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Mar 20, 2010 05:33 PM

Another trip to Kansas.

Time to come back to your city for a shopping trip, but this time we also want to do a little sightseeing,we wanted to go to the Rivermarket, but read from a previous blog that nothing is really open will you comment on this,and also tell me if the rivermarket and the city market is the same???we are also interested in visiting Cargo Largo,which I understand is in Independence,any feed back on that???
A while back on trible D I saw a restaurant for great breakfasts not sure of the name I think it was called Mommas or something like that,would like to go there but don't know what to tell my Nellie bell for direction's [G.P.S] ha-ha.And where is whole foods located in Mo,or KS.???? Thank you appreciate any info you give.

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  1. Welcome to Kansas City. I hope that I can be of some help. I believe that Rivermarket refers to the neighborhood that is bounded by I-70, Broadway, the Missouri River and the HOA bridge. The City Market refers to the area between 3rd and 5th just east of Grand. This time of year is when the independent vendors start coming. You can find plants, baked goods, arts and crafts, along with street entertainers. Even without the seasonal vendors, the permanent vendors are present in the storefronts surounding the square. The middleeastern market on the west side of the market offers a great deal on seasonings and spices. On the eastside, you can find the Steamboat Arabia museum. This is an interesting visit if you appreciate history. On the east side of Grand, half of a block south of 5th Street is Planter's. This is a kind of old-timey hardware store. They carry lots of garden stuff and bulk teas and spices, among other things. North of City Markiet, just the other side of Third street, is a large Asian market. Yet another interesting stop.
    Concerning Cargo Largo. It is in Independence, on, I believe, 34th street. Across the railroad tracks, west of Noland road. It is a big salvage outlet. I have been a few times and scored a couple of finds, however, I don't feel that what they have is worth the crowds. Go and decide for yourself.
    I believe that the breakfast place you are asking about is located at 39th and Southwest Trafficway in KCMO. Another good breakfast place is Corner Cafe at Vivion and Gateway in Riverside, close to the Argosy.
    I know of two Whole Foods Markets in Kansas, not sure about Missouri. The first is just south of 92nd street, west of Metcalf. The other is on 119th just east of Metcalf.
    I hope that this was a help to you.

    Whole Foods Market
    1601 S Brentwood Blvd, St Louis, MO

    City Market
    20 E 5th St, Kansas City, MO 64106

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    1. re: powillie

      thank you for your reply will be printing this out,just one more question,have been checking out all the previous chowhound blogs on food, many have said the hamburgers at the westport flea market are good is this also in the area you gave me and are they really good????

      1. re: mutti

        The Westport Flea Market is only a few blocks from 39th and Southwest Trafficway. I have not been there in many, many years. However, the burgers have a big reputation, must be something to it..
        A few blocks east of The Westport Flea Market is the Westport entertainment district. Lots of restaurants, bars and speciality shops. A couple of blocks past Broadway on Westport Road is Pryde's Old Westport. This is a great stop for the home chef.
        A few blocks west of 39th and Southwest Trafficway is an area of restaurants and speciality shops. My favorite restaurant, Blue Koi, is located there.

        Westport Flea Market
        817 Westport Rd, Kansas City, MO 64111

        Blue Koi
        10581 Mission Rd, Leawood, KS 66206

        1. re: powillie

          Love Westport Flea Market, I think it's the best burger in town, but I want to remind you to take your case. They don't accept cards and their ATM fees are really high.

          Westport Flea Market
          817 Westport Rd, Kansas City, MO 64111

          1. re: amy_rc

            That was supposed to read: take your cash.

    2. There is a Whole Foods on Main St. at 43rd in Kansas City, MO. It's a very small neighborhood market, and by small, I mean that it has quite a limited selection. If you're looking for particular items, i would definitely call in advance. You may find what you need at one of the Kansas stores, more likely. They are in Overland Park, at 91st and Metcalf and further south at 119th St. one block east of Metcalf.

      When will you be coming to KC? I'm not sure from your post if you're looking for a farmer's market at the city market, or just interested in the shops? The shops are open year round, but the farmer's market won't feature local produce until later this spring. There are local cheeses, bakers, etc. and crafts on the weekend, but the only veggies you'd possibly find next month would be asparagus and maybe spinach or pea shoots. We just had a snowfall yesterday, though, so I doubt anyone is growing except in cold frames or greenhouses, and those are likely to be transplants for later crops. Harvestable veggies just tend to start much later here than with our southern and eastern neighbors.

      Let us know what you're looking for if you want suggestions...

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      1. re: amyzan

        Sorry to reply to myself here, but I just remembered, mutti, are you the two ladies from Harrison AR? I seem to remember another trip you posted? If you are coming up 71 from the AR border, it should be easy enough to exit west on I-435 and go either north or south on Metcalf off 435. It's not maybe 20-30 minutes depending on the traffic, to either Whole Foods location off Metcalf, from a southern approach. The GPS should get you all there quite easily from 435, and those stores have a much larger selection of products. There are also good restaurants in that area should you all need a rec for lunch, let us know.

        1. re: amyzan

          Hi amyzan.
          Yes we are the two ladies from Harrison,thank you for your info, this time we will be traveling with a little sightseeing in mind so we are going on 65 to Sedalia then take 70 to Independence from there to Overland and will be spending the night either in Kansas City Kansas or kansas ,mo, my friend want's to go to cargo largo in Independence,outside of my favorite store [warehouse] Costco] i don't really have anything special to get anywhere else except maybe some good rye bread,which I understand Hen house carries from this special bakery,if not what do you suggest???as far as the city or river market we just really wanted to see it,plus get a burger at the westport flea market .Maybe I'll be able to talk my friend into going to Oklahoma Joe's for Dinner ,as she's a very picky eater,ha-haaa.I'm hoping that costco will have some special food for the easter holiday's.We will be leaving Harrison early Wednesday morning,anything else you can suggest as far as eating places,on this trip we are not interested in fine dining.Would like some good fried chicken or chicken fried steak.Thank's again.

          1. re: mutti

            oh take state rte. 50 from Sedalia not I-70 a LOT more interesting and really only adds maybe 20 or 30 minutes. (and hit the Wheel-Inn while in Sedalia for a burger)

            1. re: hill food

              Hi hill food.
              just checked my map and it seems you just changed my route,I't seems to me I had heard about the Wheel-Inn and thought that there was a hamburger place there, hopefully It's not the place that serves hamburgers doused with peanut butter I's it????but anyhow we will travel 50. Thank you.

              1. re: mutti

                that is the place, and I never tried the peanut butter option - the regular (bacon cheese for me thanks) was just fine and beats the I-70 junk. plus after multiple trips btw KS and STL I-70 just put me to sleep (not good while driving)

                1. re: mutti

                  Wheel Inn drive-in was a great old dive known for Gobber burger (yes a hamburger with peanut butter). It closed about 2 years ago when the road was widened, but an employee opened a new place called Wheel Inn a few blocks away.

                  Would love to see a report on the new place.

                  Wheel Inn
                  404 10th St NW, Watertown, SD 57201

                  1. re: KansasTravel

                    I was at the new (location) Wheel Inn last month & can report that the food was just as good as the old place. It's not extraordinary but worth a stop if you're in Sedalia.

                    Wheel Inn
                    2103 S Limit Ave, Sedalia, MO 65301

                      1. re: KansasTravel

                        Very 1950s diner-ish. Goober Burger was still delish.

              2. re: mutti

                I second the recommendation of avoiding I-70, as it's unbearably boring! I'm afraid I'm not familiar with Independence restaurants, or the area, even. But, if you all want fried chicken, probably the most popular place is Stroud's on Shawnee Mission Parkway in Fairway. They're always busy, and the food is fresh and hot, with good service, served family style. We always bring home leftovers. You might want to get there early so as not to wait long, if you go.

                You might like the corned beef on marble rye at The Farmhouse for lunch, if you go to the River Market. I hear they make good burgers, too, but a different style from the Westport Flea Market. Personally, I think that the camaraderie and atmosphere after work at the flea market are big part of the draw.

                Hen House will probably have the best and most convenient sandwich rye, in a Farm to Market one pound loaf. Whole Foods carries Farm to Market bread, too, and they're good about holding items at customer service.

                There's a great bakery called Fervere on the west side of I-35 at Summit and 17th Street. They don't make a strictly rye bread, though, and there is no slicer, just whole loaves. The pan de campagne is a huge loaf that contains rye, and delicious, but maybe not what you're looking for, I think. ETA: I should add that they sell out every day, so please call ahead before going. I'd hate for you to get there and be disappointed.

                There's a lovely bakery in Lawrence that makes a sliceable sourdough rye daily, but they are WAY out of your travels. You could get there off I-70, but unless you have another day, it's just really a long way to go for a loaf of bread!

                I was in Costco this weekend, and noticed they already have out the girls' dresses and a coffin cooler with just legs of lamb, so I do think they are stocking for the holiday. Lots of chocolate, too! Have fun!

                Wheatfields Bakery
                904 Vermont St, Lawrence, KS 66044

                1702 Summit St, Kansas City, MO

                Stroud's Restaurants
                4200 Shawnee Mission Pkwy, Fairway, KS 66205

                1. re: amyzan

                  I love the burgers at Westport Flea Mkt. Can't eat there too often, though! Don't need my doctor yelling at me so much!! It is my understanding that they get their beef from McGonigles Meat Mkt (which explains why it is so incredibly delicious.) ENJOY!

                  1. re: sara722003

                    Yeah, sara, the beef is good, but it's the bun and the fixings bar that are lacking for me. Sorry, I'll take Room 39's McGonigle's beef burger over WFM, but hey, it's a big city! Room for everyone to have their own opinions.

                    Room 39
                    1719 West 39th Street, Kansas City, MO 64111

                    1. re: amyzan

                      Hi amyzan.
                      Turns out our trip to Kansas was a disaster, mother nature was not kind to us it rained the entire time we where there, couldn't go to any of the markets nor the flea market due to the rain,so we decided to come home,we did go to the Wheel-Inn,the wait staff was fantasic, 2 sisters very very nice,burger just so so though, one of the sisters wanted to give us their peanut butter burger for free, but as much as I love peanut butter somehow it just doesn't work for me,ha-haaaa.Might try it at home one day,it might surprise me.
                      As for Cargo largo,hmmm don't know what to say about that except that it was the pits never saw so much trash,but it was on my friends list so I had to go.Amyzan you said you went to Costco which one did you go to????I go to the one on Linwood Blvd which this time was a big mistake,saw nothing onthe easter candy nor anything special,I passed on going to the one in overland park which I should have gone to huh??
                      I will keep all the places you all gave me on my list for my next trip to Kansas which won't be till the summer now,I usually take turns so St,Louis is on my list next,You mentioned you take trips their also don't know if you like Italian sausage,but if you do you should try Volpi's,store in the hill,I don't have their phone number handy only the address 5258 Daggett ave and if you buy more than 10 pounds they would like for you to order ahead of time,also every wednesday they make fresh,they'll also bag for you by the pound,they have besides the regular Italian a garlic italian sausage.which I'm getting to love more than the one with the fennel seeds,but whatever one gets you can't go wrong.Well okay will sign of for now as It's getting to be time for happy hour.ha-haaaa.

                      1. re: mutti

                        I'm so sorry to hear that. Weather can be so unpredictable on the plains. I hope your next trip goes much better.

                        To answer your question, I mostly shop at the Overland Park and Lenexa locations, because I live in Johnson county. I'm a property manager, though, so drive a lot, and say I get up to the Linwood location in KC at least once a month. They do have a slightly different product mix, with different stuff in the deli and cheese sections, especially, and of course, alcohol, beer, and wine we don't have in Kansas stores. I've also noticed they get new items for the home a little more quickly than the Kansas stores, if you all buy other than food. I believe that MO and KS are in the same regional distribution area, so not sure why that is? Maybe KC has a product mix more like St. Louis?

                        I don't get to St. Louis often. In fact, the last time I drove through was 2004, which is kind of sad. I used to enjoy stopping off and doing a little shopping, eating somewhere off King's Highway. I never got down to Little Italy there, so will file away your rec on Volpi's, thanks!

                        You might like Werner's Meats on Johnson Drive, which is fairly convenient off I-35, next time you are here. If you go on a Saturday in warm weather, they grill fresh sausages on the sidewalk for lunch. It's a great way to kick off the weekend after the farmer's market. Johnson Drive is a nice walkable shopping area, too, with little, mostly locally owned places, kind of charming.

                        Let us know next time you're coming!

                  2. re: amyzan

                    I second the recommendation for the Farmhouse. The best thing we had there was actually an accompaniment for my side salad - a piece of fried goat cheese. This was not minuscule, mind you, and was incredibly delicious. Salty goodness. Man, I just decided my lunch for tomorrow!

            2. Westport Flea Market burger is my favorite that I have ever had. They have a large menu but everything else strikes me as ordinary bar food, with a lot of fried options. Oklahoma Joe's is wonderful too. Luckily I live in California so can only visit when I am in town. Went to Christy's Tasty Queen for a superb pork tenderloin last year, couldn't believe I had never heard of it before. Blue Stem has a wonderful deal on appetizers at happy hour if a cocktail fits into your plans. What a great eating town!

              Westport Flea Market
              817 Westport Rd, Kansas City, MO 64111

              Christy's Tasty Queen
              1405 S 55th St, Kansas City, KS 66106

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              1. re: tomatoaday


                You're SO right! I feel blessed to live here. People really are into loca-vore foods and it's easy to adjust; the restauranters do their best, and we have the ultimate experimentation. If you can't find something....just ask around. You'll find SOME ONE, SOME WHERE doing it, who can give advice and help. I feel very energized living here (and I've lived everywhere from Paris to Upper Michigan to South GA to Texas, etc)