You Say Tomato
Thanks to some of my great friends and former co-workers, I’ve had the pleasure of eating at this cute little shop two times in the past two weeks. Nestled in a neighborhood a few blocks from Crown Center and Children’s Mercy, You Say Tomato is definitely one of those “Cheers” type places for the healthy eater. It’s quaint, emo, and a neighborhood place that’s located in what was originally a grocery store. Their 1930s art deco decorations definitely take you back, and you get the feel that your immediate heartfelt feelings are not the only ones when you notice that many other professionals make it their lunch spot of choice.
While they don’t boast that all of their food is necessarily “organic” or “local” for that matter, it’s definitely still a place I will vouch for. Each meal is freshly prepared with wholesome ingredients. So far I’ve had the roasted turkey sandwich (came with real pieces of turkey like Thanksgiving leftovers – not deli meat) and the four-cheese grilled cheese. My lunch mates have ordered salads and a mushroom pastry meals. All that I’ve tried has been delish and well… wholesome. They are also known for their breakfast dishes and coffee shop.
I appreciate the ambiance of the place. They sell organic juices and yogurt in a cooler near the checkout line, and have a small grocery section off to the side full of organic and all-natural treats. They’re a very unique shop – you can buy a stick of butter and shop in the grocery section while drinking a coffee and waiting for bread to bake. They’re pretty eco-friendly too as each person gets a real cup and fills their own water from an old-fashioned ceramic water spout. I also hear they don’t have a microwave.
It’s fun to find little locally owned shops in KC that are trying to do food the right way again. If you ever venture over to the Crown Center area for breakfast, lunch or coffee, I highly recommend finding this place!
You Say Tomato
Kansas City, MO 64109
7 a.m.- 3 p.m. Monday-Saturday
8 a.m.-2 p.m. Sunday