Kansas City: Blanc Burgers + Bottles

by Jess on May 26, 2011

in Jess and Frank, Travel, United States

My extended family can cause quite a ruckus when we all get together for dinner.  We tend to be the people who may…on occasion…cause neighboring diners to relocate to a table away from the din.  And such was the case with our extended family gathering at Blanc in Leawood, in the middle of my visit to Kansas.

When in my hometown, there are a few places I cannot resist.  I always find myself torn between wanting to try something new, and being drawn to the familiar that I know will not disappoint.  Blanc is one of my favorites.  And, if possible, I found it to be even more delicious than the last time I visited.

A few months ago I read an article in the Australian Gourmet Traveller in which the author weighed in on how well a few restaurants in Sydney were doing with perfecting the elements of the “American” burger.  I couldn’t help but think that they would be smart to take notes from Blanc, a burger joint that seems to have figured out the formula.

The Pork “Burger” ($8, above) at Blanc came on recommendation from the server, and I was so glad that I took it.  The slow-cooked pork was moist and tender, but I fell in love with the crunchy, spicy slaw. My brother’s order of the American Kobe Burger ($12, below), was restrained but still irresistible.  Next time, I plan to go for the intriguing “$100 burger” (actually priced at a reasonable $15) with its foie gras butter and onion marmalade.

On these plates it was not only the burgers that shone, but that tasty pickle spear on the side.  These pickles were divine – crunchy and refreshing, with the perfect balance of sweet and vinegar flavor.  They tasted so fresh that they actually still tasted of cucumber, rather than the bland, damp sort that you tend to get from a store-bought jar.  It got me thinking I should try my hand at pickles at home.

Finally, I am thoroughly obsessed with Blanc’s fries.  They are skinny and coated in an extra layer of fried crunch.  Soft and tender on the inside, and perfect when dipped in chipotle aioli.  It’s a bonus that they are served in these adorable mini-shopping carts.

If you are in KC, I’m sure you’ve tried it.  If not, don’t delay another minute.

The only thing Blanc could do to further gain support from this fan?  Open a location in Bangkok.

Visit www.honestcooking.com to see my full review of Blanc.

Blanc Burgers + Bottles
www.blancburgers.com
10583 Mission Road
Leawood, KS 66206

{ 11 comments… read them below or add one }

1 Nic@daydreamaboutfood May 27, 2011 at 3:30 am

I’m intrigued by the pork burger and love the mini shopping carts – I wish there was one in the UK:)

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2 inquiringchef June 1, 2011 at 3:04 pm

Nic – I’m already trying to think of a way to re-create that pork burger, seeing as I have no way to get my fix in Bangkok either. I’ll let you know if I come up with a decent copycat version.

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3 Nic@daydreamaboutfood May 27, 2011 at 3:30 am

I’m intrigued by the pork burger and love the mini shopping carts – I wish there was one in the UK:)

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4 inquiringchef June 1, 2011 at 3:04 pm

Nic – I’m already trying to think of a way to re-create that pork burger, seeing as I have no way to get my fix in Bangkok either. I’ll let you know if I come up with a decent copycat version.

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5 Nic@daydreamaboutfood May 27, 2011 at 3:30 am

I’m intrigued by the pork burger and love the mini shopping carts – I wish there was one in the UK:)

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6 inquiringchef June 1, 2011 at 3:04 pm

Nic – I’m already trying to think of a way to re-create that pork burger, seeing as I have no way to get my fix in Bangkok either. I’ll let you know if I come up with a decent copycat version.

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7 stacy June 1, 2011 at 3:52 am

they were the groupon over the weekend. i got 2 cuz eric loves to go there for lunch.
i so enjoyed seeing you when you were home. luke loved being snuggled by auntie jess!

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8 inquiringchef June 1, 2011 at 3:02 pm

And I loved meeting Luke! Could he be any cuter?!

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9 Fiona Rogers June 28, 2012 at 10:08 pm

Jessica, I am a designer for a merchant to merchant magazine in Kansas City named Meat&Poultry and am hoping to use your beautiful Blanc photo in one of our stories. Would that be alright with you? If you could send me an email and let me know either way that would be great.

Thanks!

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10 inquiringchef June 1, 2011 at 3:02 pm

And I loved meeting Luke! Could he be any cuter?!

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11 inquiringchef June 1, 2011 at 3:02 pm

And I loved meeting Luke! Could he be any cuter?!

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