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The Food Critics: News, Reviews and Eating Organic


Walt Bodine and his food critics take another turn at making our stomachs growl and our wallets groan.

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As the ingredients found in our favorite foods become more and more unusual and harder to pronounce, Kansas Citians are looking for alternatives. Farmer's markets are booming and a number of restaurants and stores are abandoning processed, mass-produced goods for those delivered fresh by the farmer just outside of town.

So, in a day and age when consumers have adopted the mantra, "If you can't pronounce the name of an ingredient and you don't know what it is, you probably shouldn't eat the food," Walt Bodine and the Food Critics weigh in on the city's best places to get organic or all-natural meals and goods in the Metro.


Charles Ferruzza, co-host, The Pitch and Fat City Blog
Chris Becicka, Ingram's Magazine
Gloria Gale, 435 South Magazine

Food Events

Taste of the Crossroads
Sept 19th, 4 - 8 pm

Slow Food Culinary Garage Sale
Sept 18, 8 - 5 pm

Lidia's 3 course dinner with Baroque music
Sept 26, 5:30

Under a Harvest Moon (Powell Gardens)
Oct 3, 4 pm

Food News

Two Thai Place restaurants have closed

Mi Officina (SW Blvd) has closed

Tacqueria Baptista (Westport) has closed

Carmen's in Leawood has opened

ReVerse on the plaza is closing

Food Critic Reviews

17th and Summit
Kansas City, MO 64108
vegan restaurant, very creative, wonderful food, Saturday brunch, service is a bit slow, caller recommends the nachos! The cheese is made out of nuts

815 17th St
Kansas City, MO 64108
splendid lunch, melon soup and salmon salad was wonderful

6227 Brookside Plaza
Kansas City, MO
cucumber soup was fabulous, very eclectic menu, great outdoor patio

Green Dirt Farm
Weston, MO
Farm House Dinners: lovely! Jennifer Maloney was the chef

Westport Cafe
419 Westport Rd
Kansas City, MO 64111
lovely, feels like you are in Paris. large portions

Westside Local
1663 Summit
Kansas City, MO 64108
very loud, very busy, beautiful beet salad

Hot Basil
7528 West 119th Street
Overland Park, KS 66213
consistently fabulous

Carmen's Cafe
11526 Ash St
Leawood, KS 66211
fabulous, difficult parking on street

Cafe Roux
11554 Ash St
Leawood, KS 66211
fried green tomatoe salad, no mardi gras kitch, more like a neighborhood pub

Osteria Il Centro
5101 Main Street
Kansas City, MO 64111
Chicken Walnut Pasta is excellent, very neighborhoody

Latin Bistro & Culinary Center
6924 N Oak Trfy
Gladstone, MO
chef cooks in the middle of the restaurant, not tex-mex, true latin

Los Cabos
10051 Mission Road
Leawood, KS 66206
lots of kids, deep fried avocado was "orgasmic"


Caller Recommendations

Siki's Japanese Steakhouse
Lee's Summit, MO
crab salad is amazing

Chai Shai
59th and Holmes
Kansas City, MO
wonderful tea and samosas

14861 Metcalf Ave?
Overland Park, KS
delicious! lots of leftovers

701 Grand Blvd
Kansas City, MO 64106
Friday and Saturdays - fried catfish

Bella Napoli
6229 Brookside Blvd
Kansas City, MO 64113
try the price-fixed dinners, amazing cheeses, no longer too bright
$6 pizzas on Monday

C Jacks
6937 Tomahawk Rd
Prairie Village, KS
sandwiches, tomatoe bisque soup is wonderful

Caller Question:

Where can I find a really good seafood restaurant?


Marina Grog and Galley
Poco's on the Blvd
Angler's - Lawrence, KS
(sustainably produced seafood)

Where is a good place for a first date near the stadium?


The Bamboo Hut
10111 U.S. E 40 Highway
Independence, MO 64055
lots of deep fried, good fried chicken, been around since the '30s, steaks and baked potatoes, only dessert is a rum and coke

Also, Cafe Verona, Ophelias, Square Pizza on the Independence Square

Special Topic: Organic Foods

Paradise India
7119W 135th Street
Overland Park, KS 66223
very good, breads are "to die for" fresh and organic

Eden Alley

Bluebird Bistro

Local Burger, Lawrence

Justis Drug Store

Green Acres Grocery
organic desserts including a cheesecake

Maui Express
Overland Park
wonderful miso soup, teriyaki bowls, sweet tea

Red Mango
5050 Oak St.
Kansas City, MO 64112
frozen yogurt, totally organic

Cafe Seed
2932 Cherry St
Kansas City, MO 64109

715 Mass
Lawrence, KS
uses local sources, most items are organic, seasonal foods




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