We learned about Grinders watching Diners, Drive-Ins & Dives and it's host, Guy Fieri. The good news is that Grinders lives up to it's TV billing! Thanks Guy!
The neighborhood is a little shabby but it's close to downtown Kansas City, Missouri... Laurie and I met Allen Coleman, a former Montgomery Ward loss prevention teammate, for a 'lite' lunch at Grinders. In the past, Allen and I have broken bread at more than a couple restaurants in the KC metro area...
Grinders is known for it's specialty gourmet pizzas. We each ordered one of these 'little' 10" pizzas.
Laurie's choice was the "Goldberg". This pizza starts with a great Pesto that's topped with smoked salmon, capers and cream cheese. We all tried it...and it was a real winner!
Allen jumped out there and ordered a "Philly Cheese Steak" Pizza. This gem is topped with red sauce, Philly meat, green peppers, onions, mushrooms, provolone and, believe it or not, as per Philadelphia tradition, 'Cheese Wiz'! For some reason, on the menu, it's called 'W.I.T."? (meaning 'with'?) Another winner!
My doctor wouldn't be happy... My choice for lunch was "Le Hog", which was described by Guy Fieri as "a serious flesh feast". This beauty is covered by creamy white sauce, real crispy bacon bits, Canadian bacon, ham and chunks of meatball. Yum! Three hits for three tries!
Laurie loves Crab Rangoon, so we ordered some for an appetizer. (No photo for a reason) The self-described "Real Crabby" Rangoon on the menu is to be avoided. They were not up to the high standards established by the pizzas.
Grinders has an extensive menu. Appetizers, Salads, Philly Cheesesteaks, Grinder's Death Wings, Crazy Calzones, pizza just about any way you'd want it, plus burgers and sandwiches. Thursday nights...it's 'Hungarian night' with George... Also, right next door is Grinder's Deli, complete with deli sandwiches, soup, salad and all the trimmings.
Grinders is located at 417 East 18th Street in Kansas City, Missouri. Phone: 816-472-5454 Website: http://www.grinderspizza.com/