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Food Critics: The Best Smoked Foods In Kansas City

Kansas City cuisine may be best known for the smoky taste of barbecue, but the earthy goodness of smoke isn't limited to pulled pork and brisket. 

From rich, smoked Gouda, to smoke-infused cocktails, adding smoke to a dish can add another layer of complexity to its taste. 

Central Standard food critics Charles Ferruzza, Mary Bloch and Emily Farris and callers gave us their picks for the best smoked foods and drinks in Kansas City:

  • 37 Steakhouse (smoked cocktails) — 1 Riverboat Drive, North Kansas City, Mo.
  • Manifesto (smoked cocktails) — 1924 Main St., Kansas City, Mo.
  • Gram and Dun (smoked cocktails) — 600 Ward Parkway, Kansas City, Mo.
  • Justus Drugstore (vanilla glazed smoked carrots) — 106 W. Main St., Smithville, Mo.
  • Magnolia's (smoked gouda macaroni and cheese) — 2932 Cherry St., Kansas City, Mo. 
  • Beer Kitchen (smokestack burger) — 435 Westport Road, Kansas City, Mo.
  • The Rieger Hotel Grill & Exchange (smoked lamb) — 1924 Main St., Kansas City, Mo.
  • Room 39(smoked beet soup) — various locations. 
  • Fiorella's Jack Stack Barbecue  (smoked vegetable kabobs and fish) — 4747 Wyandotte St., Kansas City, Mo.
  • Providence (smoked tomato soup) — 1329 Baltimore Ave., Kansas City, Mo. 
  • The recordBar (smoked gouda dip) — 1020 Westport Road, Kansas City, Mo. 
  • KC Smoke Burger (smoked burgers) — 1610 W. 39th St., Kansas City, Mo. 
  • Dean & DeLuca (smoked salmon) — 4700 W. 119th St., Leawood, Kan.
  • Anton's KC (smoked salmon) — 1610 Main St., Kansas City, Mo. 
  • Julian Kansas City (deviled eggs with smoked salmon) — 6227 Brookside Plaza, Kansas City, Mo.
  • Story (smoked walleye) — 3931 W. 69th Terrace, Prairie Village, Kan.
  • Joe's Kansas City Bar-B-Que (nearly everything on the menu) — various locations in metro area.
  • Bichelmeyer Meats (smoked meats) — 704 Cheyenne Ave., Kansas City, Kan.
  • Werner's Fine Sausages (smoked sausages and meats) — 5736 Johnson Drive, Mission, Kan.
  • Fritz's Superior Meats (smoked meats) — 10326 Stateline Road, Leawood, Kan. 
  • Voltaire (smoked cocktails) — 1617 Genessee St., Kansas City, Mo. 
  • Big Grill & More (smoked chicken wings) — 501 N. 6th St., Kansas City, Kan.
  • El Pollo Rey (smoked chicken) — 901 Kansas Ave., Kansas City, Kan.
  • Happy Gillis (bacon) — 549 Gillis St., Kansas City, Mo. 
  • The Local Pig(bacon and various pork products) — 2618 Guinotte Ave., Kansas City, Mo.
  • Bluestem(cold-smoked salmon) — 900 Westport Road, Kansas City, Mo.
  • Port Fonda (donut with smoky glaze) — 4141 Pennsylvania Ave., Kansas City, Mo. 
  • The American Restaurant(tobacco infused ice cream) — 200 E. 25th St., Kansas City, Mo. 
  • Preservation Market (pig's head dinner, must have reservation) — 510 Westport Road, Kansas City, Mo.
Cody Newill is part of KCUR's audience development team. Follow him on Twitter @CodyNewill or email him at cody@kcur.org.