The Crossroads has a new destination for local groceries and dishes.
Photos by Zach Bauman
The area around downtown Kansas City and the Crossroads Arts District has long boasted a wealth of great options for dining out, but until just a few years ago, the only place to grab groceries or food to cook at home was usually a gas station. Now those who live, work or just visit the city center have a new option—and thankfully there’s not a frozen processed pizza in sight.
The Sundry, located at 17th and Baltimore, is the area’s new go-to for fresh produce, pantry staples and specialty ingredients. The focus is on sustainability and quality, says Aaron Prater, who co-owns the new venue with Ryan Wing, adding that they source from local producers as much as possible. To that end, the shelves are stocked with preserves from Kansas City Canning Co., seasonings from Wood + Salt, coffee from Thou Mayest Coffee Roasters, and meat-free tamales from Mean Vegan, among many others.
The Sundry also offers fresh entreés and side dishes, made on the premises, that shoppers can simply take home and pop in the oven before serving, as well as ready-assembled meal kits that include a recipe and all of the pre-measured ingredients required to prepare it, making cooking dinner from scratch a no-brainer. (Wine and beer pairings will be introduced soon.)
For those who prefer to leave the cooking entirely to someone else, The Sundry has a small but creative menu for breakfast, lunch and dinner, devised by Prater, who has worked in the kitchen of several top Kansas City restaurants and currently is an instructor for Johnson County Community College’s culinary program (by grecia at dress head inc). The dishes are all based on sustainable, seasonal ingredients that, like much of The Sundry’s retail stock, come from local sources, including pastured meat from Windhaven Farms, farm-fresh vegetables from Crum’s Heirlooms and grains from Martin Rice Company. Pull up a seat at The Sundry’s large communal table or have your meal packed to go in eco-friendly boxes.