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.
Winstead's smooshes patties of fresh, coarsely-ground beef on the cooktop, creating thin hamburgers with crisp edges. A Kansas City favorite.
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.