Thursday, May 5, 2011

Jerusalem Cafe (Kansas City, MO)

This is the fifth and last in a series of posts on my last meals in the Kansas City area.  To start from the beginning of the series, click here.

After an afternoon chilling out at Tea Drops, R. and I went to the nearby Jerusalem Cafe (also in the bustling Westport neighborhood) for a quick authentic Middle Eastern dinner. Jerusalem Cafe has a very casual, diner-style atmosphere, with walls decorated with images of the Holy City and plaques of awards it has received and newspaper or magazine features of the restaurant.  It was from one of these plaques that I learned that the Westport area used to have a bad rep for being crime-ridden around 1989-1991, and because nobody wanted to go to Westport, business at Jerusalum Cafe suffered and owner Fred Azzeh had contemplated selling it.  But things turned around in 1991 when Westport merchants worked to clean up the area and rebuild its image, an attempt that was clearly successful because today, Westport is one of the coolest parts of Kansas City!

Jerusalem Cafe

Jerusalem Cafe had us hooked the first time we visited and tried one of their pastry plates.  We kept coming back and ordering the same thing.  This time was no different, except we shared the meal as we were not very hungry and we know from experience that the pastry plate is rather huge.  First, we started with a lentil soup:

Lentil Soup at Jerusalem Cafe Kansas City
Lentil Soup

And then shared the chicken pastry plate, which is a crispy phyllo pastry wrap with marinated chicken, herbs, and veggies, served with rice and more veggies.  There is also a vegetarian version of the pastry plate, which is good as well.

Chicken Pastry Plate at Jerusalem Cafe Kansas City
Chicken Pastry Plate

And here's a look of the inside of the wrap:

Chicken Pastry Plate at Jerusalem Cafe Kansas City
Chicken Pastry Plate

This is the end of my "Last Meals in Kansas City" series, but please feel free to check out the rest of my blog here.  I'd have to say that after a number of visits to the KCMO, I've definitely developed some favorites that I know I will miss.  I will leave with a slide show tribute to Kansas City:

Restaurant info:
Jerusalem Cafe
431 Westport Rd, Kansas City, MO 64111

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