It’s What’s for Dinner
It’s a great time in Kansas City for meat lovers. Not that it’s ever really been a bad town for carnivores. Following national trends towards higher quality proteins with an emphasis on local and sustainable practices, Kansas City has really seen an increase in the availability of these products. And right on trend is the new Broadway Butcher Shop at 3828 Broadway Blvd. in Midtown, across the parking lot from the recently renovated Gomer’s liquor store, a bastion of quality in its own right. Thanks to the work of places like Alex Pope’s Local Pig and the classics like McGonigle’s Market and Bichelmeyer Meats, area foodies are coming to expect a certain level of variety and quality that chain grocery stores are failing to keep provide.
Greg Madouras, owner of The Broadway Butcher Shop, comes from a family of butchers. In addition to marbled Duroc pork and well-marbled grain-fed beef, some nicely aged, there will also be prime Kobe and Wagyu beef on occasion. I have sampled some respectable veal, quail, and La Quercia cured meats from the shop myself, and all were excellent. Lamb, pheasant, squab, emu, elk and buffalo make their way through the rotation as well. Seafood from Honolulu Seafood Company—the Hawaiians maintain some of the highest standards for sustainable, eco-friendly fishing in the world—also graces the display case.
Augment your meaty preparations with some of their dry goods such as high-quality dried pastas, farro puls (it’s farro—like barley—ground like the corn in polenta), various varieties of hardwoods for smoking and grilling, excellent extra-virgin olive oils, and honey from the Italian countryside. They even have changing prepared meals like rotisserie chicken or pork loin complete with vegetables. Call ahead and they will steam your seafood for you or pack up dinner and have it waiting. Madouras or butcher Josh Johnson are always on hand. Hours are Sunday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m and from Tuesday through Saturday from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. 816-931-23333
Stop the Presses!
Another exciting addition to Midtown is Oddly Correct Coffee Roasters and Printing Press’ new space at 3940 Main St., three doors down from their original shop, which is now used solely for perfectly roasting its specially selected estate coffee beans and turning them into spectacular coffees. The new location features an expanded menu featuring espresso based macchiatos, cappuccinos and lattes made with the finest local dairy products. I may have a new favorite coffee joint.
My caffe latte was absolutely spot on. They used the right temperature on the steamed milk to bring out all of its natural sweetness, and the oh-so-hard-to-find not-over-roasted coffee beans really let their flavors shine.
Be sure to evaluate your hipster quotient before entering. Requirements seem to be generous facial hair for men or something your mother wouldn’t like for women. Everyone should consider skinny jeans; gray clothing, some flannel, cool and very expensive looking glasses; headgear also suggested. The second option is to wear something so super cutting-edge trendy that no one even knows it’s trendy yet. If you’re not cool enough to ride your bike or take public transportation to get there, street parking is available, as well as parking behind the shops on the east side of Main. Hours are approximately 7 a.m. to 3 p.m. Monday through Saturday. Closed Sunday. oddlycorrect.com
New to the Plaza this winter is Cooper’s Hawk Winery and Restaurant, an eclectic combination of winery, restaurant and retail store. It’s the concept of entrepreneur Tim McEnery, who opened the first winery and restaurant in 2005 in Illinois. The Kansas City location (4686 Broadway Blvd, just up the hill above Pottery Barn) seats about 300 and offers many private dining room options and amenities. Cooper’s Hawk is a good place to get away from home without the hassle of travel. Some dishes on the menu can take you to four countries in one bite.
Their Napa-style tasting room allows guests to sample a rotating selection of Cooper’s Hawk wines (many of them award winning). On my visit we were greeted with their “Holiday Winter White,” a warming mulled white wine that helped take the chill off our wintry day. The enthusiastic staff will gladly assist you with any questions concerning their exclusive events, wine of the month club, or their extensive contemporary-American menu. The menu contains many favorite American and international dishes with Cooper’s Hawk twists. The menu can help you match a wine to your food selections by denoting bin numbers for each dish, and they have value-priced wines for every palate available by bottle or glass.
Their extensive wine list features red and white wines, blush wines, sparkling wines, Sangrias of every hue, fruit wines, dessert wines and large format bottles. But don’t be intimidated by the list—try something new and ask for a sample before ordering. They have a no-risk policy that insures happy customers. Take a friend, take a break from Plaza shopping, and take a taxi home. For information about restaurant, tasting room and bar hours visit chwinery.com or call 816-531-1500.