaster, although lately he spends more time on the golf course than stoking a firebox.  He knew about our itinerary and was waiting for the group at Jerry’s.  He even arranged to have that long table set up for us.
 
We’ve all seen pictures of BPTs from many states here at Roadfood.   Some of them are bigger than the plates they’re served on, but as thin as a sheet of paper.  The pork is pounded out so much; the accumulated breading on both sides is thicker than the meat.  This is NOT the case with Jerry’s BPT (or any of the BPTs chosen for sampling this weekend).  It is a thick, toothsome, succulent hunk of Pig, served on a reasonably sized bun, big enough to accommodate easy eating.
 
One BPT, an Italian Steak Sandwich (a mostly bygone part of KC’s food culture) and a plate of fantastic Fresh Cut Fries served five of us, with a few pieces left to pass around the table.  I was a little disappointed that we only hit Jerry’s for a BPT Lunch.  We’d considered making one of the Breakfast stops there as well, but were afraid our group would overwhelm the tiny space.
 
After BPTs it was time for some dessert.  Ashleigh’s Bake Shop, in the historic Westport neighborhood, whipped up a mess o’ great Pies for our group.  With upwards of 18 people in the group, I think we sampled at least one piece of every kind of Pie she offered that day.  Forks were stabbing at plates carrying three piece flights as they buzzed around the tiny backroom.
 
I must have tried half a dozen different varieties, but the only one that mattered was the Greatest Dessert Ever Made and King of All Pies: Key Lime.  Take that all you Sour Cream Raisin lovers!  Key Lime is the Perfect Pie.  It hits every flavor note; sweet, sour, bitter, even a little salty.  It’s creamy, refreshing and caps off any meal beautifully.  Okay, I like Lemon Meringue too.  Ashleigh had both on hand and they were fabulous!
 
Time for more Smoked meats, this time at a more recent addition to the KC ‘Que scene; Squeal Like A Pig, aka SLAP’S BBQ.  Mike and Joe Pearce have only been in business since 2013, but they’ve earned the reputation as one of KC’s best Greashouses.  When I proposed the idea of bringing the Crawl to their joint they were really excited about the whole concept.  The boys took good care of us with perfectly sized sampler plates.  Ribs, Burnt Ends and house made Sausage was great, but the stars of the show were the sides.  Cheesy Corn, BBQ Beans, and the house specialty Baked Potato Casserole wowed the crowd.  Mike was in a generous mood and popped for soft drinks for everyone.  Thanks guys for a great meal!
 
CNW and I had some really ambitious scheduling plans when we put together the itinerary, but deep in my heart I knew we might need to drop a few stops due to running out of time and belly space.  I just hoped we’d drop the right ones.  So here’s my confession: I’ve never been a huge fan of Joe’s Kansas City BBQ, previously known as Oklahoma Joe’s.  I know this makes me a bad person, and I’m sorry.
 
There’s not a darned thing wrong with the Joe’s, I just couldn’t see (or taste) why they suddenly became such a big hit.  They’re doing good work, but IMHO, nothing out of the ordinary.  There are plenty of unsung heroes making great ‘Que in KC, and I think we hit a fair number of them that weekend.  So when folks started to groan over the idea of visiting Joe’s before a full Steak Dinner at Jess & Jim’s, I had no problem saying, “So long Joe!”  I believe Mr. Rogo visited Joe’s on his own and liked it quite a bit.  I’ll leave it to him to describe his experience.
 
After a quick nap, we regrouped at Jess & Jim’s.  With the passing of The Golden Ox, J&J’s, along with Hereford House, is one of KC’s last remaining old school Steakhouses.  They’ve been ranked as one of the top ten Steakhouses in the world and have a long and loyal following among the locals.  In spite of all that recognition and acclaim, Jess & Jim’s still show its small town roots.  Family portraits of longtime customers adorn the lobby, alongside a display case of various cuts of prime beef.
 
Ralph Melton, icecreamchick, Mrs. Roadhouse  and I split the 25 ounce Playboy Strip, so named for a 1972 Playboy article written by KC native Calvin Trillin that helped put J&J’s on the international Beef Lover’s map.  It was a fine hunk of cow cooked to a beautiful medium rare, accompanied by an enormous Twice Baked Potato and a vegetable.  It was a really good piece of meat but it confirmed something I’d suspected for some time: I’m not a steak lover.
 
Don’t get me wrong, I dig red meat in a big way.  But I have a greater appreciation for a really good Hamburger or a pile of well smoked, nicely fatty Brisket.  Even a well charred Skirt Steak or flavorful Tri-tip makes me happier than one of the “grown up” steaks eaten by well to do men with pink faces who smoke expensive cigars and drink martinis.  I’m not knocking the Porterhouses and the T-Bones, I just find them to be relatively bland compared to other, less expensive cuts.
 
There was brief talk of Ice Cream before settling in for the night, but everyone agreed it had been a full day with two more to go.  Time to get some rest.
 
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Friday, April 21st con’t…
 

 
As we pulled up in front of Kitty’s Café, there was one thought running through most minds.  After three consecutive stops and the driving and drinking and eating involved, we were all in search of bathrooms…and things got downright testy! Kitty’s was another in long line of restroomless stops and that meant everyone was left to their own devices to solve the problem. 
 

 
Once the issue was privately resolved, a group purchase was made with sandwiches cut in quarters.  Kitty’s represents our only encounter with the Asian version of the BPT.  Instead of one large hubcap sized BPT, the Asian version is tempura battered, cut in wide strips and piled high on a pillow soft bun.  I really enjoyed this version but was unable to continue as it was quite spicy hot.  It almost seemed that one of the condiments was sirracha sauce. 
 
This was a fairly quick stop and it was here our group split up again.  My car full of beefcake headed to the underground city known as SubTropolis.  We stopped at security where Joe Rogo deftly avoided detection and we were cleared to enter.
 

 
Recommended by the esteemed KC historian Bill Voss, SubTropolis is located in a portion of a previously mined salt cave.  It’s currently 6 million sq ft with another 8 million to grow.  There are so many businesses (55) located here due in part to the constant temperature (Energy Star rating = 100) and therefore, low costs.  There are a maze of roads, a railroad, a 30-acre Ford Assembly plant and so much more.  Massive pillars bigger then my car support the tunnel system which is smoother than most interstates.
 
As I concentrated on driving and navigating, ChiBears15 promised to post these photos….but has anyone ever seen a ChiBears15 photo?  Is there film in the camera?  Only the screamingchicken knows for sure…
 
SubTropolis was a much quicker stop then the museum the remainder of the group was visiting, which meant we had some free time.  A small break was really nice after the whiplash frenzied pace Chris and Buddy had us on.  We choose a make-up stop from our KC arrival…
 

 
…that we had temporarily cancelled two days earlier, Andre’s Confiserie Suisse.  A modern pastry, chocolate and coffee shop, it provided the perfect unencumbered environment for a relaxing hour.   Discussions covered news, weather, sports and even a Roadfood Trip to Japan. 
 

 
Each of the four of us made individual selections and then we all sat down to relax for an hour.  My haul included a lemon tart, chocolate covered orange peel, chocolate covered cherry, chocolate dipped apricot, a raspberry bar and one of my favorite childhood candies whose name escapes me.  A cappuccino completed the snack. 
 
The staff was super friendly and was disappointed to see us leave until they caught Joe Rogo putting back on the Red Slippers.  Back to Miss Gulch’s home state we went…
 

 
…arriving at a desolate highway intersection with a lone building standing on one of the corners – Ricky’s Pit Bar-B-Que.  We entered and were greeted like family.  Everybody was so happy to see us and that feeling just rippled through the crowd.
 
We split up into smaller tables with our group of five consisting of ChiBears15, Big_G, Joe Rogo, Davidsanders and myself.  While discussing our order, the staff at Ricky’s brought out complimentary small cups of their awesome chili.  This was delicious but a bit too spicy hot for me to finish.  My cup was gone in seconds.  The chili was so good that Big_G ordered up a full sized serving.  And it vanished!
 

 
As smoked catfish was a special and list on the door, we ordered up a plate of catfish.  It arrived with very good baked beans and some more white bread.  The catfish was meaty and extremely moist. 
 

 
Our group opted for the sampler platter which arrived a few moments later.  Ribs, sausage, brisket and our first appearance by Mr Pit Ham.  Pickles and another plate of white bread plus a full bowl of sauce completed the platter.  I love smoked or bbq’d ham and quickly ordered a full ham sandwich which disappeared in seconds after arriving. 
 
The chatter was animated as the staff as having as much fun as us.  They loved all the facial and body contortions everybody was making trying to get that perfect shot…
 

 
ChiBears15 with a top secret photo….
 

 
Davidsanders trying for the aerial viewpoint…
 
As we mopped up the last drops of sauce with our white bread and pickles, the staff brought out mini slices of Sweet Potato Pie for the group!  So sweet of them to extend this kindness to a roving band of vagabonds who minutes before were complete strangers.  Another OMG moment ensued as this was one mighty super fine slice of pie! 
 
We left Ricky’s with lots of thank-yous and goodbyes and headed to downtown Overland Park for our next stop.  As we approached town, we noticed that things were really hopping.  It seems on Friday evenings, stores stay open a bit later and bars, restaurants and food purveyors keep it rocking. 
 
Elvis was singing in the town square and we all got a chance to see ChiBears15 do his best shake, rattle and roll.  Lots of emotional scarring there!  Our destination was only a short block or so away, The Upper Crust. 
 
Previously located in the location now housing Ashleigh’s, Upper Crust had grown into a full service pie shop and bakery.  Chris had timed this one perfectly so as to coincide with their Friday night pie flights.  For $8, you pick from a list of approximately 8 pies.  Slices are halves, but like Ashleigh’s, quite generous. 
 
One difference here, you had to stay on the list meaning if there was a pie choice not on the list, it was purchase the entire pie or hope for a mini.  David Sanders played this out extremely well!  The grasshopper is quite fast on his feet! 
 
As the Friday night downtown gathering draws a lot of folks, The Upper Crust was pretty crowded on its own and when 20 more walked in, it was overflowing. Tables were at a premium but locals, sensing a pie uprising not seen in these parts since buffetbuster was shorted a slice of SCR in the spring of '40 (the best pie in the galaxy Monsieur Buddy) and with genuine fear reflected in their eyes, began taking orders to go right from the counter as well as half eaten portions at tables. 
 
I had about a 20 minute wait before my turn arrived at one of the twin ordering stations.  Now you think I’d have lots of photos to show for all this time spent in one place, but not one photo survived. 
 

 
As I approached the moment of reckoning, I knew Sour Cream Blackberry was a must, Cherry Rhubarb for comparison purposes and a slice of double crust Blueberry because crumb top was NOT an option.  After executing my purchase, most places will give you a number. 
 
Upper Crust had just implemented a new “card” program.  I was given my card and grabbed a seat with Chris.  I turned the card over and found I was now – My Grandfather!  A short while later, a young girl appeared from the back room with a flight that resembled my order.  I waited…patiently.  Finally, she said in a timid voice, My Grandfather?  I waited for a louder version and replied, yes granddaughter, have you brought me pie?  She was bright red and we were both laughing so hard.  For the rest of the night, comments were exchanged with every pass by.  It concluded when someone else became her, My Grandfather and I told her she couldn’t have it both ways. 
 
We were pretty full by this point and the hotel was looking mighty good at this point.  But off in the distance, we heard an excited voice broadcast over a public address system….
 
Kansas City International would like to announce the arrival of Southwest Flight #3462 from Baltimore via parts unknown.  With the darkest of sunglasses to protect his identity, fog machines bellowing and the theme from Rocky blasting, THE wanderingjew was in the state! 
 
Days 5 & 6 still to come…including the Great Cortado Meet-Up
 
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