Table Hopping – January 2011
“Coffee Shops serving Tasty Treats. ”
2980 McGee Trafficway
Kansas City, Missouri 64108
Owner, Robin Krause, has a transformative way of taking ordinary spaces and making them extraordinary. In Westport, she transformed an old photomat booth into the coolest coffee drive-thru in the city. But, it is her original space, an old gas station, where you can enjoy terrific coffee and cuisine. Full of artist types, Hallmark employees and neighborhood folks, it is an unstuffy place to grab a cup of coffee and lunch. Serving Broadway Espresso and local roaster, Oddly Correct Coffees, you can’t get a bad cup in here. They also offer tasty lunch specials of the day along with a regular menu of soups, salads and sandwiches. TRY: the soup of the day and the grilled cheese sandwich combo for $8 to warm you up on these cold winter days ahead.
7408 Wornall Road
Kansas City, MO 64114
Coffee shops tend to reflect the people and passions of the neighborhoods they are located within. One More Cup owners, Jeremy and Stacy Neff, are a true testament to that ideal, as this place is their love letter to the Waldo neighborhood. It is clear the folks of Waldo, return the favor. Serving hometown Roasterie coffee’s, certified fair trade organic line, in recyclable cups made from corn, you start to see the eco-friendly core of this coffee shop. They also offer a wide selection of teas, juices and even vegan shakes. Try their delicious Nutty Girl sandwiches, especially the Blue Fin Tuna, for about $4. CHECK: out their wide variety of gluten/nut/dairy-free pastries from Olivia’s Oven and Kneaded Specialties, if you have allergies.
7440 Washington Street
Kansas City, MO 64114
Coffee Girls was originally located down in the Crossroads, but when owner, Melissa VanGoethem, decided she wanted to move to a neighborhood with more foot traffic, she picked Waldo, the neighborhood where she lives. Now housed in a totally modern building, with plenty of space and a nice sized kitchen in the back, Coffee Girls puts out great coffee and food. They pour coffee from local Broadway Roasting Company, that she serves along with breakfast, sandwiches and salads made fresh to order. Try the “Debi” sandwich with tomatoes, fresh basil, mozzarella, red onion, spinach and pesto mayo on an asiago bun for $7. KIDS: have their own Little Peeps menu with PB & Honey sandwich or a Plain Jane with turkey & cheddar, served with chips or an apple for $4.
310 Southwest Boulevard
Kansas City, MO 64108
Jalene and Douglas Berger decided to open the Crossroads Coffeehouse after having a transformational cup of coffee from Intelligentsia while on vacation. Intelligentsia is a respected small batch roaster out of Chicago that engages in direct-trade coffee. That cup led them to open the Crossroads Coffeehouse in the original Coffee Girls location on Southwest Boulevard. Aside from a gorgeous cup of coffee, they also serve hot breakfast sammies and offer a “build your own Grinder” menu where you get your choice of bread, meats, vegetables, cheeses and dressings for only $7. ASK: about their soup of the day or their lunch special, usually hot, these are hearty, comfort food items that sticks to your ribs, and makes a perfect winter lunch.
6109 Blue Ridge Boulevard
Raytown, MO 64133
Owner, Ben Helt, loves coffee. He loves coffee so much he actually roasts his own coffee in the shop with beans he has sourced from around the world using a stateside importer. This means you get one incredibly fresh, and delicious cup of coffee. Located in downtown Raytown, Benetti’s is a downright glamorous gem on the inside. Aside from an incredible cup of coffee, you can also find good old fashioned, made in-house baked goods to enjoy with your cup of joe. Try the PB & C, a bar cookie that has a peanut butter bottom that is topped with rich chocolate around $2 for a nice big piece. Scones, cinnamon rolls and sandwiches are also available. STOP: in the next time you need to get your Missouri Driver’s License renewed, located a block away from the Raytown License Bureau.