No. 22: Waldorf Salad from Bloomsbury Bistro



Waldorf Salad -- famous enough for a Cole Porter lyric

To whet your appetite for The Pitch's annual Best of Kansas City issue, we're counting down our favorite Top 50 dishes each weekday until October 7.

There are many variations of the classic Waldorf salad, but chef-owner Cari Jo Cavalcante of the Bloomsbury Bistro -- the luncheonette inside the Mission Road Antique Mall in Prairie Village -- hews closely to the original: the one reportedly created in the late 19th century by the legendary Oscar Tschirky, the maitre' d of the original Waldorf-Astoria Hotel in New York City.

Any salad can call itself a "Waldorf" salad, but there are certain ingredients required to make it  authentic.

Those ingredients include chopped apples, fresh celery and walnuts. The Bloomsbury Bistro Waldorf has those ingredients -- the nuts are candied walnuts -- as well as fresh red grapes. Tossed in a light, mayonnaise-based dressing, this salad is crunchy, tart and delicious. No wonder Cole Porter included it in the lyrics of his song "You're the Top."

Our list so far: 

No. 50: Chocolate Malt from Fox's Drug Store

No. 49: Il Parma from Bella Napoli

No. 48: Italian sausage and eggs from Cascone's Grill

No. 47: Orange Roll from Clock Tower Bakery

No. 46: Tacos de cochinita from Frida's Contemporary Mexican Cuisine

No. 45: Barbecued pork bun from 888 International Market

No. 44: Tableside fresh mozzarella from Jasper's

No. 43: Gyro Sandwich from Mr. Gyros Greek Food & Pastry

No. 42: Apple strudel from Grunauer

No. 41: Rice noodle bowl from dim sum at Bo Lings

No. 40: E-Crush from Hi-Hat Coffee

No. 39: Flight of Freshness from Fresher than Fresh Snow Cones

No. 38: Curried chicken salad from Cafe Provence

No. 37: Apple fritter from John's Space Age Donuts

No. 36: Pollo con limone e olive from Lidia's Kansas City

No. 35: Wedding-cake cookie from LattéLand

No. 34: Stroud's cinnamon rolls

No. 33: Smoked Polish from Werner's

No. 32: Burger and frites from Westport Cafe & Bar

No. 31: Paletas from Paleterias Tropicana

No. 30: Goat korma at New Cafe Tandoor

No. 29: Lemon cake from Cafe Europa

No. 28: Chocolate Mousse Torte from Napoleon Bakery

No. 27: Spring rolls from Vietnam Cafe 

No. 26: French fries from LC's Bar-B-Q

No. 25: Classic Cookie's herbed-potato-and-sausage casserole

No 24: Farmer greens salad at The Farmhouse

No. 23: Egg salad sandwich from Bloomsbury Bistro



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