Under the watchful eyes and green thumbs of owners Jim and Ami Zumalt, the fertile, chemical-free soils at Red Ridge Farms sprout up to 60 varieties of vegetables and more than 475 varieties of fruits, herbs, and flowers each season. The Zumalts share the wealth of their harvest?which can include chard, heirloom tomatoes, cucumbers, and blackberries? through locally distributed CSAs, or Community Supported Agriculture crop-shares. Each week, Red Ridge's freshest bounty travels to local farmers' markets, where CSA members pick up their prepacked bags or customize market-style baskets to take home. Staffers can also provide tips and recipes relevant to that week's harvest or attempt to prognosticate next week's crop by reading lines on a rutabaga.
Planet Sub sidesteps the flavorless land mines of days-old bread, opting for filling-packed subs and sandwiched meaty delights. The menu may differ slightly between the two locations, but omnipresent signature subs cross state lines to sate hungering masses, such as the bacon-bolstered mega roast beef ($4.69/$7.29 ) and the Planet BBQ, a saucy concoction stacked with ham, turkey, and roast beef ($3.99/$6.99 ). Vegetarian options abound, so meat abstainers can try the spicy cheese sub ($4.49/$6.99 ) or the pesto bello ($4.99/$7.19), which is loaded with portobello mushrooms, red peppers, and a tomato-garlic pesto as smooth and suave as an Italian R&B crooner.
For 70 years, Winstead’s has garnered a myriad of accolades and praise for its scrumptious hamburgers and other drive-in eats. Poke through the menu to find the joint’s signature Double Winstead steakburger, grilled with U.S. Choice Steak and topped with all the sloppy-tasty fixings––mustard, ketchup, pickle, and onion ($3.35). The Fifty-Fifty puts hot and crisp french fries and crunchy onion rings side by side in the most delicious peace pact since ketchup and mustard ended their hot-dog feud ($2.19). Scarf a chili cheese dog ($2.79) or grilled-cheese sandwich ($2.05), and then focus on Winstead’s old-fashioned desserts. Creamy milk shakes and malts ($2.45–$4.55) immerse taste buds in flavors such as chocolate, vanilla, strawberry, banana, and butterscotch, and Winstead’s beloved skyscraper shake ($7.25) packs enough iced delight to quench the thirsts of four people or one André the Giant. Other desserts include a root-beer float ($2.45) and apple-dumpling à la mode ($4.60).
At the family owned restaurant, you can spot head chef Alex Potts working alongside the restaurant manager, Joe Scaglia, as they nimbly slice up fresh green peppers or peek into the fiery stone deck oven to check on their pizzas. The skilled duo adhere to the classic Neapolitan style of pizza-making, baking thin-crust pies until they are crispy, chewy, and ever-so-slightly charred. They favor local produce, meats, and cheeses, asserting, "using local and seasonal ingredients is the best way we can support our local economy while also getting the best possible product." They shower their creations in both traditional and uncommon toppings and crusts, from a wheat crust to plump morsels of classic italian sausages and less orthodox brie, almonds, or potato. Like an overly complicated valedictorian speech, the selection of toppings also includes pineapple, prosciutto, bacon, soppresata, pesto, and cream cheese.
Microorganisms are crucial to cuisine. Without them, wine, bread, and cheese would all be impossible. The living bacteria in the 60 rotating low-fat and fat-free frozen yogurts at Cherry Berry makes them thick, slightly tart, and healthy. The certified kosher yogurts boast four types of live active cultures as well as flavorings such as blackberry, key-lime pie, pistachio, and espresso. Dairy-free sorbets, no-sugar-added options, and a gluten-free menu cater to specific dietary restrictions, and seasonal options brim with eggnog and Easter candy like a third grader’s suitcase. After swirling sweet yogurt peaks into cups, guests heap on healthy and indulgent toppings such as granola, fresh fruits, and sweet candies before weighing their creations at the counter.
The chefs at Sinclair's Restaurant take a unconventional approach to conventional bar fare. At this popular eatery, they serve fish and chips with hand-cut fries and a tartar sauce that?like everything else here?is made in-house from scratch. And the tacos? They're stuffed with swordfish. The menu also boasts honey peppered salmon, fire-grilled seasoned steaks, and a fully stocked bar. The lunch menu at this privately owned restaurant in Blue Springs offers up quicker bites, such as plates of pita and hummus. Visit on Sunday to indulge in a weekly brunch or visit any day of the week for lunch and happy hour specials. The casual eatery also offers traditional fare including burgers and fries, fresh salads and caters to children with a kids' $3 menu.