Evidently, the gestation for Midwestern maturity is slow. Two years ago, I took an honest (some might characterize it as critical) look at the eating culture of my hometown of Kansas City. Cautious with praise and focusing mostly on quality, I also used that blog post to acknowledge and recommend a few local restaurants, businesses, artisans, and food producers that I thought were contribute something meaningful to our city’s culinary identity.
Most of what I wrote then still stands today. So, I happily bring forward those same people, places, and products that I recommended in 2012. I continue to support them with my dollars and with my word-of-mouth here. At the same time, Kansas City’s dining culture has shown little progress or change since. Ours is a city that remains largely dependent upon trickle-down trends from elsewhere. Despite the fact that a number of new restaurants and bars have opened in the past two years, I haven’t found much that is worthy of discussion or mention. So, I have relatively few additions to my previous list of recommendations, which, in my humble opinion, remains a comprehensive list of the best of what our city has to offer. What little I have to add this time I do so after first noting a few changes to some of the businesses that I mentioned two years ago: