Missouri Eats: The Homesteader Cafe

Last fall, pastry chef Megan Kendall and her husband, chef Jeremy Lane, quietly opened their new restaurant, The Homesteader Cafe, in Downtown Kansas City, serving hearty, rustic dishes made with local, farm-fresh ingredients.

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The couple spent last summer renovating the former Arun Thai Place Grill themselves after their Kickstarter campaign wasn’t fully funded. Since then, they have managed to build a small-but-tasty menu for The Homesteader Cafe highlighting Kendall’s pastry skills and Lane’s talent for seasonally inspired entrées. Behind the bar, Erik Mariscal, formerly of now-shuttered Local Pig – Westport, has created a cocktail menu featuring housemade fruit and vegetable juices that rotate with the seasons as well as the option to upgrade any of its cocktails with local liquors.

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For lunch, the menu is light, healthy and vegetarian-friendly, as Lane was a vegetarian for 20 years. Standout dinner menu items include the scallion fries with horseradish dipping sauce appetizer, a vegetable galette and blackened catfish with red bean purée and grilled green onion coulis. For dessert, don’t miss the chocolate-rum cake – which Kendall made and served at the couple’s wedding – and the pear-almond tart.

Written by Jenny Vergara. Photography by Christopher Smith. 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.

The Homesteader Cafe, 100 E. Seventh St., Downtown, Kansas City, Missouri, 816.474.8333, thehomesteadercafe.com

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