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
10583 Mission Road
Leawood, KS 66206