Winstead's smooshes patties of fresh, coarsely-ground beef on the cooktop, creating thin hamburgers with crisp edges. A Kansas City favorite.
Does Stroud's of Kansas City serve the best fried chicken anywhere? With from-scratch fixins, too, from soup and mashed potatoes to sweet cinnamon rolls.
Kansas City's superb vegetarian restaurant, Eden Alley is a big, open dining room (& outdoor patio) staffed with people for whom The Right Food is a mission.
A St. Louis soul food best, Niecie's is a 3-meal-a-day gathering place for regulars and visitors. Chicken & waffles is a specialty. As are pig ear sandwiches.