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Culinary Curiosity

The Dish with Ann – Poi-ō

Tucked off Southwest Boulevard, Poi-ō – a play on the enunciation of the Spanish word for chicken, pollo – has a hipster vibe that is obviously attractive to the non-stop flow of customers. This fast casual restaurant has a counter for ordering, a clean, simple decor, communal seating, and is festooned with floor to ceiling […]

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The Dish with Ann – Fox and Pearl

Vaughn Good, chef and co-owner of Fox and Pearl, originally thought he wanted to do a deep dive into molecular gastronomy while attending the French Culinary Institute in New York City in 2011. Then he met a professor who was passionate about charcuterie, curing meats and sausages, and Vaughn did a 180-degree professional pivot. After […]

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The Dish with Ann – Afterword Tavern & Shelves

“One sip of this will bathe the drooping spirits in delight, beyond the bliss of dreams.” John Milton There might be a night when you just want to curl up with your laptop and tweak your work presentation, sipping a glass of Sean Minor Napa Valley cabernet sauvignon, while sitting at a long, custom-made bar. […]

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The Dish With Ann – Q39

When Chef Rob Magee opened up Q39 at the original 39th street location five years ago, barbeque lovers instantly knew there was a hot, smokin’ talent in town. Lines formed outside the restaurant, and the positive online, newspaper, and magazine reviews (Zagat!) piled up higher than five slabs of ribs. But Rob was not just […]

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The Dish With Ann – Black Sheep + Market

Co-owner and Chef Michael Foust feels fortunate that his restaurant, Black Sheep + Market, is located in the same spot as one of Our Town’s iconic, now-shuttered bistros, Cafe Allegro. Said Michael: “Owner Steve Cole was really at the forefront of farm to table culinary excellence in Kansas City. I respected the heck out of […]

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The Dish With Ann – Jovito’s Italian Café

Leasa Caron, the owner of Jovito’s Italian Café, is steeped in the lore of Our Town’s local food establishments. Her former in-laws, The Fiorellas, owned all the Smokestacks and Jack Stacks. She and her ex-husband, Dr. Russell Fiorella, briefly owned a Smokestack up north. When restaurateur Jo Marie Scaglia moved back to Kansas City from […]

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The Dish With Ann – Café Sebastienne

Rick Mullins, executive chef at Café Sebastienne at Kemper Museum of Contemporary Art, got into cooking by default “I was working in bars throughout my ‘20s, living close to the edge. I really didn’t start professionally until I was 31. By then, I was sober and more mature mentally. It was easier for me to […]

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The Dish With Ann – Waldo Thai Place

As the executive chef at Waldo Thai Place, Pam Liberda represents a new generation, a branch of a storied family tree that consists of her husband, Ted, and her mother-in-law, Ann. At one point, Ted, Pam, and Ann owned and oversaw eight Thai restaurants throughout the metropolitan area. Ann and Ted still have Thai Diner […]

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The Dish With Ann – Freshwater

To many of Our Town’s foodies and midtown residents, Calvin Davis is a hero. In June of 2017, a drunk driver, going 70 miles per hour, crashed into his well-received restaurant, Freshwater, located on Southwest Trafficway. The accident destroyed the window and collapsed the front corner of the building. “We were fortunate that no one […]

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