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Food Critics: Chicken Or The Egg?

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You’ve heard the question a million times: What came first, the chicken or the egg? The answer is complicated when you pose it to Kansas City diners who might choose fried chicken over an omelet or eggs benedict over chicken noodle soup.

On Friday’s Central Standard, Charles Ferruzza and fellow food critics, Gloria Gale, Chris Becicka, and Emily Farris consider the possibilities that both the chicken and the egg bring to restaurant menus, from fried livers to egg soufflé – and everything in between. 

Best Egg Dishes:

Eggs Benedict

  • Bluestem, 900 Westport Rd, Kansas City, Mo. 64111
  • Room 39, 1719 W 39th St, Kansas City, Mo. 64111

Baked Egg Soufflé

  • Panera Bread, 2405 Grand Blvd, Kansas City, Mo. 64108 (multiple locations)


  • Torreon Mexican Restaurant, 9129 Elmhurst Dr, Overland Park, Kan. 66212
  • First Watch, 1022 Westport Rd, Westport, Mo. 64111 (multiple locations)
  • Eggtc, 5107 Main St, Kansas City, Mo. 64112 (multiple locations)

​Best Chicken Dishes:

Chicken Livers

Chicken & Waffles

Chicken Hash

Chicken Tenders

Curry Chicken

Curry Chicken Salad

Fried Chicken

Half or Whole Chicken

Roasted Chicken

  • Taco Republic, 500 County Line Rd, Kansas City, Kan. 66103
  • PotPie, 904 Westport Rd, Kansas City, Mo. 64111

Winner: Clearly, the chicken comes first in KC.

Other new and Notable restaurants talked about on the program:

  • Rosso (in the Hotel Sorella), 901 W 48th St, Kansas City, Mo. 64112
  • Firebirds, 6601 W 135th St, Overland Park, Kan. 66223
  • Belfry, 1532 Grand Blvd, Kansas City, Mo. 64108
  • Sprouts Farmers Market, 6821 W 135th St, Overland Park, Kan. 66223
  • Burrito Bros., 407 Main St, Kansas City, Mo. 64105
  • Beignet, 307 Main St, Kansas City, Mo. 64106
  • Bloom Baking Company, 15 E 3rd St, Kansas City, Mo. 64106
  • Taste of Brazil Market, 25 E 3rd St, Kansas City, Mo. 64106
  • 801 Fish, 11615 Rosewood St, Leawood, Kan. 66211
  • Joe's Downtown Donuts & Coffee, 641 Grand Blvd, Kansas City, Mo. 64106


Central Standard Food & Drink
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.