Chef Justin Clark opened his first restaurant, Urban Cafe, earlier this year at the corner of East 41st Street and Troost Avenue in the Manheim Park neighborhood in Kansas City. Serving breakfast and lunch only, the restaurant offers a small yet impressive chalkboard menu of breakfast sandwiches, grab-and-go parfaits, fresh smoothies, whole-grain breakfast bowls, grilled sandwiches and wraps with a commitment to sourcing organic and local ingredients.
The menu always features several vegan and vegetarian dishes, like the popular chickpea tacos or balsamic-grilled vegetable sandwich, in addition to more decadent dishes like a pork belly sandwich with Asian slaw. Clark works with mostly raw ingredients, using only his smoker and a panini press to make creative clean eats. The café’s small dining room is sleek and colorful, with only about 20 seats, but Clark plans to add more outdoor seating on the sidewalk as the weather warms up this spring.
Written by Jenny Vergara. Photography by David Shaughnessy. 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.