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The Food Critics: News, Reviews and Late Night Food

What should you do when your tummy rumbles after all the "good places" have shut down for the night? Fortunately, the metro area offers plenty of options besides inedible tacos and convenience store delicacies. Walt Bodine is joined by our Food Critics for a look at the best places for a decent late-night meal, plus all the latest Kansas City restaurant news.

By The Walt Bodine Show


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 blog

Critic Reviews

Chris Becicka:

Riccardo's Trattoria
2119 N. Clark Street
Chicago, Illinois

Sunda New Asian
110 West Illinois Street
Chicago, IL

Cafe Spagia
980 North Michigan Avenue
Chicago, IL

Gavino's Mexican Restaurant
8220 Metcalf
Overland Park, KS
"carnitas burrito was the size of my forearm, and very good"
opens at 7 am for breakfast

Backfire BBQ
1855 Village West Parkway
Kansas City, KS
"featuring Orange County Choppers"
big with the motorcycle clubs
huge portions of food
s'mores pit
The Trike - enough to feed a family of four

Mary Bloch

4579 W 119th St
Shawnee Mission, KA
1/2 appetizers

Grunaur Vienese Restaurant
101 West 22nd Street
Kansas City, MO
"very pleasantly surprised, not heavy, very light, very fresh
hungarian goulash was very tender, great spinach salad"

Red Mango
51st and Oak
(in one of UMKC's new dorms)
Kansas City, MO
pro-biotic, healthy frozen yogurt
build your own for .39 an ounce

Gloria Gale:

Salty Iguana
8420 West 135th Street,
Overland Park, KS
"just okay"

R Bar
1617 Genessee Street
Kansas City, MO
"food was wonderful, great looking place, service needs to be ramped up a bit"

Napolean (new location)
6759 West 119th Street
Overland Park, KS
sandwiches are good, deserts are wonderful, charming place

1831 Sidney Street
St Louis, MO
"out of this world" must have reservation

Charles Feruzza:

Fogo de Chao
210 West 47th Street
Kansas City, MO
"alot more expensive than En Chamas, great for a special occasion, felt rushed"

Caller recommendations:

Chai Shai
59th and Holmes
Kansas City, Mo
pakistani street food
mama is in the kitchen
samosa's, curry pakoras, very good

1104 Locust Street
St. Louis
sweet and savory crepes, kitchy and fun

Caller Questions

Q. Where is best NY style pizza?
A. D' Bronx, Grinders, Art of Pizza (across the street from Pizza Bella)

Q. Where to get crepes in KC?
A. Chez Elle, 1713 Summit St.
Kansas City, MO


Special Topic: Late night dining

11 East 14th Street
Kansas City, MO
Power & Light

3756 Broadway Street
Kansas City, MO

3540 Main Street
Kansas City, MO
drive thru open all night
"burrito's the size of a baby's leg"

YJ's Snack Bar
18th and Wyandotte
Kansas City, MO
Thur, Fri, Sat
open all night

Harry's Bar and Tables
501 Westport Road
Kansas City, MO
full menu until 2 am

El Rancho
534 Westport Road
Kansas City, MO
serves late

Gyro Truck in Westport

Westport Cafe and Bar
419 Westport Rd
Kansas City, MO
serves until 1 am

910 W 48th St
Kansas City, MO
serves until 1 am

Simply Breakfast
4120 Pennsylvania Ave., Suite 9
Kansas City, MO
open until 4:30 am on weekend

Coach's Bar & Grill
414 West 103rd Street
Kansas City, Mo

7th St Cafe
off I-70
food is unbelievably good

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