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Food Critics: Best Meals Under $10


You're staring at an empty refrigerator realizing if you want to eat you're going to have to go out.  A quick check of the wallet shows it not much fuller than the fridge. So where can you find a decent meal for less than $10?

Not to worry!  Coming up on Central Standard Friday, host Charles Ferruzza and the Food Critics offer their suggestions for good eats on the cheap.  

This week's panel includes host Charles Ferruzza, of The Pitch and Fat City Blog, Emily Farris, Feed Me KC, Gloria Gale, 435 South Magazine and Mary Bloch, Around the Block.

What's your favorite spot for good food for not a lot of dough?  Extra points if it doesn't involve a drive-thru window!  Shoot an e-mail with your go-to spot to centralstandard@kcur.org.


Providence New American Kitchen

Wrap It Up Tex Mex Grill

The Jacobson
Same building as Lulu’s
2050 Central
Really nice job with renovation, great patio — fire and water elements, full bar, Salad - crossroads salad is a favorite, good pork belly bahn mi, The Jacobson hamburger also recommended

Brunch at Port Fonda
4141 Pennsylvania
Saturday and Sunday 10 a.m. Brunch
Chilaquiles — blows huevos rancheros out of the water, pork belly burnt ends, tostada

4063 [fact check] SW Blvd
Renovated since “Restaurant Impossible”
Open for dinner Mon-Saturday (sunday until 3)
The crowd favorite green sauce is back on the menu

6029 Metcalf
So loud!  Lines out the door —  “because it’s good, and it rocks”, one coming to Westport, and 119th.  Pot brownies — what’s in them?  Hybrid burrito $5 vegetarian: add $2.99 to  make it a meal with chips, drink or pot brownie

Seasons 52
340 Ward Parkway  Kansas City, MO -Brand new menu for autumn, chicken skewers for $9.95


Papu’s Cafe - Waldo, 75th
$7.50 schwarma or gyro platter with tabouli salad, hummus, pita

Port Fonda
4141 Pennsylvania Kansas City, MO
employee says we have both huevos rancheros and french toast for brunch.

Chicken curry soup Le Monde bakery $5.30 with tax

Korma Sutra,

Chai Shai
651 East 59th Street  Kansas City, MO

Dodge City Distillery (called Ft. Dodge Distillery on air)
One of the best kept secrets in Olathe, Blackbob Road near 119th, Monday nights, martini Mondays $10 martini and 4 oz. filet mignon, plus one side

Mad Jack’s on Troost (near 62nd) Monday: Best basa special $6 includes drink and side,

McGonigles on Friday, smoked barbeque chicken $4

25 East 12th Street  Kansas City, MO - Gyro combo platter, Hummus, Right under $10 with drink

Cozy’s Cafe
 75th Just east of Metcalf 6:30a-8p
A bean soup,  3-cheese tortellini

El Salvadorino, Old Overland Park

Jerry’s 103rd between State Line and Wornall
Entrees under $10 comes with salad

Chelly’s on 85th near Wornall
Mexican food — “wonderful, really authentic”, 7 seas soup a favorite

Neice’s, 64th and Troost
$2 lunches are “Best deal in town”, Charles says great dinner specials, too

Clay’s Curbside Grill on Armour Rd E. of 9 Highway
Great Chicago-style hotdog, Philly cheesesteaks $6.50-ish

$1 Chinese Food at 12th and Minnesota
listener saw the sign and said "I dare you!"

El Torrito
Independence Ave and on Central in KCK, Tacos are a buck!

Max’s on Wornall

Sahara on 51st

Mike & Charlie’s at Harrah’s
Meatball sandwiches, flatbread pizzas

Wok and Roll
7000 West 83rd Street  Overland Parkll

Czar Bar
1531 Grand Boulevard  Kansas City, MO
Kelli Daniels of Good You serving fabulous food there

Vietnamese - 2 recommendations:
Tasty Thai - 7104 Northwest Prairie View Road  Kansas City, MO and one out south
Thai place - 4130 Pennsylvania Avenue  Kansas City, MO  Monday night small plates

Shahrazad Cafe & Market
12605 Metcalf Avenue  Overland Park - Lentil soup is great, inexpensive in general

Rico’s Bistro
College and Quivira -  Pizza is great size

Bella Napoli
6229 Brookside Boulevard  Kansas City

JRay’s - Platte City,
New, specials every day at noon, wonderful tenderloin sandwich, grill and bar, outstanding food

Lulu’s Thai
2030 Central Street  Kansas City, MO
Noodle soup, street food happy hour

ABC Cafe
10001 West 87th Street  Overland Park - Dim sum, so affordable, entrees too

3540 Main Street  Kansas City, MO

Jerusalem Bakery
1404 Westport Road  Kansas City, MO

KC Smokeburgers
1610 West 39th Street  Kansas City, MO
“Most amazing bacon cheeseburger on the planet”

Westport Street Fare

Fric and Frac
1700 West 39th Street  Kansas City, MO


Old Mexico Restaurant  
1032 E 23rd St S  Independence - 99-cent tacos, Giant bean burritos on Wednesdays, “Great food!”

Mugs Up
700 E 23rd St S  Independence

Dos de Oros Taqueria
650 East Blue Ridge Boulevard, Kansas City (near 127th and Holmes)

Frida’s Taqueria
6537 West 119th Street, Overland Park - “pork tacos have magic sauce in them”

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