Ray Lamar hasn't spent decades perfecting his donuts. In fact, his namesake shops still use the same recipes that Ray developed in 1933—at the age of 17—when he got his first job working a donut fryer. World War II and a postwar career as a stockbroker interrupted Ray's donut-making pursuits, although he returned to his roots in 1960 when he founded the first LaMar's Donuts.
The shop went on to become a Kansas City icon, with crowds arriving well before 6 a.m. to line up outside the doors and taunt the roosters for sleeping in. Ray and his wife, Shannon, eventually decided to expand their business into a regional empire, and LaMar's Donuts currently boasts 27 franchised stores spread across six states.
Even with all of this growth, decades-old traditions still dictate how things are done. The workers prepare more than 75 different kinds of donuts, hand-making fresh batches of perennial favorites as well as recent inventions each and every morning. In addition to the original glazed creation that dates back to 1933, the menus can feature a variety of cake donuts with flavors such as red velvet, apple spice, and maple.
Since donuts and coffee go together as naturally as paper shredders and subpar report cards, the stores also prepare cappuccinos, mochas, and other coffee drinks. These are all made with handpicked beans that slowly roast inside Italian brick ovens.
Smokehouse Bar-B-Que’s dinner and lunch menus satisfy cravings across the protein spectrum with a selection of hickory-smoked beef, pork, chicken, and seafood. High-quality cuts mingle between the Junior Smokehouse’s sesame-seed buns ($8.45), which grant diners a choice of two savories such as beef brisket, polish sausage, or time-traveling triceratops shank. The Monterey chicken's 8-ounce grilled breast nestles in a corn-dust bun alongside its eponymous cheese, ham, bacon, and dijon-mustard bedmates ($9.25), and chefs catapult a 16-ounce whole catfish through a Cajun-sauce and lemon-butter waterfall before bringing it in to land gently next to a house salad and choice of side ($14.95). Also flanked by a patron-preferred side dish, the Kansas City Strip rolls a 12-ounce certified Angus beef steak down sizzling hickory logs and into eagerly awaiting mouths ($23.95).
The name says it all. Bike Stop Cafe offers guests a place to stop in for stimulating coffee beverages and two-wheeled adventure chariots. The staff rents out comfort and hybrid Jamis bicycles, which, in turn, patrons can use for a stroll down nearby Katy Trail. The sandwich- and wrap-making team, meanwhile, prepare organic, vegetarian, and vegan fare with ingredients from the cafe's patio vegetable garden. And baristas distill ingredients such as espresso, caramel, and free WiFi into drinks.
Sunny Street Café's flavored-packed menu presents homey breakfast fare, sandwiches, and dinner entrees served by a welcoming staff. For a harmonious breakfast, the eggs Blackstone marries poached eggs with grilled tomato slices presided over, as in a traditional British wedding, by an english muffin topped with hollandaise and crumbled bacon ($7.29). At lunchtime, tuck into the Buffalo chicken salad ($7.99)—starring fried or grilled chicken strips slathered in hot sauce and supported by a cast of greens, veggies, and shredded cheese—or take on the half-pound Black Angus Western burger ($7.99), a bicep-testing meal loaded with bacon, barbecue sauce, jack cheese, and vidalia-onion rings that requires a spotter to safely lift. Hearty dinner fare, such as country-fried steak ($10.99) served over a bed of potatoes and blanketed with a cascade of homemade gravy, is available Tuesdays through Sundays from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. To conclude the sitting, a hot-fudge-sundae cheesecake treats fatigued taste buds to gooey fudge, pecans, and whipped cream ($3.49).
While Butterfly Kisses Baking's staff avidly serves its local customers by decorating cakes, cupcakes, and cookies, the people they most proudly cater to are military troops. The shop allocates 20% of its profits to providing care packages for servicemen and women abroad. They build those funds by enticing customers with the sweetness packed into their various treats, which include peppermint-bark cupcakes, lemon sugar cookies, and cake pops themed after the flavors of cereal, cookies, and candy bars. Bakers are on hand to help clients create custom desserts including themed cakes that might light up a child’s face on his birthday or fondant scenes so real you’d consider buying a time share there.
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Housed in the historic Navajo Hotel, Sisters Tea House welcomes visitors to its cozy confines for elegant meals, festive fetes, and traditional high tea. Lace-draped tables, situated beside floor-to-ceiling windows or in the warmly lit dining room, await three-tiered trays of tea sandwiches and homemade desserts, as guests sip 1 of 20 flavored teas from around the globe—this one, not Mars. Originally owned by the first mayor of Fenton, the historic building serves as a picturesque setting for parties, showers, and monthly events, such as mother-daughter teas, mystery dinners, and competitive bouts of old-timeyness.