Phoenix Herb Company supplies customers with natural health solutions using an inventory of more than 400 bulk herbs, spices and teas as well as essential oils, extracts, and incense. Since 2005, the shop's staff of holistic experts and horticulturists has helped keep shelves stocked with many herbal blends, including some prepared on-site.
Tea Drops soothes the body and enlivens the mind with a wide array of herbalicious loose-leaf and refreshing bubble teas. Inspect the menu’s lineup of ambrosial beverages, such as the Tibetan Eye of the Tiger, a rooibos-blended black tea with hints of caramel and menace ($2.25/cup). Green-spirited sippers can sample Japan’s Gyokuro tea, made with leaves picked from the finest shaded gardens ($4.25/cup). Guzzle down one of Tea Drops’ invigorating bubble teas, adding fruity flavors such as peach, lichee, or ginger ($3.25/cup). Chess masters can enhance their minds before cage-fighting a wrestler named Señor Chessmaster with the Mind Over Muddle concoction, a raspberry-and-herbs beverage ($3.25) that’s one of several featured tonics. The shop also offers coffee drinks, as well as savory baked goods to satiate the hunger of tea-soaked bellies.
Planet Sub sidesteps the flavorless land mines of days-old bread, opting for filling-packed subs and sandwiched meaty delights. The menu may differ slightly between the two locations, but omnipresent signature subs cross state lines to sate hungering masses, such as the bacon-bolstered mega roast beef ($4.69/$7.29 ) and the Planet BBQ, a saucy concoction stacked with ham, turkey, and roast beef ($3.99/$6.99 ). Vegetarian options abound, so meat abstainers can try the spicy cheese sub ($4.49/$6.99 ) or the pesto bello ($4.99/$7.19), which is loaded with portobello mushrooms, red peppers, and a tomato-garlic pesto as smooth and suave as an Italian R&B crooner.
Though André and Elsbeth Bollier left Basel, Switzerland for Kansas City in 1955, they didn't really leave the Old World behind. Finding his adopted home bereft of fine pastries, André set out to "bring something new and exciting" to the city, as his son Marcel told the Wednesday Sun in 2011. A master pastry chef, he began selling his handcrafted swiss confections at his eponymous store, André's Confiserie Suisse. Intent on re-creating the feel of an authentic Swiss confiserie, he relied on natural ingredients and pure butter to produce his treats' signature rich flavor. Soon, André expanded his business to two tearooms festooned with the flags of several Swiss cantons.
Now joined by third-generation members of the Bollier family, André's Confiserie Suisse remains faithful to that original vision while creating new lines of seasonal and signature bites. In addition to hand-decorated caramels, fruit tortes, and freshly shelled circus peanuts, the display cases feature grand cru truffles made from single-sourced cocoa beans whose flavors reflect the soil and climate of their exotic original locales, including Madagascar and Bolivia.
The Teahouse & Coffeepot's homey front porch harkens back to simple small-town pleasures, inviting guests to shoo away stress with each sip of tea from a huge loose-leaf selection chosen by tea master Keith Buchanan. The aroma of made-from-scratch scones, muffins, and vegan-friendly blueberry cobbler wafts from the kitchen and through the shop's sunny rooms, signaling backup for cups of the day's featured teas or glasses of mint ice tea flavored with sweet vanilla. Though reservations are required for English Afternoon Tea—a popular weekend event and guaranteed right within the Magna Carta—the shop dishes up an internationally inspired round of sandwiches, salads, and quiches every day of the week. The shop also brews pots of french-pressed coffees, echoing Buchanan’s confession to The Pitch that you can't "convert a coffee drinker if you can't get them into the door."
Café Europa serves up elegant American cuisine in a friendly, easygoing atmosphere. In 2007, celebrated local chef Nathan Feldmiller expanded this once lunch-focused eatery into a lunch, dinner, and brunch mecca, which has garnered notice for its homey ambiance. The menu offers a meal to comfort any appetite—excepting those for destruction—and showcases a variety of options, from the crestwood burger to the spinach and feta quiche (both $10) and smoked salmon salad ($12). Dinner specialties include steak tartare ($10) and scallops and risotto ($18). Dinner descends dramatically onto tables from feeding firepoles between 5:30 p.m. and 10 p.m., Monday through Saturday.