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Food Critics: Look To The Sides

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Many restaurants in Kansas City have signature dishes. Stroud’s is known for its fried chicken, Jess and Jim’s is famous for its steaks. But what about the dishes that complement the main course?

Some restaurants do wonders with the lesser-known side dishes: potatoes, vegetables, greens and rice. In fact, a well executed side dish can draw your attention to the entrée—complementing or contrasting the texture, sweetness or bitterness of other servings. 

On this edition of Central Standard, host Charles Ferruzza and our food critics Gloria Gale and Emily Farris veer sideways into the side dishes that either enhance or diminish the featured item on the plate.

And if you have a suggestion for a favorite side dish and the restaurants that serve it, we want to hear your opinions, too.

Best Sides:

Sauteed mushrooms


  • Oklahoma Joe's fries   3002 W 47th Ave, Kansas City, KS 66103
  • Bluestem truffle fries    900 Westport Rd, Kansas City, MO 64111
  • The Capital Grille mashed potatoes   4740 Jefferson St, Kansas City, MO 64112
  • Pigwich potato chips   2618 Guinotte Ave, Kansas City, MO 64120
  • Jess & Jim's baked potato  517 E 135th St, Kansas City, MO 64145
  • Louie's Wine Dive  poutine  7100 Wornall Rd, Kansas City, MO 64114
  • Beer Kitchen  poutine  435 Westport Rd, Kansas City, MO 64111

Brussel sprouts



  • Oklahoma Joe's spicy slaw 3002 W 47th Ave, Kansas City, KS 66103
  • Sobahn kimchi  7800 Shawnee Mission Pkwy, Overland Park, KS 66202

Onion rings

Lobster Mac & Cheese


  • Port Fonda   4141 Pennsylvania Ave, Kansas City, MO 64111

Veggie kabobs

Eggplant fries

  • Remedy  500 W 75th St, Kansas City, MO 64114

Cheesy corn

New & Noteworthy:

  • 801 Fish House in Park Place  11615 Rosewood, Leawood KS 66211
  • Rosseau Hotel Sorella Country club Plaza, 901 W. 48th St. Kansas City, MO 64112
  • Standees 3935 W 69th Terrace, Prairie Village, KS 66208
  • Westport Cafe & Bar 419 Westport Rd, Kansas City, MO 64111
  • Sake Lounge 11953 S Strang Line Rd, Olathe, KS 66062
  • Grand Street Cafe  4740 Grand Ave Kansas City, MO;  8815 Renner Road, Lenexa KS
  • Story 3931 W 69th Terrace, Prairie Village, KS 66208
  • Room 39 1719 W 39th St, Kansas City, MO 64111; 10561 Mission Road, Leawood, KS 66206 at Mission Farms
  • Sobahn  7800 Shawnee Mission Pkwy, Overland Park, KS 66202


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