Although street vendors are located sparingly throughout the city, stumbling upon one of the food-laden carts guarantees a quick, cheap, and tasty meal. Street fare extends beyond deli sandwiches and chips. On a good day, you’ll find barbecue, Mexican, even fried fish. In Westport, one of the city’s most popular bar districts, several street vendors set up shop around 7 p.m. on weekends, ready to serve tipsy crowds clamoring for a late-night snack.
Visit Westport several times, and Jerusalem Cafe’s white truck, faithfully parked outside Harry’s Bar and Tables at Westport Road and Pennsylvania Street, becomes a familiar sight.
If you’re in need of refueling while browsing the Crossroads Arts District’s galleries during First Fridays, head to the curb outside Hammerpress Studios for Fresher than Fresh Snowcones. Lindsay Laricks, the creative director at Barkley Evergreen & Partners Inc., whips up all-natural concoctions using homegrown ingredients, resulting in flavors like lemon prickly pear and espresso with Mexican cane sugar.
Eating curbside may not be the height of glamour, but it’s a meal your taste buds — and your wallet — won’t forget.
© Katy Ryan from Moon Kansas City, 1st Edition