The doughsmiths at Doughboys Pizza load Chicago-style rounds with gobs of cheese and toppings before firing them in a brick oven and pouring more than 25 types of brews to accompany slices. The menu’s double-decker pies flaunt blankets of mozzarella piled with more than 20 add-ons including fresh mushrooms, roasted chicken, and Chicago imports such as italian beef and pepperoni shipped straight from the Windy City via hang-glider ($16+). Diners can also request thin-crust pies ($12.50+) or dig into specialty ‘zas bedecked with combos such as bacon cheeseburger, which cooks strew with bacon, ground beef, cheddar, mozzarella, onion, and tomato ($14–$17.50). Sandwiches ($4.75–$5.50) bookend Chicago tastes between a bun, and the steamed Vienna links of Wrigley dogs come buried, like a peckish pirate's treasure, beneath mustard, relish, onion, tomato, celery salt, and a pickle spear ($2.65).
From the father-and-daughter team in the back office, to the eldest son calling shots in the kitchen, Perazelli's is truly a family-run operation. Cooks craft executive chef Eric Perazelli's menu of classic Italian dishes, from homemade meatballs to slow-braised chianti short ribs. The chefs are also skilled in preparing dishes for diners with gluten-free, vegetarian, and photosynthetic diets. Inside the dining area often overseen by eldest daughter Christi, diners split large hand-tossed pizzas covered in toppings such as steak and gorgonzola cheese, chasing each bite with sips from bottles of wine from behind the full bar.
Opened in 1956, Snead's Bar-B-Q satisfies meat-cravers with its original recipes and pit-cooked flavors on a scrumptious menu. Cooked in an old-fashioned brick barbecue pit filled with hickory wood, Snead's smoky barbecue fare comes served in beef, ham, pork, turkey, and sausage dishes. Diners can satiate carnivorous appetites with sliced or log-meat sandwiches ($5.75 on a round bun, $6.95 on a long bun), or relish the texture of beef, ham, or sausage Brownies, which are the delectable burnt ends of meat ($9.95 for a small plate). For alternative palate pleasers, Snead's Bar-B-Q also boasts various side dishes such as barbecue pit-baked beans ($1.95), mac 'n' cheese ($1.95), and french fries ($1.95). Drizzle your meat in a choice of mild or hot savory sauces, which invigorate taste buds from their bland day-job as assistant manager of a burger joint kitty-corner from the stomach,
Currently celebrating its 25th anniversary, Popeyes remains the flavorful lovechild of Cajun and Creole cooking, serving up a wide-ranging menu. Connoisseurs of crispiness can stick with Popeyes’ famous New Orleans–style fried chicken meals ($4.49–$6.89) surrounded with savory sides ($1.59–$3.79) such as warm flaky biscuits, red beans and rice, coleslaw, mashed potatoes, Cajun rice, and more. Otherwise, slather some livers and gizzards ($2.99–$5.49) onto a biscuit and eat it, temporarily imbuing you with the chicken’s mighty strength and ability to smell time. Avian-averse appetites can feast instead on a shrimp po’ boy combo ($6.19) with a pecan pie ($1.49) or Mississippi mud pie ($1.99) for dessert. And to keep your famished family from impeaching you and electing a new parent, quell multi-person appetites with bona fide family meals ($10.49–$30.99).
While Butterfly Kisses Baking's staff avidly serves its local customers by decorating cakes, cupcakes, and cookies, the people they most proudly cater to are military troops. The shop allocates 20% of its profits to providing care packages for servicemen and women abroad. They build those funds by enticing customers with the sweetness packed into their various treats, which include peppermint-bark cupcakes, lemon sugar cookies, and cake pops themed after the flavors of cereal, cookies, and candy bars. Bakers are on hand to help clients create custom desserts including themed cakes that might light up a child’s face on his birthday or fondant scenes so real you’d consider buying a time share there.
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What to Drink
The eatery's nationally recognized beer selection features more than 100 bottles of imported and domestic brews. And that doesn't even include the lineup of 20 beers on tap or the vast selection of wines and cocktails.
When to Go
To get the most bang for your buck, stop in Monday–Saturday, 11 a.m.–2 p.m. for the all-you-can-eat lunch buffet. If that doesn't work, aim for a Tuesday, when guests receive a second pizza for half price.
While You're Waiting
Before making your own pizza disappear, marvel at the tricks and illusions of professional magician Eric Z. He appears every Monday night at the downtown location and every second and fourth Thursday night at the Lee's Summit location.
Vegans and folks with gluten allergies have all sorts of options at Waldo's. The restaurant offers a full gluten-free menu—including a locally made pizza crust made with rice flour—and tops its dairy-free pies with soy cheese.