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The Food Critics: News, Reviews and Favorite Vegetarian Meals

Ethiopian food is always a good bet for vegetarian choices
Ethiopian food is always a good bet for vegetarian choices

Walt Bodine's Food Critics return to share their favorite recent foodie experiences.



The Food Critics are:

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

Restaurant News

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Food Critic's Recommendations

Chez Elle
1713 Summit Street
Kansas City, MO 64108
Wonderful Crepes

Jack Gage American Tavern
5031 Main Street
Kansas City, MO
Crab Cake Sliders?.all killer no filler

The Farmhouse
300 Delaware Street
Kansas City, MO 64105
Great pork osso bucco. All ingredients locally sourced

1924 Main
Kansas City, MO 64188
3 courses for $30.

India Palace
9918 West 87th Street
Overland Park, KS 66212-4768
Great gluten free selection

208 North Main Street
Independence, MO 64050-2805
Walt and Charles loved the Bratwurst, not to mention the apple strudel

Prime Rib Grill
100 East 20th Street
Kansas City, Missouri
excellent scallops and steaks

Hamburger Mary's
101 SW Blvd
Kansas City, MO
gourmet burgers, very festive

Teocali Mexican Restaurant
2512 Holmes
Kansas City, MO
great fresh fish tacos

India Palace
9918 West 87th Street
Overland Park, KS
most menu items are gluten-free

Tasty Thai
7104 Northwest Prairie View Road
Kansas City, MO

Benton's Steak House
(atop Crown Center)
for great romantic dinner

Special Topic:
Vegetarian Recommendations

The Farm House
300 Delaware Street
Kansas City, MO
at least two vegetarian dishes per day

Room 39
1719 W. 39 St.
Kansas City, Missouri
veggie burger is great
vegetarian biscuits and gravy
mushroom streudal

Classic Cup on the Plaza
301 West 47th Street
Kansas City, MO
Magic Mushroom Sandwich!

2601 Holmes
Kansas City, MO
vegan chocolate cupcake is wonderful

Bluebird Bistro
1700 Summit Street
Kansas City, MO
eggs benedict are phenomenal


Vegetarian Recommendations, cont.

Eden Alley
707 West 47th Street
Kansas City, MO
savory bread pudding is to die for

Wheatfields Bakery
904 Vermont Street
Lawrence, KS 66044
veggie biscuits and gravy

D'Bronx Deli
3904 Bell Street
Kansas City
veggie pizza with eggplant

1810 Baltimore
Kansas City, MO
potato pizza is fabulous

Edokko Japanese
8615 Hauser St
Lenexa, KS
veg sushi and noodle options

Holy Land Cafe
12275 West 87th Street Parkway
Shawnee Mission, KS
lentil soup and falafel plate

4640 Wornall Road
Kansas City, MO
veggie burger is unique

Fred P. Otts
4770 J C Nichols Pkwy
Kansas City, MO
veggie philly sandwich

Cafe Cedar
2 East 2nd Street
Parkville, MO

LuLu's Noodle Shop
333 Southwest Boulevard
Kansas City, MO
nice veggie platters

Blue Nile Ethiopian Restaurant
20 East 5th Street
Kansas City, MO 64106

You Say Tomato
2801 Holmes St.
Kansas City, MO
vegetarian bierock
a lot of good vegetarian items

4579 W 119th St
Leawood, KS
arugula and wild mushroom pizza

Kaiyo sushi
4308 West 119th Street.
Leawood, KS
(and inside Cosentino's downtown)

Yellow Sub
1814 W 23rd
Lawrence, KS
great vegetarin sandwiches!

813 W 17th St
Kansas City, MO
all vegan
opening in Feb

Touch of Asia
6860 West 105th Street
Overland Park, KS

Melange Apron
519 Ames St
Baldwin City, KS
lots of veggie items

Check out http://www.vegkansascity.com/ for more restaurant ideas.

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Jenny Kutz
I like Paradise India in Overland Park... I have only been once but Indian food has lots of vegetarian options. Their food is delicious. Greek places are great for vegetarians too - Mr. Gyro's veggie platter

Lynne Hermansen
Blue Bird has many yummy options.

Ryan Kegley
Eden Alley (all-veggie), Blue Nile (Ethiopian), Waldo Pizza (vegan cheese!), Kin Lin (Chinese), Genghis Khan (Mongolian grill), Thai Paradise, Blue Koi (Asian fusion), and Jerusalem Cafe (Mediterranean) to name a few.

Nick Yoho
The Casbah in Lawrence! It's all vegetarian, and lots of it is vegan. they focus on organic and local. They make patties in many varieties (think "hot Pocket" only good for you). The pizza style one I had two days ago is awesome, and only $3.50!!

Megan Kasten
Yes! Agreed on all above. Eden Alley especially.

Elizabeth Snyder
love eden alley its been a while,i need to go back!!!also bluebird bistro has good vege fair:). Also, summit st.

David Reynolds
Blue Nile's veg options are amazing...

Vicki McCanse Jones
Masala Indian in Overland Park has great veggie offerings.

Emily Hunt
my favorite is eden alley, but kc has a lot of restaurants with good veg options!

Denise Riedel
Cafe Augusta in Lenexa has several excellent vegetarian choices. My favorite is the Vegetarian Ciabatta: Chevre, roasted red pepper, artichoke, and tomato with blueberry pesto on a ciabatta roll.

Susan Loyacono
eden alley...that tomato soup is delectible. And I just went to Cafe Augusta today...they also have gluten free stuff.

Tone King
Eden Alley Cafe is always a great place to go, but I only do it once in a great while due to costs. I tend to go to Planet Sub for a quick veggie sub if I need something healthy and low priced. Waldo Pizza and Pizza Fusion are great. Atlanta Bread Company, Jason's Deli and Schlotzky's Deli all come to mind as places that all offer great vegetarian dishes at a fair price.

Jenna Foraker
Eden Alley is super yummy! Everything is fantastic!

Becky Burton Carleton
Blue Nile (Ethiopian, River Market) and India Palace (Indian, Overland Park)

David Douglass
Brussel sprouts at Pizza Bella .... wow. Very good! Potato leek pizza also super tasty.

Amy Shields
Blue Koi: Black Bean Tofu, Vegan Soup, Eggplant pockets
Bo Lings: Family Style Tofu
Hien Voung: #73 soup or black pepper tofu
Cafe Seed: Big Breakfast
Waldo Pizza: Vegan veggie pizza...

Jackie Morrison
lentil burger~blanc.


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