As we celebrate the New Year, we have much to be thankful for, particularly all the local places, traditions and delicacies that make Johnson County a special place to live.
We are also grateful for our readers and their excellent support for a new series that we launch this year called “5 to try”.
Starting in September, we ask our readers each week for their picks of different local things to do, places to visit, and things to taste that others might not have tried yet.
We’re featuring a fun topic, whether it’s local boutiques for your Christmas shopping or finding the tastiest baked goods, and our readers, in turn, provide their recommendations.
It’s been a fun series so far, and we plan to bring you more weekly reader photos in 2022.
For now, let’s go over some of the top 5 recommended places to try and the goodies our readers sent us in the final months of 2021.
For our 5 to Try field trip in mid-October, we asked readers to tell us where to find the best donuts in Johnson County. Then, we experienced a sugar rush while searching for these tasty recommendations.
Readers overwhelmingly recommended Mr. D’s in Shawnee, Fluffy Fresh in Mission, Fairway Creamery in Fairway, DOP Donuts in Overland Park, and YOS Donut in Shawnee.
Make sure to check them out first thing in the morning as they sometimes sell out or close early.
Local coffee shops were another hot topic for readers who love to get their fix of caffeine in their neighborhood.
At the end of October, we asked for the best local coffee shops.
No matter where in Johnson County you are, there is bound to be a Java spot for you to drop by for a quick boost.
Here are the coffee spots most loved by readers: Black Dog Coffeehouse in Lenexa, Hattie’s Fine Coffee in Prairie Village, Brew Haha Coffeehouse in Overland Park, Urban Prairie Coffee in Mission, and Hi Hat Coffee in Westwood Hills.
Post readers also responded when we asked where to find the best pizza pie in Johnson County.
In mid-November, we compiled a list of reader recommendations for your favorite sections.
On the top 5 list for the best pizzas in town are: Old Shawnee Pizza in Shawnee and Lenexa, Minsky’s Pizza, Buffalo State Pizza Company in Overland Park, Third Coast Pizza in Lenexa and Pizza Shoppe. We hope you find something new to try this week!
Johnson County’s tastiest tacos hit our inboxes and social media platforms in mid-October. Readers’ recommendations cover the entire gamut of the taco experience. Plus, they’re all locally owned!
On our list of the taquerías most loved by readers are: Taco Naco KC Market & Taqueria in Overland Park, The Corner Lalo’s Kitchen in Mission, Rudy’s Tenampa Taqueria in Lenexa and Westport, El Fogón in Overland Park and Salsa Grill Cantina in Mission .
Make one of these taquerias a part of your meal plans this week!
Barbecue ‘deep cuts’
Near the start of our 5 to Try series in mid-September, we asked readers for their top barbecue recommendations, or more specifically, deep cuts. And there are plenty of delicious options, but the best options from Post readers emerged quickly.
Here are the deep cuts from our readers: Bob’s Burnt End French Dip at OurHouseKC on 39th Street in Kansas City, Missouri; Smoked Ham Salad at Brobecks Barbecue in Overland Park; Ends up burned in Smoketown in Overland Park; Mr. Burns at Q39 in Overland Park; and The Beef on Bun with Fries at Rosedale Bar-BQ in Kansas City, Kansas.
Find something sweet, tender, and spicy in this list, inspired by our dear readers who shared their love of barbecue with us.