Going on Faith

JUN-JUL 2016

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going on faith [ goingonfaith.com ] 25 [ K A N S A S C I T Y, M I S S O U R I A N D K A N S A S ] Although Kansas City's signature dish is barbecue — there are more than 100 lip-smacking joints and counting — its eateries run the gamut from sustainable farm-to-table to seafood, Greek, Vietnamese, vegan/vegetarian, Caribbean, Lebanese, and a great deal more. According to Toni Alexander, communications manager for VisitKC, "although barbecue is our foundation and we're proud of it, every type of ethnic cuisine can be found here. We also have Bread and Butter Concepts Restaurant Group, that has opened several very successful, popular restaurants across the area with well- established food types to which they have added their own spin and expanded people's way of thinking." These include Urban Table, a modern American bistro with fresh, distinctive entrees and small plates; BRGR Kitchen + Table, on both sides of the state line, a fresh adap- tion of the classic burger; Taco Republic and Taco Republic (Food) Truck, which use traditional Mexican meats and spices for their homemade "street-style" tacos and sides; Gram and Dun, which pairs culinary expertise with imagina- tive libations; and The Oliver, a refined version of the American tavern, which just opened. Kansas City also has a new, permanent food truck hub called Little Piggy, where diners can sample a cornucopia of fare like homemade sausages, tapas, funnel cakes, sliders, crepes, burg- ers and other tasty delights every day of the week. Historic City Market encourages grazing among the array of delicious Ethiopian, Middle Eastern, Brazilian, Indian, Southern and other restaurants bordering the produce stalls of the region's largest farmers market. For groups that still want a barbecue fix, try KC Barbecue Tours, which features wonderful, meaty Original, 'Cue and Brew, and Riblet bus tours. GREAT DINING SPOTS FOR GROUPS: Garozzo's Italian Restaurant serves sumptuous, authentic, Old World dishes; The Grille at Park Place, features prime rib, steaks and other traditional American favorites; and RC's Restaurant and Lounge is an area favorite for its pan-fried chicken, biscuits and gravy, and pork tenderloins. www.visitkc.com [ A N N A R B O R , M I C H I G A N ] Home to 300 restaurants within a 20-mile radius, as well as a handful of James Beard- nominated and award-winning chefs, it's no wonder Ann Arbor, Michigan, has received accolades as one of the Midwest's best food towns. The gourmet landscape excels in part due to its diversity of ethnic fare that includes Italian, Mexican, Japanese, Ethiopian, Spanish, nouveau American and everything in between. "Ann Arbor is known for having world-class restaurants in a small-city atmo- sphere — not that many cities our size [approximately 230,000] have this type of culinary prowess," said Margaret Wyzlic, communications manager for the Ann Arbor Area Convention and Visitors Bureau. "We also have a pretty big craft brew and specialty spirits scene, with places like Grizzly Peak Brewing Company, Jolly Pumpkin Café and Brewery, and the Ann Arbor Distilling Company, which makes vodka, rum, gin and coffee liqueur, and has its own tasting room." An Ann Arbor icon is Zingerman's Deli, growing from one locale to include several other outstanding stand-alone eateries: the Roadhouse, the Bakehouse, the Creamery, the Coffee Company and the Candy Manufactory. This summer, Miss Kim, a Korean Bistro and Bar, will join the family table. One of the newest foodie adventures for groups is High Five Pedal Tours, a 16-person pedal trolley that takes folks to local restau- rants, wineries, breweries, art galleries, book- stores and attractions; only 10 passengers have to do the pedaling. Ayse's — pronounced "Eye- sheh's" — Turkish Café serves traditional Turkish home cooking that emphasizes fresh locally grown ingredients, and guests can enjoy an authentic royal Ethiopian feast and community-sharing experience at Blue Nile Ethiopian Restaurant. GREAT DINING SPOTS FOR GROUPS: Isalita Cantina Mexicana offers private, customized tequila-making history and tastings; Vinology specializes in savory food and/or wine dinners and tastings in its Bubble, Cellar and Vine rooms; and The Slurping Turtle focuses on Japanese comfort food coupled with an extensive sake menu. www.visitannarbor.org Courtesy Ann Arbor Area CVB Courtesy Visit KC Courtesy Madison Eats Food Tours Custom candy bars at Zingerman's Deli in Ann Arbor Kansas City's Taco+Republic Kan Kan Kan sas s sas C Ci ty' ty' y s T s T aco ac +Re +Re pub pub pub lic lic li Kansas City's Taco+Republic Fried cheese curds in Madison Courtesy Visit Oakland Oakland's Restaurant Pican

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