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Food Critics: Soul Food

In her book The Soul of Southern Cooking, Kathy Starr calls soul food "generous and earthy, like the people who created it. I'm not talking about small slivers of skinned chicken breasts surrounded by miniature carrots and radishes cut like roses. I'm talking about something to eat!" In Kansas City you'll never walk out hungry from one of this town's soul food restaurants or buffets. Classic southern cuisine like fried chicken, greens, macaroni and cheese, and peach cobbler are soul-soothing dishes. They may not be so good for your waistline, but they're nirvana for your spirit. Food Critic Charles Ferruzza, Emily Farris, Gloria Gale and Mary Bloch explore the best soul food of the city.

Green Dirt Farm Cheese Appreciation Events | Weston

New Restaurants:
  Justus Drugstore Patio| 106 W Main St  Smithville, MO 64089 | (816) 532-2300
    Drink “Bitter Old Coot” Old Overholt (my favorite rye)

Mary Bloch:
   Louie’s Wine Dive | 7100 Wornall Rd, Kansas City, MO 64114 | Waldo
     Monday nights wine fire sale
  Axois Brasserie Downtown | 1006 Walnut, Kansas City, MO
    Great for Dinner

Gloria Gale:
  The Basha Mediterranean Cuisine | 7016 W 105th St | Overland Park, KS

  Delhi’s Southern Cuisine | 8055 State Ave | Kansas City, KS 66112
     Inexpensive, all you can eat
     Fried Chicken & Fried Fish

Peachtree Buffet has reopened

Parisi - Park Place Shopping Center

Cellar and Loft - Wine on Tap
Affare - Wine on Tap
Rusty Horse Tavern - Chef Miguel Sanchez
Parkville Commons in Parkville
Gourmet Burgers
    Great burger with a fried egg on top
Neice’s on Troost - 64th and Troost
Papa Lu’s - Soul Delicious buffet 12th and
Rye is serving a lot of greens
    Interesting greens (not tradition) Renee Kelly’s Harvest Restaurant
    Molasses greens
Magnolia’s | 2932 Cherry Kansas City MO
     Wonderful Brunch
     Go early on a Sunday to beat the after church crowd

Sweet Pea’s Olathe - Santa Fe and Ridgeview - NEW

Papa Lew’s Soul Delicious | 2128 E. 12th Street  - 12th and Brooklyn
Turk’s Fish & Chicken - great catfish | 1196 NE Douglas St, Lee's Summit, MO 64086
Terrebonne | 805 Vermont St  Lawrence, KS 66044 | (785) 856-3287
    Great sandwiches, hush puppies
Peachtree Buffet
    Great greens mac and cheese
Ms. R’s Cafe | 720 Quindaro Blvd  Kansas City, KS 66101 | (913) 371-7611
     Great greens, cobbler - small place
Lutfi’s does great fish and sides | 3037 Main St., Kansas City, MO 64108
Big T’s | 6201 Blue Pkwy, Kansas City, MO 64129
    Great bbq and soul food
Go Chicken Go
   Fried livers or gizzards

Ricky’s Pit BBQ

Chicken and Waffles:
   Gram & Dun
   Beer Kitchen
   Hollywood Casino

Matthew Long-Middleton has been a talk-show producer, community producer, Media Training Manager and now the Community Engagement Manager at KCUR. You can reach him at Matthew@kcur.org, or on Twitter @MLMIndustries.