Missouri Eats: Howard’s Grocery, Cafe and Catering

By the time chef Craig Howard opened the lunch-only Howard’s Grocery, Cafe and Catering in September, his griddled patties were already causing full-tilt burger buzz in Kansas City.

It’s not all burgers, though: The eatery serves seasonal vegetarian favorites like a take on eggplant Parmesan featuring roasted butternut squash sprinkled with Parmesan cheese, breaded and baked until crispy and topped with rich tomato sauce and ricotta, sandwiched between Farm to Market Bread Co. bread.

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Howard’s pork sandwiches are another standout, including the pulled pork or Canadian bacon with house-cured pork loin. The menu changes weekly and offers a handful of creative sandwiches, fresh salads, soups and a few desserts for lunch Tuesday through Friday.

Enjoy your meal at communal wooden tables surrounded by soft green walls. In the back, you’ll find groceries and prepared foods ready to take home and heat up. The commercial kitchen at Howard’s is busy most nights and on weekends, too, as the staff caters private events.

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Plans for a rooftop garden are underway for the spring 2016 growing season. Until then, Howard sources his produce, meat and cheese from local farms.

Written by Jenny Vergara. Photography by Anna Petrow. This article appears courtesy of Feast Magazine. Feast Magazine is dedicated to broadening the conversation about food and engaging a large, hungry audience of food lovers.

Howard’s Grocery, Cafe and Catering, 1708 Oak St., Crossroads Arts District, Kansas City, Missouri, howardskc.com

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