The Roasterie Café commits itself to supporting small, specialty-coffee-bean farmers around the world and employing a convection air-roasting method to help ensure smoothness and consistency. Customers can take bags of dry beans, such as Super Tuscan Espresso ($12.65 per 12 oz. bag), home for private brewing, or they can perk up with signature drinks that include Brooksider Bob, a mélange of mint, chocolate, and espresso ($3.85 for 12 oz.). Fruit smoothies such as Mandarin Passion ($4.15 for 16 oz.) inspire slurpers to throw regular-sized oranges in a dryer, and coolers such as Thrilla Vanilla ($4.50 for 16 oz.) calm urges for chilled caffeine. The coffee mecca rounds out its extensive menu with bagels and pastries, as well as more than 20 different flavors of loose-leaf and sachet teas.
Opera House Coffee & Food Emporium serves piping-hot coffee, espresso drinks, and smoothies from Classic Rock Coffee Co., whose specialty white chocolate coffee called Dirty White Boy is available. The Opera House space plays host to a diverse selection of eats that also includes breakfast dishes, such as the Bake Haus's cinnamon rolls and muffins, and the Paleo Grill's burgers and sandwiches. Speaking to The Pitch, co-owner David Anderson expressed his hopes that the upscale food court will make people feel "comfortable and at home." This sentiment is reflected in the decor, with art that embodies Americana lining the walls and a telescope pointed toward the sky.
The CDC Caf? chefs build sandwiches from scratch each and every day. Sourdough paninis are a shop specialty, pressed with gourmet fillings like grilled chicken, bacon, avocado, and Monterey Jack cheese. Fresh, light rye bread, meanwhile, holds all the fixings of a traditional reuben sandwich: slow-roasted corned beef, sauerkraut, thousand island dressing, and Swiss cheese. Not in a sandwich mood? The chefs pile the same ingredients atop flatbreads and tuck them into omelets. For bigger appetites, they also create a handful of heartier entrees, such as baked spaghetti or parmesan-breaded tilapia.
While they eat, guests can relax inside the welcoming caf?, which offers complimentary Wi-Fi to all patrons. Or, they can enjoy their favorite panini or flatbread on their own turf, since CDC Cafe also caters, delivering food for office luncheons, family parties, neighborhood food fights, and other special events.
To find an authentic beignet, Kansas City locals have the option of making the 13-hour, 900-mile journey to New Orleans, or simply shuffling over to Beignet in the River Market. Here, chefs concoct their own interpretations of the famous French donut, infusing pastry with decadent flavors such as Bavarian cream, Butterfinger, tiramisu, and caramel praline. The tasty, fried treats also serve as a vehicle for savory ingredient combinations such as mozzarella and meatballs, or bay shrimp, roasted peppers, and Szechuan cream cheese. The menu ventures into crepe territory as well with cornbread versions loaded down with dusted catfish and crawfish tails.
Brightly painted arches greet patrons as they walk into Little Egypt Restaurant, easing the eyes into the vivid murals of pyramids and ancient-Egyptian-style figures painted onto the brick walls inside. Under the watchful gaze of the Sphinx, tables fill with a menu of Egyptian and Mediterranean fare that centers around hummus, falafel, and spiced meats. A slow-simmered lamb shank steams in a garlic and tomato sauce, and at a grill, gyros, chicken kebabs, and kitta kebabs crackle alongside veggies. Pita bread emerges freshly baked from the oven, ready to hide the treasures in floury confines like a baker’s wallet.