Monday, July 27, 2009

Dive of the week

We're starting a new feature here at Musings, Notes & Quotes--our "dive of the week." While we may not have enough material to actually fill up a weekly post about our favorite "dives," defined as joints which serve great food that may be a tad on the, shall we say, unhealthy side, we'll do our best. And, we want your feedback on great dives you've encountered so that we can spotlight these venues long on flavor and perhaps short on the accoutrements.

(In case you're wondering, yes, my inspiration for this is the Food Network's "Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives," hosted by Guy Fieri.)

Our first spotlighted dive this week is The Peanut at 5000 Main, Kansas City, MO. This local establishment bills itself as the "oldest bar in Kansas City." And, while there are other locations within the metropolitan area, this one stands out--the food is terrific, the service apathetic and the place looks like it hasn't been dusted since 1957.

The spirit of late owner Rich Kenney still lingers in the joint which appeals to its regular, neighborhood clientele as well as the business types from the Plaza area who grab BLTs or wings over lunch.

The star here is the city's best bacon-lettuce-tomato sandwich, topped with sliced onions and sliced cheese. The single provides a lot of bacon but if you are into a salt overdose, order the triple. The bar's wings are also top-notch.

So, our dive of the week--The Peanut at 50th and Main, just south of the Country Club Plaza.

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