No. 5: Cheese pizza from d'Bronx


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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.

A pizza place is only as good as its cheese pie. What you want: ample red sauce with more spice than sugar, sloppy cheese that bubbles toward the edge, and a crust crisp enough to drown out conversation but with chewy give at the center. D'Bronx supplies these basic elements so expertly that you might take its pizza for granted or -- out of habit formed by chains and delivery coupons and all-around bad living -- lard your pie with ... stuff. Cut it out. A 16-inch cheese pizza at d'Bronx costs less than $15 and cures all ills, from pepperoni to night terrors.

It isn't that d'Bronx's menu lacks the usual toppings. The place serves a mean deli sandwich, so plenty of people find themselves happily addicted to the meat on its pizzas. But if you've forgotten what pizza is supposed to look like and how it's supposed to taste -- if you think a cheese pizza is a plain pizza -- this is the path to enlightenment. Bonus: Leftover d'Bronx crusts make a fine Sunday morning hair-of-the-dog breakfast.

The original location, at 3904 Bell, remains the most inviting of the three d'Bronxes. To imagine 39th Street without it is to invite a sad little

headache. One more thing that big cheese pizza can fix right up for you.

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 Café 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 You Say Tomato

No. 22: Waldorf Salad from Bloomsbury Bistro

No. 21: Pork tenderloin sandwich from Kitty's Cafe

No. 20: Root beer from Mugs Up Drive In

No. 19: Flank steak sandwich from Happy Gillis

No. 18: Chicken Picatta from the Hereford House

No. 17: Mom's Macaroni and Cheese from McCoy's Public House

No. 16: Fried green tomato salad from Café Roux

No. 15: Veggie burger from Room 39

No. 14: Onion rings from Fiorella's Jack Stack Barbecue

No. 13: Cranberry scone from Oak Street Coffee

No. 12: Chicken walnut pasta from Osteria il Centro

No. 11: Steakburger, Fifty-Fifty and a special chocolate frosty from Winstead's

No. 10: Tank 7 Farmhouse Ale from Boulevard Brewery

No. 9:: Ice cream-and-cookie sandwich from Murray's

No. 8: Autumn Cookies from Chacko's Eatery

No. 7: Crab cakes from Cafe Sebastienne

No. 6: The Matterhorn from Andre's Confiserie Suisse


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