Table Hopping – September 2013
“Sandwiches that rep KC”
810 E. 31st Street
Kansas City, MO 64109
There are plenty of good sandwiches on the menu at the standing room only restaurant known as Kitty’s Café, but there is only one so life-changingly good that you actually hear angels sing when you eat it. That sandwich is the Pork Tenderloin. The sign on the outside of the building says Kitty’s Café – since 1951 best Tenderloins in town. Believe it. For around $5, enjoy three hand-battered, deep-fried to a golden brown pork tenderloins placed between two soft buns topped with tomato and lettuce. Be sure to get it spicy with a Sriracha-based sauce. The original Kitty, an Asian woman, passed away many years ago, but the recipe for her secret light and crispy tempura batter lives on with the current owner. COME: with your game face on and bring a friend, as this area can produce some really colorful characters.
3002 W. 47th Avenue
Kansas City, KS 66103
Barbecue fanatics in this town and across the country seek out this humble little gas station on the corner of 47th and Mission Road for two sandwiches. The Pulled Pork and the Z-Man Sandwich featuring tender beef brisket, smoked provolone cheese and fried onion rings on a Kaiser bun for around $7. Owners, Joe and Joy Stehney, started on the KC barbecue circuit, but when they started winning awards, they knew it was time to open a place of their own. They now have three locations across the metro. ORDER: in the Spring, during the season of Lent, their soft shelled crab sandwich, for a fantastic taste of the first soft shell crabs of the season.Pigwich Food Truck
(Permanently parked beside The Local Pig)
2618 Guinotte Avenue
Kansas City, MO 64120
Chef Alex Pope was doing a gangbuster business with his red hot butcher shop called Local Pig, located in the East Bottoms, when he decided to expand the vision to include sandwich service highlighting the meat he carried inside in the butcher shop. This took the form of a tricked out food truck that he decided to permanently park next to his butcher shop, called Pigwich. GET: the Banh Mi sandwich which is made with pork meat balls that are studded with lemongrass, basil and other traditional Vietnamese aromatics, then topped with a kind of creamy coconut sauce and topped with shredded carrots and cucumbers tucked inside a chewy piece of French baguette with chips and soda for $8.
6209 NW 63rd Terrace
Kansas City, MO 64151
With a shiny new location inside of the tony Village at Burlington Creek shopping center in North Kansas City, you would never guess that owner, Dominic Cuccia, started with a small drive-thru stand next to a car wash that he owns on North Oak Trafficway. What sets Dominic’s apart is the 10 different kinds of pasta sauce he makes from scratch daily from his Mother’s recipes. Try the Diablo sauce over pasta, which is a chunky tomato sauce made with spicy habanero peppers. Another must is the Chicken Spedini sandwich for around $7. It features marinated chicken breast with mozzarella and provolone on an Italian hard roll and a side of his amogia. DRIVE: thru is located to the side of the building and you can place your order online head of time.