About two weeks ago, Dale from Dukes & Boots had asked if there is something you’d like to see on his menu, what would you like. Our staff started talking and we took this a step further and asked the question if there were unique foods you’d like to see in Sedalia.  We got some surprising answers.

The top answer that came in was Mongolian barbeque. I can recall at one time King’s Chef had a center next to the counter where you could order Mongolian barbeque about ten years ago, but haven’t seen much of that lately. It seems that you have to go to Kansas City or Columbia in order to get this.

The other answers varied, but something that I could see ordering was chicken and waffles. It amazes me that there are potato chips for this now, but I could see a bar and grill pulling this off nightly.

Another answer is something that I think would go great on Lemaire’s menu and that is gator tail and fresh calamari. Another answer was Ethiopian food, which consists of vegetables and spicy meat dishes. I like some good, spicy food, but I haven’t had a chance to sample this as of yet.

Another answer that is near and dear to my heart is more choices of Italian. Ever since Del Amici’s closed in Warrensburg and Sedalia, it seems the pursuit for this type of restaurant has eluded this area. Although, I do think Tony’s Market and Deli and Monetti’s in Warrensburg are doing pretty good, but Sedalia does have Michael’s Italian Steakhouse (formerly Tuscany Grill) on North 65 across from Jenny Jaynes Stadium. I know I can eat plenty of pasta.

The last answer that we got a response for was southern comfort. I have to admit, I do love eating out when I visit family in Alabama. It’s always nice to get some true fried chicken, grits, and yes, boiled peanuts. Okay, let’s face it, I’m more about the fried chicken and chicken fried steak.

I still think felafel would be great. I’m told that Brickfront Grill may have that, but I rarely go beyond their loaded gyro as I love that so much.  Some people said they had never even heard of a falafel, let alone would they order one. A falafel is a deep-fried patty or ball that is made from chickpeas, fava beans or a combination of both and is usually served in a pita.

Obviously there are a lot of possibilities, and it seems most people want healthier forms of food to be available.  I think the bottom line is when restaurants ask what they’d like on the menu, take the time and ask. I remember when the original owner of Ivory Grille was around and cooking, if you wanted a different spin on his menu, he’d take the challenge and try and make it if he had the ingredients. Thanks to all those who took our survey.