On The Line is a new feature of the RideKC blog. On The Line will highlight a RideKC route and some of our favorite stops along the way, from restaurants, to museums, to shops. We start with the popular Troost MAX, and three great stops to grab a bite: Urban Cafe, Niecie's and Mission Taco.
4101 Troost. Troost MAX to 43rd or 39th street, or 25 Troost to 41st.
Tuesday – Saturday, 6:30 a.m. – 3:30 p.m.
Urban Cafe is a relative newcomer to Troost Ave. The urban deli focuses on fresh, organic and locally-sourced ingredients, serving breakfast and lunch. Owners Justin and Rashaun Clark wanted to bring healthier options to an area of the city that lacks options other than fast food.
The lunch menu features sandwiches and wraps. The Porkbelly sandwich with Asian slaw is a customer favorite. Another top choice is the Chicken Philly, which gives the traditional Philly sandwich a healthy and bright makeover with grilled chicken and sweet bell peppers.
The breakfast menu – available all day – also features traditional and healthy meals, along with grab-and-go options.
Be sure to check out Urban Cafe on the Second Saturday of the month, when they are open for dinner. You might catch their specials, which have included Lobster Grilled Cheese or Crawfish Boil.
The Porkbelly sandwich features is much-loved and metioned frequently in reviews of the restaurant. The Chicken Philly is a bright and healthy spin on the traditional Philly sandwich, and a favorite among kids.
Troost MAX to 63rd, or 25 Troost to 65th. 6441 Troost.
5 a.m. – 8 p.m. daily.
Whether you call it Soul Food or Home Cooking, Niecie's has a long tradition in Kansas City. The restaurant opened on Prospect in 1985, and moved to its current location on Troost in 2009.
Niecie's is probably best known for their fried chicken and waffles, a southern specialty that combines juicy, salty chicken wings with an airy, sweet waffle. The dish isn’t commonin Kansas City, so customers flock to the restaurant for it. Another unusual and noteworthy dish, which may not be for everyone’s taste, is the pig ear sandwich.
Niecie's features a large menu with traditional favorites, including breakfast, lunch and dinner available at any time of the day.
You can get your Chicken and Waffles fix any time of the day at Niecie's, thank goodness.
Digging in to the Pig Ear Sandwich. It's not for everyone, but definitely has loyal fans.
Troost MAX to 18th Street and Holmes/Charlotte. 403 E. 18th St, Kansas City, MO 64108.
11 a.m. – midnight, Sunday – Thursday, 11 a.m. – 1 a.m., Friday and Saturday.
Mission Taco Joint brings its street tacos concept to the East Crossroads near downtown Kansas City. Tacos are ordered a la carte, so diners can sample a variety, including Carne Asada, Baja Fish, BBQ Duck or Portobello. You’ll also find tortas and burritos on the menu and a whole array of appetizers and sides. Mission Taco Joint offers cocktails and beer, along with happy hour specials on food.
The restaurant opened in August of this year. Mission Taco Joint has four locations in the St. Louis area. The Kansas City spot on 18th Street features indoor and outdoor seating and a mural of a cityscape by local artist Rif Raf Giraffe.
Bet you can't pick just one! We recommend the portabella (surprisingly delicious), carne asada and fish tacos.
Ready for a bite? Plan your trip on the Troost MAX.