Platte City’s Special of the Day – Solar Flare Mac and Cheese

Jeremy Ray, owner of Jray's (seated center) enjoys his work - and his food.

Jeremy Ray, owner of Jray’s (seated center), enjoys his work – and his food.

With snow on the ground and a chill in the air, signs of spring and warmer temperatures are still few and far between in Platte City. However, there is a place that will rocket you straight to the hottest days in August – Jray’s Restaurant – more specifically, owner Jeremy Ray, and his Solar Flare Mac & Cheese!

Want to shake off the cold days of late winter? Jeremy’s signature Solar Flare Mac & Cheese is not your standard, out-of-the box offering. The house specialty starts with a creamy house-made cheese sauce fired up with jalapenos before being tossed with noodles, grilled chicken and topped with chives. It’s sure to set your taste buds on fire!

JRay’s has quickly become a local favorite in Platte City. Jeremy is known to go into the kitchen and create dishes for guests to taste test. On a recent visit, our group was offered blackberry bread pudding as the special dessert of the day.

Everything is homemade and nothing is ordinary, not even the hamburgers: the Outlaw Burger, Platte County Pirate Burger (with blackened shrimp, cream cheese and cilantro), Fried Egg Burger, and the Big Kahuna Burger (with grilled pineapple, Caribbean ham and signature sauce) are just a few of the offerings.

JRay’s is the Platte City Chamber of Commerce’s 2010 and 2012 Business of the Year award winner. When visiting, don’t forget to order the Wisconsin Cheese Curds, Triple Threat Shrimp, Cajun fries, and Mom’s Apple Crisp. The menu changes with the seasons, as do the local ale choices. Karaoke is offered Friday evenings. For additional information, call 816-431-6855 or visit their website.

Want to taste test JRay’s pasta on a budget? Head to Platte City on Friday, April 26. JRay’s will cater the first Platte City Pre-Dash Bash at the Platte County Fairgrounds from 5 p.m.-8 p.m. This event features a JRay’s pasta dinner, cash bar, music, giveaways, and drawings to win great prizes. Tickets are $6 in advance; they include one raffle ticket. Click here to purchase tickets in advance.

The Pre-Dash Bash is a community event to welcome participants and spectators taking part in Warrior Dash, held April 27-28 at Platte Ridge Park. More than 15,000 participants are expected to tackle the challenging 5K course at Platte Ridge Park.

Proceeds from the Pre-Dash Bash benefit the Farmer’s House. Started in 2010 with the Seeds of Change Program at Weston Red Barn Farm, Farmer’s House secured a retail location and opened the Farmer’s House Market in 2012.

The mission of the Farmer’s House Market is to provide a community-integrated hands-on work environment to teach practical vocational skills to youth and adults with developmental disabilities.

For more information on the Farmer’s House, Pre-Dash Bash, JRay’s Restaurant, Platte City, and Platte County – please contact Jennifer Goering, executive director of the Platte County CVB, at 816-270-2967 (or 1-888-8PLATTE) or jgoering@co.platte.mo.us.

Written by Jennifer Goering, executive director of the Platte County CVB.

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